Honestly, I've never been happier.
I was strongly encouraged to go into anesthesia by coworkers, CRNAs and even my unit manger when I worked in the ICU. I had no idea that I could hate any aspect of nursing so much! I thought the OR was sheer living hell!
I hated the icy cold room, absence of windows, wearing the mask & hair net, lack of patient contact and being confined to a little tiny space at the head of the bed for hours on end. I became physically ill during the program, developing severe allergies and asthma, had to take multiple medications (advair, allegra, singulair, albuterol) and high doses of prednisone (which caused me to gain a ton of weight), lost about 1/3 of the hair on my head, had painful cystic acne where the mask sat on my face - it was the worst time in my life!
I completed the program but never practiced. I am now happy, healthy, thin and asthma/ allergy free. I take no medications at all and love my life. On rare occasions, I regret not staying in it for the added income and financial security that comes with being a CRNA. However, there is more to life than money