Lions help­ing di­a­bet­ics

Bush Telegraph - - EXPLORE PAHIATUA - By DAVE MUR­DOCH Pahiatua Golf Club:

Novem­ber is Di­a­betes Aware­ness Month and Tararua Lions have taken the op­por­tu­nity to do­nate $1000 to the DHG Pahiatua Health Cen­tre to buy the lat­est tech­nol­ogy. Com­mu­nity Nurse Vicky Stretch says it will help hugely in mon­i­tor­ing and treat­ing di­a­betes.

Vicky says the need to prick a fin­ger to self-mon­i­tor di­a­betes lev­els is a huge part of help­ing peo­ple man­age their con­di­tion.

She says many find it dif­fi­cult to do this reg­u­larly and this af­fects their di­a­betes care.

Now a new mon­i­tor — the Free Style Li­bre — is on the mar­ket which does away with the need to draw blood.

A tiny patch is in­serted pain­lessly un­der the skin of the up­per arm and the scan­ner is able to read sugar lev­els ac­cu­rately just by be­ing waved in front of it.

The re­sults can then be down­loaded into com­puter records so the pat­tern can be stud­ied and mea­sures taken to pro­vide care and ad­vice.

Phar­mac does not fund this mon­i­tor yet and at a cost of $85 plus $85/patch, which must be re­placed ev­ery fort­night, it is be­yond the fi­nan­cial ca­pa­bil­i­ties of many di­a­betes suf­fer­ers many of whom are el­derly and in tight eco­nomic cir­cum­stances.

Tararua Lion’s do­na­tion will pro­vide a mon­i­tor and patches so that patients com­ing for treat­ment at the Pahiatua Health Cen­tre can be pain­lessly as­sessed.

Their do­na­tion comes as part of their on­go­ing help for the com­mu­nity, hav­ing just run a raf­fle for Pink Rib­bon and are plan­ning an­other for the food Banks in Eketa¯ huna, Pahiatua and Woodville for Christ­mas.

Their Coast to Coast and Laskey Bike Race cater­ing have helped pro­vide this $1000 as well as the pro­ceeds from help­ing other clubs with the an­nual book sale.

Pahiatua Di­a­betes Com­mu­nity Nurse Kat Peck says patients will now look for­ward to the visit to the health cen­tre and will be more open to help­ing man­age their con­di­tion.

Tues­day Oc­to­ber 30: Bisque Par: 1= G Sorensen and C Daysh 7 up. Drawn two: T Cut­tance. Ac­cu­racy — clos­est to pin #12: C Daysh.

Novem­ber1: Mid-Week Stable­ford: 1 S Hud­dle­ston 43 points, 2 L To­heriri 41, 3 A Devon­shire 40, 4 P Loft­house 39.

Sun­day Novem­ber 4: Ju­nior Ea­gles Tri­an­gu­lar Match­play. Teams of 12 from Manawatu¯ Wan­ganui, Welling­ton and Hawke’s Bay came to Pahiatua to play the an­nual Ju­nior Ea­gles event. Lo­cal ju­nior Tay­lor Hall, who gained his handicap ear­lier this year, was picked in the Man-Wang team and had a win and a loss. The tour­na­ment was won by Hawke’s Bay.

Novem­ber 6: Mel­bourne Cup Day (horse and jockey picks): 1= C Daysh and P Hud­dle­ston & M Drys­dale and S Hud­dle­ston 43, 3 S Ross and D Smith 42. Ac­cu­racy and Twos: G Eb­bett.

Novem­ber 8: Mid-Week Stable­ford: 1 J Dele­hanty 45 s, 2 P Galvin 41.

Novem­ber 10: Medal, Nett Plus Putts: 1 T Lozell 92, 2 P Galvin 94, 3 A Devon­shire 94, 4 N Pear­son 94, 5 D Pierey 96, 6 T Kerins 97, 7 L Aspinall 97, 8 J Cut­tance 97, 9 R Ste­wart 98. Clos­est to the Pin: #9, P Johns, #12 M Galvin.

Tararua Lions out­side the Pahiatua Health Cen­tre with Di­a­betes Care per­son­nel. From left: Stephanie Bonser, Eleanor Bridges, Vicky Stretch (Com­mu­nity Di­a­betes Nurse), Kat Peck (Di­a­betes Com­mu­nity Nurse), Rose Khan (Tararua Lions Pres­i­dent), Anne Ben­nett, Bar­bary Ducket and Vicky Wol­land.

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