The glow that the sun gives right around the sunset, helps me realize this is just a journey…
<— ballin at chemo last Friday
As I write, Andy Grammer is performing live on the Today Show. I had this post titled with a line from a different song (a bit more of a depressing line), but hearing Andy singing has changed my mood, and in turn, changed the tone of this post. Music truly is my therapy.
It’s been a trying summer, 2 months since my last post. I use this space to vent about the shitty aspects of life with multiple chronic illnesses, but I don’t like to air dirty laundry in my personal life. I’ve talked about what’s been going on with very few people, but I guess it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. There’s been a lot of tears, many lonely nights, and I really needed to unplug from everything for awhile. If you’ve been waiting for a post, an email, a text from me, it’s coming. Eventually…
For now, I’m back, bitches. (I know I’ve said this before, but I hope it sticks!)
Today is August 1st so you know what that means- it’s the happiest month of the year
Yes, I’m about to turn 35 and I still celebrate for an entire month. No shame in my game.
In honor of the month marking my 35 years on this planet, I have something exciting to announce.
I WENT BACK TO WORK! That’s right, you read that correctly. But Marla, how can you care for patients when you’re so susceptible to catching every bug you come in contact with? After 4.5 years on disability, and thinking I’d never find a nursing job where I can take care of patients and not put myself at risk, the employment Gods looked down on me and granted my wish.
Two weeks ago I started back at CHOP as a Telephone Triage Nurse. Once I’m off orientation, I’ll be able to work from the comfort of my own home and field calls from patients and caregivers. You think that sounds easy? Try assessing a patient over the phone for a rash that you can’t see, or figuring out if a parent needs to rush his or her child to the ED by using your nursing judgement and listening to a few seconds of the kid’s breathing. All the while typing, and talking, assessing, researching, asking the right questions, and maintaining composure. It’s a bit intimidating, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. Plus, I get to do it from home, yet still interact with patients and familes. I’m so happy to get back to doing what I LOVE, and I’m stoked to be doing it at CHOP.
So so short, but I’m off to WORK!! Hehehehe, I love the way that sounds. More to come later this week.
Love you all <3