C.D., Deafblind man from Croatia - Testimonial from the European Deafblind Union



C.D., Deafblind man from Croatia - Testimonial from the European Deafblind Union

It is really hard to be a deafblind person at the doctor’s office, especially when they diagnose you and point out a specific health issue, but they don’t offer any concrete solutions. It is especially hard to be diagnosed with diabetes when you are a Deafblind person. Doctors just give you the list of foods you should and shouldn’t consume. They expect us to Google it and do our own researches online neglecting the fact that to a Deafblind person that is extremely hard without the adequate support, for some it is even impossible (like the Deafblind elderly that don’t own and/or don’t use technology). And what about the information on what is diabetes, how to live and cope with it, how to cook and prepare food (methods, recipes…)? Also, how are we supposed to find suitable groceries when the ingredients are written in such a small font, how to check sugar levels in the blood when you are unable to see and hear? It is a mission impossible for the Deafblind, and the health system in some countries offers little or no support whatsoever.