Hello hello! My apologies for only the one millionth procrastination.
What have I been doing?.. Remember those previous posts where I would write about how I was studying nursing or CNA (certified nurse assistant) class?
Of course you don't because even I don't remember! lol
I got certified about a few months back and from that time, I've been on and off applying like a mad woman for CNA jobs.
Finally, after a month or two, I got a call from an assisted living facility (which is basically a skilled nursing/rehab home with loads of seniors). I took the job because my plan for getting a hospital job wasn't going so great without 'experience'. I started my current job this past October. Btw, now that I think about it, what are the chances of my last few jobs ALL starting in autumn? ( - _ - ; ) . . .
This is why I have a complex with this season. Too many life changes! *urg...*
After working at a nursing home for a few weeks, I can honestly say that unless a person works in a nursing home, they could never understand what it's truly like. People can talk about it all they want but unless you're IN it, you won't understand.
Now don't get me wrong, it's fulfilling work helping seniors. It's just that on your very first day, it's MIND-BLOWING OVERWHELMING AND FRUSTRATING AND DIFFICULT.
I remember getting off my first shift and wondering what I got myself into and if I could ever survive in this profession. All of the stress buildup would lead me to worry incessantly about almost everything else at home. I would continue to go to work for the next few days, sitting outside in my car before my shift, and having a little cry because I was so stressed out, not confident in my abilities, and wondering what else would be thrown my way.
But guess what? After that magical two week mark, all that stress was lifted and I could breathe again. I could enjoy life again. It was like waking up from a fog of negativity and stress. In a way, I was reborn. I'd gotten over another hurdle of growing pains.
And not only am I working in this job that's drastically different from every other job I've had, but I'm also on the 3rd shift (AKA, night shift)! One would think that this is what's difficult for me in this job but noooooooo, staying up on night shift is easy-peasy for me. And it's generally only 8 hr shifts so I still have my afternoons to enjoy. :D
I actually feel fortunate that I work night shifts at the nursing home because from what I've heard, it's 100x easier than working day or evening shifts. I do notice that it's much quieter. But we still have stuff to get done such as cleaning wheelchairs, changings, charting, and restocking.
I'm glad that I'm not so stressed out anymore and hopefully, I can continue to blog more because nursing school hasn't started yet.
If anyone is wondering, I'm still committing to myfitnesspal and a big focus in my life has been on eating healthy and exercising to stay fit (especially in this job). And omg, I actually had stress weight loss from this job!! I was trying to get to 100 lbs and I made it there with that one final push from stress. I was so stressed out, that I easily lost 3-5 lbs within a week! And I've stayed at this weight since then. Hopefully I don't just gain it all back. x) Take care guys. Hope you all had a fun and Happy Halloween and are staying warm and healthy-!!
Maybe in my next post, I can talk about the anime and shows that got me through my 'severe stress'.