Text 18 Jun Good Morning Tobago, regarding DATT and Diabetes

I was having a conversation with my mom over the weekend regarding meetings that “leaders” in Tobago are having regarding secession. This conversation branched out into many avenues including Agriculture, Tourism and Healthcare specifically diabetes.

My mom is a small farmer “Margeo” is her brand and she has a small farm and also makes seasonings, preserves and some of the best pepper sauce on the island, more on that later. She is also a member of a diabetic club/group on the island which is apparently an off shoot of DATT. There are technically 3 of these groups on the island but only the one in the Canaan/Bon Accord area is still having regular meetings etc.

What or who is DATT you ask, well DATT is the Diabetic Association of Trinidad and Tobago. datt.org.tt
Their website is very ‘fancy’ featuring alot of graphics and things moving and pictures, but don’t waste time on the About Us page as the details of who they are and how they are, when they were founded and how and how they are funded doesn’t live there. There is a bit of fluff, perhaps their mission statement and alot of the dummy text that can be found on a website template. Don’t waste time on the Diet and Excercise page you’ll just find their contact information. Just Diagnosed? Forget it. Treatment: Pills and Insulin. CDAP. I don’t know what that is either.

Would you believe, they also have a facebook page! And I have noticed that all the important questions Diabetics are asking have thus far been ignored. How do I dispose of unused syringes? Silence.

My mom was explaining that her group had a very knowledgeable doctor over to speak with them about diabetic neuropathy. This specifically deals with nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes and is possibly one of the leading causes of amputations in T&T. That is if they even manage to amputate the correct foot on their 1st go round (fact). This doctor had alot of information for the group but unfortunately there were no hand outs or references for members to go home and continue study, so while talking to mom I raced to the internet to check out DATT and all I’m saying is, who ever is running this site could do more than post pics like its a Facebook page. WTH.

The site is so weak and so devoid of useful information I am wondering what the government funds given to this organization is truly covering! With tips like Stop Smoking, Avoid Alcohol, Yake care of your feet (yes, YAKE), I was wondering if the site admin or whom ever researches information for the Association has ever heard of Google. I mean seriously, my grandmother has diabetes and although I do not have the stats for T&T (they are not on the site), I know that the numbers for diabeties in T&T is much higher than it needs to be. And it appears, to me at least, that part of the problem is a great lack of information for those that need it. The Newly Diagnosed link which states ‘make this your first click’ is a text box. Heavens help the folks that have diabetes in my sweet country.

Anyway I have decided that I will make an effort to find some information and research for DATT. Maybe they are unable to Google and so I will do it for them. I am hoping to regularly blog about Diabetes and other issues affecting Trinidad and Tobago, but Tobago specifically as these topics will be based mostly on conversations that I have with my mom about issues affecting her in some way.

In the mean time feel free to read more about Diabetic Neuropathy from the Mayo Clinic here: www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-neuropathy/basics/definition/con-20033336

Let the games begin.

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