I don’t tend to write very much about my ER nurse life due to the HIPPA laws, but I sure wish I could tell you all some of the crazy stories I have! ER nurse life is hectic, exhausting and emotionally challenging.
Not one shift goes by where I am not cursed at, yelled at, insulted, physically threatened or a combination of the above. Not to say that there are not patients who are grateful for the care you are giving, there are. There are also some shifts where you walk away knowing you played a role in keeping someone on this earth a little longer.
ER staff, everyone from registration to the doctors, work their tails off in a a hostile environment-most managing to smile and maintain a respectful attitude all the while. It is not easy work. The folks I work with are some of the best around.
After several years of being in the trenches of the ER, I am acutely aware of how it has changed me and my perspectives on humanity. Tending to the chickens and my garden at my homestead replenished what ER nursing took away.
Over the last two months, long hours and my lack of a peaceful homestead has started to wear me down. I began to notice an undertone of unsettledness.
After doing a little personal inventory, I realized how healing the stillness of the homestead had been for me. Although the Big Farm is well on its way to being a farm, it isn’t there yet. I knew I needed to find somewhere I could plug back into farm life.
I looked up a local farm and contacted the owner. I met with him and discussed how much I missed connecting to the earth and caring for its animals.
We talked at length about the simplicity of farm life and it was refreshing to meet with someone whose philosophies on life followed mine so closely.
I got a tour of his farm and helped with feeding chicks, checking rabbits for pregnancy and rubbing down horses. In just a few short hours, I could tell I was already feeling restored.
I am going to spend one day a week there in exchange for fresh eggs and the garden’s produce. I will be helping with the garden as well as any other farm duties that need tending to.
I am looking forward feeling balanced once again.
Until next time…
Congrats to Marla for winning the Piggy Treat Day Contest! Make sure to check out the HR Facebook Page Saturday to see Oliver enjoying her choice of treat for National Pig Day!