Update 100522

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 talk about how this have been going in my life. A little update.

I have been working the current contract for a month now. It doesn’t seem like it should be that long. Time really does fly right by. Things have been going really well. I have enjoyed this contract a lot. I confess that I was worried about taking a contract in a bigger hospital, but it has been a great experience and I am so grateful that I have come here. There is all the same challenges here that every other hospital is facing with not having enough nursing staff. So, I’m not going to say that this is the perfect place to work, because it isn’t. All the same corporate issues still exist here. But things have been better here then they were at the smaller hospitals.

There has been support staff. There is a unit secretary 24 hours a day so I am not responsible for answering the phone. That eliminates many interruptions to my work right there. That isn’t to say that I never have to take a phone call, because I do, but I am only answering calls that are in context to my patients. That’s a huge help. There is house keeping 24 hours day. So I haven’t had to clean any rooms. There are 2 PCAs 24 hours a day so I haven’t had to do much lifting. This has been huge. While the job is still hard with 12 hours of standing and walking, it has been way easier then the ones that also require me to lift and pull on people.

The result has been that I have been feeling way better this past month, while working, then I thought I was going to be feeling. And it has been really nice. I have not been symptom free, but it has been way better then when I was working at the last few contracts. It is nice to get home from work feeling tired but not completely trashed and beaten up.

That being said, I did have a flare this week and it has sucked. I’m on the tail end of it now. I had to call out for two shifts because my POTS and dystonia decided that they were going to act up. Spent most of the last 5 days laying in bed sleeping or watching Netflix. This morning I am still feeling tired, but not the bone deep tired that I had been feeling. And the other symptoms seem to have eased up. Hopefully, I’m on the exit of this flare.

I have been living off rice chex, cheezits and gatorlyte. Because that’s what my stomach will tolerate. There have been a few bites of other things, but the result has been nausea and abdominal pain. So, I am looking forward to things settling enough for me to be able to eat something a little more exciting.

I watched all of Another Life and all of The Sandman. I enjoyed both series a lot. Both series get into some pretty heavy topics and I enjoy stories that do that. I will likely watch them both again when I am better able to appreciate what is going on in the story. I am grateful that there are great stories out there to enjoy while I am not feeling well. It gives me something to think about other then how crappy I am feeling and in a format that doesn’t require many spoons to partake.

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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