January 12th

National Pharmacist Day:

National Pharmacist Day is honors pharmacists.

This is a day that  recognizes their important role in medical care.

A Pharmacist must be knowledgeable of the chemistry of all medicines.

They can inform you of a drugs’ side effects, and all aspects of prescription medicine.

Very importantly, they understand and recognize the inter-action of drugs together…many people take numerous drugs.

A pharmacist will be able to answer questions about medications that doctors are not trained to answer. The entire background is in the chemistry of the chemicals put into making drugs.

A pharmacist can be a best friend when it comes to helpful information and warnings.

I have found calling the pharmacist first with drug related questions has saved me not only time but kept me from unreasonable worries.

They are easier to reach than your doctor and play an important role in your health care.

They also can provide you with complete lists of all prescriptions that you have taken throughout the year which is a wonderful asset at tax time.

It is best to pick one pharmacy and stick with them as you will find it helpful to develop a friendly working relationship.

National Pharmacist Day recognizes this important role.

If you are in the pharmacy today, make sure to wish your pharmacist a good day and thank them for their hard work.

Remember to put a smile on your face when getting your prescriptions. After all you are receiving something that will make you feel better hopefully, so spread that feeling around.

Guest Speaker:

This is also a good time for teachers to take time to teach their students the important roles of pharmacists. Have a guest speaker come into your class and let them know about the importance of control of over the counter prescriptions as well as controlled prescriptions.

Cold and Flue Season:

January is flu and cold season so what a perfect time to take a day and do a lesson on health care.

This is a great time to introduce hand sanitizer to your students or children. Let them understand the  importance of frequently cleaning their hands.

It is also an excellent time to remind parents to each donate a box of kleenex to their childs classroom. I always had each student bring a box and we put them in the supply cupboard and took one box out at a time to place on my desk. That way every child had kleenex and we didn’t have the issue of that’s mine. Once they went into the supplies they belonged to everyone.

Donating a box of kleenex every quarter of the year helps immensely to cut down on the amount of germs in the classrooms.

Many classrooms now have hand sanitizer containers attacked on the wall. Remind students not to share food, and drinks.

It is also important this time of year to keep children home if they are sick.

I always gave my students three rules to follow when they weren’t allowed to be in my class.

1) Running a fever

2) vomiting

3) diarrhea

I have seen many students sent to school with these conditions in my forty years of teaching. Parents these are signs that if you don’t keep them home you could have more serious complications. They need to stay home and rest their body.

Most schools no longer have a nurses room or area to lay down. If you send them to school ill they are exposing the entire school.

Parents please if you work arrange for a sitter to be at home with them, a grandparent someone. They need to be monitored, have plenty of fluids,water, chicken soup, etc.

Remember family should come first. If you have to take a day off of work to stay home with your child then do it. You owe it to them.

When giving liquids keep in mind that soda may not be the best liquid. Water, Gatorade and occasionally 7-up or sprite for a calming effect. However, Gatorade will replenish the body with needed nutritional fluids. When sick your body dehydrates and you want to hydrate it as quickly as possible.

Avoid milk products at all cost.

Homemade chicken noodle soup has been used for years as a health cure.

Also cinnamon tea has been known for its healing powers in some cultures.

Whatever your family’s customs are make sure you get plenty of fluids, plenty of sleep and stay home for the first few days.

Do not take sick children around older people to visit. People as they get older are more prone to pneumonia and hospital visits.

Avoid visiting Grandparents and senior citizens until you feel well.

Put off a birthday party or celebration until everyone is healthy.

Remember everyone will enjoy gatherings more if no one is sick.

Don’t forget to ask your pharmacist for the best recommended medications during flu season.

Every year the germs are different and the pharmacist will know what is working the best for that  year.

Remember only take medications when absolutely needed. Your body builds up a tolerance and if you over use then you may not have anything to help you when you really need it.

Since we are talking about health today let’s talk about positives also:

Exercise:

This time of year unless we are active in an outdoor sport we have a tendency to get lazy. This is a good time to start a new exercise program. Join a gym, get together with a group of friends to exercise, find a local place to walk indoors but stay active.

Dieting:

January is the month when everyone decides it’s time for a new start and make New Years resolutions.

Dieting isn’t a necessity however, it is a good time to break habits and start better habits.

Frequently instead of dieting it could be as simple as setting regular eating times and not skipping meals.

Maybe it is a matter of eliminating one food from your diet such as soda.

This is a good time for taking a cooking class, a nutrition class, etc at  your local college or enrichment classes.

Hospitals frequently offer classes for nutrition, diets, and healthy foods, along with classes in health for diabetics extra.

You don’t have to look at it like oh my gosh I have to diet. You can look at it like it’s a time simply to participate in a new activity and have a new learning experience. Take from it what you enjoy and move on.

Beauty Tips:

This is the time of year when we look in the mirror and start to feel bad about the way we look.

Are we too old, too fat, do we need tanned? Whatever there is simple cures for this.

This is a wonderful time to get a new hair cut.

Try a new fashion style.

For you ladies check out the new lines of make-up.

Do something new and whatever you do dress-up daily.

The better you look the better you feel and Guys that applies to you too.

Get rid of the hip huggers, the butt cracks, and the thongs that show above the pants.

Dress with fashion, and beauty. Be proud of how you look.

Embrace yourself and your new style.

So now that we have covered health, exercising, dieting, fashion, and generally everything that should make you feel good the only thing left is love.

Share your love with those around you.

You don’t have to have a partner to be loved. Love yourself, love your life, and love your family and friends. Let the love shine.

Be the person you were meant to be. This is the beginning of the rest of your life.

Enjoy your journey and stay healthy, and warm.

If you are fortunate enough to find wealth along the way remember me.

until next time 🙂

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