Mental Health Check In
Spring has sprung and most of us have completed our spring cleaning. May is here and it’s mental health awareness month. Let’s take a time out and make sure that we are OK. Check in with that one person you know who is the “strong one.” Call your family and friends to make sure they are doing alright mentally. Yes, even children should have mental health checkups! There is no shame in seeking help for our mental health. If we don’t care for ourselves we can not be available physically or mentally for others that we love ❤️.
Please contact your primary care provider or specialist if you are in need of help. There are also crisis hotlines available via text or phone. Please don’t suffer in silence. #mentalhealthmatters
-Love Nurse Neesy
This month I would like to spotlight several African Americans who have made an impact in our world. In the American school system, we are taught about the same historical Black figures from kindergarten through high school. There are several other phenomenal Black people that have made a difference in our world and they deserve to be recognized!
Black history month is in the shortest month of the calendar year! Please make it your duty to educate yourself daily on Black history. When we know better, we do better!
-Love Nurse Neesy
Put your pink on and join in the fight against breast cancer! Call or visit a loved one and make sure that they are up to date on their yearly mammogram. Are you completing your monthly self-breast exams? Not sure how to complete them? Go to https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam for more information.
-Love Nurse Neesy
Well y’all I did it! I got my first Covid-19 vaccine! One more to go.
I will admit that the quick development of the vaccine was the main reason why I did not want to get it. However, pandemic anxiety and my children wanting to return to in person class instruction were my determining factors for getting the vaccine.
I have never been a person to get anxious, but ever since the pandemic started I have experienced the worst anxiety ever in my life! I mean, I was terrified to leave the house and be around other people. I am hoping that two weeks after receiving my second dose when I am considered “fully vaccinated” that this will change. We should not live in fear, but we should also be cautious and careful.
I have not experienced any serious side effects after receiving my first vaccine. I only had soreness at the injection site for a day or two. I will keep you all updated on my second 💉 dose. Have you gotten yours? Let me know your experience below.
Love 💕 Nurse Neesy
Happy New Year! I can’t believe that we are at the end of the first month of 2021 already! How many of you have already broken your resolutions by now LOL? Instead of making a New Year’s resolution this year I decided to start a new venture in my nursing career.
For those of you who do not know my story, I started working with patients at the bedside as a teenager. I worked as a patient transporter and a dietary aide in the hospital. I then became a patient care tech and a home health/hospice aide. I love caring for others and truly believe that nursing is my calling!
As a nurse, I am a true advocate for my patients. I stand up for them when they are not able or afraid to do so. I help them access the healthcare resources that they need when they don’t know how. I am their shoulder to cry on, and their available ear to listen when they are lonely.
I have worked in a wide arena of nursing including correctional facilities, assisted living, inpatient and home hospice, OB/GYN and adult medicine medical offices and most recently tele-health due to the pandemic. Through tele-health visits I was able to touch bases with my elderly, immuno-compromised, or chronic condition patients who were instructed not to come into the office unless absolutely necessary.
I was able to coordinate their care from a distance. Let me tell you, getting my patient’s the resources that they needed to withstand this pandemic felt amazing! I fell in love with care coordination so much that I’ve moved into this as my new nursing position. Being able to follow my patients after they have had a doctor’s appointment, hospital or rehab stay and giving them the tools that they need to prevent being readmitted feels so fulfilling! This is where I need to be. Helping my patients take better care of themselves! I am doing what I was born to do!❤️
Ok ladies, it’s time to grab your mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, or friends, and make sure that they are up to date on their breast cancer screenings. Heck, go with them to their appointments for support if you have to!
Make sure that you and your loved ones are also performing your self-breast exams monthly. If you are unsure of how to perform this please see the link below.
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-examContact your physician or other advanced practiced providers immediately if you notice any irregularities or have any of the following symptoms:
- lump or swelling in the breast or axilla area
- change in color, shape, or texture of the breast or nipple
- discharge from the nipple (that is not breast milk)
- peeling/flaking of the nipple skin
- breast/nipple pain
- nipple retraction (turning inward of the breast)
Remember early detection saves lives! We take care of everyone else, so let’s make sure that we take care of ourselves as well!
Take the time out today to check on your loved ones. See if everything is alright with them MENTALLY! We often assume that if people look alright physically that they are doing fine. However, there are many people who dress themselves up daily in “pretty packages” and put on fake smiles. In reality, they are hurting and need someone to talk to but they do not know how to initiate the conversation.
If you know anyone who may need mental health assistance, talk with them and offer to go with them to see a professional. There is a stigma in many communities that may prevent some from seeking help and this needs to be eradicated! We are all in this together! #noshameingettinghelp
Hang in there! You’ve got this! ❤️
Just dropping a friendly reminder that tomorrow February 7, 2020, is National Wear Red Day! We join together to bring awareness and to help fight against heart disease and stroke.
Cardiovascular disease is prevalent in women. Did you know that cardiovascular diseases kill a woman about every 80 seconds? That’s mind-blowing!! Ladies, I know that we are busy with our careers, being mothers, and wives, but when will you make time for you? If we don’t take care of ourselves both physically and mentally, how can we be there for the ones that we love?
High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease are hereditary in my family. To help reduce my cardiovascular risks I have stopped eating meat (besides lean/ heart-healthy fish), reduced stress, and started exercising regularly. What will you do to prevent your risks?
For more information on warning signs of heart attack, stroke, or how to donate to the American Heart Association, please visit: