Cruel Summer - page 5

To say that the summer of 2013 will go down in history as my worst ever would be the understatement of the century. I lost my high-paying, executive-level job in May to a combination of a... Read More

  1. by   VickyRN
    So sorry you are going through this, Viva.

    Please know that you are in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers.

    Praying for you and for your DH!
  2. by   nurseprnRN
    Oh, Viva, what a horrible blow, and another coming on top of it. You would tell a patient who was dealing with a life-altering diagnosis in a loved one not to think about taking on anything new and complex; cut yourself the same slack. I'm not the praying type but you and your sweetie will be in my thoughts often over the next few months; please take care and stay in touch when you can. {{Viva}}
  3. by   TrixieRN1
    Viva, I feel like I know you because I've so enjoyed your posts since I joined AN. It's not merely your wonderful writing style that captivates the reader. It's the way that you embrace the challenges before you. You're tenacious. You stand your ground. You embrace and deal with your mental health issues, job issues, life issues openly and somehow, in the midst of those challenges, you offer hope and encouragement to those around you. You remind each and every one of us that we are human beings. Not perfect by any means, but abounding in fortitude. I hope that in the midst of your current challenges you will have peace, rest, and balance to face all that you must deal with. Especially in the coming months/years of caring for your husband through his illness, I hope that AN will be an oasis to you. Take care, my friend.
  4. by   Nurse Medicine Woman

    Really feeling for you. Lots of hugs!
  5. by   Wise Woman RN
    I am so sorry.. I love everything you write.. and I feel I am there with you.. sending prayers..
  6. by   serenidad2004
    Oh my... they say in everyone's life a little rain must fall but it looks like typhoon juan is roaring thru yours.
    As my avatar says... may god give u the serinity and strength to get through this tragic time in your life. My prayers are with both you and your loved ones. I will light a Virgen de Guadalupe candle for you. Please take care of yourself ♥
  7. by   TerpGal02
    Oh Viva. When it rains it pours right? As a fellow BPer I can relate so much to your mental illness struggle. You have given me the courage to be more open about mine (on the interwebz at least). I KNOW how hard it is to function on a NORMAL day, but what you have on your plate.....Lord a'mighty. I am humbled by your strength. Remember YOU ARE STRONG. You have overcome so much and come so far. I truly believe that God never gives us more than we can handle. My prayers are with you and hubby. Take gentle care of yourself throughout this. I am always here if you need a shoulder to cry on.
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    You know, that is one HUGE blessing---underneath all this angst and grief, my moods are actually quite stable. All of what I'm going through is situational, and I've finally developed enough perspective to know that this is ME, not my disorder. I'm not sleeping very well and I'm not really eating, unless you call a snack and one bigger meal on any given day 'eating'. Apparently my body doesn't think so either since I've dropped another 10 lbs. in the past couple of weeks. But thanks be to God, I'm not battling the bipolar in addition to my other troubles. Things are tough enough without having to deal with that.

    Once again, I thank all of you for your magnificent words of support, caring, compassion, love, and other wonderful things. It helps me SO much to know I'm not going through all this alone.
  9. by   canoehead
    Your brain can only take so much. Do what you can, as lovingly as you can, and let the rest wash away while you stay rock solid with your husband. You might have less of a challenge at work if someof your personal stress was gone, but family is number one. Don't feel bad about putting work a little to the side.

    My very best thoughts go out to you, and if you need an ear, or a holiday up north, my door is open.
  10. by   Ruby Vee
    What a series of crushing blows, and all at the same time! My thoughts are with you, and if it would not offend you, my prayers as well.
  11. by   achot chavi
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these trying times, You are truly an inspiration to all around you. I am proud of what you are doing, I cant imagine how much strength it must take for you to do all you do.. Please try to reduce interruptions during med pass by gently refusing to be distracted and say, we will talk after I finish this.
    Good luck and I hope you, your sister and your husband all feel better and improve.
  12. by   mariesearcy
    sorry you had to go through all that ... HE never gives us more than we can handle and he knew you were strong to handle what was to come that's why he also placed those people in your life. stay strong
  13. by   miasmom
    Talk about feeling body slammed in all directions. Take care of yourself first. You are at your core a nurse. That much is clear. You just need a time out. Seriously burnt out on LTC. I know the feeling. Step back for a moment. Look at home health or hospice. You do not want to go back to acute. There is a place for you. EAP for other burnt out nurses. Really you are overwhelmed now. Then you can focus later. And which of us older girls would like the lost 10 pounds? Retail stress relieve even if it needs to be second hand. Take an afternoon to pamper yourself. Bet your hubby would like that you are less stressed. Life happens.
    Last edit by miasmom on Aug 11, '13 : Reason: content