I just made it through my first day as a CNA!!!! I will eventually be working 12 hour shifts, but thankfully today was only an 8 - MY BACK IS KILLING ME!!!!! The back was fine until I sat for 30 minutes at lunch, and then it just rebelled when I had to stand up again. Any suggestions for that or does it just take time to get used to standing on my feet all day? I've got good shoes, and thankfully my legs and feet feel good - tired, but good.
I learned so much today and it felt so good to be working in my chosen field. The nurses I was with were great and very supportive and the other aides were wonderful. Finding my way around the hospital was a whole other story!
Now I've just got to start feeling more confident with doing things on my own - I was too scared to do any bed pans or baths on my own today but did a lot of assisting.
For now, I'm heading up the street to grab me some SONIC and then going to plop down on the couch with my feet up for a while! I'm thinking maybe doing some yoga tonight may help and then I may try to do a few stretches before I go to work next time and see if that helps the 'ol back. I've got the weekend off to recover, but next week I'm working 8's on Mon, Tues, Weds and then a 12 on Fri.