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- Jan 21 by Chimani09Quote from traumaRUsHi guys, I'm pretty new to the site and wanted to say hi to all. I'm a L&D nurse and very passionate my specialty.You all are so awesome! I love how adaptable everyone is. I think that factors into how we age too - the ability to change with lifes circumstances. This is a trait to be admired.
- Jan 21 by PudnluvRecently I had a traumatic shoulder injury that required surgery and months and months of physical therapy. The doctor told me that I would eventually need the other shoulder done, due to degenerative changes. I also have bursitis in both hips. I love what I do, can't imagine working anywhere else but in the ED, but I've come to realize that I may not be physically able to work there until I'm ready to retire. Part of the problem is that I have a hard time accepting that I may have limitations. I am a very physical person, so being unable to do something drives me nuts. I'm only in my late 40's, but this injury got me thinking about the future and my career. I've decided to go back to school and get my FNP. I hope to stay in the ED, as that is what I love, I'd just be taking a different role. I'vealso started thinking more about my finances and making sure I have enough to retire comfortably. I've joined a gym, am trying hard to lose those extra pounds (being out of work, I've gained 25lbs.), watch my cholesterol and am trying to quit smoking. I color my gray (I've been gray since age 25) and look about 10 years younger than I am. I plan on staying "young" for a long time.
- Jan 21 by nurse4saleQuote from sharpeimomThat was real nice. Thanks for sharing. And you're so right about age being just a number. Thanks, I needed that.I remember when I was in second grade, the school was being remodeled and just one student restroom was usable and thinking that all I wanted in life was to be one of those "big fourth graders" because those lucky kids got to carry the "In Use By Girls" sign and we "little kids" had to be escorted by a grown up who hung the coveted sign.
When I was about 13, all I wanted was to be old enough to stay home alone when my parents went out. It came .....................eventually. When I was 14, all I wanted was to be able to date. It seemed like forever, but eventually I was 16 and the age my parents decreed.
In college, all I wanted, after a couple of years, was to be done and begin grad school. Eventually it happened!
Suddenly I was 30 and two of my cousins were pregnant, two more were engaged, and my fiance had died of cancer. I felt 100. I wore bridesmaids and maid of honor dresses that made me look and feel like walking meringues, but without the joy I should have felt. I still felt 100.
I married when I was 37, after caring for my dying mom. Now I felt younger again but not my age. That came when we took a delayed honeymoon after my mom's death. We were away six weeks and divided our time between the British Isles and France. I returned on crutches as the result of a silly accident but my heart was light again and I felt like a new bride and like a 37 year old again.
Forty was untraumatic, as were my fifties. I've always looked much much younger than my real age and still do. Good genes I guess, but it's a swift pain sometimes. I was still getting carded when I made a liquor purchase until I was in my early fifties. Every stinkin' time!
The day after my 54th birthday, I had a severe stroke caused by an earlier aneurysm and when I realized that a. I would survive and b. life would never be the same I would have to adjust my thinking. The alternative was going off the deep end.
I guess all this rambling is just to say your age is just a number. I certainly never thought I'd ever be THIS old, but guess what? I still have all my own teeth, my mind works just great, and I still look younger than I am. I'm still young! I feel free to speak my mind and love who I am now.
As someone said recently, "Your dad would have been so proud of the adult you!" My dad died when I was in college. Great compliment!
- Jan 21 by nurse4saleQuote from marcos9999I already know. I've been lifting weights for several years now.....lolI now realize why weight lifting is actually so important as you age. I used to have a weak back but started to do squats and dead lifts and I have now a much stronger back then I used to have when 20. Start lifting weights yall...I'm not even going to talk about the hormone production, I'll let you find that out on your own.
- Mar 10 by adpie28That was a fantastic article coming from your heart... I want you to know that at 54 years old I am going to graduate from nursing school with a BSN in 2014, which will make me 55 when I am just beginning this journey! I have often questioned my decision but still come full circle, and forge ahead! I do want to continue my education until I can't any longer... what my future brings me is in God's hands. Since He has brought me this far, He must have a purpose for me in this field. I know how much I enjoy my journey, as tiring as it can be sometimes, as I forge ahead to finish school for my BSN. I do know that nursing school keeps you so strapped with work that you remain sedentary a lot of the time while studying or going to lectures. That has helped to pack on 15-20 lbs of weight gain since I started. I am normally a very conscious person when it comes to staying in shape...I can see now that I really need to get that back in my life in order to have the physical and mental stamina to keep up and feel good. I see way too many nurses that are overweight and it isn't good for them or their patients.
If you could offer any advice or comments on this journey - I would welcome them!
Good luck to you and I hope that you are still loving what you do!
- I'm in my early 50's (gulp, break hard to say at times). I just completed my BSN in December after 14 years of nursing. It was a challenge, but well worth it. As much as you can carve out time for fitness. It will give you more energy and more focus for school. I work FT, still have kids at home (older mom) and everyone knows I must exercise. Sometimes I would read while riding the stationary bike if I felt a time crunch. But mostly I take that time for myself knowing it will recharge my batteries. Drink LOTS of water...it helps to fill you up and keep fatigue at bay. Take a break from that paper and do crunches...take a 15 mins brisk walk....keep dumb bells in your house and break for 10 and do curls. It all adds up! Congratulations to you on taking this journey....you can do it! Nurses tend to care for others and neglect our own needs. You'll be a better nurse if you take care of you first. Good luck and keep us posted!
- It's just a daily thing you/we have to do. I stretch often...had back surgery in Aug and if you rest you rust! Choose a nursing field that doesn't hammer your body. Med/surg is brutal. I am in a physically non-demanding area. I wish you all the best!
- Mar 10 by tyvinI just turned 60. I still feel like when I was 30. I look like I'm 45 (runs in the family). I tried to get the senior day credit at the store the other day and they laughed at me. I finally showed them my ID. My mom who is 84 is her husband's caregiver (he has Alzheimer's). I hate it but she caths him x3 daily, dresses him, the whole shot. The thing is she still has time to drive to lunch with her friends, do the shopping, etc... My family doesn't die off until we're 100 and we remain sharp as tacks mentally so there you go. I admit it; we're tough. Did I mention I had a child when I was 45...yea, I'm helping him with his homework after I do this.
Age is a state of mind unless you have debilitating disease and then any age is tough. When I read the younger ones complaining they feel so old it's sad. I lift weights, die my hair, and drink Myofusion post workout. Don't forget the over 2 liters of fluid a day. If you want to remain sharp, you need to work at it!
- Love it! My last child born when I was 40. You keep it up, girl! What is Myofusion???