Symptoms: fatigue, with a modicum of feeling wired and drained at the same time; feelings that the week will be endlessly long; profuse diaphoresis from summer heat; muscular soreness from nerve root cyst and bulging lumbar discs; moderate thirst without compromised skin turgor or change in urinary output; did I say fatigue?
Symptom management: swim at creek with dogs; relaxing computer time, blogging and emailing; fruit smoothie for dinner (frozen banana, blueberry-pomegranate juice, soy milk, watermelon); 15-minute sunset bike ride; gin and tonic with organic lime juice while sitting on screened-in porch listening to crickets and locusts; looking at the face of my love; cool shower; 7 or 8 hours of sleep in air-conditioned room after gin and tonic settles nicely; toothbrushing mandatory, flossing is elective procedure.
Diagnosis: Monday Evening Nurse Syndrome; alteration in weekend relaxation.
Prognosis: good, as long as the swims, gin and tonics, and air-conditioned sleeps are adhered to as rx'd.
Treatment Goal: happy nurse, without burnout or compassion fatigue, ready for the world tomorrow.
Likelihood of successful treatment: high.
Likelihood of similar symptoms in future: also high.
Likelihood of ability to cope with said symptoms in future: unquestionably high.
Overall prognosis: positive, with proper maintenance and adherence to treatment.
Additional rx: gin and tonics, ad lib. Adhere to Prozac rx. Add ice cream or chocolate prn.