Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Third child... first winner...

This has been a super writing month in our home thanks to Elijah attending school now. Freedom Academy has been participating in NaNoWriMo for a number years and students in Elijah's creative writing class have to participate as this is part of their grade according to my son.

This sounded like a great opportunity not only for Eli but for our girls too. So I asked if all our kids could  attend and the school was most accommodating.

And now our family will have three young authors. Beth and Eli are still editing their works which include over 10,000 words each. Mattia wrote 3, 571 words. We will have to send a book to her dyslexia teacher to show what Mattia has been able to do since attending Take Flight. This has been a big burst of confidence to both girls and I think Eli too though he doesn't like the direction his story went.

Once everyone submits their manuscripts I guess we will have to have a celebration. How do authors celebrate the finishing of a book? Ice cream? Dinner? Sleep?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nurse Nickie...

On occasion when I diagnose a family member properly when they are having an ailment I will consider what it would cost me to return to school and become a nurse again. My husband would like me to become a nurse practitioner so I can prescribe medications to him so he doesn't need to go to a doctor. We shall see about him not seeing a doctor.

As this year has passed with my husband having a cholecystectomy, kids sick, friends children with earaches or bladder infections and then my own 2nd degree burns upon my body and a secondary infection of cellulitis in my left leg related to the burn, I find myself thinking more and more of returning to the field of education.

But then I think about my age. Can I go back at 50 and still learn like I used to do? My brain often feels tired and slow to remember. And yet if I returned to schooling for the next 6 years lets say. I would still have plenty of years to contribute back.

So today it occurred to me what I first need to do instead of stewing about returning to school and starting from step one again after 18 years. I am going to return to the hospital where I last worked as an emergency room nurse and find out what the recruiting team requires for nurses who have been inactive for so long. So simple. I need to know first before I decide what direction to move towards.

One nice thing about me returning now in this stage of life is that I will not need to be in competition with all those young girls and boys who feel the need to prove themselves. I know I've done that in the past and now as an almost 50 year old I come with a great deal of experience with children, surgeries, losses, and life in general. Now I would really know how to teach a woman the skill of breast feeding instead of acting like I did when I was single. A lot of things I did as a nurse back then I really had no idea what it felt like but now I do. That says a lot to me.

I wonder if starting an IV is like riding a bike?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Confession #329 I am a compulsive eater...

From #251 Face the Music

"Don't be too discouraged about that slip. Practically always, we compulsive eaters learn the hard way."

"Your idea of moving on to somewhere else may be good, or it may not. Perhaps you have got into an emotional or economic jam that can't be well handled where you are. But maybe you are doing just what all of us have done, at one time or another: Maybe you are running away. Why don't you try to think that through again carefully?"

"Are you really placing recovery first, or are you making it contingent upon other people, places, or circumstances? You may find it ever so much better to face the music right where you are now, and, with the help of the Cea-How program, win through. Before you make a decision, weigh it in these terms."

Wow, I needed to read this this morning. I am so glad I got up (way too early) yet because of the quiet time with no children around I was blessed to find this.

And now my little world knows it too. I have been blessed to release 22 pounds for the first time in my life without paying someone to coach me along. Working the steps every day and just for today.