For a long time, I have felt like I have been wandering alone in the dark, have you ever felt like that?
I have noticed since to part-time work and changing roles, how relaxed I am.
I have always had an admiration for the Practice Nurse, involved with General Nursing and in fact a specialist of many conditions.
In my new role I am in total awe of my colleague and Senior Practice Nurse of some 18 years and have no embarrassment in asking her for advice.
On my new journey, I have had to learn new skills, up to now…
You may laugh but the taking of blood (phlebotomy) absolutely frightened the life out of me.
The thought of hurting someone and taking something from them…. Well, not interested, and caused great merriment in the Practice….
Now I do it without thinking, and I have to say very proud of myself.
Next has been ‘Sexual Health and Contraception’, what can I say it is not as easy as it first looks and girls if I knew then what I know now, I would never have gone near a man….
Soon I will have ‘Immunisation and Vaccination’, just the paperwork is enough the scare me death.
Followed by the learning and understanding of Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Spirometry.
How exciting, have again always been petrified by the mysteries of the chest and lungs.
I hear you say but you understand Diabetes, can I say not only understand but get totally overjoyed at revealing a positive HbA1c…. Yes, fairly evident I am a wimp, who has safely hid behind her love of diabetes.
I have had a brief introduction into what must come from an amazing trainer and speaker Jon Bell, from Canday Medical Ltd.
Who educated me, and colleagues, in the art form of the ‘Inhaler Technique’ and the different types.
To quote him ‘If you’re not doing it properly, it’s not working properly’
Jon’s enthusiasm for his inhalers and techniques in use, matched my passion for diabetes – Sad, I know…
Yet what Jon informed us, is completely correct, as you would expect.
I have met an asthmatic sufferer who runs 20-30 miles a week, as well as holds an extremely physical job. In their words very rarely uses the emergency inhaler and feels the running has expanded their lung capacity. Their technique is correct and they are receiving the correct dosage.
These feel good stories need documenting and sharing.
Diabetes, in my view, it’s not just about the pancreas.
It’s about the knock-on effects to the rest of the body, it’s about the person as an individual and how it affects the person sat in front of you.
How looking at the total picture can stop a misdiagnosis?
How indulging, not even over-indulging in Christmas celebrations can alter a HbA1c, hypo’s, infections, stress, bereavement anything that knocks you off balance and has an affect on results.
Always important to Hear as well as Listen.
I am loving my new journey, and I am loving utilising my skills, the feel-good factor, when driving home from work.
Chronic disease management is about the individual not just the condition.
Hope you have had a GREAT Christmas and 2019 brings all you wish yourself and others.
copyright MEC/DDCUK 28/12/18
It has been a very long time since I have had anything to say, or to be honest inspired.
The last few weeks I have suddenly wanted to share, I have had a change in direction, nothing to worry about my love and passion for diabetes hasn’t waned.
I recently joined a GP Practice, September, 20 hours a week, no regrets (a little fib, I hate the M65 – very scary)
A lot of colleagues who know me well, will think I have finally lost it. I haven’t I am learning new skills and loving every minute of it, because I am able to adapt those skills to the broader spectrum of diabetes and other comorbidities. Making me the all round practitioner I have always been.
The Practice and patients have welcomed me and I feel as if i have joined a family, the most amazing thing is after spending time working elsewhere and my confdence eroded, I am me again.
Practice Manager often complains of too much laughter from me, colleagues and patients always leave smiling
I am again that confident practitioner, most importantly doing what I love most, meeting people, sharing my knowledge and experience. Helping to those livng with diabetes understand that diabetes has to fit in with their life not the other way round. True patient-centred care, that I so believe in and advocate.
The ability to adapt diabetes to fit in with a person’s life and aiding them in understanding, the appointment is about them and not about pleasing the healthcare professional. I always see myself as a guest in their care.
The art of helping someone understand their condition, supporting with the opportunity to ask that long awaited question that they have never felt they could ask. Watching people’s light up, after walking through the door with slumped shoulders and anxiety disappear.
I feel like I am writing a blowing my trumpet blog, why not??
As Healthcare Professionals we do an amazing job and at 60, I find mysef back in the classroom learning new skills and thankful that I became a nurse when I did back in 1978, traditional training giving me the means and ability to become a chameleon and wherever this life takes me, I will adapt.
Someone called me ‘A Maverick’ this year, saying I will always survive.
I have the NHS to thank for this and the opportunity to initially train as a State Enrolled Nurse – that gave a frightened 18 year old the confidence to care and speak with strangers, in not always pleasant situations.
I have been at the very top of the ladder (with title’s) but wherever I am, titles meant nothing because ‘I am’ – Maureen the Nurse, who loves diabetes and most importantly the people I see and help to make life a little easier.
Diabetes Complete Care Ltd is delighted to have been invited to work in collaboration with Connect Health Solutions UK.
Maureen Chadwick, Founder and Commercial Director, is passionate about providing patient-centred training to healthcare professionals and the extended care team living with diabetes.
She believes that the collaboration with Connect Health Solutions UK (CHS) and their new innovative blood glucose monitor will have a major impact on the ease of monitoring for those living with diabetes, supporting the improvement for those self-managing their diabetes, including the extended care team.
Maureen believes that working together, this collaboration could see a major step forward in diabetes care.
If you would like to know more either contact us here at Diabetes Complete Care or go straight to http://www.connecthealthsolutionsuk.com to find out more.
© 7 October 2017 MC
Diabetes Complete Care Ltd is delighted to have been invited to collaborate with Connect Health Solutions in its on-going operation to establish the glucose monitor throughout the UK’s medical community.
Connect Health Solutions UK has successfully introduced to the NHS, a new, innovative GSM based blood glucose monitoring device, which automatically transmits, via the global system for mobile, real-time blood glucose readings to the patient’s care provider.
The use of the monitor will significantly improve the collection of an individual’s blood glucose data and their self-management of the condition. The monitor will have a beneficial effect on the speed of response for diabetic children and for older patients, where a specialist is not immediately available to visit. It will be of particular help in cases of gestational diabetes, reducing to a minimum the frequent visits usually required of mother to the surgery or hospital, with the comfort a specialist diabetic nurse is viewing the result in real-time.
Diabetes Complete Care Ltd currently provides patient-centered training to people living with diabetes, and renders practical educational diabetes programs, to nurses, doctors, and carers’. Some of these courses offer RCN and RCGP accreditation.
DCC’s Commercial Director, Maureen Chadwick, believes that this collaboration will result in the two companies being able to offer a more efficient and healthier lifestyle for patients and their professionals and carers’. Maureen is passionate about the care and welfare of the elderly living in remote areas, who suffer from diabetes and who don’t have easy access to their surgery. She believes that this monitor will provide peace of mind to them and to others suffering from the condition, knowing that their glucose readings are being immediately fed to their carers’, for advice when necessary. The process can reduce diabetes-related appointments, taking pressure off the surgery, nurses and doctors alike.
Maureen believes that this collaboration could see a significant step forward in NHS diabetes care.
If you are interested and want to know more, why not take a look at our websites www.diabetescompletecareuk.com or www.connecthealthsolutionsuk.com
© 2 October 2017 MC
For those who listened in a BIG Thank you!
On 1st and 8th February, I hosted two separate Breakfast Shows for Brian Ashman, the genius behind Leyland Festival Radio. I am extremely grateful to the 4/5 guests who took the time out to come and talk to me live on air. One of whom only popped in to give apologies for another. Last night I received an email, with feedback, from Brian, that I would like to share:
……. I would comment that I found the experience of being interviewed flowed very well. I was made to feel very welcome and put at ease by yourself and Maureen. Although I was a little nervous, the interview itself felt very natural as Maureen talked to me as if she’d known me a lot longer than she had. Overall it was a very pleasant experience.
Thank you again.
Paul Blundell is hosting an ‘Action for Happiness – Exploring what Matters‘ an 8-week course in Leyland Lancashire starting on Monday 29th February 2016.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Published LinkedIn 16/02/2016
© 16 February 2016 MC
Facebook reasonably easy, I had used it as a way of catching up with friends, family and basic interests. I had set up a business page on Facebook before so I have done so again – company page Diabetes Complete Care UK.
Twitter, (@DiabetesCCUK) I had an account but because I had a deficit in understanding how it worked or how it could help promote myself and my company I attended a specific workshop. Led by Naomi Timperley and Andy Jackson – I have never looked back.
My biggest fear has always been LinkedIn, and to be honest, on attending social media events, everyone says the same.
At one such event in Manchester, I met Andy Preston and heard him speak, standing in front of us and so full of confidence and eloquently bestowing LinkedIn’s merits. He made it all sound so simple.
As always, it has taken until today and a conversation with Ashley Hurst, PA to The Purple Angel website. For me to realise that LinkedIn has been a gift to me. I have virtually met and had conversations with some amazing people, courageously connected and contacted persons who are some of this country’s renowned leaders.
Found opportunities for my company, most importantly been able to promote and share others amazing works.
Today I have finally written a post, which I have been encouraged to do for the last 2 years.
So you see if I can be brave enough so can you. It doesn’t matter if no one reads or comments it. It is the fact that you faced your fear and came out the other side.
First published 14 May 2015 LinkedIn
© 9 February 2016 MC
As I do most mornings before getting up I trawl through newspaper headlines to see what’s out there regarding health and diabetes.
My first love, my passion, educating sharing information about new health issues that can either help or make someone’s life, just slightly more bearable.
This morning like any other I did the same, to my dismay most of the postings I found portrayed diabetes in a negative light, sensational headlines mostly about the complications of diabetes.
The things that go wrong, amputations, blindness, kidney failure I know the public need to know and I know sometimes as health professionals, it becomes frustrating when educating someone ‘living with diabetes’, who just can’t seem to hear what you are saying.
I know when in the past I held education sessions with newly diagnosed Type 1’s (mostly parents) and Type 2’s. I have asked what they know about diabetes – it’s always the negative information.
People do actually live a long healthy life with diabetes! Shock horror – write about them.
Moving forward and enabling someone, motivating them into taking charge of their ‘long-term condition’. Listening, learning from them a positive attitude, compassion and empathy help.
Firstly, find common ground. What inspires them? What would they like to be able to do with their diabetes? Even if it’s completely unrealistic because the ownership and the person living with diabetes are them, not you.
Even though we have research that says ‘if you do x’ ‘then y will happen’ it isn’t always the case.
Empowering someone to self-manage and self-care will not happen by sensationalizing diabetes, by writing stories in newspapers about someone living with diabetes and fighting the condition, who has gone blind, had amputations etc…..
The real story is behind the story what was their journey? how did they get there? what didn’t they do? did they monitor their blood sugars? eat a healthy diet? was their overall control within healthy parameters most of the time?
That is where the lessons are to be learned because they will know, even though they haven’t verbalized it if they had taken control of their diabetes it may not have ended in this way. That is a lot of pressure and expectation from someone – they are human.
I feel as if I have ended negatively but I know and the diabetes population knows their successes, those that live full and healthy lives…..and there are perfectly healthy babies born every day to mothers living with diabetes.
First published LinkedIn 4 August 2015
© 9 February 2016 MC
Perusing the papers this week, there seems to have been an unprecedented amount bad press around Diabetes.
Firstly, Diabetes on its own is going to bring down and bankrupt the NHS!
Diabetes is not the only long-term condition that people manage with polypharmacy (lots of medication). At a Diabetes UK meeting, I spoke at on Wednesday evening there were people there extremely upset by these newspaper headlines. Some rightly expressed, how having to be an activist within Diabetes UK knew these facts some ten years ago. Another lady expressed her concerns over feeling guilty as if it was her fault. That is definitely not good!
Great news today you would think, drug companies merge for new drugs to the market. Pharma companies promoting the fact that their new drug MAY reduces the onset of cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks and strokes).
These new medications will cost a fortune and there is still no real back- up evidence regarding the effect, these medications have on your kidneys when excreting sugar into your urine.
Then today an article about Halle Berry – The big news was she is 49 years old and flaunting herself in a see-through blouse. Fair play to her, if I looked like her I would most probably do the same. Nah I don’t think so!
As a sideline they add the fact she has diabetes, they get her diagnosis wrong, she has Type 1 diabetes, not Type 2. There is a difference but with regards to complications, there isn’t, they mention her ‘weak eyesight’. Query do they mean Retinopathy?
Retinopathy is a serious complication, talk about it, understand it’s meaning, be empathetic. This lady is an amazing advocate of how to lead as normal a life as possible, to not only break barriers in becoming a Hollywood A-lister but to do it whilst managing Type 1 diabetes.
So when writing articles about people and including what is perceived as a ‘diabetes headliner’. Remember there are people out there living their real lives, coping with real life issues and trying to control a totally unpredictable condition 24 hours 7 days a week 365/6 days a year.
We all realise there is no real way is to stop this ‘time-bomb’ but ‘we’ as a whole can help and take responsibility. Not just supermarkets, advertisers, marketing, the NHS, or the obese…… we are all responsible for aiding someone we know struggling with their Long Term Condition.
First published LinkedIn, 21 August 2015
© 9 February 2016 MC
I don’t know about you but when I started this adventure of self-employment I had a very different scenario in my mind’s eye.
It has without doubt been an absolute privilege and delight, including the dark days of thinking I am getting nowhere fast. I love it, I enjoy meeting new people, people who have been successful in seeing their dreams come alive.
Astonishingly, they are so humble almost as if they are in a complete state of shock and the whole journey is surreal. If I am honest that is for the most part how I feel, like it is happening to someone else and I am the bystander.
This week after nearly 2 years of high and lows days, was the first time I really seriously thought what am I doing this for. I am not a young perky enthusiastic thirty-year-old, with years ahead to make mistakes and still get to where I am want to be.
I am a bizarre fifty-something grandma of six, who refuses to give into society’s notion of how I should behave.
I have dreams, little and bloody great big ones. The simplest is to gain, something to tide me over so I can establish my business to develop my bigger ideas.
I bet if you ask anyone in business, they will all say the same…. ‘I just need to do this…’ ‘Gain that…’ and I will have done it.
The one thing I do know is, that in all the chaos and chasing of tails, the stress and very occasional anxiety, I have found my peace and my joy.
I do have one or two exciting projects going on at the moment, that I will share with you as they grow?
First published LinkedIn, 20 January 2016
© 9 February 2016 MC
Last night, Saturday 30th January 2016, whilst at a friend’s house, I received a message from another friend asking me to watch The Jonathon Ross Show, where Johnny Vegas was talking about diabetes in a comical fashion.
So today I took a look for myself, via The ITV Hub, yes entertaining and funny but what an amazing diabetes health education opportunity missed.
Johnny Vegas had been approached by a ‘diabetes association’ to present at an event assuming wrongly that he lived with diabetes – he made it very clear he doesn’t. He went on to express the trauma of every time he has a health check Health Professionals appeared disappointed by his lack of diagnosis – talk about stigma!
He laughs it off by saying ‘…… I am just a fat git!’
Then without coaxing, James Norton (actor from War and Peace BBC) shared that he does have diabetes and expresses that there are two types of diabetes – end of the conversation.
I know it was and is a light entertainment show but I have to say I was so disappointed that more information wasn’t revealed.
James Norton clearly a successful young actor and very obviously, diabetes aware. If he had just been asked the right questions by Jonathon Ross, such clarity in a positive way about diabetes could have ensued.
Maybe next time!
First published LinkedIn, 31 January 2016