I am proud to say that I am a heart attack survivor ( x2), w/ stents, I have asthma, I have ADD, DM II, and am currently going through menopause with those wicked mood swings, unable to take HRT. I am an old lady of 50, graduated from school (LPN) at the top of my class in May 07. I have also been a Certified Dietary Manager (aka "cheap dietician, can do it all but sign RD)and ran a kitchen, carried the clinical part of the job, and all while going to school. Only had to miss a month of school. My first and only job is on a LTC/Rehab unit which is essentially "Beck and call nursing." Lots of pain management issues, pt turnover, there is a good mix of the demanding and demented. Families can be very overbearing as well. Then there's the medicare charting, the charting for the others that you gave care to, well..it ends up to usually charting on 30 people if you have a full house. It's crazy at times, but it keeps me on my toes !