Category Archives: nursing

Five Days

I have the next five days off. Five days to catch up on laundry and clean the bathrooms. Five days to redeem myself from last week’s dinners. Five days of parks, parties, sleepovers, and movie nights. Five days of bath time giggles and goodnight books. Five days to snuggle my kids in the morning and…

Perfect Enough

I sneak into the house just as the sun begins to rise. I’m hoping that the garage door doesn’t wake anyone because a few minutes to myself would be nice. My feet are swollen and my back is sore after twelve hours of abuse. Leaving my shoes in the garage, I head upstairs to wash…

Life is Beautiful

Given my recent emotional setback, I thought it appropriate to focus on something beautiful for today’s post. I’m using Mama Kat’s prompt and listing the seven wonders of my life – as a nurse, and patient. Some were joyful, others were filled with tears, but each experience showed the beauty of a life and they…

This Woman’s Work

I’ve worked the past 24 out of 48 hours and am headed in for another shift tonight. I’m exhausted, but will have the next few days off to recover. I came home last night to a feverish little one and realized how very lucky I am to know what I know. It was one of…

Touching Base

I’ve dubbed the next four weeks my “Month of Pain.” With Asher’s, birthday and my inevitable overspending at Christmas looming ahead, I’ve decided to buckle down and take any (and mostly all) shifts offered to me – within reason, I’m not a machine. I think I have about four shifts scheduled per week, which may…

Fall to Pieces

I’m about to post something embarrassing. While some of you might be thinking, this won’t be the first time, just try to pretend that it is. It is definitely the first time I’ve posted something THIS embarrassing (to me). As well as the first time I’ve broached this particular subject. (Read: validation is necessary) I’m…

Hopeful

This week should mark my very last as a sleep deprived mother of two and absentee wife. Amelia starts preschool next Tuesday. She will go three days a week. I get to sleep at least five hours on the days she is gone. I would jump up and down with joy if I had the…

A Change Would Do You Good

Something new is going on with me. Something amazing. Something I’ve been dreaming and hoping and wishing for. Part of the reason I’ve not visited this space for a while is because I was afraid I’d say it out loud and then the opportunity would slip away. It may seem silly, and I’m not necessarily…

How to Save a Life

I remember the exact moment that I decided to become a nurse. The actual story is not quite as dramatic as that first statement, but it is true nonetheless. Elijah and I were in the Babies R Us parking lot. I had been working mid shifts as an SGML coder at Tinker Air Force Base…

Back to Life…

…back to reality. I just finished my first two night shifts at the new hospital (and by “just” I mean exactly that, just). “Just” as in I’ve had a shower and am feeding the kids breakfast. “Just” as in the time on this blog post is not a fabrication. “Just” as in I’m working on…