Stroke – First Aid

Abstracted from Mayo Clinic By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Recognizing the signs and symptoms of stroke is key to immediate rescue and survival. The following guidelines from the Mayo Clinic provides you with precise information you need. Your knowledge could turn into a life-saving opportunity for at risk stroke victims. A stroke occurs when there’s bleeding into your brain or when … Continue reading Stroke – First Aid

Stroke – Prevention

Abstracted from Mayo Clinic By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Knowing your stroke risk factors, following your doctor’s recommendations and adopting a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take to prevent a stroke. If you’ve had a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA), these measures might help prevent another stroke. The follow-up care you receive in the hospital and … Continue reading Stroke – Prevention

Wealth, Fame and Health: Choose One in 2021

Abstracted from Mayo Clinic By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator My first Care Ministry article in January of 2020 was “Wealth, Fame and Health: Choose One”. The answer is very clear this year and probably unanimous; if you choose other than health, you probably would not be here to answer this question. The COVID 19 pandemic has shown us if we do … Continue reading Wealth, Fame and Health: Choose One in 2021

Stroke – Risk Factors and Complications

Abstracted from Mayo Clinic By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Risk factors Many factors can increase your stroke risk. Potentially treatable stroke risk factors include: Lifestyle risk factors Being overweight or obese Physical inactivity Heavy or binge drinking Use of illegal drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine Medical risk factors High blood pressure Cigarette smoking or secondhand smoke exposure High cholesterol Diabetes … Continue reading Stroke – Risk Factors and Complications

Stroke – Causes

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator The content for this week on stroke might be a little bit more technical. But a little more information might enhance our understanding of the condition so that we are more aware of our symptoms when they occur. Abstracted from the Mayo Clinic. Causes There are two main causes of stroke: a blocked artery (ischemic stroke) … Continue reading Stroke – Causes

Stroke – Signs and Symptoms

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Stroke is a topic that we have not explored in the past. Therefore, for the coming weeks, we are going to spend time to understand stroke; its signs and symptoms, causes and care of a stroke patient. From the Mayo Clinic on Stroke A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is … Continue reading Stroke – Signs and Symptoms

Prevention of Falling – Real Life Tips

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator What amazes me about watching news reporting is that they always begin with a personal story, state the problem and ends with how that problem affects that person. I love that format. Hence, imitation is the best type of flattering; I will use the general tips from the Mayo Clinic that I shared last week, and … Continue reading Prevention of Falling – Real Life Tips

Fall prevention: Simple tips to prevent falls

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Sharing this educational article with you from the Mayo Clinic – Sheila Kun RN Falls put you at risk of serious injury. Prevent falls with these simple fall-prevention measures, from reviewing your medications to hazard-proofing your home. Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it’s important. As you get older, physical changes and … Continue reading Fall prevention: Simple tips to prevent falls

Teaching the Kids My “H” words

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator I was a first generation immigrant, landed in Los Angeles in 1969 as a college student. Vivid in my mind was the exposure to a new culture that was so foreign to me. In an era without Google, my learning curve was bumpy. I worked in the Classified advertising department of a major newspaper; I remembered … Continue reading Teaching the Kids My “H” words

The Stories of Becoming Upright Citizens

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator The Salesians chose becoming “upright citizens” as part of our strenna for year 2020. I have been scratching my head to find stories that I can elicit the interests of my grandchildren and to illustrate the theme of the strenna. After many contemplated moments, I decided to search through my life experience and share with you … Continue reading The Stories of Becoming Upright Citizens

Eat healthy and Save Money- Healthy Menu for $5 a Day

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Budgeting is in everyone’s mind due to the sinking economy during this COVID season. However, if you know how to shop and become a smart consumer, you will not only save money but have healthy choices for your purchase. For this week, I am not writing as a nurse, but as a housewife who shares good … Continue reading Eat healthy and Save Money- Healthy Menu for $5 a Day

Strategies to Combat Obesity – Final Thoughts

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator I was watching CNN on their special on Michelle Obama, the former First Lady and her work. One of her passions was for the children to eat healthier food. She converted part of the garden in the White House into a community farm. Unfortunately, even with her clout, celebrity status and passion, her efforts to combat … Continue reading Strategies to Combat Obesity – Final Thoughts

Strategies to Induce Lifestyle Changes In reducing Obesity

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator “Knowing the situation or problem without intervention is a futile exercise.” I totally agreed. This was the reaction from my husband Louis when he read about the contributing factors of childhood obesity. Little did he know that Anet Piridzhanyan, MS, RDN has a lot to say about how to approach the problem. Multiple strategies and components … Continue reading Strategies to Induce Lifestyle Changes In reducing Obesity

Factors that Contribute to Obesity

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Salesian Cooperator Yes, we get it, children with obesity are at risk for associated complications. But what are the factors that contribute to obesity? Some environmental factors need to be considered: having one obese parent increases the risk of obesity by two to threefold and up to 15-fold if both parents are obese. Other considerations include ethnicity … Continue reading Factors that Contribute to Obesity

Children with Obesity

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Salesian Cooperator One of the benefits of working in an academic setting is the opportunity to grow by attending Grand Rounds. Recently I attended an excellent presentation on lifestyle modifications for the pediatric patient with obesity by Ms. Anet Piridzhanyan, MS, RDN. She presented updated data on obesity with nutritional considerations. I thought I would break it … Continue reading Children with Obesity

The Unintended Health Consequences of COVID

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Salesian Cooperator I can speak with certainty that the following scenario has happened to many of you – my office mate came to work one day, soberly depressed. In an almost disgusted voice, she lamented: “I cannot believe this is true; I could not zip up my dress this morning. And there is more than one dress … Continue reading The Unintended Health Consequences of COVID

Back to School During the COVID Season

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Salesian Cooperator If you ask parents what are the latest challenges they have beginning the fall school year, no doubt, back to school is one of the major concerns. With so many of us affected by changes to school activities, our wellness focus this week is on resources for parents, care takers and those who need to … Continue reading Back to School During the COVID Season