What Is It REALLY Like to Have Nurses in Your Home?
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So, what is it REALLY like to have nurses in your home?
It really is a double-edged sword. We love it and hate it all at the same time. You will need to become a boss. You tell them what to do. You make up a schedule for them to work. You interview people that may want to work with your child. You have to deal with different personalities the same way you would at any job. You have to keep track of a lot of paperwork. You have to have a system in place for medications, therapies, charting and other medical supplies. The nurses can help to give you ideas and direction since this can be overwhelming. You have to find a balance between family and nursing care. You have to know what you want, even though you may not really know what that is. We went from having no help to having 20 hours a day of help, and we had NO IDEA what we wanted or needed them to do.
There is going to be an adjustment period. Handing over the reins to a complete stranger is hard. You will feel guilt about doing it. You will not really know what to do with yourself and that little extra free time that you now have. You will want to watch over everything to make sure they are doing it the way you want them to. You will want to go to bed early, but feel weird about having someone in your house while you sleep. You may be inspired to FINALLY take care of yourself, just like everyone has been telling you to do. Whether that means going to work, getting a haircut, or just doing everyday things like grocery shopping; you can do that and not feel guilty about it. These people will be with you and your child for many hours every day, so you have to like them, too. These people are qualified and know what they are doing. You will have to show them some specific things about your child, but they do have a nursing degree and can handle whatever your child needs. You have to trust them.
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