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#1 KarenL

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 06:29 AM

Hi all,

I just got accepted to nursing school! I passed my entrance exams in the 93rd percentile! (pardon the brag) :)

Anyway, the test site was in the school and it was freezing--to me. I already had on a camisole layer, turtle neck and sweater and I didn't take my coat off! Of course my hand warmers were there etc.

Any suggestions for keeping warm in a classroom? It seems everyone is cutting back this year on heating bills. I'm thinking I have to give in a find a couple of really cute hats. Has anyone found that keeping a hat on helps a lot? Also, I think there's a no hat policy, what about getting a doctors note for special considerations? The no hat thing is because it's in a shared space with teenagers and you're not allowed to look like a gang member!

Thanks, and wish me luck I start in January!
Karen

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 07:02 AM

Congratulations on getting into nursing school, Karen -- that is very exciting!

Hats do help a lot, especially a warm knit cap. Or even a warm scarf, that you could wrap over your head (and thus it wouldn't be an official "hat' so you might get away without a doctor's order.) But also talk to the school administration to see what else could be done to accommodate your health issues.

Who knows what all that might entail, whether they would keep the classrooms warmer, or let you sit far away from drafts or closer to the heat source, or even have a space heater available. Regardless, plan on wearing thermal gear of every sort and carry lots of charcoal hand warmers.
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 07:11 AM

Karen,
A HUGE Congratulations on getting accepting into nursing school! We are so proud of you!

I can't add anything to what you are already doing or to Shelley's suggestions on keeping warm in a cold environment. I do most of those things myself and, in most cases, it works, but there are those places that just want it COLD! :angry: I love the suggestion with the scarf and then putting it on your head. I'll have to work that one in since I wear scarves all the time!

Good look in your newest endeavor!

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 09:53 AM

Hi Karen ,

Congratulations!!! If I wasn't so old, I would be doing that to. I dropped out of my medical field and went to work as a school para.....less stress and a lot more fun.

Best of luck to you,
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 11:56 AM

Hi Karen
Just wanted to Congratulate you on getting in to nursing school and good luck with your studies.
Best Wishes
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 12:54 PM

Thanks everyone, I am very excited. I am dreaming that my wonderful Rheumatologist, the ever popular and oh so smart Dr. Shapiro will hire me to work in his office! LOL, it's a dream, but hey it could happen. Then I will have all the love and support for all the scleros who come to him and I can have a support group and be oh-s-knowledgeable! Anyway, it COULD happen right?! :P

There are just so many possibilities and it's a recession proof. Hubby and I want to travel to a warmer place once the 'baby' graduates high school so nursing is also movable.

Oh and Margaret, I'd be interested in how old is "too old". I'm not so young myself, but in my head I am. I know this will be a huge challenge, but for now I seem to have the correct meds and schedule that I live with and keep my symptoms relatively quiet. For me, learning and keeping busy are essential to my health and especially my self image. I will buy a hat and lots of scarves!
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 02:16 PM

Congratulations Karen, that is terrific news, you have every right to brag!! Just a thought, are you keeping your feet warm too (warmers?) even though you have sweaters and a coat? Might be me...but when my feet are cold, so it seems, is the rest of me....
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 02:34 PM

Congrats!!! Sounds interesting too. I'd get yourself some Uggs...the kind of funny looking brown ones. Nothing has kept my feet so cozy.

Tootaloo.
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 03:50 PM

Getting into nursing school is wonderful it is a career far more than a job and is very rewarding. My wife and I have been nurses for 20 years and it has so many different avenues you can enjoy. Travel nursing is a good adventure when you have the experience in the area you specialize in. My wife got round the cold issue in Gi nursing by wearing layers to work and making the air conditioning tolerable in the unit she worked. The other staff understood her needs and wanted to help as much as possible. Sharon has cotton glove liners you can wear under the latex gloves.
Good luck to you with your great adventure in Nursing.

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 06:22 PM

Nice job getting accepted! :) As for staying warm... They make clothing for athletes from a double sided fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin and circulates body heat. The material and design is made so that you stay warm. They make long sleeved shirts and leggings that look nice under your clothes and keep you warm. They also make socks, gloves and many other articles of clothing. My dad swears by it when he goes hunting in the winter, and my sister, who has juvenile arthritis, uses the gloves and really likes them. I hope this helps.. it's definitely something to look into. If you want the brand name, send me a PM.


Good luck with everything! :)
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 11:26 PM

Terrific news, Karen. I think you will make a super nurse - I would hire you. :)
Warm wishes,
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Posted 05 December 2008 - 05:51 AM

That is wonderful news, Karen :rolleyes: !

More great ideas offered from so many, here....good deal!

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 06:18 AM

Excellent news Karen I am very pleased for you. Enjoy the training. I would do what Clementine says and get a pair of lovely warm sheepskin boots because they really do keep your feet & legs warm, I must be greedy because I have a pair I wear in the house and a pair for outdoors with a heavier sole unit.

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 09:14 AM

Thanks so much everyone, you have firmed up my resolve. I was almost afraid to tell you guys because I was afraid you might say I can't do it. My family is very dubious, not my hubby and kids, but my mom and sisters. They all seem to think I'm a delicate flower that might explode at any given moment wanting me to go on disability.

I know myself, and I feel better when I'm out and about with people, not at home fretting over my 'condition'. I know it's going to be a challenge and some days downright hard, but I kow I can just like the little engine that could. My doctor is all for it too so...
Thanks again, you guys are like family in some ways!
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Posted 05 December 2008 - 09:47 AM

I'll be here in Kokomo cheering you on Karen. You know what you're capable of and I'm sure you'll do fine. Just don't push too hard. I was asked to handle advertizing and some financial data input for my church after the 1st of the year and I'm really looking forward to it. It will keep my mind occupied and I'll be interacting with people. I'm getting bored just talking to the cats. Thankfully, the haven't talked back though! :lol:

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 07:47 PM

Karen,

Congrats on getting into nursing school. It is a wonderful profession and I know you will do well with it. The profession needs a boost from every side and as many people as it can recruit that has a heart and you certainly do. The age of the average nurse is now 55 I know some have scleroderma or some other terrible autoimmune illness so you can do it!! Some of us are still working at a late age and love every minute of it. I have been working Hospice for some time now. Can't think of any other profession I would rather be in.

With gentle thoughts,

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 07:52 AM

Wow! Congratulations! The nursing profession is lucky to get you! To have someone who can empathize with people who come in who are sick is a rare quality. You will be great and will be so comforting to the people you see. I wish you such good luck! You can do it!!!

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 02:59 PM

Congratulations!!!!! Such wonderful news. I'm sure you will be able to do it, you're a very strong, determined person. How nice to have someone in the medical field with first hand knowledge. Maybe you can teach the rest of the class and the teacher a few things!!!

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 05:09 PM

Dear, dear Karen,...you rock on, girlfriend!
If your immediate family feels youcan do it, theywould know as well as youdo...you go Girl!

Youhave my support...you'll knowif it becomes too muchfor you!

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 02:41 PM

Cait, welcome to our Sclero forums. When you feel comfortable with our group tell us a bit about yourself and what disease's you are dealing with at the moment. I am sure you will learn many things from our members.
Strength and Warmth,
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