Today I'll be speaking at a conference about palliative care in late stage dementia. I feel a little nervous as there will be much academic glitterati in attendance. Now, I've desensitised myself these days to the worst ravages of stage fright, however I'm still worried that the limits of my knowledge will be shown for what they are.
I'm taking one of our staff nurses along with me. She is a brilliant clinician. Her practical knowledge and skill in this area are unrivalled in my view. Mind, it's took some persuasion to get her to come along.
"I'm going to look an idiot", She said the other day, "Little old me amongst the big knobs."
I said "Bolloxs to them, could you imagine how terrified these 'academics' would be if they had to run a shift in your dementia care unit?"
It's one thing thinking about it, but another thing entirely walking the walk.
Wish me luck.