I hope this is the right board to post this under. I'm hoping there are some nurses out there who can relate to this. I graduated 5 years ago, in my mid forties. While still in nursing school
I started menopause. Year one I was in top form. Year 2, wanted to quit. The years since graduation have been a real struggle. I spend most of my days in severe "brain fog". I literally cannot think or remember. Recalling very simple skills is a struggle never mind mastering the more complex ones. This is so very frustrating and frightening. Instead of moving forward I feel like I'm going backward. The doctor says I'm healthy. I take hormones, Synthroid and anti depressant. I'm also big on positive pep-talks!! Once in a while I feel totally accomplished after a shift. I've talked with older nurses. They have some of the same symptons but have the benefit of years of experience to fall back on. I'm tired of using menopause as an excuse for this. I know that this is a common menopausal sympton but in a job like this it's a comfort to know your brain will function when you really need it to. Can anyone offer any suggestions? Also, thanks for the replies to my recent post on nursing websites, they are great!