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As a woman of Color, who just happens to also be a nurse, I'm well aware of the effects of heart disease. At age six I watched my mother pass out while walking to our bathroom because her blood pressure was too high. After that frightening eye-opener, I had a better idea as to why we rarely had bacon or sausage at breakfast, and why after binging on pig's feet & "chitlins" my mother would suffer headaches for days on end. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and TIAs (mini-strokes) permeate both parents' family trees. Knowing that even small steps with lifestyle changes can have a huge positive effect on heart disease, and knowing this information is not getting to the women (and men) of Color who can most benefit is very upsetting for me. My goal is to provide this missing information. I want to help people, especially women of Color to stand up for better healthy living, one step at a time, for their benefit, the benefit of their families and the benefit of their communities. I also have experience in physical rehab, hospice, long-term care, and dementia care. As a patient advocate, I assist patients and their families communicate better with healthcare providers by giving the information, words and tools to speak with healthcare providers, in order to get specific answers to your specific questions. Let's work together for a healthier future. Namasté Deb James, BSN, HNB-BC
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An Exceptional Nurse
Debra Lee James is an exceptional nurse, which our family and church will gladly attest to. She is always on the alert to apply her nursing skills in her world of influence, which thankfully includes our family and our church.
At choir practice one night all of us singers were lined up on the altar steps to sing, and I accidentally stepped down one step and landed on the side of my foot. The crack was audible; Debra disappeared immediately and quickly returned with ice. She insisted I sit down and elevate my foot while she cooled it. Her quick action was later applauded by my doctor, as he prescribed a cast.
Then at a choir party at our house, my, then, 90 year-old mother fainted in the bathroom and fell. Debra came running and asked for a blood pressure cuff. Mother’s blood pressure was really low. When she came to, we got her to an easy chair and I wanted to call 911, but Mother didn’t want to go. Debra sat beside her on the chair arm and very quietly whispered in her ear that sometimes we have to do what makes our family happy; she convinced her to go with 911. As Mother’s memory rapidly declined, her memory of Debra was still indelibly etched in her mind. She called Debra her own very special nurse. Hopefully, she never forgot Debra’s gentleness, her wisdom and her respectful treatment. She has a very special place in our hearts.
In addition, during one of our Sunday services, a visitor passed out and fell into the aisle. Debra rushed over and elevated her feet and had someone call 911. Debra sat on the floor with this visitor and comforted her while she regained consciousness, until 911 arrived and took over.
Our family and our church are very grateful to have “Nurse Debra” in our midst, with her skills and her compassion.
Sincerely, Gail R.-