The Mountain Messenger

Filling in the Gaps


oxygenation.jpgNurse Perkins administers a blood oxygenation test to Jack MarshallDOWNIEVILLE — Tuesday’s lunch hosted by the Golden Rays at the Community Hall proved to be another happening event, with nearly 50 either in attendance or getting meals to go. The Messenger will write an in-depth article in the future about the weekly senior lunch and the community volunteers making this meal and fun time possible. But for now, the spotlight will shine on Sierra County’s Public Health Department Nurse Deborah Perkins’ “Wonder Woman” efforts to fill in the gaps and meet the needs of all ages across Sierra County.

Between gobbling up chili dogs and fruit salad, seniors awaited their turn to sit with Perkins at the Senior Centers Blood Pressure Clinic table she and Health Assistant III Theresa Norman set up. Perkins hoped to report good blood pressure and oxygenation numbers to all who took a moment to get checked out by this free service. Removing the blood pressure cuff from visiting seniors resulted in a...