Friday, February 16, 2007

So much to do... So little time!

I have been working my arse off all week in my "new grad" position at my local hospital and I have to say that I am absolutely stuffed!!! I'm working on an orthopedic ward and every shift has been absolutely hectic. Today was shift 5 of 6 consecutive days, and it consisted of much chasing down of doctors to write / correct medicine orders, trying to get my non english speaking Armenian patient to do what needed to be done, and doing an emergency catheterisation on a poor lady who had nearly a litre of urine retained in her bladder. I'm very much looking forward to my three days off starting on Sunday!

So far I'm still alive and so are all my patients, which is probably a good sign, but for a psych nurse orthopedics at a hospital which is a major trauma centre is a massive crash course in the world of medical / surgical nursing. I have spent much time this week feeling overwhelmed and daunted by my position. This has made my resignation from the job (in light of my new employment in Vanuatu) somewhat easier, not because the ward has traumatised me in any way, but because it has highlighted for my where my skills and, more importantly, my passions lie. My final shift will be Friday 2nd March, so only 2 more weeks to go.

It is now beginning to hit home that the huge task of selling off all my furniture and packing everything up cannot be put off any longer. And while I know it is all only "stuff" I still can't help getting a bit sentimental about my grandparents chairs and my super comfy bed.

Has anyone else ever been in this situation? And is there any advice you can give me that might help me to part with all my useless rubbish?


At 7:36 pm, Blogger Mr. Althouse said...

Yes and no. I've been in situations where I lost much of what I owned, sometimes voluntarily and sometimes not. I pretty much had to accept that it is just "stuff." Even the sentimental stuff is just stuff. Even cherished possessions are just stuff. Is there a grieving process? Perhaps, but the end result is that life (which is not "stuff") goes on. I got over it and to any real extent, I don't miss it all that much.

The people in my life that are gone I still miss. They are not "stuff." I don't know if this helps or not, but there's my take.

Thanks for the visit.


At 7:49 pm, Blogger mar said...

Haven't been here in ages, that's why Michele sent me your way!! I am the wrong person to ask about getting rid of "stuff"... It's a major project I have at home to declutter...Good luck to you and have a great weekend!!

At 5:22 am, Blogger utenzi said...

I have been working my arse off

That's truly a shame, Yaeli, because I suspect it's going to be deeply missed. By me, if nobody else.

I've had two moves in which I had to jettison just about everything I had. I don't have any advice since it's a traumatic event. We bind a lot of emotions to stuff like the chairs you mention, Yaeli, and letting it go isn't easy. Good luck!

At 9:58 am, Blogger Tohou Lidia said...

Gosh...the only advice i have for you is think of Vanuatu!!! I'm not sure if you know this blog but it's a great one if your vila sick - - the guy uploads a new photo of Port Vila every day!

I think i actually know a guy in black sands - you probably know him! He's got one leg and used to wear a cowboy hat all the time. He's my friend's grandfather - we used to call him poppy blue because of his love for died hair but I think his real name is Harry. Gosh - your going to have so much fun!

At 9:09 pm, Anonymous Pat said...

My second try! Michele sent me. Just to say the smallest things that are mementoes of the family are worth hanging on to if possible. As people pass on they can be a comfort.
Please don't eat my comment again:)

At 7:57 am, Blogger Bob-kat said...

I'm no good at getting rid of stuff either I'm afraid. The only advice I can give is this:

Make 3 piles: One to get rid of, one to definitely keep and one for items you are not sure of. Be ruthless and just keep hold of those few items that mean so much.

Michele sent me.

At 8:03 am, Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Stopping in to say thanks for visiting West of Mars. I hope you'll come back for a de-stress session with Trevor and the gang.

As for getting rid of things that mean a lot, I can't help much. I'm a pack rat; if it blew my savings having that bed moved, I'd do it.

Best of luck!

At 8:04 am, Blogger A Army Of (Cl)One said...

When I was kid, my mom moved to Hawaii. She lived there for 5 years, before moving back the CA. We had spent summers with her and a quite a lot of stuff. I went over to help her pack and move. The cost of transporting the items made it easy to choose what would stay and what would go. $150 to move a great bookcase that cost $50, no brainer.

Also when I went off to college, my mom told me what I took was what I kept. Everything else would be sold or given away. When I got to school I could carry all my possessions. It was sad and liberating at the same time. It made me feel that I had been freed from my “stuff”. Over time I got new stuff.

Hi from Michele.

P.S. Very cool that you get to work in another part of the world and you get to be there with someone you love. I envy your upcoming adventure

At 8:55 pm, Anonymous leslie said...

That's a hard task you have ahead of you. I am not good at getting rid of things. Since it seems you "have" to get rid of stuff, just pare down to the essentials.

And everything else... you can take a picture of it and make a scrapbook about what it means to you and why. Then you'll always have a small version to take with you.
Thanks for stopping by!

At 8:59 pm, Blogger Catherine said...

I've never been in a position to have to get rid of things - though I have considered what I would want to rescue if the house burned down. The answer pretty much came down to family photos. I'm trying to scan all those, burn them to CD, and give copies to my siblings.
Michele sent me.

At 10:07 pm, Blogger PI said...

My husband is a great believer in cardboard boxes. If you find it difficult to decide on some objects put them in a c box and do it later when you feel fresher or so tired you'll chuck them out. It does work.

At 11:46 pm, Blogger sage said...

Yaeli, you need parents with an attic! I've moved back and forth and up and down across the USA many times--most of which I shipped a few boxes and took what I could carry in my car or truck (depending on the vehicle I had at the time). I have a couple of "speical boxes" of goodies that I protect with my life, generally things that say something about me at various times, the rest of my stuff is just that, stuff.

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