How Do You Coach Adolescents with Depression and Anxiety During this COVID-19 Season?

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Do adolescents have psychological health problems during this epidemic viral season? For many of you who have worked with young people, psychological health problems, especially emotional disorders, are common among adolescents. The epidemiology of emotional disorders is greatly influenced by stressful events. No one will disagree this is a very stressful time for our kids; months of … Continue reading How Do You Coach Adolescents with Depression and Anxiety During this COVID-19 Season?

Graphic summary of our Immune System

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Our immune system is pretty complex. In our previous discussion, we learned about the lymphatic system, the lymphocytes, the T and B cells, the antibodies, interferons, phagocytes, the active and passive immunity. As I have alluded before, it is not an easy system to understand. It would not hurt to go back to the last two weeks’ … Continue reading Graphic summary of our Immune System

The Immune System – Part II

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP To continue our conversation from our last edition, let us explore the two types of immunity. This is a continuation of our Immunity Lesson 101. There are two types of immunity that protect us from infection: active and passive system. Active immunity – for those of us who are parents, you have known this active system for … Continue reading The Immune System – Part II

The Immune System –Lesson 101

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP With the COVID 19 epidemics, there has been tremendous interest in understanding the virus and how our immune system work. Our CDC has extensive, detailed information on the Corona virus. But for those with a positive testing, the response to the invasion of this virus varies. At this point, there is no specific answer to the question … Continue reading The Immune System –Lesson 101

What can I do?

After the publication of the Province’s statement on the current events in the past few days, some have asked: “What can I do?” The following are some ideas: (Downloadable PDF with clickable links here) Links: READ http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/upload/open-wide-our-hearts.pdf REFLECT https://www.dbynbuildingcitizens.net/preventive-system-citizenship–human-rights-education.html STUDY http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm http://www.loyno.edu/jsri/sites/loyno.edu.jsri/files/CSTandRacism-Fall2009jsq.pdf WATCH https://educationforjustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Film-Discussion-Guide-13th.pdf https://catholicsmobilizing.org/resource/just-mercy-study-guide-printable  PRAY Prayer service https://www.sistersofmercy.org/resources/prayer-the-elimination-of-racism/ Prayer https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Prayer-for-Racial-Healing-003.pdf LISTEN https://youtu.be/1RC1-SPJChk SUPPORT https://projects.sfchronicle.com/2020/black-owned-restaurants/ https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2020-05-31/black-owned-restaurants-in-los-angeles VOTE https://vote.gov Continue reading What can I do?

Are we in Limbo?

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP During the COVID-19 lockdown, my young friend Sarah, an intelligent, Master-prepared, fervent catholic, wrote this thought-provoking piece on Limbo for her Journal Club. I asked Sarah’s permission to share with you. I hope you will savor this very amazing piece of reflection on Limbo. Here in my apartment, my life has been put on hold. So, I’ve … Continue reading Are we in Limbo?

Sensible Advice from a Nurse in the UK –If You Get Covid-19

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP By now you are totally well-informed of the signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 virus and what to do when you experience major changes in your respiratory system. These are the people that would be hospital bound and they would be under either acute observation or intensive care management. But what if you have symptoms that are … Continue reading Sensible Advice from a Nurse in the UK –If You Get Covid-19

Salesian Family Virtual Easter Triduum

By: Sr. Sydney Moss, FMA Salesian Sisters USA West Easter was a little difficult for people to celebrate this year without the possibility of participating in the most beautiful liturgical celebrations of the year during the Easter Triduum.  For this reason, the Youth Ministry Office partnered up with the Salesian Sisters in the Western Province and the Youth Ministry Office in New York to offer … Continue reading Salesian Family Virtual Easter Triduum

True Or False – A Personal Story Verifying News on the COVID 19

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Did you have fun reading the characteristics of COVID 19 from last week’s posting? Great if you feel you know a little more about this hot topic. This week, I will present to you information that might be floating around that are not evidence-based. Knowing that is not true is just as important as accessing information that … Continue reading True Or False – A Personal Story Verifying News on the COVID 19

True Or False – A Personal Story Verifying News on the COVID 19

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP I am sure my story is not unique. I know on a daily basis you receive from friends and families updates on the COVID 19 virus, offering advice and health tips. Many links are from reliable sources such as the CDC or renowned Universities. However, there are plenty of quotes from sources that may or may not … Continue reading True Or False – A Personal Story Verifying News on the COVID 19

Surviving the Lockdown – Lessons Learned from Aging Seniors

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP By now most of us who live in California have a taste of what it is like to be lock-downed in the confines of our home. This virus spares no one – the rich, the poor, the famous, the lonely, the old and the young. For most of us, this is a novel, universal health crisis that … Continue reading Surviving the Lockdown – Lessons Learned from Aging Seniors

Why Exercise Boosts Up Your Immunity

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Given that the COVID 19 has visited our country, directives from the health officials are to maintain social isolation. If you are sick, stay home and don’t spread the germs to others. Sick contact contributes to community spread. Now that we are advised to stay indoors, many of us have to give up our gym routine or … Continue reading Why Exercise Boosts Up Your Immunity