Theresa Muesel, MSN, RN

Campus Nurse

Phone: 936-276-5509

Fax: 936-276-5501

theresa.muesel@misd.org

Please feel free to call or email me with any health concerns regarding your student.

About Nurse Muesel....My name is Theresa Muesel and I am so excited to start my second year as the nurse here at Keenan.  I have been a nurse for 13 years. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of the Incarnate Word and spent most of my time in the Neonatal ICU as a bedside nurse and educator.  I discovered a passion for teaching during my time in the NICU and earned my Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas in Austin.  Health and education are my passions and being able to practice both each day as a school nurse has been a dream!  I am looking forward to a safe and healthy 2019-2020 school year. 

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Hello Keenan Lion Family,

I hope this note finds you and your family healthy and safe. I sincerely miss seeing my little lions and taking care of them at school. For now as we adjust to this new "norm" I will be sending out an update weekly regarding health and wellness. I will not only try to cover information regarding COVID-19, but also provide some health and wellness education, activities and resources. I have launched my personal website, http://schools.misd.org/page/theresamuesel-home, which has a tab with reliable resources to consult regarding COVID-19.

Please refer to misd.org and your email with district wide updates regarding COVID-19 and its effect on the school district. Here are some friendly health reminders to prevent the spread of the virus:

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC, as well as government officials, are strongly suggesting that we all practice social distancing. So tempting as it is to go visit friends or hang out with others at parks, we all need to resist the urge and stay home.

If you must go out (to get groceries for example), do your best to maintain 6 feet distance from others. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately after going out in public. Also, it is probably best to leave your student(s) at home as to minimize contact.

There are everyday steps that can also help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including:
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you or someone is sick at your home, stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if possible. If not, clean with disinfectant objects and surfaces when touched.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
· Stay home when you are sick.
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the
trash. If a tissue is not available cough into your elbow
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, 
especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. The type of soap is not important; it is the motion of washing that cleanses your hands. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

While at home here are some general tips to keep your little Lion healthy!

• Try to eat healthy - Eating a healthy and varied diet will give our bodies the best vitamins and nutrients which in turn builds our immune system to fight diseases like COVID-19. Extra Vitamin C is especially good to keep our immune systems strong. Fun fact: the human body cannot produce or store vitamin C so it’s essential to consume it

regularly. Foods high in vitamin C include oranges, lemons, broccoli,

cantaloupe, bell peppers, and strawberries.

  • Try to get 60 minutes of family exercise daily. This can be as simple

    as playing outside in the backyard or going for a walk around your neighborhood. This will get our hearts pumping and give us a boost of endorphins. The 60 minutes does not all have to be together. It
    can even be split up in 10 minute segments.

  • Try to get enough sleep - Make an effort to get 8-10 hours of sleep a

night. Adequate sleep refreshes and regenerates our cells in ways that science is just now beginning to understand. It also helps improve your immune system.

  • Limit screen time - too much screen time is not healthy. I am acutely aware of how challenging this proves to be in this unusual time, especially with three young children of my own. Encourage your little lion to engage in activities throughout the day that does not involve screens such as puzzles, build things with blocks, set up forts, play tag, make an obstacle course, etc. In particular, the 2 hours before bed are crucial to reducing screen time for healthy sleep. Shut off media to help relax and unwind before bed. There is data suggesting that too much "blue light" from screens inhibits melatonin production which reduces the quantity and quality of sleep.

  • Try to maintain a routine - this is easier said than done but children thrive on routine. Since changes in routine can be stressful, it will be helpful to talk with your kids about why they are staying home and what your daily structure will be during this time. Let them help create a daily schedule that can hang on the refrigerator or somewhere they can see it each day. Be sure to include breaks from tele-work or schoolwork to relax and connect with each other. Maintaining some a routine at home will make it easier to regain their schedule when back at school.

Please refer to the following reliable resources to learn about more information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time social distancing and basic preventive hygiene is key to remaining healthy and slowing the spread.

Please click on the following link on How to Protect Yourself

 

HealthyChildren.org - This website is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is updated regularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has a lot of great information concerning the virus and children and families.

Working and Learning from Home During the COVID 19 Outbreak

 

Coronavirus Government Website

 

CDC - COVID 19 Homepage

 

Johns Hopkins Real Time COVID-19 Case Map - This is a reliable and interesting real time tracking website of cases across the world.

 

Texas Department of State Health Services - for information about the COVID-19 pandemic from the state of Texas

COVID-19 Dashboard - Texas - Similar to the Johns Hopkins Dashboard but specifically for Texas

Montgomery County COVID19 Hub - Not only provides information on cases in Montgomery County, but also school and government closures

Montgomery County Health Department - for information regarding closures, precautions and cases in Montgomery County.

If you have any questions or concerns during the school closure please feel free to email me.

If you believe you may have coronavirus you may use the Montgomery County screening tool to determine your next steps. 

This screening tool is not a substitute for professional medical advice and is not designed to diagnose or treat any condition. Always consult a medical professional or your primary healthcare provider for symptoms or emergencies

If you’re experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

The following are medication forms that must be completed for the school year.  If you have any questions regarding these forms please feel free to call or email me.

 

Medication Administration Form

MISD Student Asthma Action and Medication Form

MISD Allergy and Anaphylaxsis/Epi-Pen Form

Cafe Food Allergy Substitution Request Form

Texas school and child-care facility immunization requirements are determined by the state legislature and set by the Texas Department of State Health Services, in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency.

 

Maintaining adequate immunization rates in schools is critical to preventing disease outbreaks and ensuring the health of Texas children.

All immunizations must be up-to-date before

State of Texas Immunization Page

Conscience Exemption of Immunizations

Immunization Schedule

 

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them

Disease Vaccine Disease spread by Disease symptoms Disease complications
Chickenpox Varicella vaccine protects against chickenpox. Air, direct contact Rash, tiredness, headache, fever Infected blisters, bleeding disorders, encephalitis (brain swelling), pneumonia (infection in the lungs)
Diphtheria DTaP* vaccine protects against diphtheria. Air, direct contact Sore throat, mild fever, weakness, swollen glands in neck Swelling of the heart muscle, heart failure, coma, paralysis, death
Hib Hib vaccine protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b. Air, direct contact May be no symptoms unless bacteria enter the blood Meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), intellectual disability, epiglottitis (life-threatening infection that can block the windpipe and lead to serious breathing problems), pneumonia (infection in the lungs), death
Hepatitis A HepA vaccine protects against hepatitis A. Direct contact, contaminated food or water May be no symptoms, fever, stomach pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes), dark urine Liver failure, arthralgia (joint pain), kidney, pancreatic, and blood disorders
Hepatitis B HepB vaccine protects against hepatitis B. Contact with blood or body fluids May be no symptoms, fever, headache, weakness, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes), joint pain Chronic liver infection, liver failure, liver cancer
Influenza (Flu) Flu vaccine protects against influenza. Air, direct contact Fever, muscle pain, sore throat, cough, extreme fatigue Pneumonia (infection in the lungs)
Measles MMR** vaccine protects against measles. Air, direct contact Rash, fever, cough, runny nose, pink eye Encephalitis (brain swelling), pneumonia (infection in the lungs), death
Mumps MMR**vaccine protects against mumps. Air, direct contact Swollen salivary glands (under the jaw), fever, headache, tiredness, muscle pain Meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), encephalitis (brain swelling), inflammation of testicles or ovaries, deafness
Pertussis DTaP* vaccine protects against pertussis (whooping cough). Air, direct contact Severe cough, runny nose, apnea (a pause in breathing in infants) Pneumonia (infection in the lungs), death
Polio IPV vaccine protects against polio. Air, direct contact, through the mouth May be no symptoms, sore throat, fever, nausea, headache Paralysis, death
Pneumococcal PCV13 vaccine protects against pneumococcus. Air, direct contact May be no symptoms, pneumonia (infection in the lungs) Bacteremia (blood infection), meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), death
Rotavirus RV vaccine protects against rotavirus. Through the mouth Diarrhea, fever, vomiting Severe diarrhea, dehydration
Rubella MMR** vaccine protects against rubella. Air, direct contact Sometimes rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes Very serious in pregnant women—can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, birth defects
Tetanus DTaP* vaccine protects against tetanus. Exposure through cuts in skin Stiffness in neck and abdominal muscles, difficulty swallowing, muscle spasms, fever Broken bones, breathing difficulty, death

* DTaP combines protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
** MMR combines protection against measles, mumps, and rubella.

 

Vaccination Resources

Express Family Clinic:
936-463-8104  or 281-742-0624
No appointment necessary, Immunizations/Flu Vaccines $10, School Physicals $30

http://www.expressfamilyclinic.com/

Montgomery ISD Medication Policy

All medications must be brought to the clinic by an adult.  This includes cough drops, over the counter creams, etc.

Prescription drugs and Non-prescription drugs:

The school must receive an authorization to administer medication form before a medication can be given. The form is available in the clinic or on our website. This form must be signed by the parent/guardian. Any medication being taken for >14 consecutive days, must also have the physician’s signature. In addition, the following must occur:

  1. The medicine must be in the original container and not expired.
  2. All medicine must be brought to and removed from the clinic by the parent/guardian, not the student.
  3. For prescription medicine, the label must contain the student’s name, name of medication, directions for use and date.
  4. Any changes to a prescription regimen require a new medication label.
  5. For over the counter medicine, such as Advil, we can only give the recommended dosage on the bottle; any amount exceeding that requires a physician’s approval in writing.
  6. The following conditions require additional paperwork: Diabetes, Asthma, Food allergies, severe allergies requiring emergency medication and Seizure Disorders.
  7. Please only bring small quantities of over the counter (OTC) medicine due to limited space available.
  8. Medicine cannot be stored during the summer months. Please make arrangements to pick up any medication left in the clinic prior to the end of the school year. Also, each school must have a new and updated Medication Authorization form every year.

Students with the following conditions shall be excluded from school:

  • Oral temperature of 100 degrees F or higher
  • Elevated (or possibly a normal) temperature combined with any of the following: a severe cold with yellow-green nasal discharge, excessive coughing, swollen glands, or skin rash
  • Eyes inflamed with purulent discharge
  • Head lice (must be live lice-free with continued progress toward removing nits to come back to school)
  • Skin lesions (i.e. impetigo, ringworm and scabies) until under treatment and can be covered
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Communicable disease

Students will be re-admitted after being vomiting, diarrhea or fever-free for 24 hours without the help of medications. Students with some conditions may return to school after being treated for 24 hours with an antibiotic. Call the school nurse for specific readmission guidelines.

** Please send a doctor's note or parent note upon returning to school when your student is out due to illness**

* Underwear and socks sizes 3T to 16 boys and girls

*Gently worn shoes sizes 9-adult boys and girls

*New or gently worn shorts, pants, bottoms sizes 3T-16 boys and girls

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Domestic Violence and abuse is rising, especially during this time as families may not feel safe presenting at a hospital or have knowledge of the 24 clinic at MCHD.
 
Should you or someone you know suspect or experience any type of abuse, please contact your local police department and/or Texas Forensic Nurse Examiners for forensic nursing services & advocacy. Children and Adults can be seen at MCHD 24 hour clinic 1300 South Loop 336 West, Conroe, 77304.
 
Texas Forensic Nurse Examiners 24 hour number 281-306-6893 option 1
Montgomery County Sheriffs Office 936-760-5800

Montgomery Police Department 936-597-6866

Conroe Police Department 936-522-3200
Montgomery County Constable's Office 281-364-4211
Shenandoah Police Department 281-367-8952

For Emergencies please call 911