We answer the question, "Can you be a nurse with bipolar disorder?"

 

What are you officially diagnosed with by a medical professional?

PTSD, Bipolar stage 2, Generalized Anxiety, Depression, ADD, OCD, Tinnitus.

What medicines are you on to treat your conditions?

Right now I take Vyvanse 60mg, Klonopin 0.5-1mg PRN {as needed}. I use supplements such as valerian root and melatonin for sleep and anxiety, and take a probiotic and multivitamin plus an iron supplement since my anemia comes and goes.

What do you do to manage your conditions?

I also like yoga, to go on walks, I love nature, bird watching, trails, deep breathing exercises, meditation.

I try distraction exercises (even just listening to music or closing my eyes and picturing my son, the wonderful future ahead, or focusing on my breathing) and physical activity and changes in my diet. I cut out sodas. I drink plenty of water. I watch my portions and keep my metabolism going.

I stay checking on my blood work yearly and see my therapist as needed. My doctor is every 3 months for a checkup and refill. My blood sugar stays perfect (70-110 is normal range and mine is around high 80s usually) my BP stays 120-124/74-78.

My heart rate stays high though. High 80s if relaxing. But anxiety can have it in the 120s easily. I just focus on my breathing and let myself know this moment will pass.

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What is one of your hobbies?

{I love} horseback riding. Definitely {it} is my getaway. My dream is to own my own horses. It's how me and my dad connected when I was a kid, and he passed when I was 8. We were very close.

He also struggled with mental illness, and alcoholism. I plan on defeating this. This cycle. I plan to be the first of his children with a degree and no drug problem. I plan on being the best mom, wife, person, and nurse possible.

What inspired you to become a nurse?

What inspired me was...well I've wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl. I was a tomboy but I loved sports and nursing.

My grandmother raised me since I was 6 and she was a nurse over 30 years. She passed away two weeks before my 20th birthday in 2012 and it's still hard without her here.. but I know she'd be proud and she's with me every step of the way.

If I can be half the woman, wife, mother, and nurse she was...well I have nothing to worry about!

I have such a passion for helping the sick. I love connecting with others and making them smile during a difficult time. I love to hold a hand or give a warm hug when needed.

I love educating them and answering the confusing terms the doctors come and throw at them. I wull become a nurse because I get back by giving.

It's not always good. It's bad some days at clinicals. I see death, I see tears, I see eyes of defeat. I know I can't cure the world, but I can make a difference.

Even if it's just to one patient a week, that's enough for me. The world deserves good nurses. I plan on being just that. A damn good nurse.

Speaking of which what type of nurse do you want to be when you graduate?

I am graduating as a Practical Nurse July 27th 2018 from a very difficult and fast paced 10 month program.

I was in the RN Associate's program, but withdrew last year end of March (1 month before my first year was complete) due to me having an allergic reaction to a new medication Latuda. I then dropped out and went to the PN program.

I plan on working for a year or two then continue my education to eventually get my Associate's then Bachelor's as a Registered Nurse. My goal is to be a CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse).

What was your favorite moment in clinical?

There was so many. But one was in the ICU. A patient was crying, I walked in. She told me how she almost went into a hypoglycemic coma. She told me how her husband was older as well and how they were moving. They had no help. I overheard her praying beforehand, so I asked to pray with her. I held her hand with a cross I carry and prayed.

I then educated her on her diet, her snacking, checking her blood sugar, using her insulin, buying a magnifier to attach to her insulin syringes since she mentioned she has trouble reading them, I brought up home health, how to take frequent breaks, and how to measure out her carbs. How to recognize hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.

And I also took time to do deep breathing exercises. I made her cry as she hugged me.

She was smiling an hour later and was bragging on her grandkids. Showing me pictures. Told me thank you and how blessed the world was to have me as a nurse someday.

It was a heartwarming moment. There were plenty others though.

I also helped bring a patient back while he was coding. I helped connect EKG nodes, monitored him, stayed close to him, reported changes, reoriented him once he came back, and held his hand while he cried. He was an older man who just lost his wife last year. He never spoke about her until he spoke to me. Said I was a great listener. I cleaned the blood off of him.

Told him he looked tough in a joking manner. And helped text his brother in law. He was cold. I noticed a shiver. I went and brought him a warm blanket. He was so appreciative. But it warmed my heart being there for him.

So many stories. I love the hospital setting and being there for others.

Due to HIPAA- I can only share so much without giving away identity, so hoping that all helps.

Those are some incredibly heartwarming stories! I love it! Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself working as a RN in the ICU department, building our dream home if it's not done by then, with at least 3 kids. I have one child already, he's 8. I'm marrying his daddy (my high school sweetheart) May 25th. We've been together since Feb 1, 2008.

Oh my gosh that’s wonderful!! Congratulations! Do you want to give any advice to people who have your same conditions?

Only advice I can give is to never let a diagnosis define you. We are all capable of amazing things and we all deserve to be happy.

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