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Faith Ministry Stories

The Influenza Season

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

The influenza season is back again, it is caused by a virus that spreads to the nose and throat of others from people that are infected. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. The best time to get the flu vaccine is from October to mid-November. The flu vaccine is safe and...

What is Lyme Disease?

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

The tick season has been with us for several weeks now and when we think of ticks we think of Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a multi-system, multi-stage infection caused by an organism that can be found in the infected deer ticks. These ticks are found in the east and upper Midwest. Some signs...

Brain Injuries

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

A concussion is a brain injury caused by blunt head trauma. In the US concussion affects more than 1 million individuals each year. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of concussion, but it may result from active contact sports such as baseball, football, skiing, horseback riding...

CPR Event

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

A CPR and AED training event took place at Faith Lutheran on June 11. There were 17 people in attendance, with most of them being Faith ushers. Everyone had a chance to practice CPR and practice using the AED. Our instructors Joe and Kathy Grafft were excellent. They explained why you are doing...

Dear Graduates of 2019

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 Dear Graduates of 2019, A person who lives right has more power in his silence than another has by words. Character is...

Snow Blower Safety

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Now that we have had snow, after snow, after snow; it is a good time to talk about snow blower safety. As a nurse in an emergency department, we see people after almost every snow fall that have hurt their hands while working with their snow blower. Injuries are sustained from people trying to...

PAD and Atrial Fibrillation Awareness

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of irregular heartbeat and is a leading risk factor for stroke. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a vascular condition related to heart disease and stroke. What do they both have in common? They are both detectable with simple, painless...

Respiratory Syncytial Virus – RSV

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

RSV is a common virus that causes infections of the respiratory system. Infections caused by RSV include upper respiratory tract infections (colds), bronchiolitis (infection of lung passages), and pneumonia. RSV is spread from person to person when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes...

Fifth Disease

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Fifth Disease is the least well known of five common childhood diseases, the other four being measles, mumps, chickenpox, and rubella. The reason I’m writing about this is that it usually occurs in small outbreaks in the spring. The cause is a virus. Symptoms: rash; sometimes a fever or...

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