So, for a few months now I have been in the emergency department. Before that, I was a med-surg nurse and hated it. I thought that ER was my dream job. But now, I realize that I am still unhappy. I don't hate the work like I did my past job, but this is different, I'm terrified to be there. I love everything that I learn, and I meet some wonderful people as patients; but the stress is killing me. There are some things in my personal life going on too, and the stress that I feel has just gotten out of control; its now even started to affect my physical health: I have heart palpitations, and sometimes get sick to my stomach thinking about everything; and just recently I discovered that I am going to have to have a LEEP procedure to remove precancerous cells from my cervix. I figure the stress has lowered my immunity. I feel so trapped and don't know what to do.
Has anyone else ever felt like this? What do you do to cope?
The pre-cancerous surgery is enough to make anyone stressed (I speak from experience.) I think you should check out therapy. It also helps to write out your feelings. Remember to be kind to yourself. Light exercise works wonders. Also, try to eat as healthy as possible. There is nothing wrong with feeling overwhelmed when the big "C" word is heard. Good luck with your surgery and I genuinely hope you have a speedy recovery!!