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Merrie82 RN

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"So I say live, live because of the sun, the dream, the excitable gift." -Anne Sexton

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Merrie82 is a RN and specializes in Medical Surgical.

CNA for the last 2 years, working on a covid unit for the last 9 months. Just graduated and passed the NCLEX this week (January 2021). Lots of previous experience in mental health working in group homes, crisis units etc. Starting on a med surg neuro floor this week at my hospital and I'm excited to learn.

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    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    It is because of my 5 years with the company. And yes, I'm certain. After 5 years as a nurse I will be allowed to take 3 weeks 😕
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    Which Nurse are You?

    I aspire to be some combo of these 2, bc who really wants to stay late? And I always wanted to be a badass! So here's to hoping 🙂
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    Which Nurse are You?

    This is why we speak the same language! LOL 😆 🤣. All those years in psych where we can't decide if we should be helping the patients, or being the patients 🤔 🤣👀.
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    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    Pretty much. 😕 Although technically its all 1 bank of earned time, so how they can separate it out IDK. But, they do, and while it sucks, I don't imagine there are labor laws protecting my PTO since its an optional benefit. Here's to hoping if a union really is approved we can get that rectified. But I won't hold my breath. And about the rest...I will happily take my honeymoon as a delayed event at the 3 year mark 😉
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    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    The sparkle is fantastic 🤣...and thank you ❤. I definitely get using humor to plow through the *** parts. I tend to use sarcasm with a heaping pile of caffeine (I know, healthy, right!). In all seriousness though, I really appreciate the thoughtfulness of your response. I bet you're one hell of a friend and nurse. Here's to many more fun and frank conversations.
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    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    I'm only funny in writing TBH...in person I'm a total snooze fest😴🤤😆 You on the other hand are probably funny all the time. I love the spinning head....accurate too LOL.
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    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    Hi! Yah, I get 5 weeks of earned time (all one bank), but can only use 2 as vacation time. The rest either gets used as sick time, or you have to cash out at the end of the year. I am not sure if I am getting more than a typical new nurse, as I have worked for the same organization for about 6 years prior to taking on this nursing role.
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    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    Wow the laughing emoji react on allnurses is scary looking! Sorry for that 😅. I'm definitely a right Brainer. It works in my favor sometimes, other times, like when I'm attempting to be organized and meticulous, not so much. I have to jam myself into that particular box like my 16 lb cat trying to fit into the shoebox 🤣. Pieces of me still fall out over the sides, but hey! I get an A for effort, yes? 👀 forward to more custom made emojis 🙂
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    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    Absolutely you can post images!! I enjoy sketching, and painting....and long walks on the beach...Wait, no, wrong forum 🤣🤣. Anywho, I will try the drawing things, maybe it will spice things up a bit 😁
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    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    I used to do quite a bit of journaling, along with other more creative writing. I should pick it up again now that I'm out of the school grind.
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    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    Done, good point. Thanks 🙂
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    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    Thank you 🙂 it's not that I don't like my job, I do. I just was remembering all my previous jobs where I was so excited to go to work, and there was definitely that honeymoon period where all was right with the world etc, and feeling a bit weird that this didn't occur with my new nursing career. But it sounds like its pretty normal so im not going to worry too much. 🙂
  13. Whoops, just realized the original post was from 2019...oh well, maybe my response will help someone 🙂 Hi! I am so sorry you're going thru this. I don't have a lot of advice on the keeping your job front, as you are in a tight spot with not having worked long enough to file for FMLA. But as far as migraine goes, I sadly have a wealth of experience, so here goes. 1) the poster who mentioned low dose Valium was 100% correct. I went thru a similar journey with vertigo in my late teens, and still have a somewhat questionable dx of Menieres disease on my chart. I also do not have hearing loss, but I do have chronic migraine, so vestibular migraine makes way more sense. However, that's neither here nor there. Point is, low dose Valium is a life saver. Works way better than meclizine. 2) as far as screens being a trigger, get your eyes checked to be sure its not something else, but often its the blue light in the screen that triggers migraines. I have been wearing BluTech lenses since 2018, and they have made my poor light sensitive eyes way happier. I used to have eyes that hurt all the time, now its just when I have a migraine. And I believe that the glasses help me to use screens more without triggering a migraine. I wear them 100% of the time. 3) Aimovig has been a life altering preventative medication for me. It is a CGRP inhibitor, and has brought my migraines from chronic daily intractable down to 2x a week. I honestly probably wouldn't have made it thru nursing school if I hadn't gotten on it as soon as it was FDA approved. There are 3 other brands as well to consider. I had previously tried like 50 other preventative meds though, and the new ones can be hard to get approved if you haven't failed other meds. It's not my favorite, but Topamax is a first line tx to prevent migraine that is often tried. 4) Try to get in to a neuro that specializes in Migraine &/or headache disorders. I like to say that migraine disease isn't "sexy" so a lot if neuros don't know jack about it. It is a complex neurological disorder that is mediated by many different factors, and it really does take an expert to navigate and treat successfully. 5) Migraines are weird. If you are having vestibular migraines, you may also be experiencing other types, and just have missed the signs, or mistook them for something else. For example, I get droopy face on the right side, slurred speech, confusion, transient aphasia, plus all the classic signs like unilateral head pain, stabbing eye pain, vision changes, nausea and vomiting, light sensitivity etc. Weird prodome symptoms like constant yawning, strange cravings, smelling burnt toast etc. I hope that some of this info helps, and I wish you all the best!! Do you have the option of STD thru work? It doesn't necessarily protect your job, but a lot of employers will hold a job until an ee moves to LTD. I used to manage FMLA leaves for many companies, and I saw this policy a lot. ❤
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    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    Hi! It doesn't make much sense to me, since then you're having to cover unplanned absences as opposed to planned ones, but 🤷‍♀️. As far as it being legal, I'm sure it is, the hospital has a very good legal department to make sure they aren't breaking the law. The bummer to me is that I didn't realize that was the "policy" bf I accepted this position, since it seems to be department specific. But what am I gonna do. I will just keep trucking, and the next time I am job shopping, I will know better, and I will ask before! I accept the position.
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    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    Thank you!! I do find satisfaction and fulfillment from my personal life, thank God! The Joan of Arc thing really resonated with me ❤. I honestly don't know that anyone told me there would be rainbows and happy unicorns, I think I somehow just imagined it LOL. I will keep on keeping on. And yeah, maybe the union will change things. IDK if it will even pass, the hospital is doing a bang up job at union busting, but we shall see.
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    First Nurse Serial Killer

    Really interesting!! She was annoying at first, but she got better once the story started!