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    If your diabetic patient was caught sitting in a mound of candy wrappers what would you do, write them off? If you have a chance pick up some literature about addiction,

    The problem with addiction is that it is so insidious. I think there is a continuum of addictive behaviors and we are all somewhere on that line, whether it be cigarettes, sugar, smoking, recreational eating, over eating, over working, under eating, under working, negative thinking, fantasizing, booze, pot, cocaine crack, heroin - you get the picture. But for most of us, our habits are relatively benign - so far
    There seems to be biological, psychological, social, and spiritual, dimensions to the disorder. Certainly, there is a biological element involved in alcoholism. Most of us stop drinking when we've had enough to drink, or even a bit more than we should have, but the alcoholic, with the first drink has set themselves on a brain short circuit where they don't stop unless the alcohol runs out or they pass out. Most if not all alcoholics cannot drink alcohol safely. It just sets up an immense irresistible craving for more.

    So referring back to the diabetic sitting amongst their candy wrappers. To my way of thinking it would make sense for a diabetic to make a living in ways that reduce temptation - if candy was a problem don't work in a candy store. If alcohol is a problem don't work in a bar. If pills are a problem don't work in a setting where pills are accessible ESPECIALLY if you are going to have to steal them from someone else who has greater need of them. That's just plain wrong whether you have a disease or not.

    The addict is often in denial about their behavior and its consequences. Recovery is one day at a time - every day, even after 10, 20,30 years. I wonder how many of us "non addicts" would manage.

    My hat is off to those amazing people who work a program, fall off, get back on, AND to those people who manage to resist their addictions and work in the places where opportunities must be resisted - like everywhere!

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    Thank you to everyone who has shared their experiences about depression.
    I have had dysthymia too - chronic low mood, since my teen years. My father was physically and emotionally abusive to my brother and me. An angry unhappy man. My mother was lacking in confidence and suffered with depression on and off and post partum depression after her 3rd child.

    For nearly 20 years I have taken an antidepressant - initially Prozac and now Zoloft - although I have tried a few others Zoloft seems to work best. The only side effect I have/had appears to be loss of libido (etc) and so I would taper myself off the medication, have return of symptoms after about 3 weeks and restart the medication. This has happened numerous times over the years. I have read that some say this is withdrawal from the medication and not return of symptoms. Who knows.

    Psychotherapy has been very helpful, although I still have extremely harsh negative self talk. I'm working on it - when I remember - but its so automatic.

    My biggest regret is that I have two children who were raised by a depressed mother (me). One of them really got the worst of my depression affected behavior. Thats the saddest thing of all.

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    You might like to try a golf ball instead of a tennis ball to massage your foot too.

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    OOPS please ignore last comment - I was reading a different thread and my reply ended up here instead.

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    As an unbiased onlooker I'm wondering why this prep cannot be done in cath lab. Is it an infection control issue?

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    I have heard some nurses and physicians who work in addictions say that they "love addicts". Can anyone explain this to me? I have worked in a number of specialities but would never say I love people because of their particular disease - as in I love cardiac patients or people with an ingrown toenail.

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    Kaley1 likes this.

    I totally understand being unhappy in a job to the point of depression. Life is way to short to live that way.

    - and life's too long to live that way...

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    Blackheartednurse likes this.

    Get out while you can - do something else - nurses really do eat their young!

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    pussycat66 and BEDPAN76 like this.

    I'm 58 years old and I wish in my youth, I'd chosen a different "profession" - yes I was told it was a profession yet see it portrayed as a "trade". There are people who are called to this profession and those of us who choose it but are not really "called". I took time out to raise children, travelled and returned to nursing in my 40's and I'm burned out again from being overloaded, understaffed, and under the direction of managers/"leaders" who don't seem to have a nurses bone in their bodies.

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    CrazyGoonRN and mlykateRN like this.

    I struggle with the rationale of rehiring a person who has diverted, into a position where they may be tempted again. If a person stole money fron the bank would they get rehired I wonder?

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    off license = liquor store
    joint = meat for roasting/broiling - try asking for that at the meat counter
    *** = cigarette