Update 082222

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I’m just going to be talking about how things have been going in my life.

There is still a lot of sorting through of things to be done, but that project is currently on pause. I feel like we have made pretty good progress with what we have done so far. There has been a good amount of things leaving our apartment to go to other places. Taking a break from that for right now so we can focus on other things and so we can rest from it. Because it is one of those things that is just a real pain in the butt to do.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been struggling with my POTS symptoms more then anything else. My sleep has been a complete mess, which never helps anything else stay under control. Been barfing way more then I like to and well any at all is more then I want to. The nausea has made eating a challenge and the vomiting makes keeping what I’ve eaten the second challenge. The head aches have been about daily.

I have signed another travel nursing contract. This one will take me to New York. Will be at a big tier 1 hospital, so it will be a good experience to have on my resume. I plan to stay at this contract for as long as they will have me, provided that it isn’t a completely awful place to work. I start there in September so I have another 2 weeks before that begins.

I have spent a good deal of my time investigating the work from home options that are out there for nursing. There is plenty of work, but most of them are looking for education or certifications that I don’t have. Or experience doing the job on site. This means that I will have to get another certification before I can pursue working from home more. I am looking to get the coaching certification. There is a program that is completely online that will give me all the CEUs and clinical time that I need to sit for the certification exam. The program takes 6 months to complete. And of course, it comes with a hefty price tag. But it will open more options that I believe will be better for me in the long run. But it will be more stressful in the short term. Taking classes while working is always demanding.

Still looking at moving to New Zealand for the long term goal, but I need to address getting away from bedside nursing first because I don’t know when my body is going to stop being capable of doing this. It is getting harder all the time and at some point I just won’t be able to do it any more. I need to have other options in place before that time arrives. That means that I will probably not look into this international nursing until after I have the coaching certification. I got to work on one thing at a time. And I have to keep reminding myself that’s how it works.

Having a plan and a contract has me feeling a little more hopeful. Seems like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. While this past month has been really difficult for me emotionally, I think it was really important time that I spent on figuring things out. I feel like my feet are under me again. That isn’t to say that the stress is all magically gone, because it sure isn’t. But I feel like I can breathe and that’s an important improvement. Sometimes, we need to give ourselves permission to pause and take a break. I needed it.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on World Anvil, working on my world building and I have been really enjoying the process. If you are interested in checking that project out, you can look over here. It’s the campaign setting for my Ultramodern 5 game that I am running. Have been really enjoying being a game master again and building in a world again. There was many years that I stopped doing it and I’m happy that I have found my way back to this hobby.

I’ve also been playing a lot of video games. I have been playing Don’t Starve Together and Portal Knights the most, I think. I play with other people when ever I can. And I sometimes stream or record those game sessions. You can watch me streaming on Twitch and you can watch my videos over on YouTube.

And of course, I have been working on putting up content for Zebra Pig!

Well, that’s about it for my rambling today. Thanks for coming and spending some time with me. If you like what you read, click on that like button. It really does help! Until we talk again, you take care of yourselves!

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