I am still alive…

but barely. I’ve started working recently- one week of hospital orientation last week then I worked on the “floor” (mother/baby unit) on Sunday and Monday. It pretty much knocked me off my rear and sucked out all of my life force. Two days of 12 hour shifts – standing 90% of the time. I’m exhausted and am starting to feel a cold coming on. Some may think that working as a post-partum/newborn nurse would be a more “cush” type of nursing job to have- but believe me – IT’S NOT! Now days, it seems almost rare to have a perfectly healthy mom and baby in the hospital. Lots of high-risk, sick moms and babes out there and lots of social probs. Who signed me up for this job anyway?

No, it not too terribly bad. There are actually lots of happy moments during the work day and it truly is very rewarding. But, my body and my mind are not used to this kind of work. I’ve had the last year and a half off enjoying my kids, my hubby, my home, my crafting and a nice soft chair to rest my hiney on for most of the day. I miss being able to blog and craft whenever. Now it all seems like a distant memory. To make matters worse, I had to watch my kids cry as I left for work on Monday at 6:30 in the morning. Talk about getting your heart ripped out of your chest.

I promise to get back into my art and crafting soon. I actually have lots of new ideas floating around my head and a huge list of things I really want to make. Now all I need is some more energy (too bad I can’t suck some out of my 5 year old!). But really, I do have to get back into the swing of things. I NEED to be make things! To keep me sane, less stressed, happy.

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11 Responses to I am still alive…

  1. rebecca says:

    I second that! Hang in there, and remember what a special choice you make and how much you give to other people.
    BTW, when is the air date for the craft show you were on…………….it is coming up isn’t it! I can’t wait!

  2. Michelle says:

    One of my closest friends has been working night shift (7pm to 7am) as a labor/delivery nurse for over 4 years now, so I hear where you’re coming from. Give yourself and your family some time to adjust, and adapt. Take care of yourself, we’ll be here whenever you are. :0)

  3. Aunt Jenny says:

    sister ~ you are amazing ms crafty clever and creative genius /super mommy/loving nurse,wife, sister and friend ! make sure you do allow some time for yourself to adjust to your new life and environment and take care of yourself ! i can’t wait to see you this weekend! maybe some time with your crazy family will be just what the doctor ordered (or maybe not but it will still be the most fun!). i love you muchly more every day:) aunt jenny

  4. amy says:

    Hang in there mamacita! It’s all going to fall into place, you’ll see. Give it some time and take care of yourself!! HUGS!

  5. Anastasia says:

    I hear you!! I can totaly relate.
    for me its all about trying to juggle everything to a happy medium and trying to find a bit of ME time too – its hard! but it does get better and easier…hang in there!

  6. Congrats on going back to work – hope it all settles down soon!

  7. andrea says:

    Oh hugs, you poor thing. What a life transition. My mom is a nurse and she is ALWAYS exhausted. Knowing what I do of you, I bet you are a phenomonal one.
    Hope you get some rest soon.

  8. flossy-p says:

    It’s challenging isn’t it? Life I mean, that impossible balance. I hope you manage to find it.

  9. melissa says:

    it sounds like you are doing amazing work, and managing your new hectic schedule like atrooper, and it certainly doesn’t sound easy! Hang in there, I admire nurses sooo much.

  10. krista says:

    regina! we are in the same place my friend. Although my shifts aren’t 12 hours, I too, am back to work full time, this is my first week back.

    My head is spinning trying to take it all in.

    Your job sounds great (challenging and difficult) but great. They are lucky to have you there!

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