Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning intensive care, immunisation and iron.
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Nothing quite prepares you for seeing your loved ones in an intensive care environment for the first time. Often lying helpless seemingly tangled in a myriad of tubes and beeping machines, it’s bad enough for a visitor. Imagine what it’s like for the patient if they’re conscious. Keeping calm, cooperative and positive are key in getting through an extended intensive care period. Being in intensive care in the first place is probably linked to a traumatic event such as an accident or an illness. But being cooped up in a confined space for an extended period of time and not being in control of your own bodily functions can be depressing and traumatic in itself. Roistering of nurses may mean a patient sees a new face every day. This can be alienating and inhibit report and trust being developed between patient and the carer. Visitors and firm calls are crucial to the mental of health of the hospital bound. Don’t be afraid to ask for a counselor if it’s all getting a little too much and you’re feeling isolated. Sleep deprivation can be an issue. The noises of the ward, the half hourly observations. You might have to ask the nurse for a little help in getting to sleep. They might have a sedative that’s safe for you. Being in intensive care is an intense experience. Be calm, be positive, it’s time to rest and heal. It’s not only school children who have to line up for their shots. Anyone at any age may need to become immunized against deadly diseases if they want to do a bit of travel for work or pleasure. Not all countries have grade A sewerage treatment plant or chemically treated water. Diseases like cholera and diphtheria still occur around the world. If you’re traveling to Africa for example, it’s advised that you’d be vaccinated for 11 diseases including rabies, tuberculosis and typhoid fever. There’s no current vaccine for malaria. So if it’s a tropical hotspot you’re off to, you need to pack a prophylactic course of antibiotics in with your bathers. A vaccine contains a weakened version of a disease, one that probably can’t reproduce well. When it’s injected into the body, white blood cells eat the microbes thinking they’re dangerous. They then take the remains of the disease to the lymphatic system where T and B cells gather around and make copies of the shapes of the disease cells so they can create some armies to smother them with. It’s like a factory and makes for a happier holiday. Do you often find yourself running out of puff or unable to concentrate for long periods, you may be lacking in iron, that essential nutrient responsible for oxygen absorption in the body. If you let it go on, you could suffer fatigue and anemia. Red meat is a fabulous source of hemo-iron. This is the easiest type of iron for your body to utilize. Hemo-iron occurs in animals and non hemo-iron occurs in plants. Non hemo-iron is harder for the body to access. Seafood is also rich in iron. Oysters are even higher in iron than a piece of steak. Six oysters will give you a 4-milligram iron heat, a steak will give you 3. Not into eating animals, try an iron supplement. The tannins in tea inhibit iron absorption. Try orange juice instead.
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