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i don't know what is going on, and i just wanted to know if anyone else has experienced this. i've been out of school since june, anxiously waiting to start nursing in sept. at first the thought of having a summer off was great. being that i haven't had a "summer off" to actually do nothing since i was 15. but suddenly, i feel awful, literally. first i caught a cold, then for no reason, i found myself depressed the other day. i have had minor panic attacks, again for no reason. and now my menstrual cycle has ceased. (not due to pregnancy)

could i be going through some type of school withdrawal? this is the first time in my life; i'm not doing anything (productive). i mean, i admit, i hate not working, it was a real struggle to feel so dependent on my husband, and take the role of homemaker.(i had quit my job to go to school). but i've come to terms with that. however, i really think being idle is bad for my mental and physical health. i've tried to keep busy, but for some reason it's not good enough or not meaningful enough. i know it's not stress, because i don't have any, not to mention i've had unimaginable stress before, (i was an emt for nine years, and went through a&p finals during the death of my beloved dog)..yet never have felt like this awful. i'm just wandering if anyone else out there is feeling like me. let me know.

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Havin' A Party! has 10 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in ICU, CM, Geriatrics, Management.

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... i feel awful...

no school for the summer and feel awful???

never happened to me. :)

sorry to hear you're experiencing this.

please try and enjoy your free time and life! it'll make you a better human and nurse.

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QuilterLPN has 6 years experience.

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Daisy, I have to say that I have really been in a "funk" this summer too! I was constantly in class, and so incredibly busy every day, and here I am with Nuthin' to do! And, it is almost depressing, really. I'm trying to enjoy it, and get projects done around the house, love on my kids, and stuff like that. But part of me just wants to get back to school. Know how ya feel!

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Daisy, I know what you are talking about. I feel extremely...BLAH.:chuckle. I can't even find the words to describe it. I have NOTHING to do either. I am not working either. I agree with you when you say being idle is not good for a person's physical and mental health. Mine is suffering big time! But, you say you have to wait until September? I really hope the rest of the summer goes by fast for you:)

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It sounds like you have been running on high-stress full-speed for several years now, and it's quite common for your body to finally start exhibiting some of the products of that lifestyle now that it has a chance too. It's not a bad thing really - stuff that needed to be released is being released, and I am sure you will start to feel better soon. Look after yourself, eat well, get plenty of sleep, try and enjoy your days by doing relaxing things that maybe you've never had time to do before - try becoming a 'tourist' in your own town and go visit those museums, galleries, parks etc., that you may not have been to in a long time.

Best wishes, Paint.

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wonderbee is a BSN, RN and specializes in critical care; community health; psych.

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Ya know Daisy, my sister told me that I would have the experience you are describing since going from sixty to zero is just as stresful as going from zero to sixty. The original plan was to sleep late, let the housework pile up, not cook, etc. First semester had taken the wind out of my sails too and I was ready for a totally unstructured summer. Or so I thought.

My plans, thankfully, didn't come to fruition. I wound up taking trips and remaining active with nursing by working part time and continuing activities as an NSA officer for my school. There were some family get togethers and I got going at the gym. My feelings about returning to school are mixed. On the one hand, I want to get back to it because I just want to get it over with. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind continuing doing just what I'm doing right now.

Soon you'll be back at school Daisy. As you can see, many feel as you do.

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I just wanted to thank you all for responding to my post it is comforting to know I'm not alone with my freelings. And thanks for the advice.

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mariedoreen has 3 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg.

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Same boat as far as have been incredibly busy for years with school, work and family. I could actually be taking classes this summer too, but I took it off when I got sick in May and needed three rounds of antibiotics to get myself back to normal (my doc, after about visit 5, indicated to me that my immune system may be taking a hit after having experienced years of constant stress...) I decided to take the summer off to get myself back on track: Eat right again, exercise, clean my house(!!), spend time with my family, and just RELAXXX before nursing school starts in Sept. I am enjoying this time off.. I'm making changes around the house, I'm eating much better, I'm sleeping more, I'm exercising, I'm reading tons of frivilous fiction from the library, I'm spending time with the fam, and I'm taking time to reflect on how hard I've worked to get to this point and how hard I plan to work to finish it all up. This is exactly what I needed. BUT I've been where you're at before too and the best thing for me then was just to prepare for the next term. For example: You could review dosage comp math, or CNA procedures, or get your stethoscope and BP cuff and practice on anything that moves, you could hit the bookstores and look thru the nursing reference materials.. hit the library and check out and read some of those materials... We were told at orientation to take this summer and use it to get everything organized and ready for our first year, because we weren't going to have time for anything then!

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Megsd is a BSN, RN and specializes in Neuro.

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Every year I've been in college I get a cold or something similar right after finals are over. I've got a lingering cough still from a cold I got in the middle of June! I can't wait to get back to school either and start Anatomy! I bought my textbooks yesterday and I can't wait to start making flashcards (I know Anatomy will be tough, but it'll be something to DO!)

Meghan

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I can relate. This is crazy but I have been taking anatomy, nutrition, and cpr this summer. On Tues and Thu I am literally at school from 8 am-9pm. Then on Wed and Fri I sleep all day cause I am so worn out. Seriously I can't get out of bed before noon or 1pm cause I am so drained....But come Sat Sun and Mon I don't know what to do w/myself even though I have some studying to do and want to go to school so badly. My hubby says I am just a glutton for punishment. I do feel panicky a lot lately and have had panic attacks at least twice in the last couple weeks. I think it's just the anxiety of knowing my nursing classes start in 26 days and I'm feeling such a variety of emotions gthat my body can't comprehend all the mood changes..lol Scared, to happy, to ecstatic, to apprehensive all in a matter of a few min....it's like a big ole' roller coaster ride!!! My summer class finals are this coming week and then I'll have two weeks off. The kids go back to school on Aug 6 so I will really be bored until the 16th when my nursing classes start.....lol then I'll prob be begging for some time off....go figure:)

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Hi

I am always sick on breaks. Christmas break, sick. Spring Break, sick. I think I just totally shut down on breaks and so does my body. Or maybe I get sick during school and am just too busy to notice it. Summer session is almost over and can already feel it coming on.

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allthingsbright specializes in LDRP.

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Hi! Ya know, you may be experiencing some psychological stuff related to "school withdrawal", but have you thought about getting a checkup? It sounds like you might have some health stuff to address-like the cessation of your period, the depression and the anxiety-it sounds like its not normal for you so I would check it out if I were you-esp. since school starts soon.

I know I get bored, grumpy, and feel crappy if I have too much time off. I like to be busy and keep my mind active. But, that's just me-lol! :rotfl: This summer has been he** for me because I feel restless. I have been doing some self study, and some home imrovement projects to keep me busy!

God bless!

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