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Wesley Nurse


MHM’s Wesley Nurse program is a faith-based, holistic health and wellness program committed to serving the least served through education, health promotion and collaboration with individual and community in achieving improved wellness through self-empowerment. Learn more at www.mhm.org.


Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

Wesley Nurse Program

About Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM) is a private, faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing medical, dental and health-related human services to low-income families and the uninsured in South Texas. These services include primary care medical and dental clinics, support services like counseling, case management and social services, family wellness and parenting programs and church-based community nursing programs. Learn more about MHM at www.mhm.org.

Mission

The mission of Methodist Healthcare Ministries is “Serving Humanity to Honor God” by improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of those least served in the Rio Texas conference area of The United Methodist Church.

About the Wesley Nurse Program

The Wesley Nurse program spans 80 sites throughout South Texas and is Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ largest geographic outreach program. The professional practice of a Wesley Nurse is not limited to the physical dimension of medical needs; rather, it includes a mind, body, and spirit holistic approach. A key component Wesley Nurses undertake in their communities is providing health education, health promotion and facilitation of resources. They assist individuals and communities in achieving improved health and wellness through self-empowerment and access to healthcare resource information. While the Wesley Nurse program is a component of Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ ecumenical outreach, and located within churches, it does not teach a particular set of denominational beliefs. All Wesley Nurse programs are free and all members of the community are welcome. Programs are offered to groups or on an individual basis.

Bee Creek UMC' s Wesley Nurse is Heatherjo Breckenridge, RN, and her number is 512-264-2225 ex. 107. Please call to make an appointment today.


Helping Hand Crisis Ministry

512 Pace Bend Rd, Spicewood, Tx, 78749

Tuesdays, 4-6pm

Heatherjo visits Helping Hands every Tuesday evening to provide health screenings, resource coordination, health education, and one-on-one health counseling to those interested. Please come say hi!

Heatherjo Breckenridge, RN, is a Wesley Nurse with Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM). MHM’s Wesley Nurse program is a faith-based, holistic health and wellness program committed to serving the least served through education, health promotion and collaboration with individual and community in achieving improved wellness through self-empowerment. Learn more at www.mhm.org


Friends and Family CPR

Sunday, April 17th, 12noon in Sunrise Room @ BCUMC

The American Heart Association says cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops and can no longer pump blood to the brain or vital organs. Nearly 38 people an hour suffer a cardiac arrest at home, work, or even church- that is 420,000 people this year alone! Only 1 in 10 cardiac arrest victims survives. You can help save lives by learning Hands-Only CPR.

Join the Wesley Nurse, Heatherjo Breckenridge, on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 12 pm in the Sunrise Room for a short class and demonstration on the technique. It takes only a minute to learn and there will be CPR mannequins to practice. Open to ages 14 and above.


2nd Tuesdays from 10am-12pm

Free Assistance by RN

  • Blood Pressure checks
  • Prescription Assistance
  • Dental Assistance
  • Local Resources
  • Health Education
  • Heatherjo Breckenridge, RN, is a Wesley Nurse with Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM). MHM’s Wesley Nurse program is a faith-based, holistic health and wellness program committed to serving the least served through education, health promotion and collaboration with individual and community in achieving improved wellness through self-empowerment. Learn more at www.mhm.org


    April Wesley Nurse Corner

    Seasonal Allergies-by Heatherjo Breckenridge

    It’s Spring time! While it is a season full of color and life, it is also dreaded allergy season. Here are some signs you’re experiencing seasonal allergies: running nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, sinus pressure, and headaches. Some people even get a sore throat, itchy ears, hearing changes, and rarely one can experience balance issues.

    Season al allergies are sometimes referred to as hay fever. Hay fever is specifically caused by pollens. The most significant cause of hay fever in the United States is ragweed. It begins pollinating in late August and continues until the first frost. Late springtime pollens come from the grasses, i.e., timothy, orchard, red top, sweet vernal, Bermuda, Johnson, and some bluegrasses. Early springtime hay fever is most often caused by pollens of trees such as elm, maple, birch, poplar, beech, ash, oak, walnut, sycamore, cypress, hickory, pecan, cottonwood, and alder.

    Certain allergens are always present in our environment. These include house dust, household pet danders, foods, wool, various chemicals used around the house, and more. Symptoms from these are frequently worse in the winter when the house is closed up. Mold spores cause at least as many allergy problems as pollens.

    Molds are present all year long, and grow outdoors and indoors. Dead leaves and farm areas are common sources for outdoor molds. Indoor plants, old books, bathrooms, and damp areas are common sources of indoor mold growth. Molds are also common in foods, such as cheese and fermented beverages.

    It’s good to know that colorful or fragrant flowering plants rarely cause allergy because their pollens are too heavy to be airborne.

    Some allergy sufferers experience symptoms all year. Others find certain seasons bring on attacks. Allergy symptom control is most successful when multiple management approaches are used simultaneously. Minimizing exposure to allergens, managing symptoms with medications, and desensitization with allergy shots are all methods that can be useful in controlling allergic symptoms. Talk with your doctor to determine the best way to combat your allergy symptoms.

    Here are some things you can do to help minimize you and your family’s exposure to allergens that cause the bothersome allergy symptoms:

    •Wear a pollen mask when mowing grass or house cleaning (most drugstores sell them).

    •Change the air filters monthly in heating and air conditioning systems, and/or install an air purifier.

    •Don’t forget about the changing the air filter in your car.

    •Keep the air on recirculate in your car when driving rather than on fresh air continuously to minimize pollens from entering the cab of your vehicle.

    •Keep windows and doors closed during heavy pollen seasons.

    •Rid your home of indoor plants and other sources of mildew.

    •Don't allow dander-producing animals (i.e., cats, dogs, etc.) in your home.

    •Change feather pillows, woolen blankets, and woolen clothing to cotton or synthetic materials.

    •Enclose mattress, box springs, and pillows in plastic barrier cloth.

    •Use antihistamine and decongestants as necessary and as tolerated.

    •Sleep with a brick or two placed under bedposts at the head of the bed to help relieve nasal congestion, or use a wedge pillow between the mattress and box spring to elevate the head of the bed

    •Observe general good health practices; exercise daily, stop smoking, avoid air pollutants, eat a balanced diet, and supplement diet with vitamins, especially C

    .

    If you would like to know more about what you can do to relieve your allergy symptoms, or any other health matter, please call Heatherjo Breckenridge, RN, the Wesley Nurse at Bee Creek UMC at 512-264-2225 ex. 107 or email her at hbreckenridge@mhm.org.

    This information about seasonal allergies was taken from Texas ENT & Allergy website www.texasentandallergy.com.

    Heatherjo Breckenridge, RN, is a Wesley Nurse with Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM). MHM's Wesley Nurse program is a faith-based, holistic health and wellness program committed to serving the least served through education, health promotion and collaboration with individual and community in achieving improved wellness through self-empowerment. Learn more at www.mhm.org.


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