Something To Be Thankful For

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    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!
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    I 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 thanksgiving
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    Great post it was fun to read
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    The 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.
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    I 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.
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    I'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:
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    I 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.
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    Beautiful, folks..........please keep 'em coming!
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    1. The love and support of my husband. At age 48 I decided to go back to nursing school. 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.
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