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  2. No Stars In My Eyes

    Monday April 19th 2021

    Yo peeples... it is already 2 PM. I got up at 10 AM, brought Nannie her breakfast and pills, got 1/2 cup of coffee for me, and went back upstairs to take my AM meds. Decided I would stretch out until the meds kicked in, and fell back to sleep. Finally woke up at 1 PM so I guess I needed the extra shut-eye. It's very nice outside ... 73 and sunny. Also pretty dusty, as hubby is mowing the lawn and the breezes are blowing stuff around. Nannie has been fretting about whether or not she should go out and walk while he is mowing...back yard or front yard? What should she do? Should she wait? She didn't know where it would be best to walk. I said, "Just go out and walk, he won't run you over! " So she did. Whew! Thank goodness! Joe, glad you enjoyed your short trip up to Wisc. and back. You sound like I used to be, I'd go lots of places by myself (by preference) and walk around; in Nashville there were 3-4 parks where I wandered by myself all the time. Did the same when I lived in WNC. However, there aren't many parks here where I feel comfortable about walking by myself. Times have changed, and there are so many crimes taking place that I have lost my nerve about being out and away and alone. I could, I suppose, find a 'walking club' but that takes away the peace and quiet and contemplative time if other people are around. And the parks here are more or less kind of city parks as opposed to woodsy areas. Oh well! Tweety, the tedium of long, difficult shifts surely is wearing. Wish I had the ability to make changes that would finally BENEFIT you, instead of grinding you down. Just because you are a good nurse and a conscientious worker, you really shouldn't have to brace yourself and put your head down and plow through caca every single day! I guess you already know that, huh? Except for the last facility I worked at, I usually enjoyed working; it was work and it wasn't always easy, but back in the Team Nursing Days, I think there were more cooperative co-workers willing to help lighten the load of someone who got behind. It was the old-fashioned nursing situations; and Team Nursing meant you didn't have to do EVERYTHING on your own, because you had your assignment and we generally paired with someone who worked at the same rate and in the same way as we did. And having Ward clerks and secretaries, and CHARGE NURSES DID NOT HAVE PATIENT ASSIGNMENTS!!! 'Those were the days, my friend!' Heck, if it got crazy, the Supervisors would help out for a while! Other than Ted doing the helping out where he works, I haven't heard anyone here say much about receiving assistance from supervisors. BCg, I would not care at all to go to Hawaii or any other beachy places (well, except Good Harbor Beach in off-season) I spent so many weekends at the beach in my youth...alllll day....that I do not care for them much at all anymore. It quite bores me to sit on the sand in the sun. It really does not feel relaxing to me. Now, in Tenn, and WNC, I would walk in the woods, and I loved to find a place to sit and observe how the birds and little critters would reappear as I sat silently. Now THAT was relaxing to me! j22, I have had two big panic attacks in my life and they both were really, REALLY horrible. Once I thought I was having a heart attack while sitting in my car, parked in front of a deli; that time I called out to a passerby to please call me an ambulance. The other time I got so restless, and could not stop crying and puking. And it was nothing but nerves, but that's not very comforting mid-attack! I called a friend, who called my future hubby and told him to get over to my apartment. And we weren't even dating then! I guess I scared him to death, too, as he told me later that he spent the whole hour and 1/2 that he was at my apartment trying to decide if it was time to call 911. Glad THAT'S in the past!!! I'm not sure if the girl across the street has any health insurance, so I don't know how she is dealing with it, or even what sets it off. Not much going on today for me. Hubby has a hair appt. at 3:30 PM. Nannie has done 3 of her walks where she goes up and down the driveway about 8 or 9 times at each outing. I'd like to just go up to my room and piddle around. It seems I am never very neat or tidy anymore, as there is always something that keeps me from attending to MYSELF. Gotta do something about that!!! Good thoughts and wishes for and to you all.
  3. Tweety

    Monday April 19th 2021

    Good morning! Joe, I'm glad that you had a good trip. Enjoy your day off. Ted, so exciting to get a new dog! Can't wait to see the pics. BC, understandable about having to change plans, especially if there are covid restrictions. I've canceled to mini vacations. I'm not making any plans right now. We are orienting quite a few new staff right now, but hardly matters because they are only replacing people that left and we're still short. One has already said she's going to probably quit over the 6:1 ratio. If I can't handle it, new grads are going to be a mess with it. Stars, that was nice of your neighbor. J22, that's a lot of vaccines! Dianah, sounds like a productive and relaxing day both. The new grad I'm orienting showed up unexpectedly yesterday. She is very green because covid canceled in person clinical. She can only handle one patient and needs everything explained to her. She was in a car wreck the week prior and hurt her back and she mentioned her back hurting multiple times and how she couldn't do anything because of her back pain. In my comments on her last two weekly evaluations I mentioned how unfair it was to her to have two preceptors (they gave her a part-time worker and myself) and also the preceptor being the charge nurse and having 6:1 ratio was unfair to her as well. I also had my student with me. A coworker said "you will have a good day with all that help". She jinxed me. I had three patients go to the OR and return, a patient's BP tank to the 60's, on and on. Didn't get lunch until 3pm and left at 9pm. While I was catching up on charting after shift change I heard a "Code Noel" being called on my unit which is an obstetric emergency. One of our patients there delivered a preemie in her room at 25 weeks. A girl. We are the high risk maternal OB hospital, so there were plenty of doctors and nurses that did everything and baby was sent to NICU and mom to postpartum. Baby came out pink and crying but apparently had issues. I stayed on the periphery, answering phones and being the go fer. Off today. I'm good at shaking off bad shifts and I lately I'm not too contemplative about wondering if I should quit or find a better position but not sure how many more bad shifts I can take and keep my mental health and physical health intact. I do appreciate everyone listening.
  4. Joe NightingMale

    Monday April 19th 2021

    Tweety hope your next shift proves better Ted glad you did not get called in NJ22 I can see how partipating in vaccinations can be fulfilling Stars perhaps it's better that the goat saga is over BC I think a lot of us are reconsidering our vacation plans Hi Dianah Got back home in the early afternoon yesterday. Was a fairly good trip if slightly dull Spent most of the time outside. Did a little birdwatching, went to the univeristy's arboretum, and went to see if I could find any cranes (once again no luck). Only went indoors to get food for take out. Madison does have quite the variety of restaurants and coffeehouses Was good to get away, it does help give perspective. Though this trip didn't feel as special as some of my previous visits. Perhaps its' the pandemic, or perhaps I've got there too often. Guess we'll see if next year if I'm still interested in going Came home and did the cooking for the week, then rested the rest of the day Have today off, so going to go to the arboretum here later. Though rain may delay those plans. Dont' really have much esle planned
  5. No Stars In My Eyes

    Sunday April 18, 2021

    Argh! BCg, I raked my mind to remember who I was forgetting to mention at the end of my post, and I KNEW that I knew, but my synapses weren't cooperating at that moment, hence, the omission. Update of the girl across the street: she has a history of panic attacks, and I reckon this one was scary to the others just as much as it was to her. Hope she can get some help for that! Looked up Woodles. Soooo adorable!!! It said they a very active, so I'm sure it will enjoy the power walks and hikes, Ted. It also said they are very headstrong!!! Uh-Oh! Better get some good training in obedience!
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  7. nursej22

    Sunday April 18, 2021

    Imma sitting in my car for a lunch break at the vaccine clinic. I’m assigned to draw up doses, and nursing students are administering. They did 900 doses yesterday and are hoping for the same today. It’s such a beautiful day to work, but it is gratifying to be a part of. Ted, that is a nutty schedule but I suppose it’s because you are so versatile. Oof, tweety, you have had more than your share of bad karma. yup spring and allergy season here. I depend on daily Claritin and Vancinase nose spray to keep my symptoms in check. Dh was going to take his mom on a drive past the tulip fields south of here. Lunch is over, but hopefully I can leave a little early because we have been very efficient at drawing doses, and we don’t want to draw too many.
  8. No Stars In My Eyes

    Sunday April 18, 2021

    A Woodle is a What + a Poodle mix.... I will have to look it up after I post here. No more goat news, sorry! I guess I could go down in back of the neighbor's house to take a look at them, but I'd want to do so when almost nobody is at home over there. / Last night there was an ambulance and the full array of First Responder and Fire Trucks over there. We thought that it certainly must be the old (well he's MY age but looks WAY older) fat guy who needed the ambulance. But it was the youngest step-grandson's girlfriend. She fainted and when she came to, her heart was 'fluttering' at a really rapid rate. Don't know how that all came about OR how it turned out, but I figure that over the course of a day or two, hubby will get the low-down from someone over there. The neighbors beside us came over and weeded out the front of the shrub and flower bed and planted a whole bunch of pansies of various sizes and colors. Now, it USED TO BE a spot where Ozzie took his first morning pee; he doesn't understand why I carry or tug him past there, because he thinks it is THE perfect place to go... Anyway they said they had over-purchased a bunch of flats and had nowhere to plant the extras. I told hubby it's kinda nice having younger neighbors doing things for us. Of course, we still feel like we are the 'younger' folks, but, nope, we can THINK that in our minds, but our bodies tell a different story. I gotta say I am still kind of pissed off that I am not strong enough, nor is it wise for me, to move furniture! Dammit! ( and a big "OOOOH WELL!") To everything there is a season and a reason. Ratz! Phooey! Nannie's sleeping and sleeping and sleeping in her recliner right now. Nice to have such peace and quiet down here in the den. I know her brain condition limits her abilities to converse, but repetitive, inane comments about the weather and how the yard looks are sooooooo tedious. And when the TV is on, we get a running commentary of how people LOOK. The one that makes me roll my eyes and smh is when she says about certain ballplayers with long hair..."If he knew how that looked, he wouldn't wear it that way." (!!!!!!) Uh, sure, the guy lives in himself 24/7/365 and he's NOT AWARE of how his hair looks? And should he, mid-game, hop down to the locker room and have it shaved off or styled differently? And it affects his playing of the game HOW? YIKES! Oh Tweety, it makes me stompin', snortin' MAD about how your employer wrings you dry all the time! Do they ever get on you about having to stay overtime every shift to get any charting done? They did get on me about that at my last facility job. I still think the other nurses knew some short-cuts about how to get around doing certain things, because inevitably while I was trying to finish med passing in time to do narc counts and turn the medcart over to the next shift, the other nurses had already completed EVERYTHING and were sitting at the nurse's station w/ their purses, ready to jump and run after giving a brief report. I smelled a rat, but I never could find out where it was. Ppfffttt! Joe....what is a vacation? Hope to find out myself, one of these daze/days. Have a good time! In m retirement I have become what I never was in my working days...a household drudge. Excuse me while I go switch laundry loads... Egads. Nannie just woke up to watch me fold clothes. I told her I was going to start charging her 50 cents a load to watch me pre-treat, and 50 cents per load to watch me fold. She says she has never seen anyone pre-treat and fold laundry like I do, and where did I learn how? My gosh! I have done laundry for so many of my private duty cases, and each person has their own preference for how things are folded, so I guess I just picked and chose what I preferred from all of those experiences. Good Grief! Ted, we have Spring in full bloom here. In another month, if not sooner, it will be like summertime. GAH. 80's and 90's and humid. It can get to feeling pretty smothering along about August. Let's not think about that though. I am thankful that two months after we moved here, Nannie had to have a brand new heating/cooling system put in, so we can survive the suffocating heat. Whew! dianah, amoLu, herring, j22, Joe, Tweety, Ted, and All the Rest (here on Gilligan's Island) please have a good day and an even better week.
  9. No Stars In My Eyes

    TV - the good, bad and ugly

    Gosh, I haven't seen LeVar Burton in YEEEEEARRRRZZZZ! But I think that he would do just fine as Jeopardy host.
  10. dianah

    Sunday April 18, 2021

    Ted, I had to google Woodle. So cute! And apparently one of the calmer breeds of dog (though, of course, you will have to make it through puppy stage!). Congrats on the new addition! After you get him/her, you will wonder what you ever did without the critter! 🙂 Tweety, you can only do what you can do, in 12 + hr. You sound very knowledgeable and conscientious and capable. Sorry the assignments are so much. I know you consistently work short, and a lot can happen while you are there. Hope you can unwind and move on. Dh says it is already quite warm out (10am our time). Forecast is for 85 degrees. Today I plan to get the car washed, go to the fabric store, pay bills, change sheets -- the usual. Haven't been out since last week, when we went to Oak Glen. It seems like longer. Have a good day!
  11. GrumpyRN

    TV - the good, bad and ugly

    I saw something on, I think, Trevor Noah's show (or it could have been Seth Meyer) that LeVar Burton should be the next host.
  12. Good morning! Stars, hope you get the hearing aids you need. Joe, enjoy your vacation! J22 congrats on the 10 K! That's quite an accomplishment! BC, enjoy the gardening! Naked garden day is coming up. Just saying. 🙂 Hi Amo! Glad the mask is helping. I have bad shift change karma. Got an admission, another patient infiltrated her IV, and another decided to have a panic attack during bedside report and his blood pressure shot up to 180/110. My charting sucked and I while I did the admission data base just now remembered I didn't chart her head to toe. Oh well. Some days I go home and pray "please don't let this be the chart a lawyer or Joint Commission looks at". Have a great day!
  13. No Stars In My Eyes

    Saturday April 17, 2021

    Hello... I am currently watching the Braves get Whomp-zoopied by the Cubs. ELEVEN to NOTHING! It's the top of the sixth inning and the Braves have the bases loaded, so Cubs pulled their pitcher out and is sending a new pitcher in. This is a d'sgusting game 'so far'. Oh! At least the Braves are on the board now with their first run in. But, then they got their 3rd out. GADS it is hard to watch when they are not even close to making their score go up. yech. Sounds like everybody is going through some kind of difficulty these last few days. I have nothing exciting going on here. I go to have my ears tested next Thursday; I have a Care Credit card I can use for part of it, OR, can use one of the hearing place's options for payment. I will be getting TWO hearing aids and have specified that I can NOT get the kind that fits behind the ears ... my ears aren't "tall" enough to hold a hearing aid, a masks ear-bands, AND my eyeglasses. I don't care if a hearing aid SHOWS, I just want ones that will stay IN! It will be exciting to be able to hear clearly without cupping my right ear with my hand. Hubby says he'll get me an old-fashioned Ear Horn, and I said if I had one, I surely would be using it right now! The neighbors had trouble with their water well. The first guy who came to look at it said their pump was burned out and it would cost them around $2,000 or something equally outrageous. They had a different company come over and look at it ... turns out that all it was, was a blown fuse, and very easy and cheap to take care of. I HATE unscrupulous people like that first guy. Makes it hard to trust anybody! Well the score is now 13-1 ... three more innings to get 13 guys in at home to win. Yuh. Uh-huh. I'm outta here for now. Praying we ALL can get a grip and hang on until things get better for us. Which I pray will be SOON! j22, there are so many times when I am posting, and I click on 'submit' and see you got here just before me!
  14. No Stars In My Eyes

    TV - the good, bad and ugly

    I think Anderson Cooper would be a good host for Jeopardy.
  15. Joe NightingMale

    Saturday April 17, 2021

    Tweety that does sound like a difficult shift, here's hoping today is better Hi Dianah and NJ22 Ted glad you have a week off after that crazy schedule BC hope your BIL is released soon Amo always good to find a doctor that does house calls. Work was stressful yesterday. Started OK, but then had to help our corwoker with her post discharge calls. Then I got some more people who need to be outreached before the end of the month. And we're going to get getting some new members any day. Was feeling overwhelmed for a while. The day ended well, I think I can get all the work done without things getting too bad. After work exercised and relaxed. Had some chamomile tea, which helped. Might start doing that more regularly. Talked to J, his BIL has been discharged home but hospice is only coming once a week, which seems inadequate given the care he needs. I suggested they seek an order for home heatlh and contact ACS for additional resources Today I go to Madison. Mostly packed, will get coffee then leave shortly afterwards. Will be on the cool side but sunny. Will spend most of my time there outside. Planning to get takeout but might have to eat inside if my room isn't ready in time. It'll be my first vacation in more than a year
  16. Good Morning! Joe, glad you felt better and the vaccine had minimal effect. Sorry to read about J's BIL. Dianah, hope you had a good day. Ted, glad you had a good day as Shift Director. It's nice to have a string of days off to look forward to. BC, bummer about the G-tube getting dislodged. Should be simple to get it back in but what a pain. Glad the other BIL got a job. Things are looking up economically for people but the ever present Covid is making it hard. J22, good luck with the 10 K today! Amo, it's fun to get packages from Amazon. Seems like I get several a week. Florida is not one of the many states seeing a rise in covid, but we have over 7,000 cases yesterday. My county has a good percentage of people vaccinated at about 36% but not enough for herd immunity. Republican lead Florida is on the verge of passing an anti-protesting bill. I'm disgusted that the fundamental most American right of them all...the Right to Protest...is in jeopardy. There were protests here last night in response to police shootings and this anti-protest bill. Good. Work was stressful but I worked with the nurse's orientee that I replaced and she did a lot on her own. I had one patient that just would not stop pooping, this despite the fact he has an ileus that I put an NG in. He pulled out his IV, on and on and on was so high maintenance. I had another witchy patient which I'm refusing to take back today and asked a coworker to take her. She is just nasty from the second I arrived. She got furious when I told her 99.7 wasn't a fever and I was doing nothing about it. "I'm a nurse and I know that's a fever, call the doctor". Me: "No I'm not, we need to track where it's going, and if you are a nurse, you know that surgery causes an inflammatory reaction and the temperature is not static during this time and that is not a fever." An hour later she was 98.2 and shut up. I can understand not knowing 99.7 isn't a fever if you're a lay person, and even if you're a nurse, there is no need to be rude. I believe in universal healthcare and she is young and has no insurance other than the county and the good taxpayers are paying for everything and not that she should kiss our butt, but she can be a bit more thankful for the free care she's getting and be nice. As I was leaving she was ranting about not getting a dinner tray. A reasonable rant but she was off the chain. I tried to get her food, but had to turn it over to the Shift Director to deal with because the kitchen was closed. But to me that's Karma biting her butt for being mean. LOL Today there's only two nurses on so it's 6:1 ratio...again. End of rant. Have a great day.
  17. amoLucia

    First word that comes to mind.....

    Anybody catch the news snippet the other day where Shaq picked up the bill for a groom to be who was trying to pick out an engagement ring for his sweetie??? Shaq was also in the store shopping when he saw the other guy - just went and paid for the ring!!! Showed the clip also where the girlfriend found out as she rec'd the ring. Heard that Shaq has been generous for multiple things. Resuming the post - word = snack attack
  18. amoLucia

    TV - the good, bad and ugly

    Heard that TV news commentator Anderson Cooper will be sub-hosting on Jeopardy next week. Maybe ... That current sports guy wasn't right.
  19. amoLucia

    Friday April 16, 2021

    Had cardiology routine follow-up visit yesterday. Didn't expect any problems. Expect that I am becoming one of those pts that are just borderline CHF. If my wt goes up a couple pounds, I can feel it. I become huffy-puffy and my legs puff too. I'm like just right on the cusp. No med changes and RTOV in 6 months. Found a new podiatrist that makes home visits. He'll be out next week. So disappointed that my last podiatrist just left me hanging. Not even the courtesy of an explanatory phone call. The office staff was always polite - "Dr will call you back for his home-visit schedule". If the travel was too much for him, at least a phone call would have been professional. Will be repeating CT scan post radiology and then tele-visit with radiologist for next chapter of care. Will be having first visit with new onc-gyn next month. Need to get back on board with a pulmonologist with sleep apnea care. Got a reference from cardiology. I need an all-inclusive one-stop shopping visit provider. SUPER BUMMER needing to get back on track with all the services that have been on the back burner for a while.
  20. amoLucia

    What's to eat?

    Sounds great to me. Crazy weather makes something warm quite appealing.
  21. No Stars In My Eyes

    What's to eat?

    Beef stew in the crock-pot, but minus several of the ingredients I traditionally like to use, like fresh celery, fresh carrots, bay-leaf. I had to use canned carrots, canned green beans, but did have real potatoes to peel, and stew-beef. Anyway....it will be a hot meal and fill the hunger-hole. All ya gotta do is put it together, and wait a few hours.
  22. nursej22

    Friday April 16, 2021

    Good Morning, No snow here, in fact it is supposed to get up to 75. A meteor shower, The Lyrids, is supposed to start tonight, and for once the skies will be clear enough to see. We typically get 2 nice weeks of weather in April, and then it will be cool and rainy until July 5. I am going to run a 10K tomorrow, and I plan to start early before its too warm and the park is crowded. CPR training has certainly evolved, hasn't it? I think I first took it back in 1975 or 76, from a very cute Seattle firefighter. The manikins were quite crude by today's standards, and you would demonstrate breaths by putting your mouth directly on the manikin. Of course, you would use an alcohol swab to clean first, lol. I can still remember the mnemonic from NCLEX review for ACLS--shock, shock, shock, everybody shock. little shock, big shock. Joe, I bet you are having a vaccine reaction. Mine kicked in on the second day for both shots. But it only lasted a day. Ugh, I have to call giant lab company to see if I can straighten out a patient's bill from last July. I thought this was done in February, but apparently not. Wish me luck.
  23. BCgradnurse

    Friday April 16, 2021

    Good morning- It's snowing here , too. At first it was just wet, now it's sticking to the ground. Blech is right, Ted. I'm glad I'm working at home today. BIL is back in the hospital. His feeding tube somehow became dislodged. He can't catch a break. On the good news front, my other sister's DH just got a job after being out of work for 2 years. She is still out of work, but this takes some pressure off. Tweety-I hope the next 3 days go well for you. Joe-Sorry to hear about J's BIL. I hope he's not in any pain. Ted-You are going to earn those 7 days off! Enjoy 2nd coffee! Dianah-Have a great day at work! Hi to J22, Stars, Amo, Baloney, the goats, the dogs, and anyone else who wanders by. Stay warm and dry!
  24. dianah

    Friday April 16, 2021

    Hello all, and Happy Friday! When I last renewed my ACLS/BLS, it seems our hospital is adopting the newest version: take an online test then once you've passed it, work on the manikin, which is a quite new version that prompts and coaches you. THEN, once you pass, you come back once a quarter for a refresher on the manikin. It makes sense to keep skills current, but I had to shake my head and say (to myself), "really??" 😄 And I'm off to work. Have a good day!
  25. Joe NightingMale

    Friday April 16, 2021

    Morning Tweety BC it is good that his cancer is treatable. I hope your friend does not turn out to have dementia Ted that was good of you to fill in. I'd have been angry in the same situation, if I didn't have all the information. Hopefully they can change procedure to avoid this NJ22 glad the dog is doing good Work was mostly OK, although the afternoon got stressful, a very long call with an interpreter who frequently had to pause for clarification. I sometimes wonder how good the interpretation is, as sometimes you get answers that seem tangential to the question The vestry meeting went fine, the interim minister clarified that the church was doing well overall, he was just highlighting some issues that needed to be addressed. Which was good to hear, after the focus on all the shortcomings Didn't feel that great this morning, not sure why. Delayed reaction to the vaccine? Could also just be stress. Feeling a bit better now Did exercise and laundry after work. Which leaves me little to do today, as I'm pretty much already packed Talked to J, his BIL is getting a palliative care consult as he seems to be in liver failure. They're also talking about inpatient hospice. Sad how quickly he has gone downhill Weather here continues to be dry and in the 50s. Bit cool for this time of year, but at least no rain expected
  26. Good Morning! Ted, good to hear from you and good of you to cover for your co-worker in an emergency. I'm glad you were able to talk it out so there isn't bad blood, but an acknowledgement of a problem and working on getting it resolved. One good thing about a major metropolitan area is that staff for transfers is provided by the county, not the hospital. Unless it's a helicopter and there is always a trauma team on call for that and if one helicopter can't make it there's another trauma center close by that can jump in. Seems like your skills as a shift supervisor are adding up to a lot of unplanned call ins. Joe, hope the church council meeting went well and the anxiety has abated. BC, that's bad news all around. J22, that's also not good news about your coworker's ex. I had an uneventful day off. Did some minor housework, a little bit of cooking (I noticed I had a bunch of frozen meals I hadn't noticed this past week and well thaw those out), and went to the gym. Registered to get my CPR card next week. Waiting until the last minute again, I'm going to a live class and get it in a day. Hopefully like last year it won't take that long. Working the next three days. Have a great day.
  27. toomuchbaloney

    Thursday April 15, 2021

    Hey. Do your transport RNs get additional training or a stipend for the off campus duty and inherent risks associated with that practice?
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