Gaining weight in homehealth
- 0Apr 25, '10 by chenoaspiritIve noticed that since Ive started homehealth, Ive gained quite a bit of weight. When I get home, i have too much paperwork to even think about having time to exercise. When driving from patient to patient, its so easy to just run thru the drivethru and get something quick to eat. Ive gained about 25 lbs. Anyone else experiencing this? Any ideas?
- 0Apr 25, '10 by caliotter3Heh, try full time night shift. Fast food before work, then stop at grocery store for the night time stash, then maybe drive through breakfast on way home, or even Denny's. Constant eating! Much more than 25 pounds. And then you try to sleep on and off all through the day, no exercise whatsoever, too tired for that because the sleep keeps getting interrupted. Then all of a sudden it is time for work again, and the cycle continues. I'm about to try to sleep right now, except I've got a toothache.
- 3Apr 25, '10 by KateRN1Buy a small, lightweight cooler and pack your lunches. Carrot sticks, celery sticks, apples and cheese, salads, yogurt, whatever things you like. Scope out a nice park for eating or eat on the go, if you choose. Freeze some water bottles to keep your food cold and you hydrated.
Excercise is still the tough one. Complete your documentation in the pt's home rather than saving it until you get to your own home and you may find that your productivity increases dramatically and cuts down on what you're having to do "on your own time."
- 0Apr 28, '10 by anticoagulationurseI have gained about 30 pounds since starting HH. I attribute it to this relatively sedentary HH nursing gig, and poor eating habits.
I agree with KateRN1's charting suggestion. When I started doing this in the patient's home there was so much less for me to do at home on my time. If I;m going to be taking notes about the visit for later charting, I figure may as well input into the computer rather than "write" it twice! However, my days are still long and I rarely have time to exercise on my work days, which leaves little time to work out. Also, I blame fast food which I have quit eating in the last month.
- 2Apr 28, '10 by tewdlesThe drive thru food is really a big baddie in this line of work...that and soda pop or other high calorie drinks (any of us like "foo foo" coffee drinks with whipped cream on top?).
I have a wonderful husband who packs a lunch for me most days...he drove for a living also and so understands that part of my "lunch" needs to be a snack food that I can munch on when I don't have time for a break. Dried fruit is perfect for this, this week I am eating dried cranberries in the car...YUMMIE.
I am sure that most of us will become a bit more active after work hours as the days continue to get nicer and longer. It genuinely is difficult to get adequate exercise when your normal home time is between 6-7pm and it is dark out already. I have the incentive of a large dog who dearly loves to run next to the bike...so a nice long bike ride most evenings is helpful to me.
It is interesting to me that most of the nurses whom I know who work in the field in either HH or Hospice are not substantially overweight...but most of the nurses whom I know who work 3rd shift in a hospital or facility are. I think that sleep patterns and that stress may play more of a part in that weight gain than we acknowledge, but that is JMHO.
- 1Apr 28, '10 by KateRN1Quote from tewdlesThe drive thru food is really a big baddie in this line of work...that and soda pop or other high calorie drinks (any of us like "foo foo" coffee drinks with whipped cream on top?).
(I try to limit mine to once a week, generally on Friday as a treat for getting through the week.)