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Apr
12

Whirlwind!

Helloooooooooo friends!

I’ve missed you! Where to even begin with the last six-ish months of life happenings?!?

I think what I plan/intend to do is give you a quick synopsis – with more detailed posts to come – in the hopes that 1) it will keep you coming back after my unplanned hiatus and 2) hold me accountable to actually posting more often! I can’t make any promises, but my life is about to get a lot less unpredictable and harried, so maybe that bodes well for this little blog ‘o mine as well.

So since posting about my accident last August, the following chaos ensued…

August/September 2015:

My car was officially declared totaled and we had to get a new one. We settled on this beauty.

And now I understand why people become Subaru owners for life...

And now I understand why people become Subaru owners for life…

I started physical therapy for accident-related injuries (which set back my postop recovery as well). Back pain is the worst. Took three months, but I survived! Now if only I could get the insurance company to settle my injury claim. Sheesh.

In the meantime, I managed to make it through clinicals and, by some miracle, graduate from my NP program!

September/October 2015:

My husband got HUGE news that he was admitted to nursing school…in Maryland. He was also admitted to schools in Montana and North Carolina too, but this was a no-brainer decision. *Commence panic about moving AGAIN.* Started looking for NP jobs from out-of-state. No easy feat for a new grad!

At some point over the summer, we had gotten a wild hair and decided to adopt a THIRD dog. Because it’s a brilliant idea to do so while you’re finishing school, recovering from surgery, and now planning a 500-mile move. But when we first met this little one in August we were smitten…

Wouldn't you be?

Wouldn’t you be?

This time we decided on a Golden Retriever – only the dog I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember! So we brought her home in September..and we’ve been in love ever since!

Internet, meet Lorelai. The world's sweetest, most loving dog. Now prepare yourself for gratuitous numbers of adorable photos.

Internet, meet Lorelai. The world’s sweetest, most loving dog. Now prepare yourself for gratuitous numbers of adorable photos.

October/November 2015:

Took and PASSED my NP boards! Woot woot! I’m officially an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner!

Got frustrated by the job search and decided instead to sign up for a travel nursing contract in our new city to see us through the first few months. Accepted an inpatient oncology position. Back to my roots!

November/December 2015:

Wrapped up my jobs as a clinical instructor and inpatient hospice nurse. What a bittersweet transition!

Spent Thanksgiving weekend house hunting in our new home city. Decided we love it here. Debated the pros and cons of several gems and finally settled on one we love. Exposed brick walls, stainless steel appliances, amazing views, and a JACUZZI BATHTUB, people. Yes, please.

Went home for almost 10 days over Christmas and loved on my family! One of my favorite holidays in recent memory. Steve and I cooked up a Christmas Eve feast to be remembered … ironically eating less myself has translated into wanting to feed others more!

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January 2016:

Sold Steve’s car (we’re city folk now – only need one!), loaded up the moving van and headed north. Where it was 19 degrees on the day we move in to our new place. And we were greeted a few weeks later by Winter Storm Jonas.

At least the dogs loved it...

At least the dogs loved it…

Eli and his winter coat.

Eli and his winter coat.

See above re: gratuitous puppy photos...

See above re: gratuitous puppy photos…

Started my travel job and decided I don’t like travel nursing. It’s so discombobulating. Luckily the unit I signed on with is full of amazing nurses and I end up having a great experience.

Steve started NURSING SCHOOL, folks! I feel like he should take over this blog now.

As soon as we arrived at our new address, all of the NP positions I had previously applied for suddenly appeared to be interested in me and I started lining up interviews.

February/March:

Continued the interview process for a number of exciting options. Got an official offer from one and implicit offers from a couple others before I had to make a decision. After creating the most complicated, convulated pro/con list ever, I decided to go with the place that jumped first. Too many reasons to say yes and not enough reasons to hold out for the other ones.

Decided to get a little wild and dye my hair red. Apparently I was born to be a ginger because now no one believes me when I say I used to have dirty blond hair.

Signed up for my first 5K ever! Here we come, Color Run!

April:

Wrapped up my travel contract and said farewell…kicking and screaming, I might add. Suddenly the idea of being a newbie NP is quite disconcerting and the idea of staying in my comfort zone as an oncology nurse is not so bad. Funny how that happens. 😉 Especially when you’ve settled in and actually really love your job at the bedside. Ugh, adulting.

…Which brings me to today. I arranged to take a week off in between the end of my travel job and the start of my nurse practitioner position. So that begins on Monday. *She types with great trepidation.*

I plan to post much more about the job I accepted, but in a nutshell, it is an outpatient NP position with an medical oncology clinic/cancer center at a suburban community hospital. They have never had an NP there before, so the kicker is that I kind of get to mold it and make it my own. Both an exciting and terrifying prospect. I chose it for a number of reasons, but the most important was that I think it will allow me to practice better work-life balance as I learn my new role.

And if there’s anything I’ve learned over the past year, it’s that taking care of myself is non-negotiable.

So this is me these days…

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April 23 will be my one-year “surgiversary”. As of this week, I have lost 155 pounds from my highest recorded weight and 137 pounds from my surgery weight. Yeah, I know – it shocks me too to see those numbers. I’ll post much more about my recovery, but suffice it to say, as hard as the moments have been, the overall outcome of a healthier Nurse Teeny has been totally worth it. Did it fix my life? No, but it wasn’t supposed to. It’s a tool and one that I plan to use well.

So cheers to a roller coaster of a year. I’ve learned to enjoy the ride!

I hope you’ll stick with me for the next one…

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