I am a nurse. But I am also much more than that, as most nurses are.
I’m a FNP– After spending nearly ten years as a RN in a trauma/surgery ICU I finally became a nurse practitioner and recently started a full time career in outpatient primary care. I’m still adjusting to being a new grad and trying to figure out how to navigate a complicated healthcare system but I’m really enjoying my new role as a provider.
I’m a patient– In 2009 I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a chronic autoimmune disease. I’ve had an arduous course over the past ten years wrought with ups and downs. Nothing about having a chronic illness is easy but I’m thankful for smart doctors, modern medicine and a supportive family. I do follow a mostly Paleo/gluten free diet so if you’re interested in Paleo/gluten free/UC/dietary changes etc, follow me on Instagram for photos of what we’re eating!
I’m a wife– In 2012 I married my husband Seth and we’ve been laughing, crying and high-fifing ever since. Many things in our marriage have been difficult so far- grad school, my disease, having two babies- but I can’t imagine one day without him. He’s also the funniest person I know and I become the funniest version of myself when I’m with him. We have an incredibly good time and I’m full-blown crazy about him. #teambridges
I’m a mom– In 2015 my daughter Evelyn was born and I’ve been soaking up all of her sweet smiles, funny preschooler jokes, and life-giving personality ever since. She recently named her stuffed dog “sophagus” and carries her Doc McStuffins stethoscope around with her wherever she goes. I think she definitely has a future in medicine. In 2018 I had Luke who is the sweetest, easiest baby known to man and I can’t get enough of his baby snuggles. They make every day sweeter than the last.
I’m a writer– About six years ago I got the idea to write a book and that idea has only recently taken shape in the form of a book about nursing. Four years ago I started a previous blog (Thirtyeightfive) and had enough success with that to believe that I could actually write something that people would like to read. I’m only recently coming back to the blogging world because I’m currently in the process of writing a loosely autobiographical novel of my life as an ICU nurse. Writing a book (a creative novel) has been the most difficult endeavor of my life but I’m committed to finishing it because the world needs to hear what it’s really like to be a nurse- every glorious day and every terrible day. Every heartbreaking moment and every triumphant one. We’ll see how long it actually takes me to finish but I’m confident that one day, I’ll have something to show for all my time, effort and the subjective loss of my sanity.
I’m a follower of Jesus– None of the above aspects of my life would make sense without this one. Without Jesus, without the view of his kingdom to shape my life, I would be lost. He’s everything to me.
I hope you understand a little bit more about me now. Thanks for visiting.