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  2. amoLucia

    Sunday September 20 2020

    Hey! Where'd the warm weather go??? I turned off the AC couple days ago and turned off the ceiling fan, too. I wake up this morning and it's 68 degrees inside. Heat went on to nip the chill! I have a feeling I'm going to be feeling chillier this year. Need a new crockpot. My little old one, about 15 yrs old, I noted to be all crazed inside & out. I use it so often. No muss, no fuss. It's only 1&1/2 qt; anything bigger and I struggle to manage it. It's just big enough for just me - itty bit leftovers. I just want it replaced - so many options. I bought a rotisserie chicken breast from grocery home shop. Sooooo dry!! Hate to waste it so I've been adding it shredded to other dishes. Keep getting this very uncomfortable pin-point area back pain. I've had 2 spontaneous rib fx of unknown origin some mucho years ago. This seems the same area as it has flared in the past. OK daytime, but in eves ... ouch. Have an agenda-full of things to get back to. My waiting for cardiology and oncology zapped me. Throw in transportation & laboratory into the brew and ...
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  4. herring_RN

    Sunday September 20 2020

    Slept well last night. Not much planned for today.
  5. Joe NightingMale

    Sunday September 20 2020

    Dianah sorry to hear about your cat, it's a difficult experience even if you know it's coming Amo glad that you've been properly diagnosed and are doing better. Nj22 glad that your dd is now being monitored Yesterday was fairly busy for an day off for me. Went birdwatching in the morning and went to the farmer's market to get jams. Then came home and baked cornbread (from a mix) Went out with dad to our favorite Mexican place, for the first time in 6 months. Sat outside, a little inconvenient with all of the wind but he felt it was safer to do it that way Came home and baked some cookies from a new recipe. Had to rebake them as they were way too soft after the first baking Watched some Three Stooges and listened to a podcast by a priest whose book I am currently reading. Spiritual literature is really dominating my reading list these last few months Today is church and laundry, but little else. Might ride my bike today, weather is quite cool but should be warmer. Might get up to 70 today, will be in the upper 70s later in the week
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  7. Trump nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court will get Senate vote, McConnell says Apparently he's going to do this. I think this speaks to his character, and confirms what I've long thought of him. It will be interesting to see if any of the Republican senators breaknranks with this.
  8. Amo-I'm so glad you were finally diagnosed correctly and are feeling better. You've been through a lot, and I hope things continue to improve for you. Dianah-I'm so sorry to hear about the cat. I'm hoping for the best possible outcome. NurseJ22-I hope you're DD is ok.
  9. Tweety, you know this is a safe place to rant. (at least, I hope you do 😉 ) I appreciate hearing y'all's opinions on issues and goings-on, opens my mind and gives me different perspectives on things. Thank you for being honest here.
  10. Yes, I finished a week ago but haven't gotten the bonus check yet, but will next Friday. Remind me to never do that again. RBG is a huge loss at this time. I'm trying to hold on to the hope there isn't enough time and that reasonable republicans (there might be one or two) and democrats will stall long enough but there's unfortunately over three months of this year left and the republicans are very shady in getting their way. Maybe not shady because it's all legal and good, and they don't mind being hypocrites. Her death has triggered a lot for me so I apologize for that rant. 😞
  11. AmoLucia, wow, I am so glad you were finally diagnosed correctly and am being treated appropriately. Yes, CHF can sneak up on you, especially when the disparate symptoms can be attributed to other things. And unfortunately, women have traditionally been dismissed for reports of fatigue and poor sleep. Thank you for sharing!
  12. amoLucia, sorry to hear of the delays getting appropriate dx. Good, though, that you have ppl paying attention now, and are on appropriate treatment regimen. I hear ya, too, about not wanting to talk about it till you have it sorted in your own brain. It's hard to face ppl asking questions, second-guessing, etc. Most important is that YOU have it figured out. And that the treatment works. And yes, most of the time our pts who are truly sick, "know" there is something going on. Not sure what it is, but they know something is wrong. Hope you continue to improve. ((((((((((((( amoLucia )))))))))))))
  13. Ted and Tweety, sorry work was SO busy! Hope you are able to rest. Ted, I am expecting (hoping to see, that is!) some beautiful fall colors videos, taken by your drone! Tweety, beach therapy STAT. BC, enjoy your get-together. No Stars, hope Nannie keeps up her walking and perhaps has a mood change?? herring, hope you are enjoying cooler-ish weather. How are the dogs? Joe, sounds like you have been busy. I will check out the Three Stooges tonite! I didn't sleep well Thurs nite, as when I got home from work I found the cat lying in the litter box. She was alert but to lie down in the litter box? Her back legs are quite wobbly. I lifted her onto the bed, and slept right by her all night, waking many times to check her. After work, and supper, dh and I took her to the emergency vet. She is still there today, looks like chronic renal failure. Lytes are all off, and are not responding to fluids and other therapies. Xrays negative. Dh was up and down during the nite, fielding calls from the vet. I woke up at 6, briefly, then fell back asleep. Usually I will wake up in 2 hr from that point. I woke up this time at 1100!!! Must have been tired. dh says he slept late too, tired by the calls. So, we missed Zoom Sabbath School, which was going to be preceded by a special message from one of our bereavement pastors (who regularly attends the Sabbath School), re: the musician friend who passed. We are disappointed we missed it. I have texted a friend asking about it. Today we just hang out and wait for updates from the vet. After hearing what dh reported, however, we don't hold out much hope that treatments will help the situation, and tomorrow we will decide if it's more humane to euthanize her. Well, sorry to be such a downer. That's what's been going on, though. I hope you have a good day!
  14. I too am very sad about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was an amazing person and responsible for many positive changes in our country. I watched a lovely tribute to her last night on TV. My dd and I saw a documentary about her called "RBG" last year that was very inspiring. The smoke is gone! I went for a run this morning and it felt better than it has for 2 weeks. The weather is cool and overcast. Dd has been having a rapid heart rate off and on since spring. She mentioned it to her PCP but evaluation was put off during the COVID shut down. She went in to pick up a prescription renewal and her vitals showed a heart rate of 120. Sometimes it gets up to 140. Well, they got her in to see another provider, who listened to her and didn't poo-poo her symptoms, and now she is going to get a monitor similar to a Holter but more up to date, I think its called an MCT. That makes this mama feel a lot better. Today is another wash-rinse-repeat: housework, laundry, maybe a nap. Peace.
  15. Good Morning! Recently got home from work, had a quick breakfast. Will be going to bed after I'm done typing here. Work was "Q" last night, in sharp contrast to the previous night which was "Not-Q". I'm working tonight and tomorrow night. So, it's the usual "Sleep, Eat, Work" thing. The temperature dipped below freezing this morning. When I left the hospital after work, I found frost on my car's windshield. It quickly went away, though. The sun is out. The weather should warm up later this morning. Although not officially, yet, it's the Fall Season! The color to the trees should be changing soon. That, and the cooler, sunny weather, makes for GREAT hiking! Amy and I are looking forward to our Fall Hikes. Finally. . . I'm saddened by the loss of Ruth Bader Gingsburg. She was an amazing human-being, to say the least. Her values were my values. She fought the good fight, both with her illness, and for advocating Equality for All (and not for just a few). She represents the best of what society should be for itself. . . for humanity. RBG will be missed. Peace, folks. . . Ted
  16. GrumpyRN

    Game of Groans

    I hate people who talk about themselves. I met a woman at a party last week who couldn't stop talking about herself. 'My hair's on fire! My hair's on fire!' she kept on saying.
  17. dianah

    Friday September 18 2020

    Hello all! Yes, TGIF! Joe, bell choir does sound like a good substitute for singing, so you stay involved and have a good creative outlet. Have a good meet-up with your dad! Ted, so sorry the carpenters are disturbing your precious sleep (much-needed after your "Q" shift!!). I don't recall, do you work again tonite? BC, your muted celebrations/observances sound good and fulfilling. Enjoy. nurseJ22, our skies are fairly clear today. The smoke from still-burning fires and from a new fire on Mt. San Jacinto seems to be heading East rather than West. I pray every day the fires are contained SOON. Our friend passed away today. I got a card to send to his wife. Their two (grown) kids are at the house. I'm sure this is devastating for them. They are in my prayers. One of our cats has stopped eating and is very weak and wobbly. She is close to 16 yr old. We will likely take her to the emergency vet tonight. We hope it is a bladder infection, easily treated with abx. My gut feeling says it is end-of-life behavior. We'll see. She is my sweetie, a black tortie who snuggles next to me when I watch TV, and gets petted for however long I stay put, purring and purring. I will miss her if it is indeed her time to go. Busy day at work. I know I only had two days of work this week, but I am very tired and am glad to see the weekend come. We have no immediate plans, other than taking Midnight to the vet. Y'all have a good evening.
  18. It appears intimidating emails were sent by Caputo to a CDC spokesperson regarding communications with CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/politics/michael-caputo-emails/index.html "Interesting character" indeed.
  19. nursej22

    Friday September 18 2020

    Ooh, a bell choir seems like a great idea to replace vocals. Enjoy your visit with your dad, Joe. Poor Ted. When I was on night shift the pasture across the road from out house blossomed into a 100 unit housing development. There were 2 noises I just couldn't sleep through: the back-up beep-beep-beep from the concrete pumper trucks, and the nailing guns used for shingling. Lack of sleep turned me into an even bigger witch than I am on a good day. BC, it sounds like you have a relaxing, comfortable day planned. Are you getting any smoke from the West? It's still smoky/foggy here, temps are in the 60s. Now the prediction is smoky until Sunday, but the air quality has improved from very unhealthy to unhealthy for sensitive groups. I tried to run last night but the humidity just got to me after about a mile. I'll try again tonight. I was going to post of picture of the muck I took this morning, but am having technical difficulties. Biblical times, indeed. TGIF
  20. BCgradnurse

    Friday September 18 2020

    Morning- Cloudy and cool here today. It feels like Fall. I'm working at home today doing telemedicine, and have no video appointments, so I don't have to look presentable. So sweats it is! I'm also baking chocolate babkas. My younger sister and I are going to have a quiet Rosh Hashanah dinner tomorrow with our families. My older sister is going to see her daughter in Vermont. We want to observe the holiday, but will keep it very low key. Joe-That's nice that you'll get to see your Dad. The bell ringing sounds interesting and is a good thing to do in place of singing. Hope everyone's days go well, with as little stress as possible.
  21. Joe NightingMale

    Friday September 18 2020

    Morning Work was fine yesterday, though got busy right at the end as I was trying to get done early as the cat sitter was coming. Did end up getting done on time. Was a quiet night, crafting and exercise Talked to my dad, we're going to get together for lunch tomorrow for the first time in 6 months. Going to our favorite Mexican place as we can sit outside. Weather shouldn't be too cool though not sure how much longer that will be. Got an email from our new organist/choir director, she's going to restart our church bell choir. Think I'm going to volunteer, since we can't sing again until the pandemic is under better control Glad I have a 3 day weekend coming up. Have to make sure everything is wrapped up at work Not much tonight, except some crafting, exercise, and watching Yes Minister
  22. Ted

    Thursday September 17 2020

    nursej22 - I see we posted at nearly the same time! L O L! 😄 Hope the air clears up. Regarding picture-taking. . . I've been taking my camera (or at least my iPhone) with me when we go on our hikes. Don't wanna miss that photo opportunity. L O L!
  23. Ted

    Thursday September 17 2020

    Good Morning - Joe - It's sad to read that Covid-19 is getting worse in Wisconsin. Hope you can reschedule your trip to Madison soon, when things are getting better. BCgradnurse - (((Hugs))). It's understandable that the nerves are raw. (((Hugs))) NSIME - Ugh! It's sad to read about your DH! I'm sensitive to people's drinking, too. Amy and I rarely drink (well, except for sips of wine or liquor taken during video-recording projects - see below). Hope your DH takes your advice. Hope you take care of yourself, too. Spent the day, yesterday, video-recording Amy's latest "Baking" project. She was asked to bake a Kahlua Cheesecake for a friend's parents who are celebrating their wedding anniversary. So, we decided to video-recording the process. There's still work to be done on this cheesecake. It had to cool off during the night after baking it. So, we'll be continuing the video-recording later today. . . the decorating process. We already shot the "taste testing", though, using a smaller, pre-baked cheesecake that Amy made a couple of days ago. It's very yummy! (It's hard to taste the Kahlua, though. Don't know why.) I'm providing an un-edited version of "The Tasting" for your enjoyment. Once finished, I'll post the entire fully-edited version for the public to see (on Facebook and YouTube). Wednesday night at work was BUSY! I worked in the ICU, the Med/Surg floor (who had a fair number of admissions that night), and the ER. As the ol' saying goes, "When it rains, it pours!". It sure poured Wednesday night. I was Mr. ICU Nurse Wednesday night. But the ICU only had 1 patient which was well-managed by the 2nd ICU Nurse (with my help). So, I floated everywhere. Tonight, I go to work as Mr. Shift Director. Hopefully, the hospital will be "Q". I'm working the week-end. Next week is my last week of work before Amy and I take our vacation. Looking forward to my nearly 3 weeks off from work. Well. . . here's the unedited ending to the cheesecake-making video that we're doing. Hope it provides some laughter and relief from the craziness of life. Cheers! 🙂 Ted
  24. nursej22

    Thursday September 17 2020

    Good morning. The air here is still full of muck, hopefully the wind comes up tonight or tomorrow and will clear some of it out. I seem to have a constant dull headache, but otherwise not feeling any effects. I went for a 10 mile bike ride before work yesterday. I saw a Great Blue Heron wading in the creek close to the road but was in a hurry and didn't stop for a photo, which was dumb. I may run after work today, and then stop and pick up a pizza. Happy birthday to herring's dh! BC, you are in our thoughts and feel free to vent here. I know I have and am thankful for the loving support I have gotten. Joe that is understandable to postpone your trip but it kinda of sucks to lose your payment for your kitty. Ted, I saw your photos of your video set up in your kitchen on Facebook. I look forward to the video, but I think Amy should send us all cheesecake for taste testing. Dianah, that is a loving gift to offer your friend. Peace. Stars, I hope you are feeling better and that Nannie is calm. AmoL, I do admire your gumption in trying to get your visits scheduled. And in cooking. I just have little interest in cooking at all, much to dh's dismay. Oh, well, I guess after 40 years of doing the majority of shopping and cooking, it someone else's turn.
  25. Joe NightingMale

    Thursday September 17 2020

    Morning Glad the site is back up Happy birthday to Herring's dh BC it's understandable that you'd be experiencing anger Stars hopefully your dh takes your advice Covid 19 continues to get worse in Wisconsin, so I decided to cancel my trip to Madison. I'll try again in the spring, when I would normally go Tuesday was a bit crazy at work but Wednesday was fairly quiet, which was nice though a bit dull After work went out to dinner with J and then went grocery shopping. Restaurant was very empty, as usual, but apparently it's much more busy on weekends The cat sitter is coming over this afternoon to return the spare keys and get payment, since I cancelled with less than a week's notice Was up to the 80s yesterday, but will be in the 60s for the rest of the week. Rain should hold off
  26. dianah

    Wednesday - September 16, 2020

    No Stars, good Nannie is still calm and active. So sorry the alcohol, though, continues to be a problem with your dh. Wonder what he will say once he's had a chance to think about things, and what you said...
  27. dianah

    Wednesday - September 16, 2020

    (((((((((((( BC )))))))))))) Hoping for better days for you. I know this is not your 'normal.' (probably your fiance knows it too ❤️ )
  28. Am I first to post, or am I doing something wrong? The site seemed to be down earlier. It's my husband's birthday! He is 93 today! Friends and family have been calling all morning. He wants to go to IHOP so we will eat lunch in the parking lot outdoor service area. So far it is a good day for him! I hope we all have as good a day as possible.
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