Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fresh Start

Let's try this blog thing again... third time's the charm, right?!

Quite a lot has happened since I last posted forever ago.  Since it has been so long, this post in particular will probably be even more of a random mish-mash of STUFF than my others...

Let's recap:
I'm an RN now, licensed in Illinois, Wisconsin and soon to be Indiana.
I moved to Janesville, WI and worked for an ER nurse there for about 6 months.
I lived in Janesville from October 2011 - July 2012.
This month (7/6 to be exact), I moved to a new city in a new state for a new job!  That's a whole lotta new!
What am I doing with my life now you ask?
I am living in an Indianapolis, IN suburb and working as a Mother / Baby nurse at a suburban hospital and so far, LOVING it!  The people I work with are awesome, the patients are super appreciative, and there are no drunks at work anymore! WOO! Oh, and I get to cuddle babies... pretty great!

I still know no one in the area aside from the leasing guy at my apartment and the people I have met at work, but hopefully once this ridiculous heat wave is over, people (including me) will be out of the AC more and I'll be able to meet more people.  It's hard to want to be outside when it's 102 and muggy.

Two additional big (but not quite as big as the move and new job) things in my life right now that I'm trying to figure out are going back to school to finish my BSN (Bachelor's in Nursing - only have my ADN, or Associate's right now), and wanting to adopt a rescue dog of some kind in the fall once I'm a bit more settled into work and life here... well, and a perpetual goal is to get my CDE, but the darn NCBDE (national certification board for diabetes educators) apparently doesn't realize just how insanely hard it is to be your own pancreas, and they don't allow your time with your own diabetes to be included in the required hours for certification...
The unit I work on as an RN right now doesn't really see PWDs, so I have to figure out how exactly to work towards that goal in my new job...

I'm hoping this reincarnation of my blog will focus on all the craziness of diabetes PLUS working as a nurse AND working 12 hour shifts (days right now for orientation, but then nights once I'm on my own).  It takes a lot to be your own pancreas, a lot to be a nurse, a lot to work 12 hour shifts, and a lot to work nights when most people are sleeping soundly in their beds at home... That's a LOT of stuff to orchestrate and make work.

Any questions about my life with diabetes, my life as a nurse, suggestions for posts, etc. please feel free to send me a message on here or e-mail me at
I hope to do at least a post a week, so if I haven't posted in a while, feel free to also send me an e-mail nudge to get the ball rolling on a new post.

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