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  2. amoLucia

    Sunday August 18, 2019

    (((NSIME)))
  3. Ted

    Sunday August 18, 2019

    Good Morning! Tweety. . . Didn't I just "see" you on Facebook?!? L O L! Thanks for starting today's "Good Morning" thread. Good to read that you're catching up on much-deserved sleep. Hope today is a relaxing day for you, too. Hi Joe! You just sent your post moments before I hit my "send" button! L O L! Good to read that you had a productive day, yesterday. Looking forward to seeing photos of your cross-stitching project once completed. (Hopefully we can figure out how to share those photos here on AN!) Recently woke up. JUST finished drinking First Coffee. Gotta get ready for church soon. I want to get there early, today, to set up an additional lavalier microphone that I'm donating to the church. I was told that people are having difficulties hearing the Pastor(s). There are already two microphones that are used, one on the alter and one on the lectern. This 3rd lavalier microphone will be used solely for the Pastor (or person presiding over the church service). After church, I'm coming home and rest before going to see the musical that Amy is in. This 2:00 PM show is the last performance of this musical-comedy. Looking forward to seeing Amy perform on stage. She's really talented! Did additional editing to the dance video. I'm working on the "Camera 2" video files. "Camera 2" was used for close-ups. Gotta say that the "footage" looks really great! It's just that doing the simple color-corrections that needs to be done is very time-consuming. I'm only a hobbyist with this video-recording/video-editing thing. I'm sure that someone who does this stuff for a living is 10 times as fast as I am! L O L! I only do a few dance scenes at a time before I need to give my eyes (and back) a rest. Tonight, I think I'll take a break from video-editing and focus on composing another instrumental piece. THAT whole composing/sequencing process also takes a whole lot of time and creative thought. My goal was to do one composition a month. So far, I've done just three this year. These compositions are my Holiday Present to family and friends. I'll burn several dozen CDs to give as gifts. Well. . . got to get going to start the day! Cheers! Ted
  4. Joe NightingMale

    Sunday August 18, 2019

    Morning Tweety Productive day yesterday. Managed to dodge the periodic rains and got in a hike and lunch with dad. Got all of the cooking done. Made some more progress on cross stitch. Svengoolie was pretty good for a change. And I stayed up to watch Mr Spock being attacked by a jello mold Today have church and little else on the schedule. Likely won't be outside until the afternoon, lots of strong thunderstorms headed this way Gotta get hold of the cat sitter to see if she's free when I'm in Madison next month. Will be my first vacation at this new job
  5. Good Morning! Had a nice quiet Saturday, mostly catching up on sleep from working 3 12's in a row and staying late Friday. Managed to make it to the gym. Not much on the agenda today either. Hope everyone has a great day!
  6. Tweety

    Saturday August 17 2019

    Yes, BC, was sorry to read about your mom's recent health scare. Wishing her all the best.
  7. Joe NightingMale

    Saturday August 17 2019

    BC we'll keep your mom in mind and in prayer
  8. Ted

    Saturday August 17 2019

    Good Morning - Joe - Good to read that all is going well with your exercising and healthy eating. BCgradnurse - Certainly will hold your Mom and you in warm thoughts. (((Hugs))) Just woke up. Again. Was up for a good part of the night doing the video editing thing. Got lots done. Got lots more to do still. Went back to bed around 4:30 AM as I was falling asleep in front of the computer. Again. Got a bit of a headache, and I know why. Haven't hand First Coffee yet. So, there is an immediate Plan of Action after I'm done typing here. L O L! I have no real set plans for today except to do more video editing. IF the weather turns out being nice today, I might either do some mowing (whine!) or video-recording of pretty outdoor places (Yeah!!). It's supposed to be hot, humid with chances of rain, though. Again. Looking forward to tomorrow. After the church thing I'm FINALLY going to see Amy perform. Going with friends, as mentioned yesterday. It'll be the last performance of this particular show. As already mentioned, Amy is looking forward to having this particular chapter finished. (Yawn. . . ) Think I'll go get First Coffee. . . Hope all have a pleasant Saturday, today! Ted
  9. Joe NightingMale

    Saturday August 17 2019

    Morning Decent day at work. More changes to process, will likely mean more work but I can adapt. With jobs like this adapatability is the key, keeping flexible until processes become established. There's usually a good bit of turnover until that point is reached too. Exercised and did my meditation when I came home, also did the laundry since I had time Today the rain is holding off until later, so I'm headed out for a hike. Will also meet dad for lunch. Svengoolie has Village of the Damned which is supposed to be pretty good Have been trying to determine if my weight loss is plateauing, but hard to tell, it's been pretty variable the last few weeks. I've done better than expected, which is good
  10. Ted

    Friday August 16, 2019

    Good Morning. . . again! Good Morning, and Thank You, sirI! Hope you get a better night's sleep tonight. Good Morning Tweety (again) and Joe! Been up for a while. Just finished drinking 2nd coffee! Dang, it was delicious! Today (tonight) is my second night of seven off from work. Yesterday was primarily a day of rest and recuperation. Tuesday and Wednesday nights at work were unusually busy. It was as if someone said the "Q" word! L O L! Wednesday night was especially busy because I basically floated between the ICU and Med/Surg floor. The Med/Surg unit lost a couple of night nurses (again) leaving it somewhat "understaffed". (It's difficult for me to write "understaffed" because nurses working for larger hospitals would LOVE to experience the patient/nurse ratios frequently found in our teeny-tiny hospital!) But at least I didn't have a patient assignment with all of the associated charting. Basically, I was everybody's "bytch", answering call-bells, emptying urinals, drawing labs, starting IVs, taking patients to the CT scan and administrating IV contrast (well, just for one patient), turning & repositioning, ensuring the "bottoms" of incontinent stool were clean and well-protected with skin creams, etc., etc. (Don't worry! I washed my hands after the wiping! L O L! ) In other words, it was a typical work-night for most regularly-sized hospitals! L O L! Actually, I had a good night, and didn't mind doing lots of tasks. I wish the weather was nicer during my days off from work, though. I'd love to do some hiking or canoeing. But the weather forecast for the next several days calls for heat and humidity with intermittent thunder storms. Blech! So, it seems I'll be spending much of the time indoors. On the plus side, I should be able to FINALLY finish video-editing the 7PM dance recital. I still have several more hours of editing to go (ensuring proper audio levels, color levels, etc.) I do enjoy doing this video-editing thing, though. I'm able to allow the "obsessive" side of my personality to flourish with sweet abandon! L O L! Nothing much going on. The only real plan that I have is to go with friends this Sunday afternoon to the theater and see Amy perform in the musical-comedy that she's in. The show got pretty good reviews, given the strife the performers had to endure under the leadership of an ill-prepared and inexperienced Director. Amy, especially, got great reviews from the local newspapers. (She knows what needs to be done to have a musical-comedy actually be a musical-comedy! ) Afterwards, we're all going out for dinner. Should be fun! Well. . . gonna do some more video-editing. . . Hope all have a nice day today! Ted
  11. sirI

    Friday August 16, 2019

    Morning Tweety and Ted and Joe and everyone to come. Thread moved to the DD Club and other DD topic merged. I didn't sleep well at all. My feet felt like someone was touching me with an electrical prod. L O L! Have now overslept and had 2 sips of my java joe. Obviously I need more. Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday.
  12. Joe NightingMale

    Friday August 16, 2019

    Morning Another uneventul day at work Did the remainder of the grocery shopping, had time to exercise and work on cross stitch. Might stick with this split grocery shopping Shouldn't be too busy a day at work. Or after work, only errand I have it to return a library book Weather has been pretty good, has only rained when I was at work. Probably the same today. Hasn't been too hot either
  13. Ted

    Friday August 16, 2019

    Good Morning! Hi Tweety - It seems that you posted today's (Friday's) "Good Morning" thread in the U.S. Politics Forum. L O L! Curious, Tweety. Do you still have the "Administrative Tools" to move it back to the Daily Diary Forum? If not, hopefully a kind Moderator/Administrator can do the task. I'll come back later to today's Good Morning post. Ted
  14. G'day. What day is it? I can hardly keep up. I hate working three days in a row, but I did it to my self to get some extra money to offset the cost of my stove and SlowBros vet bills. It's always something straining my finances but glad to have the opportunity during the slower summer months to get some hours. I read recently the other big hospital in town is building a new 90 bed tower with all private rooms. I'm sure it will be beautiful and they'll strain the nursing supply in town and probably take a lot of our nurses as they've been known to do. Hope my employer responds with market pay raise adjustments. This was the hospital I was considering interviewing with and perhaps still will. The dreaded Thursday was pretty dreadful but the admissions were balanced on both units and a charge capable nurse handled one side and I handled the other and it seemed to go smoothly, especially since a nurse came in to help 11-7. Having proper staffing sure helps. Anyway, I hope everyone has a good day.
  15. herring_RN

    Thursday August 15, 2019

    No Stars: Although your situation is different I think contacting a hospice near you for advice can help a lot. I am so very glad for the help and advice we were blessed with in the last months of step-Mom's life. Growing up with her single dad, who was in the army, she had no racial prejudice problem. (Doubt she would have married him, or whether he would have chosen her with his multi racial family.) So far my experience with hospice over the years has been positive each and every time. Along with getting POA these links mey help your hubby: https://www.agingcare.com/Articles/Hospice-Care-for-Advanced-Dementia-When-Is-It-Time-200580.htm Reading glasses needed for this helpful site: http://directory.ahhcnc.org/
  16. herring_RN

    Thursday August 15, 2019

    You and your daughter are lovely! Beautiful smiles!
  17. herring_RN

    Thursday August 15, 2019

    Have a great time Dianah! Hope Tweety has a decent Thursday. I hope you feel better soon BCgradnurse. Joe: Glad your Wednesday was fine. I plan to go to the gym and then Trader Joe's. The gym is halfway to tTrader Joe''s. They have six paks of smooth yogurt my husband likes. We also need bananas, cantaloupe, and an onion.
  18. dianah

    Thursday August 15, 2019

    Tweety, hope today goes smoothly and defies the "Dreaded Thursday" label! BC, hang in there. At least you recognize the various triggers and know what to do to weather this bout. So sorry about your cat. Hugs. Joe, hope today goes smoothly as well. Sounds like J is doing OK here in CA. At least no earthquakes for him. Hello to all! I am stalling finishing breakfast, after paying bills. When I am done in here I will get dressed and finish packing, lug duffel bag to the RV, and we will leave to camp at the festival. Have a good day!
  19. Joe NightingMale

    Thursday August 15, 2019

    Morning Tweety. Hope this Thursday isn't too crazy My Wed was fine. Not a busy day after work either, just stopped at the library and did my usual exercise/medtiation/cross stitch. Having to improvise a bit on the last as the design isn't coming out exactly as it is on the diagram More grocery shopping after work today. We'll see how much time I save by splitting it over 2 days. Was warmer than expected yesterday but I managed to dodge the rain. Today should be cooler and drier
  20. Stars, I didn't mention my ex also had not only to get his primary care MD but a neurologist to declare him incompetent (maybe that's a Florida thing) and like I said, my ex had financial resources that you guys might not have. Anyway, maybe there's some help for that. I was surprised that I was in charge on my overtime shift. It went okay but manager sent me to a "medication safety committee" meeting for an hour and a half. That messed my day up. Today is the "dreaded Thursday" and I'm not looking forward to that. But manager found a nurse to come in 11-7 to help with post ops admissions. Saw my paycheck that's to be deposited tomorrow and it has last week's OT on it. Very happy. Have a great day.
  21. No Stars In My Eyes

    Wednesday August 14, 2019

    PS: Thanks Tweety, for the heads-up info. I appreciate it more than you know.
  22. No Stars In My Eyes

    Wednesday August 14, 2019

    TOO MUCH NANNIE Spent an hour and a half waiting to see Nannie's wrist doc. He said it's up to us whether or not he'd put the exos cast back on her. IF she keeps it on another 4 weeks (hahahahahahahaha!), it might do some good. Even two weeks would be better than nothing. The radius and ulna will remain off center regardless, he also said he saw little bone pieces in the latest xray, wasn't sure where they came from. I said it had to be the pressure she's exerted pushing and pulling HARD and determinedly to get the cast off. Hubby wanted it back on. The doc gave him one of the keys to be able to put it back on if she takes it off again. She started picking at it again after her grand and great-grand visited and left. I said, "There you go, trying to get it off again. You haven't even been home from the doctor 3 hours , where you promised the doctor you would not pick at it or try to remove it.and you are already determined to get it off. Do you know that if you get it off, (my hubby) has the key to put it right back on your wrist?" She left it alone for a while after that, but moaned and groaned and complained and whined. She won't give a cold pack a chance, nor heat, nor pillows. I said, "I'm going to tell you something that the doctor said, and in all truth you probably won't take his advice, but he said the brace is to keep the wrist immobile. Immobile means NOT MOVING or USING YOUR WRIST and HAND. You keep using it. You try to lift, push and pull at things with your fingers.You pull on your fingers and twist the cast. You lean on your knuckles. "Do you honestly think you are resting and elevating it? How can you think you're not going to have any pain from doing all that? It is YOUR decision to make it worse. I haven't got anything else to offer you for relief. Period." Yes, I realize dementia folks need it simple, but I HAADDDAA get it off my chest. "Well, *I* don't removing the cast...." This "I don't remember" is typical dementia, sure, but she pulls out this excuse so easily, like it makes a difference, regardless. And how can you tell? Because this was part of her personality, pre-dementia. "Hey, don't get mad at me if i"m trying to HELP you remember! I'm not being bossy; I don't "treat you like you're a dog." (I am much, MUCH nicer to dogs!) Hubby said she's mad she got caught; he told me the pattern of her arguments and he had every one of them on th money. Hubby out putting the trash barrels at the street; I had gone upstairs briefly. I mean briefly....because as I came down the third floor steps, I see HER on the third step coming up to the kitchen. I was nice, I asked if I could get something for her, so she wouldn't have to climb the stairs. She allowed as how she was just tired of sitting in the recliner and wanted to walk. (remember when we could barely get her to get up out of that same recliner?!) I reminded her that she was not supposed to use the stairs, especially after she's had her PM meds. She knew she was to never climb the stairs at any time of day, without someone there to help her. She tells other people that all the time, by way of disgust at our silliness. She waits til she thinks the coast is clear and in that SECOND she is on her feet and on the way...where-ever. Because, she often says with a smirk, "You know I'm way smarter than you think I am." --- Kind of blows the premise when she gets caught! Hubby says he's just going to let her do what she wants (within reason of course.) We have to get some high-up door-locks she can't reach. Unless she gets smarter than us again and pulls a chair over, to climb up on... ---------------------------------------------------------------- I had the bursitis shot this AM. Peachy-easy. Not sure of the results....the bursa is not hurting; I am sore from having the needle sticks, but all the so-called muscles, tendons, and flab of the upper arm and under arm. down to my impinged ulner whatever at the elbow, and the forearm, tendons and little bones on the back of my hand, down to the pinky finger. But, other than that..... Missing Pippy's funny little ways, how she used to trot up and down the stairs to check on everyone and what they were up to....she'd stop just outside the room and tilt her head with bright-eyed interest, "Whatcha doin?"
  23. nursej22

    Wednesday August 14, 2019

    Just a quick hello! Weather is nice, supposed to get to 80 tonight at the concert in the Seattle football stadium. Leaving work at 330, and hoping that is enough time to get there, park, and enter the stadium. My sister had POA for finances and healthcare for our dad, but she check with me about health stuff. It was easier for agencies to have on contact and her schedule was more flexible than mine. But dad was never as combative as Nannie seems to be. A gero-psych stay could help with meds. Oofta, (Norwegian for ugh), its time for another online meeting. bye
  24. herring_RN

    Wednesday August 14, 2019

    Good morning Tweety and Joe! Step-Mom had given my sister Durable Power of Attorney. I was #1 for healthcare and sister for finances. (And the other as alternate if one was not available) She signed those papers in early 2000, and her first fall was in 2014. She had a small CVA then. That was when I found out she had stopped going to the doctor in 2006! And her BP was WAY too high. I made copies of those papers and kept two with me at all times. With legal POA providers know who to ask. It made it easier for the five years she became more forgetful and depressed. We were so very thankful she had been specific when the wonderful physician who had had her come to the office whenever I thought she needed a doctor wanted to put in an NG tube and arrange for a gastrostomy tube. I had where she has specifically written and signed that she did not ever want a feeding tube. She was a smart, kind, bossy lady. I loved her because she loved my Dad. Happy Wednesday!
  25. Joe NightingMale

    Wednesday August 14, 2019

    Morning Tweety Uneventful day for me Experimenting with breaking grocery shopping into 2 trips, did half yesterday will do half Thursday. We'll see if this fits better into my schedule Got a voicemail from J, all is going well in CA so far Some rain yesterday and fairly warm. More rain expected today but cooler
  26. G'day! Stars, sorry that it's an ongoing issue, and no there isn't a magic pill and you can't snow her. Husband really needs to declare here incompetent and get legal power over everything. Next-of-kin status is one thing, legal power of attorney is another. It is a process. All Nannie has to do is put on that sweet face and say "now I'm not doing that" and legally the hospitals or facilities won't do anything. My ex went through that with his dad who wound up driving to Miami (hundreds of miles from home and he was lost) and it was a "come get him" kind of situation rather than admit for any kind of evaluation. He also was spending a lot of money for no good reason on stupid stuff and investments. He was then able to take his car, take over financing, and place him in an ALF (his dad had resources and made no promise to take care of his dad, it wasn't possible as he was working and an only child). If your doc is willing to declare her incompetent that's a good start. All the best. Overtime day for me. I thought maybe float team members might need placing and I would be called off, but no call, so I hope it's good staffing with me there extra. Yesterday was a good quiet day. It's our rainy reason still and true to nature, were getting some rain which is nice.
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