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Lots of work, not a lot of Sparking

Friday, August 16, 2013

Wow. I haven't had very much time for Sparking or blogging due to work. I failed to track my food for the past 3 days, and I succumbed to the vending machine twice. I was out of sparkfood and starving. I don't understand why I've been so disorganized!

I've been offered work with an extra 9 dollars an hour for incentive tonight, but I just don't think I can do it. I'm tired, so very tired, even after being off last night. I have to get myself together. But I am going to have to work 10 extra shifts between now and November, because there is a burn conference in Florida that I want to go to, and if I want to do that, then I have to earn the money to pay for it. Just not tonight.

Work has been getting better, for the most part. I'm settling into the routines and rhythm of the BICU. I was told I'm on the shortlist for going to Augusta for further training, but I have nothing in writing yet, and no idea when it might be. The learning curve is still almost vertical. Take the intensity of regular ICU and dial it up to 11, that is Burn.

I'm hanging in there. People are starting to trust me. I haven't gotten pulled aside into the med room lately, which is what you do when you want to counsel someone in private rather than calling them out in front of God and everybody. I also haven't been called out lately, which is a greater relief than I can express. I've done some regular admits, and got to assist with some hot admits. My confidence is growing, slowly.

I've also had it suggested to me that I would be good in the ER, because I was good at defusing a situation. Umm, no. Slow, precise, and fussy is exactly what they don't need in the ER. But I'm grateful a thousand times over for the compliment.

Even though this blog is all about working, I still feel the influence of SparkPeople in the way that I have started to look at things, set goals, and seek out the positive. I stretch every chance I get, drink more water, and take better care of myself. It is hard to express the way that I am changing, but I do know that I am a different person since starting Spark. I don't think I'm going to meet my goal of losing down to 250 by the end of August, but I do know that I'm becoming a better person. And after a little more rest, I'm going to go to the health club and see what I can get into.

I hope that all of my Spark friends are well and happy, and having what they need. I have appreciated everyone's support so much!
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    Nice to hear that your feeling good about work. I imagine what you do is very demanding, physically and mentally. I hope you manage to get some rest too. Sounds like you are very busy, maybe a little too busy at times.
    1705 days ago
    Excellent, excellent blog. You are right spark people is more that just losing weight, it is about slowly creating better habits for our mental, emotional, and physical health. Great job. You could not get me anywhere near an intensive care burn unit, I would be terrified!.The nurses that work that unit are true angels from heaven.
    1707 days ago
    When you first said burn conference, I thought you meant burner as in Burning Man attendee. Honest mistake! It must take a lot of fortitude to be a daily witness to burn injuries. I don't have the strength of character to cope with something so devastating as a regular part of my job. You must be really passionate about what you do!
    1707 days ago
    I've missed you! I'm glad that things at work are starting to settle for you a little. Just by your writing, I can tell you're very conscientious, so I knew you'd gain more confidence with time.

    I sincerely hope you get to go to the conference and the extra training. It will be more their loss if you don't get to go.

    Take care and thanks for all your support! emoticon
    1707 days ago
    emoticon We appreciate your support as well!!!

    Work does tend to control our lives, doesn't it? Amazing I don't whine in here more often!!! LOL Hopefully you fight your fatigue quickly, and get those extra shifts in so you can go!!!
    1707 days ago
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