Caregiver Newsletter | June 2019
Welcome to our Summer Interns:
Lucy Loessin and Poua Yang
Lucy is from Oconomowoc, WI and will be a senior this fall at  UW-Madison .

She is double-majoring in Accounting/Management and in Human Resources (MHR) and plans to pursue a career in accounting after graduation.

An avid reader, Lucy enjoys spending time with family and with friends.

She is excited about joining Midwest Family Care this summer and is looking forward to gaining experience in the care industry.

Welcome to the team, Lucy!
Poua is pursuing a two-year accounting degree at Madison College .

Poua comes from a large family and is very active with friends and family. She enjoys helping others and is always in learning mode.

She started a little farm in her backyard, which includes a veggie garden, a few flower beds, hens, a dog, cats, and a bunny. 

One of her favorite quotes is: “Life is what you make it!”

Welcome to the team, Poua!

June Health Observances
10 Signs That You are Dehydrated

Here is this month's note from our LNP, Michele Klee:

The human body is made up of approximately 70-percent water.

So it makes sense that fluids are vital  for the majority of our bodily functions—protecting our joints, maintaining organ function, transporting oxygen to cells, and sustaining body temperature.

It also makes sense that the body can become dehydrated fairly quickly due to excess perspiration, hot weather, sun exposure, and lack of fluids throughout the day.

Here are 10 of the most common signs of dehydration.

1. Fatigue Sets In  When the body suffers from chronic dehydration, blood flow and blood pressure drop due to a lack of water and oxygen in the blood. 

2. Urine Appears Dark Yellow  Concentrated, dark, yellow urine is a first sign of dehydration.
3. Sudden Lightheadedness  When your blood pressure drops due to dehydration, dizziness often follows if you stand up too quickly.  

4. Heart Rate Increases  Dehydration often causes plummeting electrolyte levels, which will lead to increased heart rate, heart palpitations (or spasms) in the actual heart muscle. 

5. You Overheat  Fluid levels within the body keep our temperatures regulated so we don’t become dehydrated and overheat—or even worse suffer dangerous heatstroke!   

6. Muscles Cramp  Hydration, or more so electrolyte balance, is vital for muscle contraction so when sodium and potassium stores are low it can cause painful muscle spasms. 

7. Constipated  Water is necessary for efficient digestion, which means water absorption is required for healthy bowel movements. 

8. Skin Loses Elasticity  Why did you think your doctor pinches your skin to see how fast it bounces back? This quick “pinch test” indicates normal turgor  (hydrated skin snaps back to normal quickly ) vs. decreased or compromised turgor (dehydrated skin remains elevated and returns to normal slowly).

9. No More Tears  If you’re crying and stop producing tears it’s a good clue that you’re seriously dehydrated. 

10. You’re Parched  Listen to your body! One surefire way to tell if you’re dehydrated is when you’re thirsty, your mouth and throat are dry, your tongue may feel sticky or dry, and even parched and swell in cases of extreme dehydration.