Today has been a reminder of why it is so important to take care of yourself. If you saw my week last week, I was on placement between at least 9am - 5pm (or 9-12 on Wednesday as is standard) but I did an on-call shift on Friday too so technically, that was a solid twelve hour day. No biggie - I've done twelve hour days as a waitress before but I usually get two rest days at some point when that happens. But no, I decided to spend this weekend studying. I'd fallen behind a little in my own schedule I've made for this academic year. This weekend, I used up two full gel pens (I usually go through one a week) so that gives you an indication of how much work I did.
Furthermore, it's been an emotional week: Monday was sad - a patient I clerked poured her heart out to me and it almost broke my own heart; Thursday was sad and angry - another patient's wife started crying when talking to me (her husband had had a severe stroke) and then a scheduled teaching session didn't happen. And Friday's on-call was emotional seeing worried people and their families in Accident and Emergency. I used to think I was quite a strong person emotionally but I'm beginning to doubt this now.
Anyway, the point of this blog post is that I need to take care of myself a bit better. Last week was emotional but also jam-packed where I was going non-stop. I should've taken a breather at the weekend but instead, I've ended up ill today with sickness and severe abdominal cramps which signals a flare-up of a previously diagnosed condition I have.
If I were to write in my own patient notes for today, my 'plan' would be as follows:
1. Spend the day in pyjamas and rest.
2. Stay hydrated and eat regularly and well.
3. Books are your best friend.
4. Journal - pour everything out re: the previous week.
5. An early night is essential.
At least my pyjamas are cosy and cute, eh?
Let this be a reminder to us all that we must all take good care of ourselves. After all, there is only one of us and we must realise our own limits of what we can and can't do. And also how much we can and can't do. Agree or disagree?