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What have you done

to keep yourself going and on an upbeat path.

Everyone beats to a different drummer. So what are your drums?

  • - Taking up a new hobby
    - Volunteering
    - Getting involved with rehab centers
    - etc and more
I am very curious to read about what makes you tick....and makes you tick louder and better than before
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • Betty65BBetty65 FloridaPosts: 83
    This is really silly, but when I was a child we could not afford much. Now that I am 50 I have a little money that I can use to buy some things I always wanted to try, such as building Legos. (My children are nearly grown and both are girls who were not interested in Legos.) So, I decided, "Why not?" and bought my first little Lego project!

    It's the little things that make the days brighter!
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    I'm sure most people will think that's weird? I will be 54 next month & was told over 2 years ago by my surgeon, that I'll never work as a certified nursing assistant again. I've been doing that line of work for over 30 years.
    I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet? Im bound & determined to find another line of work that will give me a sense of helping people like my old occupation did. Any suggestions?
  • Reading job openings certainly does not sound silly to me!! That is also my dream--to work again doing what I love. I am 55 and have waited years for this moment, for after pain pump surgery & recovery, to get back to work. I am a Licensed Vocational Nurse, Hospice nursing was always my first love. Took care of both my mom and dad when they were on Hospice. Taking care of mom propelled me into nursing, I was a hospice nurse when my dad got sick. Im now actively taking the steps for going back to school to do an LVN to RN bridge program.

    I'm 8 weeks post op pain pump, and was feeling really good until Thursday. Spoke to a counselor at school and aside from it being a very long day physically, I was taken aback at how long it would take to reach my goal and that's going full time with no working & waiting for full classes to open up. But above any shock was the pain, it returned with a vengeance. So sudden and hit hard. Took some of the wind out of my sails. I'm aware of having lofty expectations with the pump, this was to help get me to work full time again. I think I had a (needed) realism check--- that has lasted the past 3 days.

    So I may not follow a path I thought may fit this 'new old body' I've got now, I may not ever achieve the goal I've wanted to. A decade ago--halfway through the same transition nursing program, I had to withdraw to have my second spine surgery; my back and the pain has gotten directly in the way before and it seems to be doing it again. I may not be able to achieve this particular dream, but I can find some place For my pure desire to help others, take care of others and somehow fit that into the physical limitations I have now. I know something is out there for me, I won't give up finding where/what that is. I think I'm rushing this, putting pressure on myself certainly isn't benefitting my pain, it's creating undue stress and I realize as I write this that I need to take a deep breath and reevaluate.

    That all brought tears, they've been hanging around the past 3 days waiting to flow, but they're good tears. Tears of relief and realization. It was in reading your words Motor1, that brought all this out. Thank you.
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    You're welcome!
    Let me say that you have inspired me also! We are the same age, and I've been on the edge of whether or not I can go to school for job training? I am of the mindset that I'm past the age of going to school? My memory isn't what it used to be. Especially on these meds. Who knows? I will now start looking at schools too! Thank you!
    I worked in hospice care for the last 8 years of my working days. That's how I was injured. I was working with a resistive patient. I loved working in hospice! I felt like I finally found my passion. That's what's so hard about letting go. I need to find another career that gives me that passion.
    I'm sorry that you are experiencing so much pain after your surgery. Hopefully, better days are ahead!
  • well actually, and this is how I got my nickname, I do wild goose chases. Sometimes I follow them, sometimes they follow me. I can really freak people out when I'm driving down the road and the geese are flying over head. I also take hundreds of pictures of them. I even took pictures of the goslings hatching. I count it as my "non human time".
  • William GarzaWilliam Garza TexasPosts: 2,365
    edited 07/27/2015 - 7:02 PM
    Your not the only one who looks up!
    Ive goy a decent Camera now so ime in the learning curve.
    Me..i like sunsets,and chase any light that is fetching to the eye..and the soul.
    Sad,but i tote my stuff wherever i go...lol..ive becomenonenof "those"fellows you see with a camera grafted to their face.
    You never know when some magical moment mey happen no?
    But all the practice is leading up to a bigger event in the future...
    William Garza
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