During the SSM St. Mary's-Audrain Day of Celebration Wednesday at Mexico Senior Center, Cheryl Lummis, APN, gave a program on the cancer center and diabetes. She spoke on cancer screenings and how important they are. Something the cancer center is now offering is lung screenings. With the screening lung cancer can be detected at an early stage. "This has been phenomenon," Lummis said.
She also talked about diabetes and told those attending the diabetes is a nasty disease. "There is no cure for it," she said. She told some of the symptoms, and said exercise and what a person eats is important to a diabetic. Lummis also touched on sugar-free food. She said carbohydrates are high in sugar-free food and candy. She also said to eat in moderation. Several people had questions for Lummis mainly about diabetes.
In addition there were booths for blood pressure checks, relaxation techniques SSM Health and Home and Hospice had a question and answer booth. Committee members for the day and working at the booths were Sherri Hayes, RN, business development for SSM Home Health and Hospice; Amy Schnoebelen, MSW; Arlinda Wilson, Home Health and Branch Manager for SSM; Shawna Keeter, Health and Wellness secretary; and Maryam Al-Kurdi, volunteer who also served on the committee helping the senior center with the plans for the day.
The celebration was to honor all retired doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff in the medical fields.
The day was spent reminiscing about the past and learning about how to treat medical problems.
Cake and ice cream was served to those attending.
The senior center holds the Day of Celebration events to honor former employees of Mexico businesses or former businesses.