Leslie Johnson

I have been a nurse for 26 years.  I did not really become interested in taking care of myself until after I had my second child.  This is when I decided to pick up running again.  When I was in the military, I ran because I was told to.  Now I was running for me.  As a working mom and wife, this was my time to myself and a way to release stress. 

As a nurse, I have been afforded the opportunity to work in a variety of settings. I currently work in a cardiothoracic intensive care unit.  Working at the bedside of critically ill patients has allowed me to witness first-hand the impact of not taking care of one’s self.  As a clinician, I have a direct impact on educating my patients about lifestyle changes to help assist them in their recovery after open heart surgery.

Unfortunately, within my family, diabetes and hypertension are common developments.  I too had developed pre-diabetes and allowed my weight to creep up despite what I thought were healthy behaviors on my part.  I realized that I was taking my health for granted and needed to make a change. In January of 2019, I decided that I needed to change my ideas of healthy behaviors while promoting a healthy lifestyle amongst my family and friends.  I started a monthly meetup where we exercise for one hour followed by a heart healthy lunch at my house.  I can now encourage a healthy lifestyle while strengthening family and friend ties. And I can also report that my pre-diabetes is resolving.

Leslie Johnson, MSN, RN is a clinical ICU nurse at Fairfax Hospital.

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Posted by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN on Sep 25, 2019 10:20 AM America/Chicago

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