Something To Be Thankful For
If you read my blog on even a semi-regular basis, you've probably figured out that I'm a fan of lists.
This one was inspired by a little game that one of my co-workers started on Facebook a couple of weeks ago as a lead-in to Thanksgiving Day. It's actually rather addictive; in fact, some of us have been posting each day about something we are thankful for, even if it's as mundane as food and shelter, or as exotic as one's recent missionary trip to Africa. So here are a few things I, as a nurse, feel incredibly blessed to have:
1) Believe it or not, I'm thankful for my job. While some may consider a humble LTC floor-nursing position a huge step down on a career continuum that had been headed skyward, I see it as a refuge from the 24/7 responsibility and joy-killing stress of nursing management. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to regain my technical skills, and to have earned the respect of my co-workers and the affection of my residents. I'm also eternally grateful for the chance to prove to myself, if to no one else, that I don't have to continually strive for bigger and better in order to be a worthwhile person.
2) I'm thankful for my co-workers, including my son, who work twice as hard as I do and don't make anywhere near as much money. These folks bust their chops every single day getting peed on, pooped on, hit, bitten, kicked, cussed out, and generally treated like the stuff people scrape off the bottom of their shoes........all for ten bucks an hour and an occasional pat on the back. Like this one.
3) I'm thankful for the chance to be a part of patients' lives. When I was a child, I never wanted to be an astronaut or a movie star; I wanted to take care of people and "make it all better". That basic desire to help my fellow humans was what was lost in the chase for more money and prestige; now that I've regained it, I never want to be without it again. And even though there are many times when I can't make it all better, there's never a day that I don't feel I make a difference to my residents.
4) I'm thankful for the opportunity to earn enough to take care of my family, especially in this time of recession and high unemployment. Despite the fact that LTC positions are among the lowest-paying in the profession, there's something to be said for remaining steadily employed.......and in all honesty, we aren't poor either. The food on our table may not be fancy, but it's always enough, and so is the available cash to pay the bills and even have a little left over for fun. That's more than a lot of once-well-off folks can say nowadays.
5) I'm thankful for the good health, and especially the weight loss, that have enabled me to do everything faster and easier over the course of this past year. I don't remember the last time I was sick, except for a touch of nausea and diarrhea a couple of months ago, and I have more energy now than I did when I was in my 40s. I don't know whether it's eating better or simply having run through most of the circulating infections in my younger days, but I'm telling you, I have the immune system of a Spartan.
6) And yes, as corny as it sounds: I'm thankful for the miracles of modern medicine. A hundred years ago, my 18-year-old's appendix would've burst and he would more than likely have died from sepsis. Fifty years ago, I would've gotten 'blood poisoning' from the spider bite on my foot and probably lost the entire limb, if not my life. Even twenty-five years ago, the TIA my husband had in the winter of '05 would have likely been ascribed to a bad migraine and ignored; fortunately, his doctor put him on medicines that have controlled his blood pressure and cost next to nothing, thus delaying---and possibly averting entirely---a more severe cardiovascular event.
These are just a few of the things I'm thankful for this holiday season. Please feel free to add your own......and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
About VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN Guide
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20 year(s) of experience in LTC, assisted living, geriatrics, psychNov 24, '09I am also thankful for my job.
I am thankful for health insurance which many cannot afford but I fortunately have.
I am thankful for my family who really are the number 1 on my list.
I am thankful for a warm home that is mortagage free, not the Taj Mahal but I own it!
I am thankful for my health .
I am thankful that every day I can make a difference in someone's life by a simple act of kindness.
May you and all of your families have a blessed thanksgivingNov 24, '09The biggest thing I am thankful for is that I finally got into the nursing program this year.
I am also thankful for the instructors who have taught me this semester, especially my pharmacology teacher. I look forward to having her again, whenever that may be.Nov 25, '09I am thankful for the ability to read. (wierd I know, but think about it, if you couldn't read you would not be where you are today)
I am thankful for a supportive family and friends.
I am thankful that I have a job, even though I hate it.
I am thankful for having good health.Nov 25, '09I'm thankful for coworkers who come running when you hit the button and say, "I need some help in here!"
I'm thankful for the honor to be present at the passing of a soul who's reached the natural end of their days, when the family allows the person to pass peacefully from this world to the next (as opposed to "code'm till they glow").
I'm thankful for coworkers and friends who are there when you've had a bad night and need to vent, cry, cuss, pray or all of the above.
I'm thankful for the patient or family member who stops to say "thank you."
I'm thankful for the doc who told me, "You're a good nurse."
I'm thankful that my mom and sister survived cancer, my dad survived his MI, and that my brother in law is hopelessly in love with my sister, God help him.
I'm thankful for the kids in Sunday school who hug my neck and tell me they love me.
I'm thankful that I have a job where I make a difference.
I'm thankful that I'm here to be able to make a difference.
I'm thankful for VivaLasVegas, Oramar, Leslie, Susannah, and all the others who make me break out in a smile when I see they've posted something.
I'm also thankful for the "ignore" button
I'm thankful that Brian brought all of us together. THANK YOU BRIAN!:luvnltr:Nov 25, '09I am thankful for the most incredibly supportive husband who has made my "job" of being a nursing student as easy as it can possibly be.Nov 25, '091. The love and support of my husband. At age 48 I decided to go back to. If all goes well I will graduate in May. I couldn't have done it with his help and support.
2. My 2 kids that I love dearly and drive me crazy.
3. Good health and insurance.
4. The nurses that I work with at the free clinic. I volunteer one day a week and these 2 ladies have taught me so much about life and nursing. They have been retired for several years but they give back to the community every day.
5. For family and friends.Nov 25, '09I am thankful that I got accepted into a nursing program, I start in January!
I am thankful for my beautiful wonderful children who make me laugh and cry sometimes at the same time!
I am thankful for my health
I am thankful for my good friends & family
I am thankful for this wonderful site that has loads of useful information, a place to vent ,and a place share some comraderie with others like me.
Most of all I am thankful to GOD for always seeing me through everything I do good & bad and especially when things aren't going so well for giving me the strength to get through it.
God Bless to everyone!
Happy Thanksgiving!..................BettyNov 26, '09i am thankful to god for the gift of life, family and friends.:angel2:
i am thankful for what i am and what i have right now.
i am thankful for the patients and all the people who touched my life in any way and vice versa.
i am thankful for the hardships and struggles that i've been through which make me a better and stronger person.
i am thankful for expressing my thanks right now.:typing
and im thankful for the days and blessings yet to come......
thank you!Nov 26, '09I am thankful for:
1. Medical technology, for without it, my daughter would never have been born, and I would have died while I was pregnant.
2. My family, as they have supported me so much these last few years. I went back to at the age of 35, and graduated in the top 5 of my class. I couldn't have done any of it without their love and support.
3. That I passed the boards on the first try--otherwise I think I might have gone stark-raving mad and taken my family with me.
4. That I got an RN job almost immediately after graduating.
5. My wonderful team of nurses and aides that I work with. They rock!
6. That my DON is kind and listens to you, and not evil like some of the bosses you hear about on this site.
7. My beautiful home, and that I now have the ability to help contribute to its upkeep. My first paychecks bought a new furnace.
8. That I live in a part of the world that I can look out my back window and watch the hawk soaring above the trees, the fox playing in the back woods, or the deer that want to come and eat my plants.
9. For friends that listen and help me to laugh at myself.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone!
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