I'm sorry if this is kind of long.. if you could read this and give me thoughts if nursings right for me.. or mention any other areas I should look into?
I had Hodgkin's disease when I was 15. There is one nurse that I still remember. She was so kind to me. My doctor was pretty awesome, too.
That made me interested in medicine and my body- but a big reason I am getting into medicine is also because over the course of the probably four years it took for ME to figure out my thyroid was messed up, I was given anti-depressents and birth control that just "covered up" my symtoms and didn't address the cause. I had to do so much research and get my ACTUAL lab values to figure out that my thyroid --(TSH) -- level, had been above the newer standards of "normal" for a few years. (kaisers not up to date for this lab test)
I finally was able to request all the labs I needed and then got a dx when my TSH went up to 8.56.
(I've been really harsh on the doctors who missed my problem.. but I am now realizing that perhaps with all of the more life-threatening diseases out there, a chronic underactive thyroid may slip under the radar and not exactly be a topic of much concern for doctors when they have to stay up to date on so many other diseases.)
All the research I did on my own problems had made me really interested in anything having to do with health/the human body. I LOVE learning new things about it.
In my other post, I mentioned that I might consider going the NP route someday, so that I can have a chance to maybe help people get a diagnosis. I found that my doctors failed in asking me about my past medical history. A few of my doctor's wouldn't even LISTEN to me at all. They didn't put all my symptoms together to get the obvious answer. If I were an Np, I sure would like to sit down and LISTEN to the patients and get a full history and look at the whole person.. and not one symptom. I know its probably more complicated than that- and these days I know MDs at least are really limited in the amount of time they are allowed to spend with patients-- but does being an NP sound like something that could fulfill what I want to do a bit? My quality of life was on a pretty low end there for a while.. all I needed was a tiny pill of thyroid hormone. I was sooo depressed without it (almost suicidal at times), I had no period-- my hair was turning white- I got SHINGLES~! on my scalp.. and I slept all day long and had no motivation. (as a side note: I was singing in a girl group in L.A. at the time. I ended up losing my spot because of my stupid "foggy brain", my fatigue, and my inability to lose 8 more lbs- because of my thyroid!- There went my life-long dream of becoming a singer..)
An MD for me is out of the question as I want to start making an income sooner than medical school will allow.. I also hope to have a somewhat flexible job where I can work full-time or part-time.. or overtime if I want. I like how there are a lot of different areas nurses can work. My main concern is that I am somewhat of a "germaphobe" at times and don't always like doing "yucky" stuff.. but I'm 23 years old and I figure that if I want to do this I will just have to suck it up and learn to do some things I dont necessarily want to be doing.
What do you guys think? I know nursing isnt for everyone...
Let me know if I am being unrealistic about anything too!