Tuesday, October 3, 2017

And Satan Was Watching

Tom, an atheist, has decided to give his life over to God. And Satan was watching....

Booklet also includes:

Satan's Convention: Satan has called a worldwide meeting with this demons to lay out his plans to destroy every Christians' relationship with God.

Satan's Letter: Rose and Celestine are two Christians not living for Christ. And boy does Satan have a letter for them.

Satan's Garage Sale: Satan is having a garage sale. Have you bought anything that he's selling?

To and Fro: Satan is preparing to go to and fro to destroy man, but before he can do that he has to know what man are up to so that he can plan his attack.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I Survived Hurricane Irma as a Health Unit Coordinator

Due to Hurricane Irma, and because I am a Health Unit Coordinator, I had the pleasure of spending over 50 hours straight at the hospital where I work.

This wasn’t my first time being on lockdown at work. Last year, due to Hurricane Matthew,  I spent over 24 hours at work.

But this time I learned some things.

First, I didn't need to bring everything that I owned with me. I was so proud of myself that I only had to make two trips from my car.

Second, I packed healthy snacks. I didn’t hit up the vending machines. I actually left with all of the cash that I had brought with me.

Third, I had my sleeping arrangement already prepared. Last year, I slept on a stretcher and this year I said, “No way Jose”. I found a nice recliner and slept like a baby.

We were also well protected because the police department had set up a command center in our basement.

None of us knew what to expect this year. We had all breathed a sigh of relief when Hurricane Irma veered to the West Coast of Florida, but we still were going to get bands of strong winds and rain.

But work was still being done. We had a patient whose health was deteriorating. I tried calling the answering service to get the attending physician to call back, but the call wouldn’t go through. He doesn’t like to be paged overhead, so I called around to the other units asking my fellow HUCs if they had seen that particular doctor. The answer was all the same. “He was here earlier, but now he’s gone.” Finally, I had to do what I didn’t want to do. I called him on his cell phone. He was nice about it and spoke with the nurse. He gave the nurse an order for a Pulmonary consult and I placed the call to the Pulmonologist answering service.

That call went through.

We didn’t have to worry too much about the power going out because the hospital had a generator, but every time the power flickered the air condition kicked off.

On the last night of the lockdown, a doctor anonymously donated money and bought all of the employee's dinner.

But by Monday, as Hurricane Irma was working her way up Florida, everyone at the hospital was ready to go. We stepped outside to find tree limbs and debris everywhere. And it was hot and humid. The Emergency Department was quickly filling up and the post Hurricane staff was on their way in.

I’m so glad that I survived Hurricane Irma.

Now tell me, have you ever had a situation where the hospital you worked at was on lockdown? Or had a time where more than 50 patients came in at once in a trauma emergency? Then please share in the comment section!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Long Work Hours Lead To Increased Heart Problems

A study published in the European Heart Journal showed that working long hours may increase the risk for heart problems.

Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib as it is commonly known, is the most common heart rhythm irregularity problem in the world. It occurs when the top chambers of the heart beats rapidly or irregularly. This can put a person at greater risk for a stroke.

In a decade-long study of over 85,000 men and women from Europe who had no previous history of AFib, they found that those who worked more than 55 hours a week had a 40% increased risk of AFib.

The study didn't specify what type of jobs that the participants held.

There are other issues that put you at risk of AFib such as obesity, high blood pressure, previous heart disease, diabetes, age, and alcohol use. Diet and exercise can reduce your risk of AFib.

And I believe this study.

As you all know I work as a Health Unit Coordinator at a hospital. I first started off on a Medical-Surgical floor where we get all types of patients. I then transferred to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit where we take care of (surprise!) patients with heart issues.

Working in a hospital is stressful enough and then there are plenty of opportunities for overtime. And some of us love to take it. I know I do.

I think the long hours combined with my high blood pressure and sedentary lifestyle led to me being diagnosed with AFib a few years ago.  

But AFib was a wake-up call and it was exactly what I needed. With a change in diet, exercise, stress level and prayer my heart repaired itself.

And so can yours.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

I Was Interviewed for Guide To Living with AFib from Health Monitor Magazine

As you all know, I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation about four years ago, but with a change in diet, exercise and a will to live, I believe my heart has been healed.
I was interviewed for Guide To Living with AFib from Health Monitor magazine. What's so great about this is that this magazine is available in doctor's offices all across the country!
The interview took place in May of 2017. A photo shoot followed a few weeks later in June with Jack Bates of Jack Bates Photography. His photos are beautiful.
I’m so proud of myself because this is the third publication that I’ve been interviewed for this year (one article was about working as a Health Unit Coordinator, and the other article was about heart health).

I’m working very hard to get the word out that AFib is not a death sentence. It’s a wake-up call. Although a lot of damage has been done to our hearts, with a lifestyle change I believe the damage can be reversed.
You can read about my journey in Healing Is Mine. End of Discussion. Order your copy today!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Still Available Badge Buddy For Health Unit Coordinators(HUC)

Still available for sale. Badge Buddy For Health Unit Coordinators (HUC)

1 Sided ID
Size: 3.094 x 3.375
Black Lettering on a White Background

Placed under your hospital badge, your Badge Buddy makes it quick and easy for everyone to know your position at the facility.

Only $3.99