TIME TO CHECK IN!! Come in here, RIGHT NOW!!

  1. OKAY! Everyone who has had surgery, injuries, ailments and major life changes recently, TIME TO CHECK IN. How are you doing? Don't just read this and go. We care about you and wouldn't be asking if we didn't.

    If I missed your name, please don't feel bad! Sleepyeyes, how are you doing? Heather, how's the knee? Badbird, how are you healing? Sunnygirl, cast is off now, right (or was that Kristi?)? The person who had hip surgery recently, how's it going? RNinICU - how is your family doing? Warrior Woman, how's your family doing? EVERYONE, come in, let us know. Let our positive thoughts be of some comfort to you!!
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  3. by   aus nurse
    Great thread idea Vegas, yep good to hear how everyone is doing.
    I am nauseatingly healthy...gawd knows how with my diet and lifestyle
    Hmmm (searching memory stores)...adding Dennie to that line up ...she's been under the weather lately too. Jenny, how's the hip going?
    Hope everyone is healthy and happy:kiss
    Last edit by aus nurse on Aug 10, '02
  4. by   micro
    everything totally perfectly fine here....yessirree, bob, you bet it is :S
    but it is so nice of you to ask.....
    and you were very authorative demanding we all come in here right now.......
    las vegas you rock.........
    levity in this thing called life is so way cool.........
  5. by   aus nurse
    and you were very authorative demanding we all come in here right now.......
    Oooh yes I raced straight in when I read that lol Who could say no really? Way to go Vegas!!
  6. by   KaraLea
    Yes Ma'am, whatever you say Ma'am.

    saluting smartly to LasVegasRN

    I'm doing fine Ma'am. May I be excused now Ma'am?
  7. by   DebsZoo
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    OKAY! Everyone who has had surgery, injuries, ailments and major life changes recently, TIME TO CHECK IN. How are you doing? Don't just read this and go. We care about you and wouldn't be asking if we didn't.

    If I missed your name, please don't feel bad! Sleepyeyes, how are you doing? Heather, how's the knee? Badbird, how are you healing? Sunnygirl, cast is off now, right (or was that Kristi?)? The person who had hip surgery recently, how's it going? RNinICU - how is your family doing? Warrior Woman, how's your family doing? EVERYONE, come in, let us know. Let our positive thoughts be of some comfort to you!!
    LasVegas,
    THIS attitude is exactly what draws me to this board every morning when I wake, and , usually, every night before I find my pillow
    (my only exception is my Friday night date with hubby........heehee, he gets kinda "put-off" if I check the message boards before............LOL).
    Thanks for this thread, and to all here.........thanks for the caring .
    All is well in my chaotic household............now...........off to work ,,,,,,,,see y'all later this evening (After BB3!!)
  8. by   zumalong
    Ok, Im checking in--I am OK. Still need hip replacement--but am living with pain for now. Thanks for asking.
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
    how sweet of you to inquire, lv!

    after talking to a new found friend on last night, i feel a little better. lv, don't forget to let us know how you are doing too.
  10. by   JillyT
    I'm one of the major life change club members checking in, Vegas Ma'am. Earlier this year I was laid off from a start-up company, due to their restructuring. Prior to that, I held an administrative management position for seven years at another company. I did my best to combine grueling 40+ hour workweeks with attending college at night in Southern California, but my life lost its luster. I was stressed to the limit and just going through the motions of living. Work interfered with school, and school interfered with work! My reality was a "Catch 22" -- a burnt-out college student with a colorful academic record and a disgruntled employee sans vigor.

    When I was laid off I considered it a mixed blessing, perhaps an omen, and decided to make a change for the better. Within the space of 10 days I moved my furniture into storage, put my two cats (and everything else that would fit) in my car, and headed north. Leaving my birthplace -- my safety-zone of Orange County -- was a huge step for me to take. I'd never lived anywhere else, and never knew instability until now.

    I chose this area for several reasons, not the least of which is being blessed with a support group of good friends who have flocked here over the years. It's also the home of the a great nursing school, which had been highly recommended to me. I've spent a lot of time considering what career would suit me best, and nursing has kept floating to the top. This was reinforced by a part-time weekend job I had as a Nurse Trainee and Customer Service Coordinator for a veterinary hospital. Because of my administrative skills, the vet and her husband encouraged me to become a Hospital Director for them, but I knew I was much more suited for hands-on nursing than handling the administrative side of the business. I truly developed a love for the compassion of nursing and technical knowledge I acquired on a daily basis. I also learned that I am able to transition my skills, and have an aptitude and passion for human nursing.

    Right now my most earnest desire is to attend school full-time and not have to worry about finances. As noted above, I've tried it the other way and it just doesn't work for me. I have accumulated some debt and am concerned about being able to continue making payments with whatever form of financial aid, scholarships and/or student loans are available to me. I may gain some clinic experience in the form of a part-time job, but I do not wish to depend on that for my income. I'm fortunately able to collect unemployment right now...but that doesn't last forever; just six more weeks. I'm in the process of applying for "special circumstances" financial aid through schoool and have sent out letters to almost 100 organizations for grants and scholarships...nothing thus far.

    I consider education to be an investment in myself and my future, so I'm not opposed to taking out (and being responsible for) loans; although I have to admit I'm a little worred about my credit worthiness. It is of utmost importance to me to get on with my life and fulfill my ambition to be the best student and future nurse I can be. The classes ahead of me are challenging and I am one of those people who needs to put her nose to the grindstone. I'm not a stellar student (see C Student thread), but really want to do well in this phase of my schooling.

    The stress of this is paralyzing! :stone Sorry this is so long and thanks for listening to be vent!

    Jilly
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    My knee is healing Vegas. It still hurts a little to put weight directly on it when I'm kneeling down. Weird though, it's still slightly bruised?

    Hmmm.... I've been thinking about sunnygirl's new found freedom too! And how is sleepyeyes? Come forth all....

    Heather
  12. by   misti_z
    Okay I'm checking in.......

    In June I had a miscarriage. Early pregnancy but still hard emotionally for me and hubby. We had planned it down to my temperature. We were both heart broken and it still can bring tears to my eyes. Hubby had even started a pic folder on the computer with the first pic being the pos pregnancy test--stupid I know but like I said we really want to have a baby. I had a hard time getting info from my doctor--my HcG level to actually see if I had a miscarrage. I never got to talk with my MD and she never made an attempt to contact me. It was very frustrating. I had to deal with sorry to say stupid nurse she know NOTHING and made no attempt to find out for me. I had to break out the ol' nursing school books. Needless to say I have switched MDs. In July I had the most terrible period ever. Very heavy and very clotty and very painful. Saw a new doc who said I should have had a D&C and in July I probably "passed the tissue" and am lucky that I am not compromised in any way because I could have easily went septic.

    We will be trying again soon. So keep us in your thoughts and prayers.:angel2:
  13. by   sunnygirl272
    (((((misti_z))))))


    thanks to lvrn for caring about all of us and how we made out....

    i got the cast off wednesday as planned....xrays immed after according to the ortho showed that things are at thte point we would expect 6 weeks postfracture....canned answer if i ever heard one...lol...on one hand, (pardon the pun) it feels great to be able to wash my hand, shave my pits the normal way, and type 2handed again...i knew it was gonna be weak and stiff, but didn't expect to still have swelling ..it is going down, doing my own massage on it to get it out...hand is doing ok painwise, sore and achy, but ok...my finger is really quite painful at times...had the ortho doublecheck the initial xrays and the post removal ones to see if it showed a fx...it did not...will call him mon or tues if the finger is not better...the finger pain is localized at my knuckle, whereas the fx was my metacarpal...

    ok..i'm done whining...going clambaking today...honey doing the soccer-dad thing..our weekend to have the boys and the older one has a tourney in our town..works out well..would work out better if their mom could be bothered to do her share of the driving, but that's another thread...
    i may be backon tonight, but do not expect rational and coherent postings from me tonight....

  14. by   aus nurse
    hugs to you (((((((misti_z)))))))) and much sympathy for your loss
    I am indeed sending you good thoughts and hearfelt good wishes. I am very pleased you have changed MD's too.

    Good to hear you are feeling better LPN, Heather and Sunnygirl (what is a clambake by the way? ) Zumalong hope that new hip isn't far off.

    Jilly, good luck in your new venture. I too am off on a adventure to start a life in a new city....good on you for taking that chance

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