Its been a long while since I've been on here to post, but I have been reading from time to time. How I love the stories of your daily lives as Nurses in every area!
If you remember me, I had a shoulder accident in Nov 2009 and subsequently had 3 major shoulder surgeries, the last one was a year ago September. I learned a lot about shoulders, how they function and what that part of our anatomy is used for. I also learned a lot about Physical Therapists and Orthopedic Doctors. If I ever need either again, I know who to go to and who to stay away from.
This past April, I learned the final diagnosis of my shoulder and the percentage of loss I had. To be honest, I knew already. But, I had to see it on paper, in writing, in black and white. The career I worked to hard for, to create and set goals to obtain is gone. I can no longer lift more than 10lbs in my right arm. (believe me, I have tried and continue to do so every day, I fail, every day)
I learned what the first Orthopedic Doctor did to me in it's entirety, all the nitty gritty stuff, in writing. Plain as day. He stole my career, my career path, my career goals. All in one surgery, He took it from me. I dealt with a lot of mental anguish during this time, a lot of pain both physically and mentally due to what he did to me.
In April, 2012, I decided to go back to school for my MSW Degree. Since I can no longer be a Nurse, I wanted to use the vast amount of education and field knowledge I had to help Families in the final years of life. In June, I started my long road towards my new goal. I will obtain my BSW in 2014 and then on to my MSW, I will specialize in Gerontology. I hope to make the lives of the Families easier as they provide the care needed for an aging parent/sibling/spouse/family member.
This is a healing spot for me. I put off writing this for quite some time, but feel that, as I open the next chapter in my life, I need to close the door, just a little on my previous life.
Nurses, you all rock! You make the world go round. Your gentle touches and kind words are felt by many. Your willingness to go above and beyond, does not go unnoticed, at least not by the likes of me or my family. I appreciate the "ALL" you do and the "ALL" you give. If it was not for great Nurses out there, I would not have my Daddy with me today.
From a has been to a soon to be MSW,