Hello, Monday! Hello Spring! (3/20/2017)

  1. Good Morning! It's the First Day of Spring!

    The weather forecast calls for a warmer, sunny day, today, with temperatures reaching mid-40s in this part of the world. Overall, this makes for a nice first day of spring.

    Just finished reading all of yesterday's Good Morning posts. Thoughts I'd respond to them here. . .

    Joe - Never saw the staged production of "Alice in Wonderland". Saw it on television, though. Seems like you had a nice trip with J. Glad you both enjoyed your nephew's play-version of "Alice in Wonderland".

    Lel Nel - Seems like you enjoy reading. If it weren't for words, sentences and paragraphs, I'd enjoy reading too! LOL! My wife LOVES to read. Me?!? Not so much, unfortunately. I also hold a casual interest in history, so the book about John Adams sounds interesting.

    Steph - Sad to read about the break-up between your son and his girlfriend. I would HOPE that you would still be able to visit your grandson, and that you remain an important part of his life. Hopefully that won't change!

    dianah - Good to read that your plans for the Ren Faire are in place. Also, nice to read about your group's plans to perform at the Temecula Bluegrass Festival in April. What fun plans to have for this years!

    herring_RN - It's nice to read about you and your sisters helping out your step-mom as she prepares her return to her apartment. I'm sure that there is a fair amount of work to ensure that "fall prevention" is in order. As you know, "fall prevention" can take a lot of thought, planning, and implementation. (My father's apartment is set up to be as "fall prevention" as possible. Still, there's no guarantee that he WON'T fall, as he has proven a few months ago.) I wish your step-mom well as she continues on with plans to return to her apartment.

    Tweety - Thoroughly enjoy the (many) photos that you've shared on Facebook, and look forward to the ones you share here! Glad that you're enjoying your vacation in Greece!

    NSIME - It's so sad to read about your husband's hospitalization with DKA. How frightening! Managing diabetes is one hell of a life-style change, for sure! Still, he needs to take care of himself, especially if he wants to live a long and relatively healthy life, which can be done with well-managed diabetes! And you're right when you say that you're not his nurse. You're his wife. I wish you both well during this crazy and frightening time. (((Hugs)))


    nursej22 - Seems like you have some nice yard work to do as the season of spring presents itself.

    BCgradnurse - It's nice to read about your involvement with your synagogue, and your current project with next weekend's "mitzvah". (I learned a new term, "mitzvah", "good works".) Seems like a whole lot of wonderful and caring projects are underway!

    Wow. . . It's 6:22 AM already. I started this thread about an hour ago. LOL! The play, "Skin Deep" that Amy was in was wonderful and funny! The four actors played their roles brilliantly! (Amy looked stunning as she played out her character!) It's not often that I go see a play. Usually I see musical productions. "Skin Deep" was a very heart-warming and funny play, and a pleasure to watch. Our after-play dinner out was wonderful, too! The food was delicious! I had an Italian dish with lobster (forgot the name of it, but it had pasta and lots of other Italian ingredients).

    I'm working tonight, then I'm off for the next three nights. It's gonna be a busy week, though. Tomorrow, the nurses vote on the contract that the union and management settled on. I'll be helping out with the information-sharing and voting process. Wednesday, I'm going to visit Dad. Thursday? Don't know what I'm doing on that day, yet.

    In the meanwhile. . . Happy First Day of Spring!

    Ted
    Last edit by Ted on Mar 20
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Joe NightingMale
    Stars hope your DH is discharged today

    Morning Ted

    Quiet day yesterday didn't do much. Went for a hike in the morning, went out to eat, ran some errands, watched a friend do a live stream online, that was about it. Day went by fairly quick despite not having done much

    Today it's back to work. We have someone out, thankfully just for 1 day, hopefully it won't lead to massive amounts of work

    Redoing my diet a bit, want to go more low carb. I'm getting tired of all of the sweets and such I've been having too much of lately. Not sure I want to go back to the South Beach diet but we'll see

    Nothing else unusual going on today. Will exercise. Might do some online CEUs tonight if I have time, if not then this weekend
  4. by   BCgradnurse
    Happy Spring!!

    I'm hoping that there's a lot of melting today. I want to see green, not white! I'm off to work in a bit. I need to consult with the docs. I have a pedi patient that is pretty much allergic to life and I want their input on how to best treat her. It's interesting for me, but not so much for her.

    Hope all have a good Monday!
  5. by   Farawyn
    Hi all.

    Steph, I'm so sorry. I just read.

    I hope she allows visits. It will be for the good of the kid, too, who surely is attached to you and your son. My heart is breaking for you.
    It's Monday. It is. I keep hoping that will change.

    The Big Kid went back to college yesterday, and me and The Kid have bad colds.
    Go Tat Heels!

    Love to you all.
  6. by   Lil Nel
    Happy, Happy Spring!

    It was suppose to be 60 degrees today in central Kentucky, so I had them take the sheet off of the horse, and, of course, it is 43 degrees an pouring rain! He is probably cold and pissed off at me. I am pissed off at me. Never trust the weather forecasters.

    Busy day today - haircut at 11a then a break and then individual lashes applied at 3p (first time I do it). Horse gets his feet done at 6p. Back to work tomorrow.

    Stars - hope your husband is discharged from hospital today and ready to grocery shopping.

    Farawyn - did you mean Tar Heels? Even though Kentucky is basketball crazy, I'm not into it. I think the Cats beat Kansas over the weekend, but who knows?

    Spidey mom - I hope you are feeling slightly better about the changing circumstances.

    BC- Hope you see more green than white!

    Hope everybody has a good day and stays safe.

    Time to drink coffee.
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Good cloudy morning. Happy first day of Spring!

    My oldest son's birthday (34) is tomorrow. The year he was born, the first day of Spring was on March 21. It fluctuates but it is nice to have the memory of a new baby and Springtime. Especially in Reno, where he was born, where it was snowing!

    I'm off call. But have to go in and do timecards.

    I want to respond to Ted and Far:

    Quote from Farawyn

    Steph, I'm so sorry. I just read.

    I hope she allows visits. It will be for the good of the kid, too, who surely is attached to you and your son. My heart is breaking for you.
    It's Monday. It is. I keep hoping that will change.

    (Adding Ted's comment here as well) Steph - Sad to read about the break-up between your son and his girlfriend. I would HOPE that you would still be able to visit your grandson, and that you remain an important part of his life. Hopefully that won't change!
    We are trying to make the right decision here. She is rebuffing all responses from my son to go to counseling and try to fix their issues. (After all, this was a living together situation and not a promise, like marriage). Honestly, this is the oddest breakup I've ever seen. If you had to design a couple who fit together so well, you'd have designed this couple. She loves to hunt, fish, camp, ski, hike and so does my son. They were a busy couple doing all kinds of outdoor activities that included the 4 year old. And my son was so good to the little guy. They fit right into our family as well.

    My son has talked at length with us and thinks it would not be a good idea to stay in the little guy's life. His own bio-dad has basically abandoned him and sees him only a couple of times a year. He bonded to my son as a daddy-figure and now has lost that as well. To stay in his life when there will most likely be another man in the future seems too confusing to a four year old and he thinks a bit selfish on his part. He wants to do what is right for this little guy, as much as it tears at his heart. He closed the little guy's bedroom door the day they left and hasn't opened it since. Too painful.

    And as the Lobo's song said, "I loved you too much to ever start liking you. So let's just let the story kinda end. I loved you too much to ever start liking you. So don't expect me to be your friend". I think this is where my son's head is right now. I don't think there is any going back to just being "friends" when you've been more than that.

    I'm thinking we may have to do the same thing. Bow out. This isn't done with any anger on our part honestly. It is trying to do what is right. We haven't broached the subject with her yet.

    Thanks.

    (Edited to add - my advice to my son is not to jump into a relationship so fast next time. Especially when there is a kid who gets put into the middle and can be hurt as well. I told her the same thing).
  8. by   Farawyn
    My heart is still breaking for you. All of you.
  9. by   herring_RN
    Good day Ted: I'm glad you enjoyed Amy's play! Our Step-Mom is alone in her apartment and doesn't want a caretaker. She doesn't need one. She certainly wouldn't want one of us there and we have out own lives. She will be practicing turning and quickly sitting on the seat of her rollator walker if there at the first inkling of dizziness or loss of balance. The physical therapist thinks that is all she needs before discharge Wednesday. She has really soft carpet in her apartment, except for the kitchen and bathroom. We got her a shower chair a couple years ago.

    Feel better Farawyn.

    Hi Joe! I know you will choose the best diet for yourself. It's a lifelong challenge for some of us.

    Lil Nel: I'm not a big sports fan. I worked with HUGE Lakers fans for decades. They are a bit sad nowadays, but talk about every change in management or player. Remembering the long stretches of winning makes them happy.

    Every two years I enjoy Olympic games on TV. Love swimming, track and field, and gymnastics. But just barely notice professional sports.

    Steph: You are a strong woman. I know it's hard. I cared for one kid from age 19 months to age three. She had some orthopedic problems and for a time had a cast. She was raised by a single Dad. He got a job offer in New York and moved. I really missed her. Her Dad and I both cried, as she did too the last time he came to pick her up. That was 1973.
    He sent me her school pictures, graduation, and his and her wedding pictures.
    Every year I send her birthday and Christmas cards. I am so grateful for his kindness to me.
    Last Christmas he wrote on the card that she sang the same songs to her son that I sang with the kids. And now she is a Grandma singing them to two grandchildren!

    Once a group of about 30 kids up to age six actually learned "Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia" changing lyrics to "cotton picking time in "California" (instead of Mississippi) to Some could yodel quite well. Some parents played guitar. I strummed my autoharp. That day kids, parents, and babysitters were singing at the playground with just a chain link fence between the kids and the boardwalk.
    An audience had formed at the fence and applauded the kids!
  10. by   Tweety
    G'day

    Last day in Greece. Entire flight itinerary has changed due to Air France on strike. Going through Germany now. Always something but worked it out. Many happy memories.

    Read every thing and wishing folks all the best
  11. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Well, the Hospitalist didn't want to discharge hubby today. Some electrolytes out of whack and his blood sugar, after getting down to 152 and receiving a shot of insulin, but eating only half of his lunch...358.

    Tomorrow the nurse will work w/ hubs on the new routine, will have him learning and demonstrating checking blood sugar, drawing up insulin, injecting himself, the importance of maintaining a log, yada,yada,yada, including Intro to Sliding Scale 101.

    Anyway, tomorrow's another day. See ya!
  12. by   herring_RN
    Quote from No Stars In My Eyes
    Well, the Hospitalist didn't want to discharge hubby today. Some electrolytes out of whack and his blood sugar, after getting down to 152 and receiving a shot of insulin, but eating only half of his lunch...358.

    Tomorrow the nurse will work w/ hubs on the new routine, will have him learning and demonstrating checking blood sugar, drawing up insulin, injecting himself, the importance of maintaining a log, yada,yada,yada, including Intro to Sliding Scale 101.

    Anyway, tomorrow's another day. See ya!
    Best to have his as stable and educated as possible before sending him home.
    It will take a lot, and most will be up to him.
    I know yu know that already.
    Bless you No Stars!

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