Saturday January 4th, 2014

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    Good Morning to you all,

    Woke up early this morning coughing a lung up, crud is back with a vengeance, thought I was over this but oh no coughed more yesterday and had to keep a mask on when near patients. No fever but I did not want to be close to my patients so felt happier in a mask.

    Came home last night where we put on a pot of chilli and have slow cooked that all night, sure does smell good this morning and I am sure it will taste yummy.

    Work was crazy yesterday, did not stop running, on my lunch break I ran and did the grocery shopping so we do not have to go out today. Well apart from picking up some dog food we are good to go.

    My dogs were happy they were inside yesterday came home during the day and let them out but they were so happy to run back inside and get in their lovely warm beds.

    Next week is going to be brutal and I shall repeat the same with the dogs staying inside, too cold for them even out in their kennels with the wind. The little guy has short fur and he would not be happy out in that mess.

    Came home and managed to get my house work taken care of, did the washing and made up a fresh bed. Slept fairly well until my chest hurt and the coughing started so took some meds.

    Sipping on a nice hot cuppa and plan to rest home today.

    Hope you are all doing well this frigid day. If you have to go out please do take care and keep warm.

    Stephanie I read those articles about the Redding Homicide how sad for that lovely looking lady to have her life snatched away like that.

    Much love to you all.
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    Good morning. Sabby I think your coughing woke me up early. Do take care of yourself and rest. Lots of hot tea. Might even want to add a shot of medicinal whiskey/brandy. I was just reading how to clean out your sinuses. I'll post it on fb. Most of it is the common eat horseradish and onions with a bit of a twist.

    It is downright cold here. 8* currently. I don't know how much wind chill. Too much, says the woman who used to be able to dress for -50*. I still can dress to keep warm but really have no desire to have to do so.

    Of course I will have to try to watch the Eagles game tonight, 8 pm. They are the "local" team. They are not my favorites and by the end of the season I am tired of hearing about them on local TV. But they still are local so I will cheer for them.

    For any of you who remember Tweety. He let me know they were so cold in St. Petersburg, FL that they had to cancel an outdoor event. It was to get down to 45*. I doubt if anyone down there even owns long pants.

    Well, enough weather chit chat. Time for hot coffee and mix up a batch of cookies.
    Have a great day. Stay warm.
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    Good Morning -

    Sabby_NC - Hope you're feeling better. Coughing up lungs ain't no fun. I'm sure you know the routine, but just in case: drink lots of fluids and get some rest. Our two canine-family members ain't too happy with the cold weather, too. When they go outside, they do their "duty" then scamper back inside. Usually they'll scamper outside for long periods of time and dig holes or attempt to hunt down little field mice.

    aknottedyarn - I didn't know that you follow football. I don't even know who are in the play-offs! LOL! Regarding the weather, it was MINUS 13 DEGREES outside last night! I haven't seen that low of temp in a long time! Currently, it's minus 7 degrees. Our furnace is working just fine, thankfully. The home is comfortably warm between 68 and 70 degrees. Neither Amy or myself have any travel plans for today. It's "Stay in Our Comfy Home Day" today.

    Last night at work I floated down to the ER. It was NOT QUIET! (I'm going to do some serious frowning to anyone who said the word "quiet" yesterday! UGH!) Of course, they put me in the cardiac room of the ER. Thankfully, no one was seriously ill last night. But there was one patient who needed and deserved a fair amount of attention as she seems to be preparing herself to leave an unsafe situation at home. To be painfully honest, such cases are not my strong point. She did not need to be hospitalized, but neither should she go home where she feels unsafe. Needless to say, I made sure that she had safe travel and safe accommodations before she left the ER. She is already seeking necessary support, thank goodness. But she was quite anxious with regards to her home situation. Hopefully she'll follow through with her plans to leave that situation.

    Around 12:30 AM, we finally cleared out our entire (teeny-tiny) ER. At that time, there was no patients in our teeny-tiny ICU. So, I was able to go home early on an "On Call" basis. Didn't get called back in, of course. What's nice about coming home early is that I can get a few hours sleep during the rest of the night and not "waste" my time sleeping during my day (night) off. I'm off for the next three nights which is always a happy thing. Amy is off from work as well. Life is good.

    No real big plans for today. If/when it warms up outside I will shovel the pathways around our home. Otherwise, I'll be hanging inside. Will probably work on some music and attempt to finish a couple of compositional projects that i started. These projects are going rather slow as usual. We'll see. . .

    Hope all who travel here have a safe, warm and pleasant day. Warmest regards to all.

    Ted
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    Sabby I hope you feel better.

    AKY it's going to be really cold here too, down to -15 on Monday.

    Ted in my present job I've seen situations like that where you just hope they make the right decisions

    Is there some new auto-spelling feature here? When I typed "Sabby" it came out as "Shabby", and "AKY" as "SKY"

    Didn't do much yesterday, was too tired and called in sick. Which was the right call, I felt better by the afternoon. And too be honest I probably needed a few days off, just been too much stress the last few weeks.

    Wonder if that explains the strange dream last night: I was taking classes to complete my high school diploma, and there was a test coming up that I hadn't studied for but was fairly confident I'd pass. I began to wake up and question if this was a dream, but it was fairly hard to convince myself. Once I did I woke up.

    Not much going on today. Got the grocery shopping done yesterday. Going to see dad today. Might look at getting a new TV, but I spent so much the last few weeks I might wait on that.
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    Joe, I recall those times when -15 was a warming trend. I really don't miss that. BTW, if you do call me SKY, I promise not to be offended. Calling Sabby Shabby is a bit different. Actually I knew someone named Sky.

    Ted, I used to follow football much more closely. I have found I really can't enjoy the game if I am watching it alone. Getting excited about a good play means I disturb my dog's nap. She naps more than most cats, she is a whippet. Reading fb funnies does the same thing. If I laugh she has to come running. Most of the humor is difficult to explain to a dog. I can't sing either, disturbs the dog.
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    Pearly Dog slept with me last night. She is 1/2 Whippet. When I turned over she just repositioned herself, licked my fingers, and went back to sleep.
    Dukie dog was on the floor where DH could reach down and pet him.

    It is warm here compared to the mid west and east, but we do have ice on our cars in the morning.

    They are running around in the yard.
    Last edit by herring_RN on Jan 4
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    Morning all - there's a local family (former hippy's)who named their son "Sky". Both parents teachers in our local district.

    Got the following message a bit ago from my brother about my mom. "Good morning, I'm waiting for phone calls so I'm texting you real quick. Mom has been increasingly violent over the last three or four weeks. Thursday night she became extreme, beating other patients, staff and ultimately threw a chair through a window. She's physically ok but they had to call an ambulance to help restrain and calm her. She was taken to ***** Hospital yesterday. Last night about 2 a.m. they had to move her to ***** Hospital where she is being evaluated. ***** Hospital won't take her back, she has become more than they can handle. We are trying to find a place for her now, hopefully closer. Not much luck yet, no facility so far that will accept her insurance has room. She is still very combative and violent this morning. They've done multiple tests and can't find anything physically wrong with her. They just can't get her calm, she can't communicate anything either."

    I mentioned pain causing agitation and he wrote "She was doing well. I was hopeful she had mellowed enough that our local hospital would accept her back, then this happens. They tried giving her meds for pain but it made no difference. They said she's been very active and not showing any signs of pain, she's been very physical with the staff, kicking and throwing things. The also check for UTI and found none. It escalated the last 3 or 4 weeks. I've been getting calls every day and night, all hours, reporting another incident. They had her one-on-one care and still couldn't prevent her from attacking."

    So . . .. here we go again. Every time I've visited her, she has been doing so well. What facility, with her history, will say "sure, bring her on in"?

    If you pray, keep her in mind. She is "with-it" enough to realize some things. It has to be awful for her.

    Thanks.
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    Spidey's mom, So sorry to read about your mom. It is possible that the disease has really hit the amygdala and that is causing the violence. I would have gone for UTI,also. Have they changed care givers? Is it in any way possible that she was abused by a care giver? Or had paranoid delusion that she was? I know we had one pt. who was able to speak, a bit. She let me know that one male care giver was sexually abusing her. We were able to determine that not to be true. It was paranoid delusionary system.

    Have her B/Ps changed. Thinking brain injury over time. Could she be having frontal lobe seizures? Agitated depression?

    Sometimes once people are dx'ed as having DAT, no one looks for reasons for changes. They try to medicate them away.

    It has to be so hard to be far away and be the nurse in the family so they think telling you magically means things can be fixed.

    Many hugs.
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    Quote from aknottedyarn
    Spidey's mom, So sorry to read about your mom. It is possible that the disease has really hit the amygdala and that is causing the violence. I would have gone for UTI,also. Have they changed care givers? Is it in any way possible that she was abused by a care giver? Or had paranoid delusion that she was? I know we had one pt. who was able to speak, a bit. She let me know that one male care giver was sexually abusing her. We were able to determine that not to be true. It was paranoid delusionary system.

    Have her B/Ps changed. Thinking brain injury over time. Could she be having frontal lobe seizures? Agitated depression?

    Sometimes once people are dx'ed as having DAT, no one looks for reasons for changes. They try to medicate them away.

    It has to be so hard to be far away and be the nurse in the family so they think telling you magically means things can be fixed.

    Many hugs.
    Thanks - the brain is such a mystery.

    She was violent when first admitted to the dementia unit about 1.5 years ago - so bad they had to have one-on-one with her then and looked for a place more suitable for her which they found 6 hours away. It took awhile (and taking her off most meds) but she ended up acclimating well.

    I thought about the abuse thing too but she has zero short-term memory. She'll be facing me, know I'm there, turn around to walk down the hall and then be surprised when she turns and sees me again. I don't think it would be staff though - it might be other patients. She's a big flirt with the other male patients. I have a lot of faith in the staff there and have bonded with them. Of course, no one can really tell. sigh . . .

    She was not happy about being placed in what she calls "the looney bin" when it first happened.

    I don't know . . .
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    Steph:

    I think you know I am praying for you, your mother, and family.
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