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
When lives are on the line:
It’s hard enough providing decent medical care to people in developing countries on a good day, let alone after an earthquake. Ever wonder what it’s like to “hit the ground running” and try to triage and provide care to people in a developing country after a natural disaster?
Saving Jimani is the harrowing account of one volunteer’s experience in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. This autobiography, written by Rene Steinhauer, is a detailed report of the everyday acts of heroism and strength of human spirit witnessed by an adventure-seeking RN and self-described weary combat medic who comes face-to-face with the tragedy of a devastating natural disaster.
This story grants readers a perspective on the physical and emotion devastation caused by the Haiti earthquake and the urgent call to serve felt by disaster relief volunteers.
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. [...]