Advice Needed - Please!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I've been away for a bit due to a scheduled ankle fusion and an unplanned gall bladder removal surgery. I'm finally getting back to normal after a long summer and need to get refocused on that "healthy lifestyle" we are all working so hard for. Any encouragement or tricks for getting back focused on success would be much appreciated; however, that is not the advice that I need.
I have been in school every year since 2001 working on getting a degree in the medical profession. It has been my dream since I was 12 and my heart and soul are in it. Well, life happened, so did a mental breakdown and several medical issues. Anyways, I have it worked out to start a new nursing school September 1st. I have done almost all the pre/co-requisites you can do for nursing except 2 classes, so all that is left are 4 sequential VERY mentally and physically challenging nursing courses. Here it is August 10 and classes start in less than 3 weeks and clinicals on October 1st. I have a lot of pain and physical issues with my back (spinal fusion), left knee (torn ACL and repaired medial meniscus) and bilateral ankle coalitions and arthritis (with the right one just fused in June). (You can see the pix on my profile if you want) BTW - I'm 26.
Here is the question: Should I postpone starting the nursing classes until next fall?
I won't know if the fusion helped my right ankle for another few months and if it is mildly successful I will need to do my left ankle sooner rather than later. This nursing program is NOT designed for me to go and withdraw if I can't make it, but I may be able to postpone it a year. So, right now, I don't know where I stand with pain and have a lot of odds stacked against me. However, if I wait, it adds another year of me being in school (which I'm close to burned out on already) and there is no guarantee of the success of my surgeries. Although... if I really work on SP, it would help no matter what to drop the other 70 or so pounds I need to shed.
Please, please, please, if you have ANY thoughts on this I would love the input. I just don't know what to do, it's very important to me and I need to make this decision ASAP.
Thank you for your help!!! And I've missed y'all while I've been away