Just got home from the vet. Monte needed some shots and a check up. He is so high strung I had to hold him…all 55 lbs of him, on my lap so the vet could give him his shots. She wanted to do a heartworm test, which meant a blood draw and I told her there was no way I was going to hold him down for that and further traumatize the guy. She suggested he go on doggie prozac and come back in a month. Seriously? Why do I always get the weirdo dogs? I love them with all of my heart but this is hysterical. I now have Monte on Prozac and Pinkerton on pain meds for her HOD. The only other person in this house who takes more meds is JJ.
I only lost one pound last week. It is hard to adapt my new diet to the crazy shifts I work. Somedays I have breakfast at 5, but don’t get to eat lunch until 3. It’s hard to remember to drink water too. I’ve started hiding water around the unit and setting alarms on my phone. I don’t weight back in until Friday. I’m nervous the beer I drank during St. Patty’s day is going to set me back. I sure hope not.
In other news, outside of one horrific shift, I am loving my new job and learning so much. It feels amazing to finally be doing what God created me to do (outside of being a wife and mom)!
I am off today and back for three in a row after that. Today calls for sleeping in, laundry and cleaning, taking Pinkerton to the vet for a follow up, takin JJ to see Oz (it’s his spring break) and impact group at church.
Well, is snowed here. Not much but it was and icy slushy snow that messed up the roads. I was to start orientation today for my new job but that was canceled. JJ still has school but I am expecting an early dismissal. I braved the weather and went grocery shopping, I was desperately low on veggies! I have online stuff to do for my new job and I need to finish my bible study for tomorrow’s meeting but I think I’ll take the dogs on a walk in the snow first! They are stir crazy!! Happy Snow Day Tumblr!!
Nursing school can make you feel so weary and old, right down to the core of your being.
Nursing school can push you past your limits but make you realize you are stronger than you ever thought you were or could be.
Nursing school can make you feel insignificant and useless until your patient says,”thank you, you’ll make a great nurse someday”.
Nursing school can cause unimaginable levels of stress and anxiety.
Nursing school will beat the hell out of you and break you down but will rebuild you into a new person. A stronger, smarter, well-rounded and kick-ass person.
Nursing school teaches you self-confidence and to not worry about what others think of you.
Nursing school is filled with drama. So is the real world. This place is just fine tuning your assessment skills and how to weed out the crazies. Utilize that skill. Daily.
Nursing school will make you long to read books for fun and for the life you had before you entered this program. You will graduate with a deeper appreciation for your family, social life and leisure time.
Nursing school will teach you how to survive on caffeine and ramen because you are too sleep deprived and poor for anything else.
Nursing school has the ability to make time pass before your eyes. While you feel as though you are just beginning and cannot make it through another semester, you will find that two years is just a blink and it is over before you know it.
Nursing school can either cause you to lose your faith or strengthen it. It will cause you to cling to your Savior with the assurance that He will carry you through. Nursing school will open your eyes to the realization that you cannot make it through this program without faith.
Nursing school gives you a deeper appreciation for life. It opens your eyes to the world outside of yourself and your personal “bubble”. As you care for the sick, the elderly, the dying…you begin to see that your struggles are not as terrible as you perceive them to be. As you cry alongside and hold the hand of a patient who has been informed their chemo is not working and they have 2 months to live, your stress and anxiety seem to fade. You finally recall the reason you went into this profession. As you comfort the mother who had to give birth to a stillborn baby, you again are reminded how precious life is and that each day is a gift. Hold onto those moments and never forget the lessons learned while in nursing school. Lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom or by a instructor but by being there for others in need.
I slept for 14 hours last night. I feel brand new (well, I’m still congested and have some post nasal drip but I’ll take it). My day is going to consist of laundry and homework. I have to finish my stats and management postings than I am cramming so much information in my brain for my complex exam it isn’t even funny. If I’m going to study, I’m glad I at least get to study with a cardiac genius, Ash! She is my saving grace, my forever laugh our heads off at stupid weird things no one else gets, my cinnamon to my coffee…you get the idea!
I just got up, picked up the bathroom and kitchen, made myself a cup of coffee and went back to bed.
I need to be, no… I will be productive today. Dishes, laundry, HOMEWORK will be accomplished today. I want to get ahead on homework. It’s the only way I am going to survive.
I would also like to make some baked zucchini chips, sweet potato chips and apple chips but I’m thinking all of this isn’t going to happen today. But my produce is going to go bad. (inner temper tantrum is starting to begin, must calm down and remind myself there is only 15 weeks left until graduation).
WOD done. I just finished the on-ramp intro to crossfit. Now to tear it up and burn some of this extra weight I’m carrying around.
On the list today: mow, laundry, take JJ’s school supplies to the middle school, meal plan for the month, relax!
Good day at work (despite certain idiots), had a great talk with my mom, snuggled my sick boy, tucked him in and am now lounging with the beard. He’s reading and I’m surfing pinterest, tumblr, Facebook and etsy.