Spoiler Alert: If you're having a super sunny day and don't want to talk about anything serious, skip this post!!! No worries, we'll see you tomorrow!
The question has come up about what I do for a living.
Yes, I am a nurse. For nearly 2 decades I was a bedside ICU/trauma nurse...with extra fun experiences along the way teaching nursing school, being a hospital clinical instructor, enjoying a wild ride at the poison center (oh, the stories!), and delving into research. But for the last 5 years I have been immersed in the ALS world, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. I work with an absolutely terrific team of people and I adore our patients and their families. This job is a piece of cake physically...not to mention no on-call, holidays, evenings, nights, or weekends...but emotionally, hands down it's the hardest thing I've ever done.
Facing death every day, year after year, requires a weird mix of being tough as nails and still remaining human enough to well up with tears with people I've grown to love. It requires inspiring those who still have life to live, and a tender kindness to help prepare for the inevitable goodbyes. All of this emotion must be matched with an extra measure of self-care and rest, and I do that by designating a particular day of the week to stay home and putter. I love puttering. I sleep in, stay in my pajamas, read, enjoy a leisurely meal, snuggle with Puppers by the fire, and sometimes resort to a little Cookie Therapy. And then I'm OK! Good to go!