El Paso Downtown Lions Club

Vicki  Drennan
7741 Lockheed
El Paso, Tx 79925

Lion PDG
Rod Davenport’s
Antiques &

7205 Doniphan
Canutillo, Tx

Quality Coin
Jewelry & Loan Co.

Charlie Haddad

Highest Prices Paid
for Gold & Silver

Past President
Lion Charlie &
Lion Pat Orndorff

L & M Bezemik Realty
Lud & Martha Bezemik
(915) 591-5106
1601 Mary Megan Ct.
El Paso, Texas 79935
"Happy Int'l Lions
Clubs Anniversary!"

Lion Duane Juvrud

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Volume 77 Issue 9  Reporter Robert Vera  Aug 31, 2018

Prayer by Lion Mark Almklov, Pledge of Allegiance by Lion Nate Cheney, Song by
Lion Rick Kern.  GUESTS:  PDG  Jim Peak introduced his wife Julia and Lion
Annette introduced Nate Cheney. SPECIAL GUEST: Christine Morales  told us
about her daughter, Brianna Roebuck-Morales, who is now 9 yo., but has been
diabetic since the  tender age of 18 mo. when her blood sugar at an Emergency
Room visit was 800. She now uses an insulin pump. She had become depressed
over her condition and noted that she was not like other kids her age. At the
Lions Club Diabetic Camp she met others like her, understood her condition
through counseling as well as with discussions with kids her age. Her mental
condition and coping improved! A card with her picture was handed out that
expressed gratitude for being able to attend the Camp. ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Lion
Rick Kern announced that tickets were available for the U.T.E.P. Dinner Theater;
Young Doctor Frankenstein will be the show. It was announced that next week
an auction of an American Flag will take place. HISTORY LESSON: Lion Neil
related a story of a little girl he met in public that thanked him. The Lions had
helped her to resolve her eye problems to restore sight. A very touching episode.
The history lesson started with the subject of  Senator John McCain from Arizona,
who had just recently passed away. Ex Presidents George W. Bush and Barack
Obama had given the eulogy. The other notes were about our darkest moments
in recent history fighting bitter enemies in Japan and Germany. Now, that time
has passed, Japanese and German military personnel train here at Fort Bliss.  
INDUCTION OF NEW MEMBER:  Sponsored by her mother, Lion Pat Orndorff,
Karen Lui was inducted into the Downtown Lions Club by Lion Jim Peak in an
emotion filled ceremony. Lion Peak professionally directed the new member on
the obligations of membership, which Karen Lui understood and agreed. New
Lion Karen Lui then proceeded to tell us about herself. She is from San Jose,
California. Her father had been a stout Lion and had been a model for her. Now
she is in El Paso to help with the care of her mother, Lion Pat. The technicians
from the El Paso Diabetes Association checking blood glucose were thanked. They
were part of today's program on Diabetes.
GUEST SPEAKER:  This was Diabetes Awareness week. Lion Susan had invited Dr.
John Taylor, Podiatrist, and his Program director, Christina M. Marquez, to talk
about the complications of poorly treated or late diagnosed Diabetes. Dr. Taylor
is with the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Texas and a Fellow of the American
College of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is practicing here in El Paso with The El
Paso Specialty Physicians Group. He also helps staff the Veteran's Administration
and is medical director of several care groups to include Desert Star Home
Health. Dr. Taylor is a Podiatrist and as such, he sees the complicated cases of
neglected or poorly managed diabetes because the disease does affect the
extremities first as well as smaller vessels in the eyes and kidneys. Chronic high
blood sugars damage the smaller blood vessels and eventually the larger ones,
compromising nerves, muscles and skin. As neuropathy, damaged nerves from
poor blood supply, sets in, patients unknowingly injure their foot which sets up
an infectious process. Poorly perfused skin is prone to severe infectious
conditions. 18 million people in the USA have diabetes and 16 million are pre
diabetic. 15% have foot ulcers and there are about 150,000 lower limb
amputations every year because of the complications of diabetes. After having an
amputation, the mortality rate at 2 years is 46%.  He went on to discuss wound
healing and that the diabetic wound heals abnormally. Diabetic control is of
utmost importance before the wound can be addressed adequately. The diabetic
wound gets chronically stuck in the second phase of healing. The problem
becomes one of finding out why it is not healing properly. The medical history
that affects how wounds heal can play a role. Two problems can arise in wound
healing: neuropathy and/or poor circulation. If the wound will not heal because
these two issues become untreatable, then amputation is considered and the
smaller the amputation, the better(a toe removed is better than a foot and a foot
removed is better for survival than a below the knee amputation). Wound
treatments have been evolving and improving from medications and antibiotics,
topical treatments, skin substitutes and skin grafts. Nursing care and home
health care become vital to follow up and healing. Some wounds to the foot
require "off loading" in order to keep pressure off the healing area so that the
circulation can be reestablished. Dr. Taylor stated that the compliance of the
patients is the biggest issue he has in caring for them. Dr. Taylor did show us a
number of slides of complicated wounds, wound care, and surgical management
of wounds.  A most enlightening discussion.                       

It’s Great to be an El Paso Downtown Lion!