Monday, June 9, 2008

Home for a rest


This is a bit how I feel today. A little wobbly, slightly off-centre. I came home last night for a day and a half. It was heaven to sleep in my own bed last night, even if I did have nasty dreams. The down side to having such a comfy bed is that I never feel that I get a good night's rest when I'm away. Not even on holiday, when you expect to get some sleep. Oh well, I spend more nights on this bed than any other, so I guess it's good that I'm comfortable.

It feels so good to come home. I'm loving the nursing that I'm doing, but I feel like I'm missing out when I'm away from home. I miss my afternoons with Lizzie after I pick her up from school. I miss cooking in my kitchen. I miss my kitties' purrs. I miss hanging out with Javier. I just miss...

Work is wonderful, though I'm exhausted at the end of everyday and on days off. Rural nursing is like no other. We care for the whole range across the life spectrum, from the newly born to the palliative patients. I've watched a baby's birth, prepared deceased patient for the morgue, inserted many catheters and IV, given more antibiotics that I remember, distributed lots of medications, removed stitches, dressed burns, changed diapers (both big & small), and too many other things to list. I've learned more in the past few weeks than I have in the past three years. The work never seems to stop and priorities change in a heartbeat (literally).

It's about a three hour drive between PC and home. I keep myself awake by listening to audiobooks on my ipod, through the radio of course, not earphones!

Last night I had the added joy of seeing a few rainbows. My camera picked up just the faintest rainbow between these two telephone poles, just above the horizon.

This one was barely noticeable, Just at the horizon, by the building between the poles.

The last one was quite large and stayed with me for a while. While I'm wishing for more sunny weather, the rain is certainly making the countryside nice & green. By mid-summer, everything will be dried out and golden.

I really appreciate all the comments. I'm going to get back out there soon and do some serious visiting, because I've been lax, but will you all forgive me in the meantime? I just have a few more shifts to get through and it's summer holidays for me!  

13 comments:

*Tsking* Ducky said...
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MJ said...

You've been getting excellent experience! Just a few more shifts to go and then a summer break! You can do it!

Firefly Hill said...

Nurses are saints! The things you do to help people are amazing....and I bet you have a lovely bedside manner. Did I tell you my mom, mother in law and sister are all RNs?


annie

Tara said...

Well, we have been missing you lately OR but can see you have been up to great things! Finish up and then you'll get to enjoy yourself!
:0)
Tara

Tara said...

Well, we have been missing you lately OR but can see you have been up to great things! Finish up and then you'll get to enjoy yourself!
:0)
Tara

Saucy said...

Nurses and teachers, man. Nurses and teachers. The forgotten heroes.

Jillian said...

Wow, I am in awe of what you do. I don't think I would be cut out for that...but would like to thank you for doing what so many others cannot! Keep up the good work, there is a reason you are in this field!

Jillian

Liz said...

Wow. You are a seriously hard worker. We've all missed you, but blogworld will still be here when you finally get a break!

Gorgeous rainbows.

clarabelle said...

Wow - tough but rewarding times I am sure. Keep going - it will so be worth it.
Take Care
Clare x

mushroommeadows said...

wow! I wish you the VERY best at your job! Don't wear yourself out!!!

I LOVE the rainbow pictures. They're gorgeous!

Jillian said...

Hi! I'm having a giveaway to celebrate my 100th post...stop on over to have a look.

Jillian

little dresses said...

Oh I know that feeling! Rest up sweetie, we will all be here when you are ready to visit.

xoxoxo,
Samantha

Firefly Hill said...

Missin' you! I know you are working hard!

annie