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Emily Wesson RN    338-1790  ext 306

May 13, 2016  
CPR
Grade 9 Health Class just completed a CPR awareness unit. Taught by Mrs. Littlefield, the students used mannikins obtained by THMS Nurse, Ellie Weaver, through a grant which she wrote.  If you have a student in this health class, ask them to update you on what they learned about CPR!

May 10. 2016
TICKS
Greetings from the nursing office!  Hope you are having a Marvelous May!   
Tick season is in full force.  The following is excerpted from the  HEALTHY WALDO COUNTY NEWSLETTER.....


"Lyme disease has soared in Maine, with the state reporting a record 1,388 confirmed cases in 2014, up from 1,376 in 2013. In the early 2000s, the state reported a few hundred cases per year.

Most at risk are people who spend time in brushy or wooded areas. Lyme disease is caused by bacteria spread by ticks, and people can get it if they are bitten by an infected tick. But not everyone who is bitten by a tick will get Lyme disease. Infected ticks usually don’t spread Lyme disease until they have been attached for at least 36 hours, so it's important to remove ticks (ensuring the tick's head is also removed) as soon as they are noticed.

One sign of Lyme disease is a round, red rash that spreads at the site of a tick bite. The rash can get very large. But, according to some studies, the rash is thought to occur in only 50 to 80 percent of infected patients, so a blood test is recommended. Flu-like symptoms, such as feeling tired, having headaches and sore muscles and joints, and a fever, are common."


To remove the tick, grasp it with tweezers and apply gentle, steady, pulling pressure.  If folks have been out in the garden, woods or brush, checking the body top to bottom is a good practice. 

If you are able to save the tick, I can help you with identifying  it.  We can look under the microscope here, as well as send a photo to University of Maine Waldo County Extension Office. Their number is 342-5971. 

All the Best, 

Emily Wesson RN