As a Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor, people are always asking me for health advice. I love translating complicated medical information to help people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. I’ll help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family.
Here’s to better health,
Nurse Barb Dehn RN MS NP
Can you believe we’re still talking about the flu this year? Like the persistent winter storms that have blanketed much of the country week after week, this flu started early and it’s still widespread in many parts of the country. There were several different strains of the flu circulating, which meant that some people came down with the flu twice!
5 Flu Tips for Spring
1. Wipe it down and wash your hands
The winter storms may have left you drained from endless laundry, however, good old-fashioned hand washing and wiping down surfaces is more important now than ever. Keep hand sanitizer in your backpack or purse, wash your hands and wipe down surfaces especially when anyone in the house has a runny nose or cough.
2. Get your Zzz’s
There’s abundant research that shows adults do best with seven to eight hours of restful sleep each night. Sleep is essential for a healthy immune system to restore and refresh itself. Not only does plenty of restful sleep help keep you healthy, it also helps you recover if you are dealing with a cold or flu.
3. Let the sunshine in
A key nutrient for a healthy immune system is vitamin D, which is known as the sunshine vitamin because your skin uses sun exposure to make it. Vitamin D is also found in fortified milk. Vitamin D helps bolster your immune systems and helps prevent some infections and some types of cancer. [...]
In honor of March being Brain Injury Awareness Month, I am going to take a moment to address some misconceptions surrounding concussions. Whether you’re a worried parent, youth sports coach, or amateur sportsman, this information will provide you with some basic facts (and debunk a few myths) about these brain injuries.
FACT: Having a concussion changes the way your brain functions
- Anyone who has had one can attest to the fact that your brain just doesn’t feel right. Whether you suffer from headaches, problems with concentration, poor balance and coordination, or memory loss you will feel a bit off while your brain works to fix the damage.
MYTH: These changes last forever
- This altered brain function is USUALLY temporary and should resolve with proper rest and recovery. *Sigh of relief*
FACT: A blow to the head or violent shaking can cause a concussion.
- You may be thinking Well DUH, but many people who sustain an injury are so caught up in what they are doing that they don’t realize they have a concussion until much later. So, if you’ve been hit or jolted while playing a contact sport or even during a minor traffic accident, be on the lookout for symptoms. [...]