Catherine Lasperches
PHOTO CREDIT: ELSA HAHN

NOMC’s medical team has been led by Catherine Lasperches, FNP since September 2004.

WHEN TO SEEK IMMEDIATE HELP

If you are feeling sick with fever/uncontrolled blood sugar, and/or have a swollen foot or leg (with or without a wound), you may need to go the ER to get IV antibiotics.

If you have vomiting or diarrhea for more than 6 hours, have moderate to high ketones and/or have shortness of breath, seek medical care.

Make sure you call the NOMC at 504-412-1366 to let us know.

We will recommend an LCMC hospital like TOURO, UMCNO, NO East, or WJ so that we can access your records.

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With all the focus on COVID- 19, there is one thing each patient with diabetes needs to do every day which has nothing to do with this virus, but everything to do with your wellbeing: Check your feet for redness or blisters.

VISIT WWW.DIABETES.ORG

Keep up to date on the American Diabetes Association COVID-19 recommendations

NOMC TIPS FOR PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION OF COVID-19

1. Be Safe & Aware:

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  • Stay home. Practice social distancing with anyone who comes into your home.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.
  • Check your blood sugar daily. A sudden rise in your blood sugar may be the first sign of an infection.
    GOAL = 100 OR BELOW 150
  • Check your temperature daily; if above 100.4 and a cough, get tested for Covid-19.

2. Avoid Stress:

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  • Anxiety will increase your blood sugar.
  • It is okay to go outside and walk for at least 15 minutes a day.
  • Limit your time watching the news; instead, watch movies or TV shows, read books, or listen to music that brings you joy.

3. Watch Your Diet:

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  • Stay hydrated. Make sure you drink a full glass or bottle of water every hour or two during your waking hours.
  • Eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet.
  • Avoid sodas, juices, and other drinks that are high in sugar.

4. Stay connected with NOMC/NOMAF:

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  • Make sure you have enough med/insulin supply for one month. Call the NOMC for refills (504-412-1366).
  • If you lost your insurance/Medicaid, call us so we can give you free insulin samples until you get your coverage back.
  • Check our website (www.nomaf.org/covid19) for financial assistance and other resources update daily.
  • Download our Patient Portal “Followmyhealth” app. You can request refills, send photos, see your lab results, or schedule your next appointment.
  • Request a Telehealth visit. You must update your email information before we can connect you to a Zoom visit at your convenience.