"Diet and exercise weren't enough for me. I needed more help."
Chuck Robbins feels better today than he has in a long time, and he gives a great deal of the credit to the Clinical Wellness Nurse available to him through Berkshire Health System's Wellness at Work program. A cook in the dietary department at Fairview Hospital, Chuck has regular visits with Michele Murrell, RN, who has provided him with the tools needed to live a healthier life. A medical crisis along the way confirmed to Chuck that it was time to get serious about his health. But he also realized he needed help to achieve his goals.
Despite being an avid bicyclist for most of his life, Chuck had a history of borderline high blood pressure and cholesterol, and he was worried about the implications of both conditions. "Diet and exercise weren't enough for me," he said. "I needed more help." One day three years ago, he was rushed to Fairview's Emergency Department after experiencing terrible pressure in his chest. "It scared the heck out of me," he said. At that point, he resolved to finally address his medical issues, and his Clinical Wellness Nurse helped every step of the way.
In addition to monitoring his blood pressure, blood sugar and heart rate, Michele collaborated with Chuck's primary care physician to re-work his medications for better results. She helped him prepare effective questions so that his visits with his physician were more productive, and encouraged him to not only continue exercising, but to lose weight as well. Some 35 pounds lighter, and with a stabilized blood pressure and blood sugar, Chuck is feeling like a new man these days.
"Michelle stayed right with me, and wouldn't let me slack off," Chuck said. "Through her coaching and diligence, everything has turned out so much better for me."