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Faith Ministry Stories

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...

Christmas Thoughts from the Parish Nurse

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Christmas is a time of new life. The dead leaves and bare ground are covered with a crisp white blanket of snow. Whatever has succumbed to the frost will become new soil, ready to welcome the flowers of spring. There is hope at Christmastime, an expectation of new miracles. As a Christian, we...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

In October we celebrate “National Breast Cancer Prevention” which is the topic I would like to share with you today. Every woman is at risk for developing breast cancer. Breast cancer is most common among women but it also occurs in men. Of the women who develop breast cancer...

Fighting the Bug that Bit You

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Have you ever felt like a big dump truck just dropped a load on your chest and then left tracks on your forehead? Most of us know what it’s like to have a respiratory infection – the stuffy nose, sore throat, aching body, and just plain feeling terrible when you catch a cold or worse...

Radio Broadcast

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Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

What a blessing our radio broadcast is to so many people unable to come to church on Sunday morning. I visited with someone this week, which due to health problems, is unable to come to church. I asked her if she had heard the service last Sunday when J.D. and Fred Steele were at Faith...

Back to School

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

It is that time of year when children go back to school and young adults head off to college or to a new job. I remember myself and how I felt about leaving home. The butterflies in the tummy were real. We as parents need to encourage and be there for our children and listen to how they feel...

Shingles

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

One in three people will get shingles in their lifetime. If you have had the chicken pox virus, the chicken pox never leaves your body. It stays in your nervous system, and can re-emerge and cause the rash called shingles. You never know when this can happen. Unlike chicken pox, shingles can be...

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