On Sunday, August 26, 2012 Kaissy Hammer and Nathaniel Mitchell conducted a Diabetes Education Session at Bible Way Baptist Church in New Iberia, LA at the request of the Pastor, Rev. Francis Davis.
Nathaniel opened the session with an introduction and an explanation of the purpose, goal, function, and mission of “The Diabetic Kitchen”. He then offered insight to the congregation of order to events which gave rise to creating the Diabetic Support and Management Group. He used the term “D&T” several times during the presentation, explaining to the group that “D&T” is short for “Dine and Talk,” one of the elements of the group’s monthly meeting. This simply means that each meeting we have a meal as we talk. The premise here is to allow members, especially the newer members, to understand that life doesn’t then have to come to a “Stop” because they have diabetes, if they learn how to control what they eat, the portions eaten, remain consistent, and maintain an exercise regiment.
Nathaniel also made the church aware that The Diabetic Kitchen has been given the opportunity to expand into two of our local high schools. We have been granted permission to establish student groups at New Iberia High School and Westgate High School. We’re currently collaborating with the School Nurses and their Supervisors on a plan of implementation. He then introduced Ms Kaissy Hammer to the church.
Ms Kaissy Hammer, APRN, is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, working at the Iberia Comprehensive Medical Health Unit. She was also introduced as the tie-wrap which helped to pull the pieces of “The Diabetic Kitchen together.” Kaissy was the diabetic educator for the Health Unit during the initial classes that Nathaniel initially took in his search for knowledge about the disease. She was more than willing to aid the group members with anything needed.
When asked if she would be interested in beginning a diabetic support group she stated that she was considering strongly about doing the same thing herself. Thus the partnership began.
Kaissy first gave her blessings to the church then began to do what she does, “Educate”! She first stressed the importance of management of self, along with the disease. Then she cascaded into the nutrition phase of her presentation, explaining how starches fruits, dairy products, vegetables, meats and fat affect the body of persons with diabetes. In addition, Kaissy also discussed Meal Planning and Calories. The church was then opened for questions. The Congregation was asked the question, “Are there any diabetics listening in the group this morning”? The answer was exactly what we mentioned to the Paster, Rev. Francis Davis, that we thought it would be; there were fifteen people who stated that they are diabetic and are currently seeking information on diabetes management. Each were invited to join The Diabetic Kitchen, or encouraged to join any other diabetic support group, but be sure to join and attend the meetings. We stressed the point that no one present was obligated to join The Kitchen, however, the important point is that they join or frequent “A Group”!
Both Kaissy and Nathaniel fielded more questions before the end of the presentation and a deep expression of gratitude was displayed by the Pastor and the members of the church. At that point service was ended. Praise be the name of the Lord.