As an LPN who's now 60 and been doing mostly longterm care for most of the last 30 years, I find my body wearing out. Well, my tolerance for the intense pressure and stressful, and overworked conditions wore out a long time ago.However, I perservered, having developed a taste for shelter, food, electricty and all those other pesky little necessities of life
Isn't it amazing how programmed we become to keep pushing ourselves with a back full of spinal stenosis, scoliosis, bulging disks, arthrtic feet, and now degenerative joint disease of the hands and wrists, and yet, doggedly I continued to care for others. (ironically, probably in better shape than I'm in).lol When my doctor said I couldn't use my right hand and put it in a splint, I thought Hmm, how can I continue faking an able bodied person??duh! and then all of a sudden bling
a lightbulb moment... could it be, that my turn had come to take care of myself... Whan an odd idea...:smackingf so now, with one working foot, a wrecked back, and 2 trashed wrists I'm going to try for disability......wish me luck folks. Its been a long painful 30 yrs.
Jan 1, '07
Yup, Im one of the OLD LPNs too. Almost 28 years in the LTC dungeon.I also have DDD, DJD multilevel of spine DJD knees, starting cataracts both eyes, new diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis hands, trying to r/o RA, whew. Nursing has done a number on our health.Hypertension and hypothyroid too , almost forgot. Ive appleid for SSDI and believe me that is no fun either, but I do need to keep a roof over my head. All my savings gone , family supporting me, thank God for my wonderful kids.I actually got out of nursing by being fired for reporting unethical/ illegal practice to the state, now in the middle of a law suit, was protected by a state whistleblower retaliation protection law, thank God for my excellent lawyers too, have not paid them a dime. PM me if you have any questions about SSDI.
Last edit by Simplepleasures on Jan 2, '07