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Benifits of strawberry

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Every morning in hubby’s dish are some strawberries and other fruits. Do you know that these little red darling fruits strawberries are low in calories and a good source of vitamins and nutrients that a healthy body needs. Strawberries are high in iron and Vitamin C; they also have low levels of calories. eight strawberries can provide 140 per cent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kinds. Strawberries are also a good source of folic acid, fibre, potassium, and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Besides being healthy, strawberries are a very versatile fruit. The can be used in baked goods, salads, beverages, dipped, or eaten plain.?

The journey to well-being starts with simple steps

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

In my field of work, I usually get tired almost after every shift. Delivering babies is not easy. It takes all your energy especially when births have complications. I always remember, I don’t have to take fatigue lying down. There are many ways I can fight back: Eat a balanced diet. Get enough sleep as possible. Exercise regularly by walking or jogging each day. Have a positive attitude. And take multivitamins daily. It won’t just get me back on my feet. It made me feel like the world is at my feet.

My experience as a patient

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

I was so grateful that the hospital’s nurses and doctor were so nice with me. I was asked what is wrong with me. I told the nurse that I am having a severe pain in my left flank area and that I have a scanty urination. I was requested to have a urinalysis. So I did pee a little just enough for the U/A. while waiting, the pain still making me vomit. I vomited twice at the hospital. I ask the doctor to gave me a pain reliever because I cannot handle the pain anymore.

The doctor told the nurse to give a diclofenac – a pain reliever IM. But I informed the doctor that I am allergic to it. She asked me if I tried Ketorolac – another kind of pain reliever. I haven’t tried that one yet so I do not know if I am allergic to it. So I was injected in my right deltoid muscle. It was painful. Now I felt what my patients feel when I inject them. After about 15 minutes I felt medication took effect already. I was so glad. But my eyes started to be itchy. I thought I was just imagining it but after 5 minutes, my eyes started to swell. I immediately inform the nurse about it and the nurse informed the doctor. When the doctor saw my swollen eyes, she was so surprised. She then realized that I was not kidding when I told them about my allergy. It seems that they took my history lightly. She prescribed me with antihistamine caplet. While my mom went out and buy those, my eyes swollen to the max like a Garfield in front of the doctor. She immediately ordered antihistamine IM. So I was injected with Diphenhydramine. My mom can’t buy ice anywhere so the doctor tried to find an ice for me. She is so sweet and nice of her for finding an ice for me.

The doctor wanted me to be admitted for at least 24 hours just to observe as to what extent my allergies go. But I felt good with no chest pains and the pain in my left side was very minimal. I decided to just go home and just be back anytime if there will be a problem. I signed that I went home against medical advice. It was not that I am a hard-headed person but I felt so great and there is no point of staying in the hospital. I was confident to go home because I was already injected with antihistamine. So we went home. I still had cold compress on my eyes until I slept.

Renal stones?

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Last night I was about to iron my nursing type C uniform for my first day Training. I was very excited by then. But just before I plugged the iron, I suddenly had a very severe left flank pain. I sat for a while and observe the pain. The pain is getting more painful and I started to have scanty painful urination. I drank a lot of water plus buko juice (good for UTIs). I diagnosed myself with UTI (urinary tract infection) but I am alarmed because the pain is confined in my left flank and I was positive CVA (costovertebral angle) and it is very painful even I was not touching the area. I was thinking of having pyelonephritis (inflammation of the kidneys) or renal stones on the left kidney. Because of the pain I decided to have a check-up in the hospital.

Facts about malaria

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

In many Asian countries there are a lot of cases of malaria. I knew some people who have malaria. Malaria is caused by tiny parasites that grow in the red blood cells. They can multiply 10 times every two days and invade new cells. Eventually they may cause fever or more severe illness such as anaemia or coma.
• Malaria parasites are spread by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito.
• There are four types of malaria parasites. P. Falciparum is the most dangerous type which causes cerebral malaria. P. Vivax cause a milder type of malarial. The other two malaria parasites (P. Ovale and P. Malariae) are less common.
• Children under five and pregnant women are most at risk of death from malaria.
The Department of Health in the countries where malaria is prevalent are doing their best to prevent people from having malaria. Clean surrounding is still the best way to prevent it for mosquitoes do not dwell in clean areas. People like missionaries should take some antimalarial drugs. The use of some mosquito lotion and the use of mosquito net are also good protection.

PRICE is the right treatment

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

I am reminded about my sister’s motorcycle accident last year. She almost broke her leg. Thanks God she only had sprain on her knee. It made her knee very swollen. The PRICE treatment did help. Now she is able to walk without any support.
“Sprain” is used to describe a wide range of injuries. But a true sprain involves damage to ligaments, the bands of elastic like tissue that support joints by connecting the bones. Sprains can often be treated with simple home-care measures. However, there are times you should see medical attention.
To treat a minor soft-tissue injury, remember the letters PRICE, which stand for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
• Protection – protect your joint from further injury. An elastic wrap, brace, sling, air-cast, cane or crutches may help support the joint that cause pain or swelling.
• Ice – cold reduces swelling and inflammation, decreases muscle spasms and helps relieve pain.
Apply ice or an ice pack with a dry towel or a blanket for insulation. Apply ice for no more than 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Don’t apply heat, which can cause more swelling. If you have vascular disease, rheumatism or decreased sensation, talk to your doctor before applying ice.
• Compression – this decreases bruising and swelling. Keep the joint wrapped until swelling subsides. Keep the wrap snug but not tight. Loosen if pain increases or you have numbness.
• Elevation – raising a swollen joint above the level of your heart reduces swelling. This is especially important at night.
Continue the PRICE treatment as long as it helps. You may want to take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain or nonaspirin anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (advil, motrin), for pain and inflammation (aspirin may slightly increase risk of bleeding).

Hydrogen Peroxide

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

I mistakenly used hydrogen peroxide as a facial cleanser today. It took me a while to realize that it was it. I wondered why the smell is very different than my usual cleanser. I remembered that I put a little amount of hydrogen peroxide in an empty facial cleanser bottle. It really smelled very stink. I prepared and brought it with me when we had our youth camp. It was just for first aid emergency use only. The thing was I did not put a label in it. I was so glad that it was not used but I suffered the dose of my own medicine. It is always necessary to put a label when you are putting some thing in a container. This one of the lessons to be learned.

Excited for MICU training

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

In the next two weeks my training in MICU (Medicine Intensive care unit). I am very excited and at the same time kind of nervous as to what to do. This will be my first exposure to that unit. I know this is one of the busiest and toxic nursing units in the hospital. I am very excited to learn and to care for sick patients. I know in the beginning I need to observe, learn and familiarize things. At first, I think I will feel like it seems as though there is an endless stream of emergent situations that crop up in the unit, may be sometimes it clearly in response to some prior event, sometimes all by themselves, and they can be genuinely terrifying. Experienced ICU nurses may be a lot more nervous than a newbie trainee nurse simply because they know what to be afraid of. A key rule of ICU: any patients is capable of doing anything at any time. I know where to put myself though. When there will be cases that needs an experience then I need to call the experienced ICU nurse and I need to back up myself and let them do what is needed to be done. I can help them handing the things they needed. In that case, I should be a keen observer so if that case will happen again I know what to do. It is good to know that later on in my training I will improve and function or do what the unit staff do. I cannot wait for that time.

Called for IV insertion

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I was once again called up in the middle of the night to insert an IV to a laboring patient. The staff in the Lying clinic where I worked before needed help for it. So I went there and of course, I prayed and ask God to guide my hand and be able to insert the IV cannula successfully in one try since the patient had couple of poke already. God did answered my prayer. I was able to insert it without any problems. I used to insert it in the cephalic vein. I like that site because it big compare to the other veins. At the same time, it is not hard for the patient since she can move her hand without dislodging the IV cannula. There is no need for a splint which make her hand immobile.
The laboring patient needs to be induced for her labor did not progress so I she needs one so that medication will be given to her via IVTT (intravenous through tubing). After the insertion I went back home feeling good about myself that I was able to help someone.

Studying for the exam

Monday, January 12th, 2009

I am very excited to have another chapter in life in my nursing profession. I will be Training in Medical Intensive Care Unit this February whenever I pass their Qualifying Exam. I specialized in Maternal and Newborn Nursing. I care for pregnant women, doing prenatal, delivering babies, baby check-ups and postpartum check up. I can’t wait to be in the other area of Nursing. Right now, I am reviewing or studying for my up coming exam this January 16, 2009. Include in my prayers.