How many of you have found yourself ready to scream in the middle of the night because your spouse is sawing not 1 log, but the whole forest? Perhaps go a step farther, and you hear your partner stop breathing. Although snoring can cause many frustrations for couples, sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain and the rest of the body may not get enough oxygen.
There are two types of sleep apnea:
1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
2. Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.
Am I At Risk For Sleep Apnea? Sleep Apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children. Risk factors for sleep apnea include:
Being over 40
Having a large neck size ( 17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women.)
Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or small jaw bone
Having a family history of sleep apnea
Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems
What are the Effects of Sleep Apnea? If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of health problems, including:
High Blood Pressure
Worsening of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
If you would like to discuss Sleep Apnea and your risks, please feel free to contact me.
In His Name, Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse
Hurt + Jesus = Hope
You are not alone! All of us will have a time in your life where we grieve. There are many reasons for that. You may lose someone that you love, suffer a loss of a relationship, have difficulty within your families. There are many reasons for grieving. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone.
Parish Nurse Ministry at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church provides a Grief Support Group the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm in the Counting Room. This group is open to everyone in the church and community.
We invite you to come and hear messages that will lift your spirit. This group is about coming into a safe place to talk, share or perhaps just soak in the experiences of others.
If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to call me at 704-633-0922 (church office) or email me.
Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse
The Parish Nurse Ministry sponsors Women of Faith Bible Study every 2nd Thursday, with few exceptions, at 11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room and picks a place to eat afterwards.
We are excited to continue our partnership with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas with our 2019 blood drives scheduled on the second Monday in February, May, August, and November from 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a goal of 35 units.
Average in and out times is less than an hour. Making an appointment helps to prevent a back-log of donors during the collection period.
Appointments may be made by contacting Alice Davis.
Parish Nursing coordinates with Rowan Helping Ministries their needs for the month.
Please check your weekly Epistle for the ongoing needs of this needed ministry.
Thank you for your generous and thoughtful gifts to those less fortunate!
Rowan One Church One Child is a partnership between Rowan County Department of Social Services and Rowan County churches whose purpose is to ensure healthy, safe and protective outcomes for Rowan County children and teenagers who are victimized and traumatized by sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, neglect, or dependency who are currently receiving Child Protective, In-Home Case Management, Foster Care or Adoption services from the RCDSS Children Services Division. ROCOC's goal is to keep birth families intact or assist relative caregivers who provide care to children. Please contact Jon Hunter at (704) 216-7914 for more information about this program.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church sponsors Rowan One Church One Child. During the year, Parish Nursing highlights items that are needed for this ministry. We thank you for your generosity and support. Please continue to review your weekly Epistle and monthly Epistle for how you can help.
The Parish Nurse Ministry is designed to build on and strengthen the capabilities of individuals, families, and the church congregation, to understand and care for themselves and one another in light of their relationship to God.
Parish Nursing is a program focusing on holistic concepts of health care and the belief that health involves the integration of body, mind, and spirit.
CHS in collaboration with the St. Paul's Health Ministry Cabinet and church leadership, supports the Parish Nurse Ministry in an effort to positively impact the health status of the church community. The St. Paul's Health Ministry Cabinet is composed of volunteers who are interested in a holistic approach to health care.
•Personal Health Counselor: The Parish Nurse advocates for individuals by discussing health concerns and offering knowledge of health options while supporting individuals as they make choices to meet their health needs.
•Pastoral Partner: In collaboration with the Pastor and staff, the Parish Nurse participates in the ongoing transformation of the faith community into a source of health and healing.
•Referral Service: The Parish Nurse serves as a liaison between the church and community resources.
•Health Education: The Parish Nurse collaborating with the St. Paul's Health Cabinet provides information for the church community through bulletin inserts, seminars, group support, and health screening activities.
•Facilitator and Resource: The Parish Nurse identifies health and wellness needs within the faith community collaborating with the St. Paul's Health Cabinet to coordinate health resources within the congregation.
Did you know that the church has a direct line for you to reach our Parish Nurse, Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, during the week and weekends? The phone line was added to allow for your privacy concerning sensitive health questions and/or concerns. Your calls will be returned within 24-48 hours.
To reach her, please call (704) 431-6633.
You can also email Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse.
Jill Earnhardt, RN, is the Parish Nurse for St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Jill is native to Rowan County and graduated from East Rowan High School. She is a graduate of Stanly Community College with a degree in Respiratory Therapy as well as a Registered Nurse. She is married to Perry Earnhardt and has 2 beautiful daughters, Jenna Earnhardt Shay and Ivy Earnhardt. In her spare time she is very active in her church, enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys spending time with her faithful companion, her dog Judge and her chickens. She is engaged in a special educational program for Parish Nursing and is associated with Carolinas Health Care System.
Jill is a warm individual skilled in the art of caring. Professional and well-qualified, she is ready to treat you as a whole person, taking into account your physical, emotional, and spiritual well being with confidentiality.