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1 Step Forward 2 Steps Back: A Nurses View of Chronic Illness

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1 Step Forward 2 Steps Back: A Nurses View of Chronic Illness

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52 pagine
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Mar 6, 2017
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9781365804779
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The hurdles that one must live through when diagnosed with a chronic condition. The doctors, tests, and getting to know what is causing the havoc within your body.
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Mar 6, 2017
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1: HOW DID YOU GET HERE?

Chapter 2: BLOCKS, BLOCKS, AND MORE BLOCKS

Chapter 3: DOCTORS…DOCTORS…DOCTORS

Chapter 4: LIFE UNDIAGNOSED

Chapter 5: LOSING CONTROL

Chapter 6: WHAT OTHERS SAY

Chapter 7: IT JUST ISN’T FAIR

Chapter 8 : WHAT NOW?

Chapter 9: YOU TAKE OVER

Chapter 10: REMEMBER

K. Dilts

Copyright 3/6/2017

Introduction

Welcome to what I call as this will never happen to me. For more than twenty-five years as a nurse not a day went by that chronic illness didn’t cross my path. Nurses are caregivers not the ones who get chronically ill. I believed that I was invincible and no illness would ever get me down.  I would never be sick enough to rely on others to care for me or wait on me. Well take a second guess. I learned the hard way. Don’t ever say that will never happen to me.  Just as soon as I could get it out of my mouth I dropped something ad another person picked it up. This started happening more frequently along with other symptoms and my physician told me she would order some tests. I was the person that would not believe anything serious was happening. Life was not going to stop and I could not slow down. Therefore I went on living like I was not sick. Until suddenly, it hit me like a brick wall. I could not continue functioning at the pace I was going. My muscles would not keep going and my migraines were EVERY day.

There is a saying that you can look at the brighter side of things or you are never given more than you can handle. With chronic illness you may have days that you wonder how much can you handle?

I give thanks to my spouse for his support. The many hours of rambling, it could be this and it could be that as a nurse does to self-diagnose. And you say men don’t have selective hearing. He heard every word I said (at least I want to believe he did). Ultimately I knew that he knew I was just worrying about things I may not be able to change. He was always there to take me to every appointment. Hold my hand in the beginning and sit in the car as time went on. The wait times in the doctor offices are long enough to read a good car magazine or two.

Thanks again to my husband to the many times that I have fallen and he asked are you ok?, and lent a hand if I needed it, but allowed me the time to get up by myself. He knew that if I was alright I just need to keep going. I guess I taught him right. My own personal nurse.

Thanks to the many patients, and yes this may be you that helped shape me into the understanding nurse that I am. Many patients with chronic illnesses lacked the tools, knowledge, and support to maintain a balance in life. Life without illness has enough hurdles, add stress to the mix and our body gets out of balance. Chronic illness takes over.

I hope that people who read this book gain the knowledge and courage that they need to speak up to their healthcare providers to manage and direct their healthcare. Don’t just sit back and wonder why tests or procedures are being done. Don’t just take that purple pill every morning and not know why you take it. Ask WHY? WHY? WHY? to everything to that you encounter. You have the right as a

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