Good morning Mattsmom,
First, (((HUGS))) to you this mid Texas morn! I know exactly how you feel here since I've been on a medical sabbatical for 5 loooooooonnnnnnggggggg years now.
Boy, do I miss those huge nursing paychecks!
Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever fully recover from my nursing injuries. I'm wishing I had "named a patient" to my injury as Workman's Comp wanted me to do in order for me to "collect" for the injury, but how in the heck can we name just one patient when it's been a multitude of patients over the course of our nursing career that has caused our on the job injuries?
I wasn't about to LIE and say, oh yeah, Mr. or Mrs. "X" in room 333 caused my injury?
I will email you one on one about how I learned to overcome my 'sudden life change' after my injury that has kept me from practicing nursing as I once enjoyed it. I could have become a paper pusher, taken a desk job, become an advice nurse by telephone, but I have waaaaayyyy too much energy for those kind of jobs. My body has got to be moving, my feet miss the rapid surge of energy I got when working as a nurse!
What I will share here with you is that I have written two big books since my sabbatical began in April 1997, and there's plenty more books yet to be written by these hands - that's for sure. Now, if I could just win the lotto, or regain my big fat nursing paychecks once again, I could self-publish my books since it's cheaper that way. Otherwise, I need a minimum of $10,000 to publish "one book" through a publisher who does it all for the writer from editing to production. That's how I've kept myself busy these past five years.
I've never allowed my nursing license to go dormant, and have always kept my BCLS up to date just in case a miracle happens for me to work again in nursing. Actually, once we move again to our next location, I plan to take a nurse refresher course and try for a job in Newborn Nursery again since I can only lift about 10 pounds max now. What would I do with the 11 pounder some of those Moms give birth to??? :chuckle Guess I could roll them over with the left hand and burp 'em with the right one! :chuckle
Meanwhile, I am currently in the process of becoming a Certified Child Care Provider here on the military base where we live. They are sooooo excited to get me since they aren't used to getting RNs in this capacity- a pediatric trained RN at that! Apparently, there are a lot of babies with special needs that need one on one care. The government even pays the special care person monthly for taking care of these precious little angels. So far, I have only agreed to take infants. On this post, if a Provider keeps infants, they are only allowed to keep a Maximum of 3 infants. Once those infants reach age 3, they are pulled from infancy care, and must be placed in an older child program for the safety of God's littlest angels.
Well, that is just a brief glimpse into this semi-retired RNs life today. Hope it helps you contemplate some additional thought for your own situation. (((HUGS))) and :kiss