Sickly Nurses???? - page 3

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  1. by   nursechris1
    Do you think some of it has to do with the type of people who go into nursing? Co-dependent, care for others better than we care for ourselves, type A personality, can't say no, etc. I went through a very stressful period while in nursing school and for a few years after, since then, I have some of the same s/s as krispy. My husband calls me "jimmy legs", he says my legs and sometimes my whole body jerks when I sleep. My muscles burn with minimal activity. My dr wants me to lose weight and start working out, but I am too tired to work out, and sometime too short of breath. I am not obese by any means, I could stand to lose 20-30 pounds. I am now in a coordinator position, so at least I dont have to lift patients any longer. I have had my back go out 3-4 times. I am only 37 and I feel like a frickin old lady.
  2. by   krispynurse
    I know what you mean nursechris. My husband says I run all night...:roll ....I'm just glad that at 47 I don't have to do anything except be spoiled now....but I do miss the patient care alot sometimes but then I remember how bad I felt after a long day in the ER or on the floor and I don't miss it so much anymore.
  3. by   healingtouchRN
    update on Tina: now on a cannula, losing IV's like crazy. I had to stick her this a.m. so she could get her meds. She is getting her sick since of humor back. Hubby still @ bedside, tired but present! What a guy!

    I know what cha mean about running all nite. I do on my off nites. I stay up & do laundry, dishes, home work (from my private practice), advertising......I just get all turned around.
  4. by   krispynurse
    I'm glad to hear Tina is doing so well....Did she show you where to stick her yet? Or ask do you want me to do that? Her hubby sounds like an angel --- Not many of those out there--more Good Luck to her and her family. My prayers are still with her.
  5. by   maah
    I agree with Krispynurse. It's great to hear that Tina is doing well. Well she says where to put the shots then you know that she is totally better.
    I know that I have had to de-stress at times. I have found that it really helps. For any of those looking a support group please look for a group that is very encouraging and not a bunch of people comparing how bad off they are. I found one like that and it is very depressing.
  6. by   healingtouchRN
    Tina update: I was with her when she was re-intubated this a.m. She was moved to a different ICU, & hubby is no longer able to stay with her (even though he was bathing her & keeping her unrestrained)...this is how an empoyee is treated I suppose...(just venting!!!) Please continue seding prayers. It's hard to watch someone so close to you that is a nurse battle for breath. :stone
  7. by   krispynurse
    D**N I really hate hearing that about Tina. I know that her husband is keeping vigile in the waiting room though huh? I don't even know her but I feel for her...It's hard when a nurse gets sick cause you know toooo much I guess. Sometimes I think it's easier on the ones who don't know what is going on. I'll be going home for a week on vacation but I'll find a putor somewhere to log on to keep a check and continue to pray for her. Gotta go see what my latest grandbaby is gonna baby is going to have a baby and she goes for her ultrasound tomorrow. I'll be able to pop the film into the VCR and see for myself what MeeMaw can spoil come October.
  8. by   angelbear
    Just wanted to let you know I am praying for Tina too. I take it as bad news that she had to be reintubated? Her hubby sounds alot like mine if anything gets her through this it will be him. Lots of Love and hugs to her, him and you for being the friend you are.
  9. by   glascow
    I have been a nurse working nights in ICU for 12 years. Had back surgery 4 yrs ago (at the age of 29) still suffer with chronic pain, but keep working anway. I have had MRSA twice in the last 2 years, treated with Rifampin and Cipro and tons of different antibiotics. Off hand, I know of 3 other nurses in the unit I work who have also been out with MRSA.
    Also now diagnosed with DJD of hips. At 33yo, my body is falling apart, I have the same complaints as my grandmother!
    I'm sure I would benefit from losing some weight, but am not obese.
    Enough said about that, I don't really enjoy talking about!
    Just grin and bear it, it could always be worse.
  10. by   healingtouchRN
    Tina is critical, on vent & sedated. Her hubby went home to have dad time with kids (6 & 5) & is back every visiting time & calls us to check on her. I have been under such stress this week with Tina's illness, JCAHO coming Monday, & got called in--within 10 min of arrival- I coded a 37 year old man & then simutaniously let an 82 year old pass (she was a child hood friend of my grandma's)-thank goodness her son & daughter were there with us for her last breaths. Not to mention the two "code Browns" waiting for us & the two elderly confused people trying to climb out of bed. I thought I would lose it. Even the chaplain (who has been my pt before) said if he was a pt he would ask for a refund!!! It was a full moon, however! The house supervisor was kind enough not to admit to us until after 7am since we just emotionally wrought. thank goodness I am able to go to church this a.m. & get some charging of my battery....thanks for all Tina prayers.
  11. by   grizzlynurse
    Just passing through and noticed that nobody has mentioned hypothyroidism, specifically Hashimoto's thyoriditis.a.k.a. autoimmune thyoiditis....I had symptoms for years before I knew what was up.....had to grow a goiter as big as a breadbox to get a clue!!! Anyway, symptoms are similiar to other autoimmune diseases and can vary greatly among individuals.... zapped energy, feeling like you have the flu for days or weeks on end......feeling cold form the inside out......mental confusion, forgetfulness, and feeling like your IQ is on a downward spiral......I used to call it 'phenomenon'. Anyway, this is very common malady ...If anyone needs more info. they should read Mary Shomon's books on hypothyoidism and autoimmune disorders.....Suggest anyone that feels something is not right with their health demand to have free T3 and T4 and TSH done as a minimum.....
  12. by   live4today
    Originally posted by nursechris1
    ..................My dr wants me to lose weight and start working out, but I am too tired to work out, and sometime too short of breath. I am not obese by any means, I could stand to lose 20-30 pounds.
    I hear ya nursechris! I tell my husband the same thing when he tells me I'd feel better if I worked out. If running my butt up and down the hospital corridors at rapid speed for three 12 1/2 hour shifts a week isn't "working out", what the heck is it? So, tell your doctor you DO work out, and invite him to join you so he can get a feel for himself what it's like working out in the 'gym' nurses work out in on their units each time they go to work. :chuckle
  13. by   healingtouchRN
    It is difficultt to get into the gym when i work >60 hours a week. I have started walking, for piece of mind. It's a start. I am not much of a gym person anyhoo. I used to go, but I have a former co-worker insult me while @ the gym so I quit going. I am sooooo not competitive in the gym scene. (I am competitive in the mind games though!!) I am also to fat one is family (bro's & sis) who are bean poles, (I'm adopted)....You can only imagine the stress there. But I remind them, I am the only sibling without a tobacco habit, & the only one to finish college. They shut up after that...maybe fat cells feed the brain cells?!? lol anyway, I have those work out plans penciled in on my day runner.