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 January 2019 - Thyroid Awareness Month
The thyroid is a small gland, which produces hormones that play a crucial role in many of the body’s systems —It regulates our cells and tissues, and our organs like the heart, brain, liver, and kidneys. Dysfunction along with the subsequent symptoms occur when the thyroid produces either too much or too little thyroid hormone. Either can disrupt healthy functioning of vital organs. It's estimated that over 30 million Americans have thyroid dysfunction, yet at least half of these cases are undiagnosed and, consequently, untreated.
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism (too much hormone) are: Whole body: excess sweating, excessive hunger, fatigue, heat intolerance, or restlessness. mood swings, nervousness, or panic attack, abnormal heart rhythm, fast heart rate, or palpitations difficulty falling asleep or insomnia, irregular menstruation or short and light menstruation hyperactivity or irritability, abnormal protrusion of eyes or puffy eyes
Also common: weight loss, diarrhea, hair loss, muscle weakness, tremor, or warm skin
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism (too little hormone) are: delayed puberty or slow growth, lethargy or feeling cold, hair loss or dryness. Also common: brittle nails, constipation, dry skin, enlarged thyroid, high cholesterol, irritability, sensitivity to cold, sexual dysfunction, slow heart rate, sluggishness, weight gain, or irregular uterine bleeding.
The good news is that both conditions can be treated successfully. Most physicians check their patient’s thyroid levels with annual blood work.
If you are concerned that you could be one of the people not yet diagnosed, you can take the thyroid neck check
“Have a hand-held mirror and a glass of water handy. With the mirror in your hand, focus on the lower front area of your neck, above the collarbone, and below the voice box (larynx). This is where your thyroid gland is located. While focusing on this area, tip your head back, take a drink of water, and swallow. As you swallow, look at your neck. Check for any bulges or protrusions. (Don’t confuse the Adam’s apple with the thyroid gland.) If you do see any bulges, see your physician. You may have an enlarged thyroid gland or a thyroid nodule.” (nationaltoday.com)
Coming in 2019: We will be piloting a health and wellness program called “In the Driver’s Seat” which is a heart, vascular and overall wellness program to encourage you to take charge of your health. Details to follow in the coming months.
Sending prayers and blessings for a happy and healthy 2019 - CCPC Parish Nurses
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With your best care in mind. Amy Taylor, Parish Nurse (Contact Amy)