A Time to Heal - page 3

by VivaLasViejas Guide

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As hard as it is to admit even now---two months after my career crashed and burned in a rather spectacular flameout that my former co-workers are reportedly still talking about---there's something to be said about the experience... Read More


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    You are welcome. Personally most of my spiritual growth and understanding has only happened after I kept encountering roadblocks while attempting to follow dysfunctional established patterns. This is what spurred the strong willed statement. Sometimes the powers that be have to scream and throw things at me to get through (metaphorically speaking of course.)
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    Thank you so much for this!! "To everything a season" speaks to me where I'm at right now in my career journey. You are amazing and have helped so many! Keep writing forever!
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    I was touched with your words. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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    Thank you for writing this. I am 47, and guessing that unless I find a sugar daddy, LOL, I will be working for at least another 20 years. I am in a job now that I love, correctional nursing, but I am on call 24/7. My boss has been good about covering call if I need time off. Getting a vacation is another story. I don't have coverage. I don't want to leave a job I love. On the other hand, I want to be able to hike, snowshoe, travel while I am still able to. You never know what can happen. I am not in poor health, but not great health either. I don't take care of myself. I too need to lose about 20 pounds. I don't feel that I can date. Who wants to date someone who is on call all the time? I feel for you. As far as what other people at work are saying, I have learned that it really doesn't matter what other people think.
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    This is a very good, thought provoking article. Thank you. As a nurse who also crashed and burned, although managed to keep it private and out of the work place, I, too, have had to learn how to take care of myself. I have been toying with the idea of going to nurse practitioner school now that I have finished my BSN (finally!). I'm 55 years old and have been a nurse for 14 years. When you said you no longer needed to be on call 24/7, that's when it hit me! What am I thinking!! My whole original plan was to become a nurse educator! Where did all this glorified ambition come from all of a sudden! No NP school for me now! No siree! You have helped me finally lay that pie-in-the-sky dream to rest! I'll go get a MSN as a nurse educator like I originally planned! Thank you friend.
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    Quote from LisalaRN99
    This is a very good, thought provoking article. Thank you. As a nurse who also crashed and burned, although managed to keep it private and out of the work place, I, too, have had to learn how to take care of myself. I have been toying with the idea of going to nurse practitioner school now that I have finished my BSN (finally!). I'm 55 years old and have been a nurse for 14 years. When you said you no longer needed to be on call 24/7, that's when it hit me! What am I thinking!! My whole original plan was to become a nurse educator! Where did all this glorified ambition come from all of a sudden! No NP school for me now! No siree! You have helped me finally lay that pie-in-the-sky dream to rest! I'll go get a MSN as a nurse educator like I originally planned! Thank you friend.
    And thank YOU---this made my day!
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    Great post! I've been a nurse for 30 years & was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 8 years ago. Nursing is becoming very difficult for me too. The calamity of it causes lack of focus & distraction. Working a construction job sounds more enjoyable!
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    Thank you, and Welcome to Allnurses!

    You know, I wonder if those of us who are diagnosed later in life have a more difficult course because it's gone unchecked for so long. I began to suspect BP over a decade ago when I picked up a copy of Jane Pauley's book Skywriting and immediately saw a lot of myself in it. Even my sister skimmed through the pages and said "I think you have that." But I was too scared to do anything about it, because the only medication I knew about at the time was lithium and I wasn't going to take that. I also refused to go see a psychiatrist because then everyone would think I was crazy.

    Well, looking back now I realize how foolish that was, because it might have been so much less complicated if I'd dealt with it sooner. It took me over a year and a half to stabilize, and I've been through several different types of meds to get to the right "cocktail", which contains quite a lot of medication. But I'm thankful for it because it does keep me pretty steady, even though it's never going to fix my memory or my ability to focus, and I'm never going to be the nurse I used to be. We take our blessings where we can.
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    This article hit me hard, because I can feel the way you struggled much like how I did. Alot of us have struggled, but we keep perseverance. And your journey showed nothing but perseverance. Even despite the turning point in your career, you took a step back, re-analyzed your identity and what you want in life, and came right back with a plan. You didn't give up. Your sharing of stories and contributions to your family, friends, and heck even strangers like me only goes to show how great of a person you are and your contributions to the world. That's an accomplishment!
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