Lions helping diabetics
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.