Parish Nurse

Romans 12:12~Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Happy summer! I hope this finds you slowing down to enjoy the warm summer evenings, perhaps a family vacation, camp, a good book, a day at the beach.

I would like to thank both Diana and Bert Barton, and Carolyn Beecher for their generous contribution of wheelchairs for use by the congregation at Good Shepherd. There will be a sign out sheet in the Parish nurse office if you might need a wheelchair for a weekend excursion or even just to get into church with some extra assistance. Please drop a note into my mailbox in the office or email me at nurse@goodshepherdcares.org to let me know of your need.

A recent increase in cellulitis has been noted in our congregation over the last few weeks, so I wanted to remind you of symptoms to watch for.

Summer brings an increase in insect bites that you might scratch, outdoor activities where you might injure your skin with a cut or scrape, and the normal bacteria on your skin can invade a break in the skin. 

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection involving the inner layers of the skin. Signs and symptoms include an area of redness which increases in size over a couple of days. The borders of the area of redness are generally not sharp and the skin may be swollen. While the redness often turns white when pressure is applied this is not always the case. The area of infection is usually  painful and the person may have a fever and feel tired. Although cellulitis can occur anywhere on the body, the legs and face are the most common sites involved. The leg is typically affected following a break in the skin.  Risk factors can include leg swelling (edema) and older age. It is also common to have an insect bite, scratch without even realizing it, and have the area become infected. (Cited and abridged from Wikipedia)

Cellulitis does not go away by itself, but generally can be treated with oral antibiotics. Please see your health care provider if you have redness that is spreading, swelling or pain associated with the redness or you develop fever, which may mean a more serious infection is present. Left untreated, cellulitis can turn into abscess formation, and can make a person seriously ill. Leg elevation for lower extremity cellulitis in addition to completing the prescribed course of antibiotics are your best defense against a worsening infection.

Be safe this summer, blessings to each of you.

Gods peace,
Lois