Saturday, January 24, 2015

snapshots

Can we just take a minute to be extremely glad it's the weekend??
Honestly, I don't think I've EVER been more happy to see the end of a Friday night come and go.
This week has been one of the longest, most draining, and mentally exhausting in a long time.

Being a hospice nurse is great!
I'm learning so many new things and meeting tons of awesome new people who are amazing at what they do.
I still have so much to learn, but that's anywhere you go.
I've already traveled around in the community (of Orangeburg, SC and the low country), then, my company moved me closer to home into an assisted living facility.

And y'all - Where I am - among patients deemed "appropriate"  enough for "assisted living" - Is Draining.
and not right.
And I'm not even being a tad dramatic.
Because what I see in a lot of these cases is - patients that need total care.
If you are debilitated enough to have to be confined to a bed or chair and have to be turned every 2 hours just to prevent pressure ulcers, cannot feed yourself, or even go to the bathroom (the little things, I know..), the you are most certainly NOT appropriate to be in "assisted living".
It breaks my heart.
And there's so much more beyond this that I'm not completely crazy about..
Tip of the iceburg, people.
It's not my thing.
I told myself I'd never work in a nursing home - and this is pretty much as close to it as I will ever allow myself to come.
SO not for me.

But people - all of them - are precious to me.
My passion.
I'm a nurse.
I'm not a sales marketer.
My job is to take care of people - not go "fishing" for possible hospice admissions.
I don't care about making extra money off admissions.
AT ALL.
Period. the end.
Because that takes me away from caring for my patients.
and spending time with them.
and hearing their life stories.
because y'all - they sure have them.
and if you take time to listen, they want to tell you all about it.
I really enjoy listening to them impart all the wisdom of previous years and experiences.
So, so interesting!!

I'm going back into the community (closer area to home) and will be working for a new company in one week and it will be so refreshing to get back in my car and go see these people.
one. more. week.
I'm going to miss the amazing nurses I've come to know.
I find that's always the hardest part - leaving the nurses you've grown so close to.

Yes, it's been a while since I've updated on here.
I haven't even had time to sit down and think.
Mostly, I've been so exhausted...
BUT...
but, it's the freakin weekend baby!!
my brain has shut off.
and that's all I'm going to say about that.
Now here are some random things pics to get you through until the next month or so I get on here again.














^^ some of my favorite work out songs here lately (and just fun to listen to)
my treadmill has pretty much quit working right, so It's time to get a new one.

love you.
mean it.
until next time...




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