Saturday, May 21, 2011

All packed up

Everything is packed and ready to go, got one suitcase dedicated just to my tube feeding stuff (lots and lots of formula :-)).

I am so excited to be going on vacation tomorrow. I love being at the airport, seeing and experiencing the bustling activity, checking in, walking through the duty free area and getting on the plane for a new adventure.

I am looking forward to smelling the salty air, feeling the ocean breeze on my face, enjoying the sunny weather, spending lots and lots of quality time with M, sleeping in every day, seeing friends, and simply "be".

Friday, May 20, 2011

My last day

Today was my last day at work - I have finished my first 6-month internship!

Of course I am sad. I enjoyed working there, I got along with my colleagues really well, I was well integrated into the team. And my boss told me that he has never had an intern like me before... and I know he really meant it.

I am glad that M and I are off to Portugal Sunday morning for a vacation, gives me time to relax and have some sort of a break before starting my second internship June 1st.

This is me as a psychologist :-)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Who can top that?

This is it. I am sick again.

Yes. Don't ask me how I managed to do that, but this is my third cold in six weeks. Always three weeks apart on a Thursday I noticed the first cold symptoms that would eventually develop to a full-blown sinusitis over the next few days. Last time I had an ear infection as well.

I have only felt well for maybe two days in between, so this has been really draining me. The timing couldn't have been worse, as I am in class all day tomorrow and am set to leave for Berlin Sunday morning.

Went to see my family physician today, and she concluded that I needed some antibiotics after all if I can't get over it and keep getting re-infected. I am hoping for no side effects, especially since I will be travelling. And hopefully the antibiotic will kick in soon - preferably I wouldn't want to get worse - at the moment it is still tolerable with pain meds and cold meds on board.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wanted to write an update tonight, having pump and tube problems, and needed to vent.

But it is 9 PM over here already, and I am still trying to get to bed earlier, so off I go.... - will update tomorrow!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Learning how to manage my time

In order to be able to function I need at least 8 hours, better though 9 hours, sleep at night. With working 40h/week, being responsible for our household, working with my rehab patient after work once a week and all the other things that need to be tended to, I have been cutting back on my sleep. Fridays I only work until 2 PM and that's usually the hardest day for me with being very tired and day-dreaming of a good nap all morning. Once I am home I always end up sleeping for 2-3 hours on Friday afternoons trying to relieve my fatigue.

I sat down yesterday evening, making myself a plan on how to better manage my time, get more sleep in, be able to do things that are good for me (like working out or going for a run). It all comes down to spending less time on the internet.... - the computer and the internet are always "time thieves".

I have a nice weekend ahead of me, need to do some cleaning and grocery shopping, but will also treat myself to a new tube feeding waistpack. Tonight I will be going to a concert (latin jazz - one of my friends is playing) and tomorrow we have been invited to a picnic :-).

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I am listening

I always try to spend enough time with my patients to get their history and a feeling for their situation when they get referred to me for neuropsych testing. It's not always that easy when we have lots of referrals from our two wards and maybe outpatients as well. But today we had a slow morning, and I was really able to take my time while talking to my patient, an 81-year-old man, admitted for dizzyness. He told me about his very difficult relationship with his ex-wife, and he kept asking me "Can I really tell you all of that?" And I kept saying "Yes, of course, that's what I am there for."
He seemed so relieved that I was really listening to him.
Being able to pay attention to his needs and give him what a needed - a good listener and objective opinion - made my day!

Monday, May 2, 2011

I could write an ode on runny noses

Actually, it almost makes me laugh. Just because that's so me :-).
I am finally getting over my last cold and then grass pollen season started in Vienna today. And my nose is running and dripping all over again. So picture me today - my white coat stuffed with clean and used tissues, constantly - even with patients - having to blow my nose or otherwise I would have - sorry for the graphics - dripped everywhere. Obviously, after five weeks of some relieve due to the depot steroid injection I received at the beginning of April, I am officially in a full-blown allergy flare-up again. Time to bring out the nasal steroid spray again and stuff all my pockets and bags with tissues.

Only three more weeks and we will be off to Portugal - a week at the ocean will be wonderful for my allergies and my nose!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

On the mend

I am finally starting to feel a bit better. That really was one heck of a cold/sinusitis/bronchitis... My husband has been really good this year with not catching the bugs I brought home, but this was one he could not escape. So now he is sniffing and coughing and cuddling up with the cats on the couch, while I am well enough again to run the household. Did lots of cleaning and tidying up yesterday morning and finished off the evening with some ironing (not one of my favourite activities).

I still get sweaty and flushed really easily which means that my autonomic nervous system is still in overdrive, but at least I can walk again without getting out of breath.

I will be getting my blood levels (including a vitamin status) checked in a couple of weeks, and then I will most likely have to start with a multivitamin. I am getting all the necessary vitamins through my formula, but because my tube is positioned deeply in the jejunum I might not be able absorb them as well. On top of it I tend to absorb vitamins badly anyway, even when taken orally.

With being so sick with sinus stuff my appetite for "real food" was non-existant in the past few days. I usually munch on a couple crackers during the day, but my stomach always felt full from lots of post-nasal drip...


I am looking forward to a new week. Hopefully by the end of it I will be well enough to go running and work out again. M and I joined a gym a few weeks ago to add some muscle mass to my very skinny arms, but with being sick all the time, I have not been able to get into a routine yet.