Nurses Notes – September 2019

Flu shot clinic at CUMC October 6 . Times are not nailed down yet as we are waiting on the determination of time(s) for service as of this writing, but it will be around the service. September is when students return to class, back with their buddies, exchanging stories of summer vacation and cooties (scientific term). September is Head Lice Prevention Month. Head lice are tiny insects that feed on blood from the human scalp. An infestation of headlice called pediculosis capitis most often affects children and usually results from the direct transfer of lice from the hair of one person to the hair of another. Many otc remedies and nit combs are available. The following brief course in Lousology comes from HeadLice.Org:

  •  Nits (the eggs of the head louse) are small yellowish-white, oval-shaped eggs that are “to the side of a hair shaft glued” at an angle
  • Nits must be laid by live lice. You cannot “catch nits.”
  • Once laid, it takes 7-10 days for a nit to hatch, and another 7-10 days for the female to mature and begin laying her own eggs.
  • Head lice are clear in color when hatched, then quickly develop a reddish-brown color after feeding.
  • Head lice are about the size of sesame seeds.
  • Head lice have six legs equipped with claws to grasp the hair.
  • Head lice are crawling insects. They cannot hop, jump, or fly.
  • Head lice do not thrive on pets.
  • Head lice are small, wingless insects which feed on human blood. They need human blood in order to survive.
  • Head lice live for approximately 30 days on a host and a female louse may lay up to 100 nits (eggs).

Head lice off of their human hosts will starve. The NPA suggests that, in most cases, a head louse will not survive for more than 24 hours off of its human host.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. September 8-14 is National Suicide Prevention Week with September 10 being World Suicide Prevention Day. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline provides free, confidential emotional support and referrals to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are warning signs, but as too many of us know, they may not be present or obvious. One of the most obvious is talking about wanting to die or kill one’s self. Sadly, these comments are often not taken seriously. Ask if the person is thinking about hurting themselves. Talking about feeling hopeless, trapped, or a burden to others warrants attention. Other signs include increased drug or alcohol use, risk-taking, withdrawal, and isolation. Please call for help immediately if you are someone you know is in trouble.

“One awesome thing about Eeyore is that even though he is basically clinically depressed, he still gets invited to participate in adventures and shenanigans with all of his friends and they never expect him to pretend to feel happy. They just love him anyway and they never leave him behind or ask him to change.”

Christy Friedel, Parish Nurse, Spiritual Director