I think a mixture of the winter blahs, our census being very high, and about a quarter of our staff being out sick I am heading towards burn out. We have a baby who has been tortured by us for the past 5 months getting ready to leave this world, which is really affecting me. I am glad she will finally be in peace, but the thought of what she must feel kills me.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get through this difficult time on my unit? I know that this is just one of the low times and that things will get better again. I went to the mall and wasn't in the mood to buy anything (big red flag). All the usual things that cheer me up aren't working right now.
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Just wanted to send some support and hugs to you! :icon_hug:
Sometimes when things get bad up by me, it helps me to go through the pictures and cards that families send us. Something about reading the thanks and praise and seeing pictures of happy, healthy babies reminds me why I do this.
Thank you all for your suggestions. I did start writing a blog as an attempt to journal, it really does help to see your thoughts as concrete words. It seems like when you see your thoughts as words you can deal with them more methodically (not sure this is the right word).
In my mailbox Monday was a card from a family who had 24 week twins. The front of the card is a collage of pictures of the surviving baby who went home last month. Inside the card was a genuine and beautiful thank you from the parents, with a promise that their baby would hear all about me one day. On the back, where it would say Hallmark it had a picture of the baby and said "Thank you WeeBabyRN, I love you, Love, L." This card made me realize that what we do really matters, just me doing my job and CARING made a positive impact on this family.
I feel like I am climbing out of my hole. I am looking forward to the time change.
Last edit by Imafloat on Mar 6, '08
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