Parish Nursing at CCPC
Central College Presbyterian Church is blessed to have a Parish Nurse(PN) program in place with RN Amy Taylor on staff. The PN program provides healthcare information, activities and programs throughout the year. Volunteer RN's assist with regularly scheduled blood pressure screenings and more.
Health Happenings Spotlight - May/June 2018
One of the National Health Observances for May is Myasthenia Gravis awareness month. Even if you have heard of this disease, you may not know what it is. The word myasthenia comes from the Greek and Latin words meaning “grave muscular weakness.” Approximately 20 of every 100,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with myasthenia gravis (MG). The most common form is a chronic, autoimmune neuromuscular disorder, which is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscles. The disorder occurs in both genders, at all ages and races. It is not considered directly inherited or contagious. Our voluntary muscles work when nerve impulses travel from the brain down the nerves to meet the muscle fibers. In between the muscle fibers and the nerves are spaces called the neuromuscular junction. Acetylcholine, a chemical transmitter, attaches to receptor sites causing muscles to contract. In Myasthenia Gravis, there can be an 80% reduction in these receptor sites thereby interfering with the muscle’s ability to contract.
Common symptoms of MG include blurred or double vision, weakness in arms and legs, a drooping eyelid, slurred speech, difficulty chewing and swallowing, and chronic muscle fatigue. Diagnosis is made by a combination of blood tests, EMG which is testing of nerves via nerve stimulation to test responsiveness. Various examinations by the physician are also conducted. Though there is no cure for Myasthenia Gravis, there are several effective treatments. Medications that keep the acetylcholine in the neuromuscular junction longer can help the necessary receptor sites to be activated, corticosteroids like Prednisone can suppress the immune system to diminish the abnormal action of the immune function found in MG. Sometimes the removal of the thymus gland which is part of the immune system is done and can lessen the severity of MG or put it into remission for a period of time. Studies on the use of monoclonal antibodies are also been done to evaluate their effectiveness in treatment of MG.
Just a reminder: Many of you like our church pastoral staff to visit while you are in the hospital. Please make sure to let the church know if you are hospitalized. You can let us know yourself, have a family member notify us, or let the hospital know
and ask them to contact us. We want to be able to minister to you during these times, but due to HIPPA, the hospitals do not let us know automatically.
I have joined a partnership program with Mount Carmel East. This program is studying the benefits of having a faith community nurse, like myself, do follow up with patients after they have been hospitalized to see it the phone calls have an effect on preventing readmissions. This only applies to those of you admitted to MCE, but if you are, and are asked to participate, it will mean a couple of calls from me, one within 72 hours of discharge and one at 30 days hospitalization.
Care Visitors - Providing care to Caregivers. Get more HERE.
Communion Bread - The communion bread at CCPC is now gluten-free (11/15). Ingredients include milk, eggs butter, and gluten flour (Whole grain sorghum flour, brown rice flour ,whole grain millet flour, rice flour, whole grain quinoa flour, xanthan gum.) The flour does not contain any nut flours.
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Please let us know if you would like pastoral care. Please be aware that unless we are notified, Central College Presbyterian Church may not know that you have been hospitalized. One of our members, a family member of the affected member, or a hospital employee who has been given permission (requested by the patient) to contact the church directly, may contact the church to let us know of your hospitalization. This is part of federal HIPAA regulations, but has been hospital policy for many years.
With your best care in mind. Amy Taylor, Parish Nurse (Contact Amy)