Great Expectations for the QEH

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Submitted by Heather Cole

My disclaimer is that I will take to my grave the belief that a nurse named Christine was responsible for my mother’s death at the QEH. It was the same Christine who had befriended her when she was hospitalized a few years prior and when she was released would call her which we thought was a nice caring gesture until she started to ask my mother to loan her money to pay her bills. We wondered how many of the other vulnerable old people she was doing this to. Some persons thought that we should have sued the hospital when my mother died but we did not. It would have simply gone into those pile of cases that never become resolved. Perhaps every family has a story to share. Sadly, the QEH is the only place where the poor must go when they become ill and without money they have accepted that any visit can result in their untimely demise.

To this day I do not even know if there is a complaint system in place because 2 years ago, I personally took to a letter of complaint against another nurse and to this day I have not even received a letter acknowledging receipt. I now wonder if this is the standard operating procedure of all government departments.

From where I sit in the Diaspora, the main concerns of the persons that I have spoken with regarding returning to Barbados are always the same. It is the fear of losing their hard-earned money to some lawyer who does not honor their fiduciary role in an investment whether for house or land. It is the fear of being a victim of gun violence as has recently occurred. It is also the fear of becoming ill in Barbados and not being able to access proper patient care. It speaks volumes when Barbadians in the Diaspora do not want to return home.

I have no concerns regarding nepotism, qualifications, experience, salary or political affiliation regarding the holder of the position of Executive Chairman of the QEH. My concern is with the great expectations that I have for the holder of that position. For me the holder of that position MUST be the one to finally correct the decades old problems that have been allowed to encapsulate the QEH. They are so many problems that one does not know where to start. There is the unacceptable level of patient care, the length of time that it takes to be seen by a doctor, lack of supplies, lack of equipment, maintenance of the equipment, maintenance of the plant, shortage of nurses and doctors, nurses who prey on the sick and vulnerable and nursed who become angels of death.

Ultimately there seems to be no standards in place when is comes to delivery of services to the public by the QEH. This level of health care delivery has also spilled into the private sector. Several persons that I have known took ill, went to the private doctor, were prescribed medication, took it and died.

Without knowing the job description of the position, or the day to day activities; it is a case of caveat emptor (let the buyer beware). We have not been told what this new position of Executive Chairman will bring or what separates it and places above the position of Chairman. The physical plant of the hospital has not extended, no new ancillary facilities or other hospitals or care facilities have been added to its responsibility. If it is the intent of Government to build a new hospital being the Executive Chairman of both hospitals would give us a better understanding of the role and its responsibilities. However, I look forward to Mrs. Bynoe Sutherland sharing her intent for the position, her goals both short term and long term. Despite the lack of information, I have great expectations because I view the role of an Executive Director as an opportunity to make wrong things right and to overcome the past limitations of the QEH. I am hoping that the new Executive Director is up to the task, as the old saying goes to whom much is given, much is expected. Failure must not be considered an option.

Ultimately, I only have one measurement of her success, though it will take some time. It is quite simple and will resonate with everyone. I simply want the day to come when the rich, the wealthy, the well to do, the upper class and the political class in Barbados all go to the QEH to seek medical attention instead of jet-setting to Miami and New York. I do not want the poor to be the only ones receiving patient care at the QEH but everyone else in Barbados; the delivery of patient care and its related problems must be resolved and changed from unacceptable to world class. If Mrs. Bynoe-Sutherland can achieve this as a testament to her success; no one will be concerned about nepotism, qualifications, experience, salary or political affiliation; as confidence in patient care will give all a new lease on life, but time will tell.

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  • LOL….but u still lived in the GWN?…and only you could see it as the skin tone of the majority population, its about the snow and ice. BTW, visit a major urban centre today and you might swear the predominant colour was brown.Rural remains predominantly white.

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  • http://epaper.barbadostoday.bb/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&pubid=87ad6005-1972-4d63-92b0-8927eda53c7a

    why are these things so?
    will the new guru to be appointed fix these things?
    will she or Bostic be able to even understand what is needed here?

    one step forward and two steps backwards and tremble is our current status….murdah

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @NorthernObserverOctober 31, 2019 1:51 AM “LOL….but u still lived in the GWN?…and only you could see it as the skin tone of the majority population.”

    I reference the great white north because of the snow AND because of the white people. Have I ever said that white people are bad people? I assess people as individuals, although I am also aware of the historical advantages of white migrants to the great white north.

    And yes I know that the great white north is becoming the great brown north. I look at the census data. And yes I visit the GWN, that is the U.K. the U.S. and Canada from time to time, for family/work/fun/shopping.

    I am almost always treated well.

    I also know that human beings have ALWAYS migrated. That is what we HUMANS do. I have no problems with people of any colour who chose to migrate, or who chose not to migrate.

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  • Roy Morris is with Kay Cummins and 6 others.
    16 hrs ·

    My mind is conflicted. There are some things I want to say but a voice in my head wants me to keep quiet. I don’t know which voice will prevail in the end. Let’s see.
    This morning just after sunrise I received a phone call informing me that my friend and journalism colleague for almost three decades, Antonio Miller, had passed away. This was particularly touching because just yesterday I visited Miller in Ward C9 at the QEH, in the company of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.
    I spoke with Miller, as well as listened as he conversed with the Prime Minister, with whom he had had a close friendship for many years.
    It was not a visit I would wish to repeat in a hurry. Seeing my friend sitting in a chair, a mere shadow of the “Digger” Miller I had known for so long; then joining a work colleague to lift him back into the bed was an experience I will not easily forget.
    Miller was a broken man, just 46 years old, but had aged considerably since he entered the hospital six months earlier in a serious condition. He was now a man who had lost a leg just a few weeks ago to diabetes and was now confined to a routine of dialysis three days per week.
    As he shared his “pain” with the Prime Minister I kept whispering to myself: “Lord, please protect me and keep me out of this place.” And I said it knowing fully that with every passing day the probability that I will end up in the QEH at some point grows greater.
    I know my friend could have done considerably more to improve his diabetic life and therefore I cannot blame the hospital for his death. Miller was diagnosed with diabetes quite young, and like many of the people with whom he worked as a photojournalist, I constantly admonished him to eat better, give up the sugary drinks and get more exercise. But when you are young you tend to see death as distant — we all do, or did.
    But none of that makes me any more comfortable about the prospect that one day I will find myself in the hospital, as a patient.
    There are good people working at the hospital, in all areas, medical and non-medical, management and line staff. But there are some who should not be employed even to assist sheep. They are cold, callous and uncaring.
    I was anxious to write about a call I got from Miller soon after he was admitted, but I decided then not to. Today, I’ll speak. He called me around 1 o’clock one morning asking if I could help him. Since his arrival, he had been too weak to help himself and had to wear disposable diapers. He said he had stooled and was trying for hours to get a nurse to assist him. When he called again it was around 7 a.m. and he was still in the same “pamper” and crying. The next time I head him was around noon when an in-law who worked at the hospital in housekeeping took it upon herself to clean and change him.
    I have never forgotten his words from a barely audible voice: “Morris, you don’t know but last night I felt like less than a man… If I had the strength I would’ve walked out and gone home.”
    His complaints have been many, some just a reflection of his frustration and desire to go home, but too many others were absolutely legitimate. An example: no dressings to cover the wound left by an amputated leg so staff used the pampers his family brought on the foot instead.
    I witnessed him, a diabetic in the worst way, struggling on the last day of his life with a lunch that consisted entirely of white rice with some kind of chicken stew — not a veggie in sight. The meal provoked what I would describe as a coughing fit.
    It hurt me, and I wasn’t the one coughing uncontrollably.
    Now, from where I sit, I can say categorically that there is no shortage of money at the hospital for supplies, medicines or food. So why would patients suffer so?
    And here’s a small part of what the voices in my head are fighting over: While we sit on the outside and take purely political positions on every aspect of life in our country, the most vulnerable suffer. We argue about the person chosen to be executive director of the hospital, agreeing almost to a man that she has excellent qualifications for the job, but object to her getting it because her husband is a member of the Cabinet.
    In other words, we would prefer to put second best, or third best in a job where almost every decision comes down to “life or death”, purely for partisan political reasons, while Miller and many more suffer.
    Well, I invite all who read this to listen to Stalin’s song “Sufferers” —

    https://youtu.be/7suUKcjnRk4?fbclid=IwAR3Bku4T2AVdOxKb8lDz74zoa7a2MxJ-NC8d9cy9QdmK95icrZwQBXPgFW4

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  • Phillipjans 3:20-21 reads thus
    20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

    21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

    Note the phrase “vile body”
    The best interpretation of that phrase I have ever read on that phrase is “THE BODY OF OUR HUMILIATION”
    THIS IS WHAT THIS ARTICLE DESCRIBES NOT THE EMOTIONAL CLAP TRAP IN THE ARTICLE ABOUT THE FAILINGS OF THE QEH

    ALL OF US ARE SUBJECT TO THE EXPERIENCE OF THE BODY OF OUR HUMILIATION” FOR ONE REASON OR THE OTHER- SOMETIMES WE EVEN BRING IT ON OURSELVES

    I SAW A CLOSE RELATIVE DRINK HIMSELF TO DEATH BY CIRHOSIS OF THE LIVER BECAUSE HE CONTRACTED MACULAR DEGENERATION AND COULD NO LONGER DRIVE TO GO TO SEE HIS OUTSIDE WOMAN & BECAUSE HIS DIMINISHED EYESIGHT FOISTED ON HIM A SENSE OF LACK OF INDEPENDENCE. IT WAS PAINFUL TO SEE A FORMERLY VERY STRONG MAN SHUFFLING AROUND AS IF HE HAD PARKINSON’S DISEASE

    IT IS FOR ALL OF US, AS MUCH AS WE CAN TO AVOID NOT HAVING TO ENDURE “THE BODY OF OUR HUMILIATION”

    WHEN YOU BECOME DIABETIC, YOUR AIM IS TO AVOID GLOMERULAR DISEASE IN THE KIDNEYS

    1- YOU MUST TAKE YOUR MEDICINE RELIGIOUSLY
    2 YOU MUST GUARD AGAINST GETTING THE SLIGHTEST BRUISE OR INJURY TO YOUR LEGS AND FEET
    3 YOU MUST DRASTICALLY REDUCE YOUR CARBOHYDRATE INTAKE
    4- BE AWARE THAT MOST OF THE STUFF LABELLED LOW CALORIE SOLD IN HEALTH SHOPS IS JUST RUBBISH AND SPURIOUS
    5 SWEET DRINKS ARE OUT USE LEMON IN WATER SWEETENED WITH SACCHARIN
    6 ELIMINATE SUGAR FROM YOUR DIET COMPLETELY

    SERIOUS EDUCATION NEEDS TO BE DONE FROM SCHOOL DAYS IN THE ATTEMPT TO COUNTERACT THIS SCOURGE

    THERE IS MORE THAT CAN BE SAID BUT I GONE FOR NOW
    THE AIM SHOULD BE FOR ALL NEVER TO HAVE TO BE HOSPITALIZED

    WUNNAH CAN CUSS ME NOW

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  • The comment by Morris should be taken for what it is meant to convey, we can do better. Let us not make this a case where lines have to be drawn. This is a big part of our problem.

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  • RE My mind is conflicted. There are some things I want to say but a voice in my head wants me to keep quiet. I don’t know which voice will prevail in the end. Let’s see.
    This morning just after sunrise I received a phone call informing me that my friend and journalism colleague for almost three decades, Antonio Miller, had passed away. This was particularly touching because just yesterday I visited Miller in Ward C9 at the QEH, in the company of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.
    I spoke with Miller, as well as listened as he conversed with the Prime Minister, with whom he had had a close friendship for many years.
    It was not a visit I would wish to repeat in a hurry. Seeing my friend sitting in a chair, a mere shadow of the “Digger” Miller I had known for so long; then joining a work colleague to lift him back into the bed was an experience I will not easily forget.
    Miller was a broken man, just 46 years old, but had aged considerably since he entered the hospital six months earlier in a serious condition. He was now a man who had lost a leg just a few weeks ago to diabetes and was now confined to a routine of dialysis three days per week.
    As he shared his “pain” with the Prime Minister I kept whispering to myself: “Lord, please protect me and keep me out of this place.” And I said it knowing fully that with every passing day the probability that I will end up in the QEH at some point grows greater.

    AGAIN IN PLAIN ENGLISH, THE ABOVE IS A VERY GOOD , EVEN IF EMOTIONAL DESCRIPTION, OF WHAT WILLIAM MCDONALD IN HIS NOTES ON PHILLIPIANS 3 , CALLS “THE BODY OF OUR HUMILIATION”

    IT IS A FACT OF LIFE, IT HAPPENS ALL OVER THE WORLD
    IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STATUS AT THE QEH

    MANY OF US WILL GO THROUGH IT WHETHER WE LIKE IT OUR NOT
    MANY OF US HAVE SEEN IT PLAYED OUT IN RELATIVES AND FRIENDS
    SOME OF US HAVE ALREADY STARTED TO ENDURE “THE BODY OF OUR HUMILIATION” TO SOME EXTENT

    I TELL IT AS IS WITH NO APOLOGY

    ONCE MORE, I SAY

    IT IS FOR ALL OF US, AS MUCH AS WE CAN TO AVOID NOT HAVING TO ENDURE “THE BODY OF OUR HUMILIATION”

    WHEN YOU BECOME DIABETIC, YOUR AIM IS TO AVOID GLOMERULAR DISEASE IN THE KIDNEYS

    1- YOU MUST TAKE YOUR MEDICINE RELIGIOUSLY
    2 YOU MUST GUARD AGAINST GETTING THE SLIGHTEST BRUISE OR INJURY TO YOUR LEGS AND FEET
    3 YOU MUST DRASTICALLY REDUCE YOUR CARBOHYDRATE INTAKE
    4- BE AWARE THAT MOST OF THE STUFF LABELLED LOW CALORIE SOLD IN HEALTH SHOPS IS JUST RUBBISH AND SPURIOUS
    5 SWEET DRINKS ARE OUT USE LEMON IN WATER SWEETENED WITH SACCHARIN
    6 ELIMINATE SUGAR FROM YOUR DIET COMPLETELY

    SERIOUS EDUCATION NEEDS TO BE DONE FROM SCHOOL DAYS IN THE ATTEMPT TO COUNTERACT THIS SCOURGE

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  • There are good people working at the hospital, in all areas, medical and non-medical, management and line staff. But there are some who should not be employed even to assist sheep. They are cold, callous and uncaring.
    I was anxious to write about a call I got from Miller soon after he was admitted, but I decided then not to. Today, I’ll speak. He called me around 1 o’clock one morning asking if I could help him. Since his arrival, he had been too weak to help himself and had to wear disposable diapers. He said he had stooled and was trying for hours to get a nurse to assist him. When he called again it was around 7 a.m. and he was still in the same “pamper” and crying. The next time I head him was around noon when an in-law who worked at the hospital in housekeeping took it upon herself to clean and change him.

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  • I FEEL LIKE CRYING TOO WHENEVER I HAVE TO ENDURE THE BODY OF MY HUMILIATION

    I NOTICE THAT YOU LEFT THIS PART OUT WHICH IS WHAT I AM STRESSING

    I know my friend could have done considerably more to improve his diabetic life and therefore I cannot blame the hospital for his death. Miller was diagnosed with diabetes quite young, and like many of the people with whom he worked as a photojournalist, I constantly admonished him to eat better, give up the sugary drinks and get more exercise. But when you are young you tend to see death as distant — we all do, or did.
    But none of that makes me any more comfortable about the prospect that one day I will find myself in the hospital, as a patient.

    I WAS DIAGNOSED AS DIABETIC AND HYPERTENSIVE JUST SO IN 2012

    BUT I STILL DO NOT HAVE DIABETIC OR HYPERTENSIVE RETINOPATHY BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WHEN YOU BECOME DIABETIC, YOUR AIM IS TO AVOID GLOMERULAR DISEASE IN THE KIDNEYS
    AND THAT…………

    1- YOU MUST TAKE YOUR MEDICINE RELIGIOUSLY
    2 YOU MUST GUARD AGAINST GETTING THE SLIGHTEST BRUISE OR INJURY TO YOUR LEGS AND FEET
    3 YOU MUST DRASTICALLY REDUCE YOUR CARBOHYDRATE INTAKE
    4- BE AWARE THAT MOST OF THE STUFF LABELLED LOW CALORIE SOLD IN HEALTH SHOPS IS JUST RUBBISH AND SPURIOUS
    5 SWEET DRINKS ARE OUT USE LEMON IN WATER SWEETENED WITH SACCHARIN
    6 ELIMINATE SUGAR FROM YOUR DIET COMPLETELY

    I AM A DOCTOR = TEACHER
    I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR EMOTIONAL RANTS
    FELLOW FOLK ENTERING OR ENDURING THE BODY OF THEIR HUMILIATION IS NORMAL, AND TO BE EXPECTED AND IS WELL DESCRIBED BY SOLOMON IN Ecclesiastes 12 THUS

    Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

    2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

    3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,

    4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;

    5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

    6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

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  • You are debating two different points. Miller was careless with his health, however. it does not mean he should not have received sufficient care i.e. changing his pamper in a reasonable time. Please parse the issues.

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  • @GP
    A question

    Can you comment on the different benefits/dangers of different sweeteners (saccharin, apartame, sucralose). I avoid them and so I drink coffee and tea without any sweetener

    Beside medications, are they foods that you use help with diabetes or hypertension? I know that as an MD you have to be careful about you say

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  • RE You are debating two different points. Miller was careless with his health, however. it does not mean he should not have received sufficient care i.e. changing his pamper in a reasonable time. Please parse the issues.

    YOU SEEM TO THINK THAT I AM AC OR ONE OF THE CUSTOMARY BETZPAENIC BU BRIMBLERS THAT FREQUENT BU

    THE MAIN ISSUE HERE IS THAT THEIR OUGHT TO BE ADEQUATE HEALTH EDUCATION FROM SCHOOL DAYS TO PREVENT THIS SCENARIO IN THE FIRST PLACE RATHER THAN EMOTIONAL RANTS WHEN IT HAPPENS

    ONE MUST MAKE THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING AND THE MAIN THING IS NOT HOSPITAL CARE

    THE MAIN THING IS PREVENTATIVE CARE

    FIX THAT FIRST ABOVE ALL THINGS

    EMPLOY THE NURSES YOU HAVE TRAINED
    EMPLOY ANCILLARIES FOR YOUR DIAPER CHANGING

    IT IS ALWAYS FUN TO TRY TO TEACH FOLK ON BU ABOUT THE THINGS I THOROUGHLY KNOW WELL
    SIMPLY HILARIOUS!

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  • Thank you for your google advice. Just found the time to take it.

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  • ONE of the issues here is that the man should not have had to wait hours to get a dirty pamper changed. Yiu may have the last word.

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  • TheOGazertsNovember 2, 2019 8:45 AM

    RE @GP A question

    Can you comment on the different benefits/dangers of different sweeteners (saccharin, apartame, sucralose). I avoid them and so I drink coffee and tea without any sweetener

    Beside medications, are they foods that you use help with diabetes or hypertension? I know that as an MD you have to be careful about you say

    I THINK I POSTED SOMETHING ON THIS HERE BEFORE
    IF I CAN FIND IT I WILL POST IT AGAIN

    THERE IS A LOT OF PROBLEMS REPORTED WITH ASPARTAME, WHICH IS A COMBINATION OF TWO AMINO ACIDS – IT HAS NOT WORKED AS WAS PREDICTED
    I NOW TRY TO AVOID IT AND WONT RECOMMEND IT
    FOLK WITH PHENYLKETONURIA CERTAINLY SHOULD NOT USE IT

    SACHARRIN IS A NATURAL PRODUCT WHICH SUGAR PRODUCERS LIKE TO KNOCK SINCE THE 80’S BECAUSE OF ITS POTENTIAL COMPETITION
    I USE IT AND WOULD RECOMMEND IT

    THERE IS ALSO TRUVIA, ANOTHER NATURAL PRODUCT , BUT THIS HAS A BAD AFTER TASTE

    IF I CAN FIND MY “JUICE” ON THIS ISSUE I WILL REQUEST THAT IT BE POSTED, SIR

    WITH RESPECT TO FOODS THE ATKINS DIET IS OK

    REMEMBER FATS CANT BE CONVERTED TO SUGAR BUT SUGAR CAN BE CONVERTED TO FAT
    SINCE PROTEINS ARE BOTH GLUCOGENIC ( CAN BE METABOLISED EVENTUALLY LIKE GLUCOSE) AND KETOGENIC ( CAN BE METABOLISED EVENTUALLY LIKE FAT), LOTS OF PROTEIN FOODS ARE GOOD….BUT TOO MUCH RED MEAT IS NOT SO GOOD FOR PROSTATE HEATH

    THERE IS A LOT OF “POTENTIAL” INFO OFFERED ONLINE BUT IT IS TOO COSTLY, AND IN MANY CASES A LOT OF RAZMATAZ

    IT IS TO BE NOTED THAT SOME FRUIT MUST BE USED SPARINGLY
    EG I LOVE WATERMELON BUT DONT USE IT OFTEN—–IT IS ESSENTIALLY SWEET WATER
    NEXT TIME YOU USE IT SEE IF YOU CANT TASTE THE GLUCOSE

    SOME FRUIT HAVE A LOT OF FRUCTOSE— WHICH IS OF COURSE CONVERTED TO GLUCOSE FOR ITS METABOLISM

    COMPLEX CARBS LIKE BREADFRUIT YAMS AND POTATOES DO NOT RELEASE THE QUANTITY OF GLUCOSE BECAUSE WE CANNOT BREAK THE ALPHA BETA BONDS THAT LINK UP THE GLUCOSE UNITS IN THESE FOODS

    HOPE THIS HELPS A BIT

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  • Dear Roy Morris,

    I wonder about this blatant attempt to put in a plug for the Executive Chairperson. Are we really all agreed that she is qualified for the job and that anybody else would be second or third best??????? How are we to know that? Where was the transparent process?

    Is this a case of repeating what you want us to believe until we believe it by dint of its repetition?????

    “No obstruction! No collusion!” or “It was a perfect phone call!”

    Has Mia brought more than a photograph of her encounter with Trump home with her? We now have “I alone can fix it!” also “Eenie, Meanie and Minie” opponents and glorious declarations of victories unseen.

    Who will drink of this Bajan Cherry Kool Aid?

    You should be ashamed of using your friend’s humiliating experience for political gain.

    Please! We see you.

    We (Simple Simon excepting lol) accept responsibility for the part we have played through our bad actions or by our inaction in the deterioration of Barbados but if you wish us to conduct “business unusual” you, as our leaders, cannot at the same time double down on business as usual. You cannot attempt to smarten us up and dumb us down at the same time.

    PS. How long will it take for the amazing magical skills of the Executive Chairperson to ensure that diapers are changed promptly and dressings are available for amputees?

    I need something concrete that I can hold her to because my grandfather was, (lived to 85 yrs) aunt, uncle and brother are all diabetics and the government has a very bad track record with respect to properly regulating the insurance industry. (What are you all doing to fix that?)

    I walked yesterday and will do so tonight. I did tai chi yesterday and will do so again today. I had some lovely soup for dinner with plenty of YAM and other ground provisions and cassava dumplings. My chicken is skinless and my meat cuts lean. Only my fish is oily. My frying pan (when I do fry) is designed for minimum oil use. I am stocked up on fruits and yogurt with fruit for snacks. I drink low fat milk with my cornflakes. I have bought my own bread maker to make cassava bread. I have cassava flour and sweet potato flour to make the bread and other occasional treats. I have replaced my supper with Ensure or Enterex.

    I never smoked.

    I drink only a small glass of alcohol (usually red wine) at any one time. I look upon sweet drinks as an occasional treat which I drink when I venture out. I try not to bring them home. I have increased my intake of water and have acquired the taste or lack thereof. Now find myself craving it.

    And so I hope to reduce the few extra pounds around the middle that came with middle age, menopause and the stress of interacting with our injustice system (which I hope you all will fix).

    I am in the process of upping my game (which was not too bad to begin with) and since I am doing my part I am expecting the government to do its part with my taxes.

    And please don’t do what you seem to have done with my garbage tax. My garbage has been sitting outside for the past two weeks which is worse than what was happening before I was paying the tax. There are no flies or vermin because I use bleach or Jeyes fluid at an additional cost to myself. After completing renovations to my home and beautification landscaping within the next few months, I intend to start a small kitchen garden and use my few scraps for a compost heap. I will use water from my guttering for my garden.

    Awaiting your response ( and not with more Kool Aid).

    Yours truly,

    Donna BU (who has sworn off the drinking of sweetened Kool Aid for fear of the diabetes that killed your friend)

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  • @Donna

    Posted this to BU’s FB to make sure he hears/reads about it.

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  • GOOD SPELL OF BOWLING DONNA! GOOD BOWLING!

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @ “there is no shortage of money at the hospital for supplies, medicines or food. So why would patients suffer so? And here’s a small part of what the voices in my head are fighting over: While we sit on the outside and take purely political positions on every aspect of life in our country, the most vulnerable suffer.”

    Dear Roy: Believe it or not some of us are NOT partisan. I have happily voted for both the DLP and the BLP, and I hope to vote for both parties in the future.

    Yes diabetes is in my family too, my grandmother dead at 72 in 1957, not much medical care available then for poor people. My mother dead at 85, my brother at 80 living with diabetes (he is blessed to have an excellent wife who keeps him on the medical/dietary/exercise straight and narrow, and he is sensible enough to take the excellent advice of a nurse of more than 50 years experience). I am diabetic too, like GP diagnosed in 2012. GP is right. Of course prevention is better than cure, but once diagnosed patients MUST obey medical, dietary, exercise advice. This morning I cleaned 6 windows and three doors in and out, my pre-Christmas “spring” cleaning and my exercise for the morning. I may do a couple of hours on the land this evening. My experience with institutions has been that regardless of how good the institution is, it helps a lot if the family remains very closely involved. My mother was at one time hospitalised at the QEH for 10 weeks, my father, my two sisters and I ensured that we visited every single day, and often twice a day. I was working about 10 minutes walk from the QEH at the time and I often walked over a lunch time, to spend even if only 15 minutes with her. She lived at home for almost ten years after her discharge.

    That said. A patient should NEVER, NEVER have to wait hours to have a diaper changed. That is inexcusable.

    I often disagree with GP, and he cusses me from time to time, but ya havta give Jack ‘e jacket.

    What Dr. GP has said above about diabetes is 100% CORRECT.

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  • SIMPLE SIMON
    YA LIE
    YOU AINT TOO SWEET AT ALL…MURDAH

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  • SIMPLE SIMON
    I THOUGHT YOU WAS A “LIGHT SWEET” BUT DIDNT KNOW YOU “TOO” SWEET?
    DIDNT KNOW YOU IS “SWEET BREAD” A GONE FORE I GET CUSS

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  • RE my brother at 80 living with diabetes (he is blessed to have an excellent wife who keeps him on the medical/dietary/exercise straight and narrow, and he is sensible enough to take the excellent advice of a nurse of more than 50 years experience). I am diabetic too, like GP diagnosed in 2012. GP is right. Of course prevention is better than cure, but once diagnosed patients MUST obey medical, dietary, exercise advice

    NOTE WELL FOLK he is blessed to have an excellent wife who keeps him on the medical/dietary/exercise straight and narrow, and he is sensible enough to take the excellent advice of a nurse of more than 50 years experience)

    SUCH CARE TENDS TO KEEP YOU FAR FROM DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS

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  • Just read Roy Morris fb page as he described the uncouthed and despicable state of the QEH much having to do with unkempt care of his friend who recently died
    Along with the slow or dont carish attitude of nurses help

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  • It is so sad that a country which pride itself on Pride and Industry had now been downgraded to Pissy and Poor
    Yet we have a govt which now applauds itself of having millions in reserves while the social enviroment is falling appart
    God help us all

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  • To whom it may concern or to whom the cap fits,

    The long wait for a diaper change was going on long before the BLP took over. In fact I myself had occasion to witness and smell such and hear the anguished cries for relief of an elderly patient while the DLP formed the administration.

    Where was the outcry when the contract of Dr. James was renewed just before the election many many months before his current contract had expired?

    What you say often is quite true. But it was also true of the government you wholeheartedly supported. Until you acknowledge that you are part of the problem you are facilitating the perpetuation of this vicious circle and cycle or downward spiral that ends not with just pissy or poor but with the suffocation of the masses in the deep shitty pit!

    Until you preface your criticism with clauses such as “I acknowledge that it was so under the DLP administration but….” your comments, though true, only add to the problem.

    I feel I can hear the laughter in your comments that the BLP government is falling short of its promises. It is as though you wish them to do so much worse than the DLP that we will feel we have no choice than to vote back in the DLP vultures to pick our bones.

    Please note that if we are at the bottom of a pit toilet and covered in shit our carcasses will not be edible, not even for vultures.

    Who will rid us of this infernal party politicking?

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  • Thanks for the kind comments, GP. When it comes to Barbados I believe we are on the same team. It is your home and we are your extended family for better or for worse, no matter how frustrating.

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  • about DIABETES: HERE IS A GOOD RULE OF THUMB

    DIABETES MAKES ANY AND EVERYTHING YOU MAY HAVE WORSE!

    ANY AND EVERYTHING YOU MAY HAVE MAKES DIABETES WORSE!

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  • Why would anyone think that the deplorable state of the QEH is a laughing matter
    I belive that the point of MR. Morris concern is to ring a more urgent bell in the hearts of govt and the people and as he quoted one dau coming he might be in a similar position and treated with the same manner and disdain at the QEH
    I don’t read into Mr. Morris story about his friend nothing of comedic value.but a person stating openly the nature of the beast that lies within the halls of the QEH
    My only comment towards thos govt is the quickness of finding funds to pay White Oaks and tax waivers and write offs
    However cannot find with the same zeal and quickness to bring the necessary concerns of the QEH under a stable enviroment and sutabke enough for the human stomach tp take

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    To clarify. My brother’s wife is the nurse. A woman of more than 50 years nursing experience. Married to my brother 50 years. They do look our for each other, which is good especially in old age and in sickness.

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  • Out for a walk. Be back soon.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @MariposaNovember 2, 2019 6:53 PM “Why would anyone think that the deplorable state of the QEH is a laughing matter.”

    NOBODY thinks “that the deplorable state of the QEH is a laughing matter.”

    As sensible people we know that very likely we will grow old or sick or both, and that we will need good competent people to provide care.

    Nobody is laughing.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Donna: You may want to try switching your corn flakes for oatmeal/oatflakes. Cooks on the stove or in the microwave in about 3 minutes. Much, much cheaper than corn flakes. Tasty. A whole grain. When I was working I would cook a pot of oatmeal before my morning shower. By the time I have showered, dried and dressed the oatmeal is like Goldilocks’ porridge Not too hot, not too cold. Just right. Add some low fat milk and a sprinkling or cinnamon or nutmeg and you are good. Or you can cook a bayleaf in the oatmeal. Nice flavor bayleaf.

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  • Wanted to place this under the Caswell item…

    Let me lift this quote and [place it in a place where I hope it remains uncontaminated from the voices of warring factions.

    “Actually, the cause of much of Barbados’ decay can be laid squarely on the shoulders of its citizens. We have nourished and nurtured nationally destructive attitudes. We have aided and abetted wide-scale corruptive practices.”

    This is a view that I share.
    We citizens play the game when it suits us. We complain when we are victims of the game.
    We have that relative that we would insert into an organization regardless of his/her classification.
    We have a friend who knows someone who can grant us a favor,
    We ask that strings be pulled and are proud to demonstrate that we have powerful friends.
    We have a political system that sweeps out one group and put in another which must ensure that it supporters take their turn at the trough.

    Look at the comments at the Caswell QEH tpost….
    Some would deny the woman the post because of family connection
    Some believe that she should get the job at all cost but invoke works like qualified and best
    Some believe that there should be a policy in place so that we can hire the “best’ candidate
    Inevitably, it broke down into two groups of supporters.

    I believe that the hiring of folks is one area that needs fixing by having processes in place.

    As a people we have no guiding star. We have no common direction. We look at the two big lights in the sky and though they are going in the same wrong direction we are forced to choose one over the other.

    We have to reject both these parties and work towards becoming a more fair society; one that treat all citizens, rich or poor, with respect. We need to figure out how to give my son who may be better or lesser qualified the opportunity to compete. Equally must be more than a word.

    Mia has entered the farmyard and sees
    the broken gate,
    the barn door off the hinges,
    broken windows in the house,
    the pump in the yard not working,
    the dogs chasing the chickens and she just don’t know where to start.

    “Leh me take a trip do”.

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  • @ SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife November 2, 2019 7:50 PM
    “When I was working I would cook a pot of oatmeal before my morning shower. By the time I have showered, dried and dressed the oatmeal is like Goldilocks’ porridge Not too hot, not too cold. Just right. Add some low fat milk and a sprinkling or cinnamon or nutmeg and you are good. Or you can cook a bayleaf in the oatmeal. Nice flavor bayleaf.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=

    If you eat that healthily from day-to-day and engage religiously in rigorous exercises of all kinds from childhood to old age how come you are afflicted with diabetes?

    Is it written in your genes or are you just an unlucky version of Goldilocks who has been cursed by the sweet-tooth fairy for a ‘big bad wolf’ hiding behind a cape of marital misfortune worn by the little red riding Hood?

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Genetic + sweet tooth. It can be both you know.

    Maybe even the sweet tooth is genetic.

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  • @ SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife November 3, 2019 1:23 PM

    What about that ‘sensitive’ girl for pea as in “C” hiding behind that man-looking hood? Is she “Sweet” too? Or should we ask the big man from “whiteHill” if she is only good for a ‘rubbing and tribbing’?

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  • Simple Simon,

    I do eat oatmeal sometimes. I get tired and change from time to time..

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  • Get the shit people out of the hospital and employ the worthy bajans. In all areas stop screwing around with equality and colour and get the job done. Bajans should want to go home if only to eradicate the rats. Stop complaining and act. And stop being led by or influenced by people who have no heart, only lots of talk which denegrate. Love yourselves and love your country. I do.

    And get some proper Diabetic medical officers while you are at it.

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  • Now that the PM has seen first hand the physical and psychological ravages that diabetes can wreak on the human body and the resulting impact on the country’s health services what is her government planning to do to counteract this coming tsunami of ill-health especially among the working age group (most productive) sector of population?

    Is she going to pay hypocritical lip service like the previous administration or is she going to be proactive and bite the bullet of opposition from those who have a vested interest in slowly poisoning the bodies of hapless Bajans?

    How about introducing a “FAT TAX” on those big fast food chains?

    The same way the government has imposed a ‘sugar tax’ on sweetened beverages produced locally why not on those foods which are believed to be contributing to the massive spread of NCD’s? There is NO need to invent a new wheel to turn the taxation regime; just an add-on to the existing VAT system.

    Not only would the consumers of these fast food fares be making an upfront contribution to their inevitable healthcare for their NCDs but the Treasury would benefit from the short-term improvements in the fiscal situation.

    Here is a ‘fat-tax’ well ripe for exploitation!

    Please use your real 20:20 vision and include in the next budget a proposal which should attract very little opposition.

    Please make sure next year’s “We Gatherin’ event is turned into an opportunity for some go(o)d ole Bajan home-cooking instead of buying a spot in the fast-food lane to an early grave like poor “Miller”.

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  • re How about introducing a “FAT TAX” on those big fast food chains?
    WHY?

    FAT CAN NOT BE CONVERTED TO SUGAR

    IS FAST FOODS REALLY THE PROBLEM PER SE OR IS IT INSTEAD THE ADDITIVES AND PRESERVATIVES THEREIN?

    WAS THAT JOINT THAT SOLD LIVER CUTTERS IN THAT ALLEY NEAR THE OLYMPIC SELLING FAST FOOD TOO FOR YEARS?

    WAS GWEN WORKMAN OR JOHNIES BAR IN ST JAMES NOT SELLING FAST FOOD TOO FOR YEARS ?

    THE DIFFERENCE WAS THIS FOOD WAS ALL FRESH WITH NO ADDITIVES AND PRESERVATIVES THEREIN?

    IF WE MUST BAN AND TAX………LETS BAN AND TAX ALL FOODS WITH ADDITIVES AND PRESERVATIVES THEREIN

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  • @ GP November 4, 2019 11:15 AM
    “IF WE MUST BAN AND TAX………LETS BAN AND TAX ALL FOODS WITH ADDITIVES AND PRESERVATIVES THEREIN..”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Is there something called a ‘Cock Tax’?

    The “FAT” Tax is just a ‘street’ or urban term for an imposition of a ‘Sin’ penalty on gluttons; just like taxes on alcohol and cigarettes users.

    We don’t subscribe to the ‘Banning’ malarkey but would entertain the idea of imposing more taxes on foods laced with additives and preservatives as a way of making the heavy consumers of such foods pay in advance for their public health costs incurred down the road.

    The taxation system is not only for the ‘forced’ collection of money to run the public sector but also a tool to modify human behaviour; generally for the better.

    Why do you think the policymakers in government are rather reluctant to decriminalize the use of the recreational whore called ‘Marijuana’ as in the case of alcohol, tobacco and gambling?

    Because she is one difficult ‘fishy’ b***tch to catch in the tax net; paying johns or no Johnny!

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  • In other words, we would prefer to put second best, or third best in a job where almost every decision comes down to “life or death”, purely for partisan political reasons, while Miller and many more suffer.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Roy Morris shared some serious issues within the QEH among its Staff Nurses.

    However he sunk to the same low with the above comments.

    Who is he or Mia to judge who is the best, second or otherwise?

    Especially with NO TRANSPARENCY OF ADVERTISING FOR THE POST AFTER THE RESIGNATION/TERMINATION OF DR JAMES.

    This is a slap in the face/insult to other AVAILABLE Barbadians LOCAL OR ABROAD who are qualified and competent to Manage the QEH but are not part of the BLP crooked and dishonest Party.

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  • Roy Morris is a loose cannon and a dirt bag
    He threw his friend under the bus to fight Mottley dirt tricks
    But then again how can a man who was accused of rape have any moral character
    What a bone headed loser
    God help.barbados

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  • I’m hoping that given Mia’s first hand experience of her friend’s medical state due to the ravage of diabetes leading to kidney failure, she would move swiftly passing legislation allowing for the harvesting of organs from deceased donors. Mr Morris, those individuals on dialysis could use your help in lobbying the government, do this in memories of your friend whom those nurses treated like shit.

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  • Mr Grnville Philips of solution Barbados, do you not recalled about two weeks maybe less, we had a long conversation at a grocery store in St Philip where the topic of kidney harvesting came up?

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  • @ Mariposa

    Roy Morris is a loose cannon and a dirt bag
    He threw his friend under the bus to fight Mottley dirt tricks
    xxxxxxxxxxx

    These are the type of tactics used locally to justify pushing an agenda or individual.

    Pity locals continue to accept shit while thinking it is honey.

    MIA MOTTLEY IS NOT A GODDESS OR HER LACKEYS ANGELS OR KNIGHTS IN SHINNING ARMOUR.

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  • MR NILES
    ARE YOU A SELLER OF HARVESTED KIDNEYS?

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  • Oh for puck sake… I need a kidney, what the hell with these smart ass or stupid questions?

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  • oh so you are not a seller but a buyer or wanter of a kidney?
    i just asking sir………..we call dat teking a history suh. lol

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