Nurses who are ill!

  1. I wonder how many nurses find themselves seriuosly ill and in the care of nursing and medical staff?

    I have recently found myself in this situation and am having trouble coping.

    Any thoughts from others out there?
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from Jaymel
    I wonder how many nurses find themselves seriuosly ill and in the care of nursing and medical staff?

    I have recently found myself in this situation and am having trouble coping.

    Any thoughts from others out there?
    A couple of years ago I found myself admitted with a severe asthma attack and ?PE I was admitted onto the ward where I worked and to be honest I preferred it. I was looked after by people I knew and respected. The only down side was I felt that as a nurse I a) knew a bit more than Joe Average and thought of the worse and b) sometime was treated as "you should know what to do" the thing is everything is different when it is you that is ill and it might be an illness in an area that you don't know alot about, that is when fear takes over.

    I hope you are over your illness or on the road for recovery, and I also believe that once we have been ill we have a more understanding or empathy with what the patient is feeling and hopefully look after then with more care that someone who hasn't been ill.
  4. by   Jaymel
    Quote from silverdragon102
    a couple of years ago i found myself admitted with a severe asthma attack and ?pe i was admitted onto the ward where i worked and to be honest i preferred it. i was looked after by people i knew and respected. the only down side was i felt that as a nurse i a) knew a bit more than joe average and thought of the worse and b) sometime was treated as "you should know what to do" the thing is everything is different when it is you that is ill and it might be an illness in an area that you don't know alot about, that is when fear takes over.

    i hope you are over your illness or on the road for recovery, and i also believe that once we have been ill we have a more understanding or empathy with what the patient is feeling and hopefully look after then with more care that someone who hasn't been ill.
    your comments are appreciated. i became ill with severe weakness, ataxia and dramatic change in my vision at easter, all are increasingly worsening.

    there have been difficulties getting a diagnosis and of course having an enquiring 'nurse' mind has not afforded me much calm. i have to add the gp's, practice nurse and health visitor have been most supportive in what has been a really difficult situation (all their children are at school with my own so i 'know' them to a degree and its been difficult to be honest about my anxiety..) the only treatment they have been able to give to try and help (which it has marginally) are steroids. (thought it might be myasthenia etc)

    after a 5 week wait for an urgent mri it has been found that i have 'something yet to be determined' at the top of my spinal cord/base of skull compressing the cord and infact causing subsequent degeneration of it. being a midwife (retired to raise children presently) tis' the other end i am used to dealing with and i am quietly frantic about the possibilty of quadraplegia to say the least..

    i am known to be a very able bodied and dynamic person, ever cheerful and the supporter not the one seeking support - i have found it difficult to cope with the emotional turmoil all this has broguht down on me.

    i know the care will be excellent but do find it difficult to vent my fears and anxieties given my 'nursing background.
    Last edit by Jaymel on Jun 28, '04
  5. by   suzanne4
    libby,
    sorry to hear that you are going thru all of this right now.
    i live on the other side of the world, so all i can offer is a big

    ((((((((((((((((((((hug))))))))))))))))))))))

  6. by   Jaymel
    Thank you, I needed that!
    (feeble(Hug)feeble)
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    I am sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time, I wish all the best your way and a very big ((((((((((((hug)))))))))))
  8. by   karenG
    I too am sorry to hear you are having such a difficult time........... we dont make good patients! I hope it all resolves itself............ though being a typical nurse you seem to have gone for the worst case senario!!! I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

    Karen
  9. by   Farkinott
    I've nothing to add other than I hope you get well soon.
  10. by   PennyLane
    Ditto to the above. Here's to a speedy recovery.
  11. by   suehp
    (((((((hug)))))))))) from me too
  12. by   DavidFR
    Quote from Jaymel
    I wonder how many nurses find themselves seriuosly ill and in the care of nursing and medical staff?

    I have recently found myself in this situation and am having trouble coping.

    Any thoughts from others out there?
    My partner is also a nurse and has been off sick for 8 months due to Sjgren's Syndrome and fibromyalgia.

    I think the problems stem from being in the know. You know about dangers and side effects, and it suddenly becomes more pertinent when the body they're talking about is yours. We live in France, where the health system is excellent, however French doctors are rather traditional, used to telling patients what's best and having them accept it, rather than two way participation. They're quite shocked that he has a strong opinion on what should happen, and though he has a wonderful rheumatologist who's now used to this, it's been a problem with others.

    There's also the assumption that you don't need support because you're a carer yourself. I once went to a doctor in the UK with a back problem, and was dismissed with an attitude of 'you're a nurse, you should know it all, and anyway what's the problem, weren't you lifting properly?' I eventually found more support and very effective treatment from an osteopath.
  13. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    How very astute of you to identify your anxiety and the barriers that keep you from dealing with it effectively! See, the nurse thing pays off....

    It sounds like you are in a close community, which is good for support but maybe not so good for confidential talk. Consider a visit with your pastor-type person (one never knows who is what, spiritually speaking). Assure yourself of their tightness of lip before beginning, and go for it.

    May you find everything you need, within your reach and grasp.

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