by Gayle Donahue, MSN, RN
God’s blessings to you in this new year of opportunity! Many of you are considering a list of resolutions to change or goals you would like to achieve.
I am pretty confident that none of you have listed an injury or making new friends with the local emergency room staff.
I do have to say they are generally a pretty nice bunch of people. However, get to know them in their neighborhoods and not their place of work.
I know that many of you are already making a habit of life practices that prevent injury, but the cold of winter ice and snow seems to arrive with its fair share of injuries. With cold weather injuries common, this seems like a good time for me to ask some questions and you can fill in your answers.
We all know that frequent shoveling and salting of the walkway will keep the path navigable. Where do you keep your shovel and salt? Are they within reach of the doorway? Do you need to trudge through the snow and ice to reach the shed and the salt to spread?
Are you taking care of your muscles with good hydration and stretching?
Are you listening to your body when it says “please stop and rest?”
Do you have the correct protective gear for your winter sports? Helmets prevent skiing as well as football concussions.
Would you like to talk more about preventing injury? You are welcome to call me or send me an email, but this month you have an even better opportunity.
Begin 2019 by attending Conversations of Health on Sunday, January 27 at 11:10am in the Parlor, and chat with Dr. Richard Treat.
Join us and I am sure you will enjoy adding a new understanding of injury prevention to your life skills tool box.