Health

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November is Diabetes Month; CGM becoming more accessible for people living with diabetes


Continuous Glucose Monitoring ... November is Diabetes Month. Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is on the rise and is now much more affordable. These small units, as pictured above, help understand glucose trends so you can better manage eating, exercise and medication, provide more comfort at night if you worry about low blood sugars while you sleep, even alarming you to wake up when sugars are too low or too high, and understand the importance of taking medication and the timing of medication. Submitted photo.

by Angie Mettille, RN/BSN, Certified Diabetes Educator
 
It is likely that you’ve heard the term CGM, but may not be sure what it means. Maybe you have noticed some people in the community with a white circular device on the back of their arm and have wondered what it was.

A continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM) is a device that allows for constant monitoring of blood glucose (sugar) levels. CGM gives you, as a person with diabetes (or a person caring for someone with diabetes), an easy, at-a-glance way to access your blood sugar levels 24 hours a day, with minimal pokes and needles.

As many people living with diabetes know, checking their blood sugar is a critical piece of diabetes management. CGM systems have been shown to help people keep glucose levels stable, reducing episodes of both low and high blood sugars, and therefore decreasing the risk of complications from diabetes.

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Nov

‘Baby and Me - The Basics’ Class to be offered at VMH January 2

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH), together with Helping Services of Northeast Iowa, will be offering the ‘Baby and Me - The Basics’ class Tuesday evening, January 2, from 4-8:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Large Conference Room.

Helping Services’ Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, Barb Fjelstul and Rachel Weber, will teach the basics about how to correctly secure children in their car seat and getting the seat secured in the vehicle. Barb Fjelstul, also a breast-feeding educator, will guide participants through the challenges and rewards of breast-feeding and provide techniques to ensure baby is getting the most benefit from nursing.

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Blood Donor Day December 4

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, December 4, from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

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Nov

Flu Shots and COVID available every Wednesday by appointment at VMH Community and Home Care-Allamakee Public Health

The Flu and COVID vaccines continue to be offered each Wednesday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee Public Health. Flu shots are recommended for all those who have not yet received the vaccine and will be effective throughout the rest of the flu season.

According to the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, flu vaccines are proven to help prevent millions of illnesses and have been shown to reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor by 40-60%. COVID-19 vaccines help protect by creating an antibody response without having to experience potentially severe illness or post-COVID conditions. Although it is still possible to get sick after being vaccinated, flu and COVID immunizations are proven to help prevent severe illness, which can be lifesaving.

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22
Nov

November is National Home Care Month; Ask for local home health service


National Home Care Month ... November is National Home Care Month. The Veterans Memorial Hospital’s Community and Home Care RNs and trained home care aides travel the entire Allamakee County area and beyond helping their patients to remain living independently in their own homes. Referrals for their services can be made by family members, physicians, neighbors, friends, and other health care facilities. Patients can also request Community & Home Care themselves when being discharged from another health care facility. Pictured above, at left, is Lee Koehring of Waukon with Home Care RN, Juli Viet, at right, who cares for him. Submitted photo.

The month of November is National Home Care Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care (Allamakee County Public Health) travels the entire Allamakee County area and beyond offering adults the assistance they need to remain living in their homes, as long as possible.

Registered nurses and trained home care aides offer a variety of services including nursing visits, medication set-up and administration, dressing cares, IVs, catheter and colostomy cares, overseeing rehabilitation in-home programs and assistance with personal cares.  RN staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Enthusiastic volunteers needed to fill EMT Class to begin in January


More EMTs needed locally ... Seven area ambulance services regularly bring patients to the Emergency Room (ER) at Veterans Memorial Hospital including Harpers Ferry, Lansing, Monona, New Albin, Postville, Waterville and Waukon. More EMTs are greatly needed in all area communities. NICC will be offering a face-to-face EMT Class in Waukon beginning in January. Registration for the class must be completed prior to the orientation night January 8. Pictured above, left to right, Jamie Melcher of Harpers Ferry and Elliott Evanson of Waterville recently became EMTs to truly help others, and are now encouraging others to take this class as well. Submitted photos.

The number of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in this area has dwindled over the years as licensed EMTs have retired. Allamakee and northern Clayton Counties are fortunate to have many emergency response services, but nearly all of them are in need of more EMTs on their service to share the call time, ensuring local emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Jamie Melcher of Harpers Ferry is an EMT and states, “I became an EMT to assist our great crew in helping our community when they need it most. I continue to be an EMT because it feels good seeing the relief and reassurance on people’s faces when we arrive.”

Wed
22
Nov

“Wishing You a Merry Grinchmas” at the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 32nd Annual Christmas Fantasy


Decorated trees on display at the Christmas Fantasy ... The Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 32nd Annual Christmas Fantasy drew many Grinch fans last weekend, hosting nearly 50 decorated full-size Christmas trees at the event held November 10-13 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. These trees, some of which are pictured above, were all decorated by local individuals, businesses, organizations and classes and each had a local person or business sponsoring them as well. Submitted photo.

Entertainment at the 32nd Annual Christmas Fantasy ... Many local entertainers also performed at each event during the course of the Christmas Fantasy weekend. Pictured above is the Waukon High School Band directed by JoAnn Sherman, performing at the Monday luncheon. Pictured below, local story-sharing enthusiast Sue Kiesau read stories to youth in attendance and the Grinch also made an appearance at the Fantasy. Submitted photos.

The 2023 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy drew many Grinch fans to the events and viewing of the large numbers of Christmas trees and silent auction items on display. The event was held last weekend, November 10-13, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon, and was a huge success thanks to all of the overwhelming community involvement.

A near record number of auction items were donated to this year’s Fantasy by area businesses and individuals. The 115 auction items were displayed and auctioned on a silent auction bid to the highest bidder Monday night at 7 p.m.

Trees on display during this 32nd annual Foundation Fantasy highlighted nearly 50 full-size Christmas Trees decorated by individuals, businesses and many groups around the area. Many individuals worked, served and donated to this community celebration.

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22
Nov

‘Baby and Me - The Basics’ Class offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH), together with Helping Services of Northeast Iowa, will be offering the ‘Baby and Me - The Basics’ class Tuesday evening, January 2, from 4-8:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Large Conference Room.

Helping Services’ Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, Barb Fjelstul and Rachel Weber, will teach the basics about how to correctly secure children in their car seat and getting the seat secured in the vehicle. Barb Fjelstul, also a breast-feeding educator, will guide participants through the challenges and rewards of breast-feeding and provide techniques to ensure baby is getting the most benefit from nursing.

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22
Nov

Give the gift of blood this Christmas season; Blood in special demand over the holidays

The next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive will be held Monday, December 4, from 12-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held every month in Waukon to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) with its blood and blood products.

The Blood Center is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous, and is especially important over the holidays.

Over half of the United States population is eligible to donate blood, yet less than four percent donate on a regular basis. A single donation of blood can be used to save up to three lives and help in treatment of cancer patients, accident victims, hemophiliacs and surgery patients. The LifeServe Blood Center is committed to serving the needs of Iowans by saving lives through volunteer blood donation.

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Nov

“Learning About Vaping” training session open to the public November 28

Helping Services for Youth & Families will be hosting a “Learning About Vaping” training session Tuesday, November 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Decorah. The training session will be facilitated by Kathy Schwartzhoff of Helping Services and can be attended in person at the Helping Services office at 805 East Main Street in Decorah, or virtually at www.bit.ly/vaping-training23.

Pre-registration for the session can also be completed at that online link. Everyone is invited to attend this training.

Those attending the training session will learn about the following:
• Local rates of youth use
• Popular vaping devices
• Concerns about using these products
• Warning signs of use
• Prevention efforts in the area
• Resources
• Hear from special guest Jen Rose, Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist.

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