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Unread 02-04-2002, 05:43 PM
Returning to Work!!!!!

The time is finally here. I am an RN who has not worked for the past ten months.
But now I am ready. I am returning on a part time basis only. I went to the
hospital today for a four hour computer refresher. On Thursday I am working
seven to three in the ICU where I have worked the past 28 years. I'm a little
nervous. Hoping my brain and body are up to the task. I do know for sure that
I am a different person than I was. I was always kind and compassionate, but
perhaps a bit quick to judge the quality of someone's life. Now I have such an
understanding of life's gray areas.
Insomnia has been a problem the past month. I really don't feel depressed so
I guess maybe it's from estrogen deprivation. I will mention this when I go for
my big three month checkup later this month.
Life truly does go on after a cancer diagnosis. I think we should all meet up in
Disney World! Wouldn't that be fun. Faces to names and situations!
s and s to all my buddies here.

oxoxoxokarenann ovcaIII
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Unread 02-04-2002, 07:14 PM
Returning to Work!!!!!

Hi, Karen!

I'm sure your return to work will go just fine. It's probably smart of you to start out part-time. I'm certain your newly-acquired experiences will only make you a better nurse. Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

Disney World? Sounds good to me. I need some more of those Toll House ice cream cookies!

Unread 02-04-2002, 07:41 PM
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The patients whose care will be in your hands are very lucky. You are a wonderful, kind caring lady, and you are right....cancer does change us in many ways, and I think a better understanding of being ill and being a patient is part of that.

When I was off for 4 months, and was able to work, I looked at that as meaning I was going to be "ok". I knew that if I could put my mind to work, and was feeling well, than I had beat this demon, and things would return to normal.

I can relate to the sleeplessness, and I seem to go to bed tired and wake up tired. I was always such a good sleeper before. I hope the doctor can help you with this.

Best of luck with getting back into the groove at work. Don't work too hard, although with you being a nurse, I know all nurses work too hard but ease yourself into it and always pamper the !
Love and hugs to ya,
Maria xoxo
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Unread 02-04-2002, 08:05 PM
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What a milestone you've reached!!! Way to go gal!

I can only imagine how much MORE of a comfort you'll be now, you are so right, this all truly does give a new perspective.

I'm glad you're starting off slowly and easing back into work. It does take the body a while to readjust.

And Disney World!!!! Ah, that would be SO lovely!!!


Unread 02-04-2002, 09:41 PM
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Karenann, bet you never thought you would get this far. And I agree life does go on after cancer, most times for the better. There has to be some good come out of it , I know in my life I look on things alot differently. I sure hope all goes well for you and I hope you still pop in and say hi to us and let us all know how you are. Wishing you a lifetime of good health. Much love always x x
Unread 02-05-2002, 01:15 AM

What a milestone! You are probably feeling so relieved to be getting back to the business of normal work and activities. I was when I went back, but it sure was tiring. I wish I had started back part time instead of just jumping in full time. I forgot I needed to save energy for stuff like grocery shopping. Just stopping for gas was a big effort some days.

And don`t forget to save some time for pampering. Just because we are falling into step again doesn`t mean we aren`t still Princesses.


Unread 02-05-2002, 05:44 PM
Returning to Work!!!!!

Although I went back to work a little sooner then I would have wanted, certainly it was a good idea. I know during the day it kept my mind off my illness. I was not able to take it easy when I really wanted to.........PLEASE TAKE IT EASY!!!!!
Your experience will be so valuable to other patients.
I am soooooooo happy for you.......when yu return to work it is almost like being somewhat "normal" again.
It is a wonderful feeling......just take it easy!!!
Love and HUGS to you,
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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