My One Year Anniversary as an NP
It's ironic that I wrote my last post on October 15, 2012,
the 1-year anniversary of my one and only job as an NP.
What a year! Or, rather, what a year and a half! The worst
of times, yes (the end of a 30-year marriage in June 2011), but also the very
best of times (Duke MSN/FNP in May 2011, certification in September 2011, dream
job in October 2011), and everyday a new adventure of the heart and mind since!
As noted in a previous
post, I've been remiss in submitting posts due to time constraints. With
each new experience I'd think "This is a good topic for the blog," but had
little time to think it, feel it, or write it. So many patient stories - still
mainly uninsured, being seen on the MAP program ($5 paid by the patient, $67 by
the grant), in for establishing care with jaw-dropping blood pressures and
blood sugars. Everyday a new condition presents itself - reflex sympathetic
dystrophy; fibromyalgia; pityriasis alba or rosea, and a host of other
dermatologic conditions; ophthalmic herpes zoster; pancreatitis; cholecystitis;
absence seizures; iliotibial band syndrome; asymptomatic enlargement of
clavicle (more common than one would think). And despite not being the most
dexterous of individuals, I now average 20 to 25 Paps a week, and am certified
in IUD/Nexplanon insertions, with colposcopic exams to follow.
It has been a busy, fulfilling year professionally, and quite
a fulfilling one personally as well. Clichés are often truisms, and as one door
closed, another one indeed opened. I am as happy as I have ever been!
Now, the dreaded "there are so many people to thank!"
Thank you, Bev and Sam, for your
inspiring companionship in the blogosphere. Last but not least, my deepest
gratitude to the faithful readers of our blogs for your always encouraging,
thoughtful and insightful comments. You were often the one bright spot in a
long, hard day! I wish you all every success and happiness, and a lifetime of
fair winds and following seas.