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  2. No Stars In My Eyes

    Game of Groans

    👁️ I always keep my eye out for odd/funny tidbits. (But I put it back in when I go out in public.)
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  4. No Stars In My Eyes

    Monday January 25 2021

    About maybe 50 chilly, raw degrees, cloudy, off and on rain... tomorrow it's supposed to get up to 65 degrees or more, but I'll believe it when I feel it. No word yet from Nannie's nurse, social worker or doctor. Kind of like a long, slow wait for the other shoe to drop. Guess we're ordering pizza for delivery tonight. We both feel "as useless as the letter "g" in lasagna." 😆 Not feeling particularly chatty this afternoon, so I'm ending here. Believe it or not, there's been NO DRAMA here in this "Q" house to ramble on about.... Or ... about which to ramble! *IMAGINE!!*
  5. No Stars In My Eyes

    Game of Groans

    More t-shirts available through various catalogs. There may be a few repeats, either because I forgot I've already posted them, OR because I liked 'em a lot and thought they deserved a 2nd run: * Mom didn't raise no dummy, and if she did, it was my brother. * BAD PUNS ARE HOW EYE ROLL * Surely not EVERYBODY was Kung Fu Fighting * I survived the 60's. TWICE! * Sorry, I was on 'mute'. * NURSE---The first person you see after saying "Watch this!" #warning: the following entry is a bad, very un-PC sexist joke.# * RN -- Cute enough to stop your heart, Skilled enough to restart it. (continuing on now:) * The chains on my mood swing just broke * Review of 2020: 1 star. Very bad. Would not visit again. * What doesn't kill you makes you stronger ... except bears. Bears will kill you. * Bigfoot saw me, but nobody believes him * I thought I saw A SPIDER, but it was just a piece of yarn. It's DEAD YARN now. * I hate it when people accuse me of lollygagging when it is quite clear I am dillydallying * UNDERESTIMATE ME. That'll be fun. * I miss PRECEDENTED TIMES * English is weird. It CAN be understood through tough, thorough thought, though. * Which page of the Bible explains how you turn water into wine? (I'm asking for a friend.) * THAT'S WHAT I DO. I READ & I KNOW THINGS. * IRONY: The opposite of wrinkly. * Today, I will be as useless as the "g" in lasagna! * Sometimes I talk to myself, then we both laugh and laugh * ENGINEER: Solving problems you didn't know you had in ways you can't understand * Moses was the first person with a tablet downloading data from the cloud * (James Cordon:) "A town in Japan has found a rather unusual way to scare away bears. They're using a motion-sensor device that they're calling a "MONSTER WOLF ROBOT". The way it works-- the bear takes one look at the monster robot and just dies laughing."
  6. herring_RN

    Monday January 25 2021

    Morning Joe, Dianah, Tweety, Ted, and we who follow. It rained off and on last night. Now it alternated from sunny to overcast with a cold wind. We shared a take out pizza with lots of veggies. We both were full after eating half a personal pizza and chopped salad. I'm enjoying the new "All Creatures Great and Small" on PBS. I enjoyed the book years ago, but never watched it.
  7. luv2

    Vaccine Rollout how is it really going?

    Yes, you should consider yourself lucky because the CDC nor OSHA has not changed its guidelines. There was never any standard that is why people could return to work COVID-19 positive. The majority of the U.S citizens need help and they get the run around because of the people that were elected by the people and for the people, however, they do not care about their constituents they care about their party affiliation. People need help with this pandemic we are fighting for human life. In my opinion, this is not a political problem it is a fight to preserve human life. The U.S Congress does not care about the daily struggle of the U.S citizens. They refuse to pass legislation for the American people that voted for them to get help. The elected officials are guaranteed a job because they were elected while their constituents do not know where their next meal will come from; it is not right or fair this should not be a Republican vs Democrat issue it is about human decency.
  8. Ted

    Monday January 25 2021

    Good Afternoon! Joe - Nice to read that you had a good day, yesterday. Hope all goes well with your PCP. Tweety - Wow! Sad to read about your team-mate's husband losing BOTH parents to this virus. Such a tragic loss, for sure. As for going to an NFL game?!? It sounds like a unique, and potentially fun thing to do! Hope you win that lottery and can attend a game. It's a beautiful, sunny day outside, today! It would be a great day to take my happy camera out and record video of picturesque scenery of valleys with snow-topped trees. Unfortunately, the temperature is around 17-degrees outside! Don't think the equipment would like that temperature. I sure don't! LOL! Recently got back from grocery shopping. At least the drive to and from the grocery store was lovely. After I'm done typing here, I'm going back to editing the video of the local private grade school. (I think I shared, here, about that particular project. I honestly don't remember.) That project is almost finished. Afterward, I'm going to do some light editing of the recent cooking video that Amy and I did together the other day. (BCgradnurse - For this video, Amy made a Salted-Caramel Instant Pot Cheesecake! It! Is! Delicious!!!) Amy is doing the bulk of the video-editing. I'm just getting things prepared for her (putting a picture "behind" her as part of the green-screen effect). I'm working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Not looking forward to it. But, I'm too young to retire! Still! LOL! 😛 Well. . . Amy is taking a break from work. So, I'm gonna join her and eat lunch. Peace! 🙂 Ted
  9. dianah

    Monday January 25 2021

    Good you have an interim minister, Joe. I'm sure it's a relief for the church. Had a nice Zoom meeting with the "kids" yesterday. Wide-ranging, light-hearted convo. Slept pretty well. Heading off to work soon. It has been raining through the night, though dh says it should taper off by 9am. Again, forecast calls for off and on rain through to the weekend. Snow level around 2500. 44 degrees out. Yup, it's winter! Have a good day!
  10. Joe NightingMale

    Monday January 25 2021

    Nj22 glad it was only an inch of snow Herring glad your dh has gotten the vaccine Dianah hope you can get some sleep BC that can be an overwhelming task Amo hope you get those mice Tweety that is a lot of patients Was a pretty good day yesterday. In person church for us vestry mebmers to meet the new interim minister. Followed by online coffe hour. Worked on cross stitch, exercised, and ran some errands. Got out for a walk as the weather will not be good today and tomorrow Slept good last night, really starting to like the weighted blanket Back to work today, hoping things will be less crazy than last week. But I suspect it will be crazy until this week is over Have a follow up with the PCP tonight. Will try to find some time for cross stitch too Winter storm expected tonight into tomorrow. Hoping most of it holds off until I'm at home
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  12. BCgradnurse

    Sunday January 24, 2021

    Afternoon all, Cold and very windy here, but no snow. I volunteered at a vaccine clinic yesterday and got my first vaccine. Today my arm is sore and I have a very slight headache, but I'm happy to have had the vaccine. I'm going to try and volunteer as much as I can. The clinics are dependent on vaccine supply, so I don't know when the next one will be. We did have 1 person have a reaction. Her lips and tongue were swollen, but she didn't have any breathing difficulties. Today I met with my sisters to review some issues with my mother's (now our) house. My older sister is living there. There's a lot of work to be done. My sister and her DH seem ok with that. I personally find it overwhelming, so it's better that they are living there instead of me. I took some of my mother's sweaters home with me. They're nicer than anything I own, lol, and I feel like she's hugging me when I wear them. Tweety-I hope your mood has lifted today, and work was tolerable. Joe- Glad the weighted blanket seems to help. J22-I hope you enjoy your no-plans day. Herring-I'm glad your DH got his vaccine, and very glad he is feeling well afterwards. Ted-What is Amy cooking today? Diana-55 is practically Arctic conditions in So. Cal! Nice that you got some rain. Hello to Amo, Stars, Rose and anyone else who drops in. Have a good evening.
  13. Kane Williamson graduated from Lancaster University in Statistics. Apart from working as a Statistician, He serves Emotional Support Animal, to cater to the young minds around. His work always has a backup of statistical analysis to help readers with the data. 

  14. No Stars In My Eyes

    Saturday January 23 2021

    Cold-ish and gray weather here. We are enjoying this very "Q" house. 😊 Hubby will call hosp. tomorrow to see if they have any idea about when they might discharge Nannie; he would like to go up to the mtns to see his dgt and grand-dgt (who are both doing very well these last 5 days) .... and *I* don't want to be the one to go get Nannie and bring her home. I'd REALLY like, really NEED, to have the house for myself for a couple of days. Praying for that!!! And that the storm to the North of us STAYS very North and ignores the mountains where hubby wants to go. Yesterday I daydreamed about moving into Nannie's room (once it is available that is!) After I have the room spiritually cleansed of her energies and any lingering presence, I will paint all the walls egg-shell white, move MY bed in, bring down the dresser w/mirror that we have been unable to get rid of for the last two years, then arrange the shelving unit so it blocks the view of the washer and dryer and hot- water tank; I have several (east) Indian cotton bedspreads I'll be able to hang on the back side of the shelving unit. And I want to put down the Ryya (sp?) rug my grandfather made years and years ago (we're talking about back in the early 1970's!)...and maybe find some of my long-stored pictures to put up on the wall. Plus, I will have my own bathroom! w00t! One day we'll pull out all of the crafting, sewing stuff, and paper-back romance novels Nannie's got stored in large, tall Rubbermaid containers, and they will be empty for MY use, (replacing countless heavy cardboard liquor-store boxes). I know I am counting my chickens before they hatch, but it was kind of fun planning and daydreaming for a while. SIGH. It's gonna be tough if Nannie sticks around for a few more years!!!! Oh well, all in God's time....
  15. dianah

    Sunday January 24, 2021

    My night for insomnia. 😞 Oh well. Slept in, at least. As I previously posted, our only big plan for today is Zoom with the boys. 🙂 Enjoyed the rain yesterday. Seems it will be clear today, then resume, on and off, for the next week, into the weekend. Not complaining at all. 🙂 It is cold out (for us -- though not in the teens, Ted!!) -- 50 degrees! Supposed to hit a high of 55. This must be our two weeks of winter, for So Cal.!! Hope you have a nice day!
  16. herring_RN

    Sunday January 24, 2021

    Glad Ted got to be on call. Hope Tweety has a good day off. It rained overnight and now the sun is shining. Big containers re catching the two dripping leaks. in the dog's room. The floor and their beds are dry. Husband feels fine after his vaccination. He has an appointment for a second shot next month.
  17. luv2

    Vaccine Rollout how is it really going?

    You are lucky your employers are giving that luxury as per the CDC As of August 10, 2020 Changes to more closely align guidance with Decision Memo: For HCP with severe to critical illness or who are severely immunocompromised1, the recommended duration for work exclusion was changed to at least 10 days and up to 20 days after symptom onset. Recommendation to consider consultation with infection control experts. Added example applying disease severity in determining duration before return to work. Added hematopoietic stem cell or solid organ transplant to severely immunocompromised conditions. Attach is the return to work criteria as per the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/return-to-work.html However, most employers are making clinicians return to work 7 to 10 days, not just CNA. How can providers care for other people if they are sick themselves? https://www.medpagetoday.com/hospitalbasedmedicine/nursing/88370 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/13/us-nurses-doctors-covid-19-symptoms-working https://www.freep.com/story/news/health/2020/11/21/covid-19-exposed-michigan-hospital-workers-still-work/6361870002/ https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-bismarck-fargo-north-dakota-coronavirus-pandemic-c7680d009417c8cd66ffe9b8e3c53c47
  18. Joe NightingMale

    Sunday January 24, 2021

    Hope you feel better Tweety. That sounds like a tough day at work Ted thanks for sharing the music Hi Herring, glad there are no leaks Dianah and Rose I do the same, I try to do the local places that dad and I went to pre-pandemic at least once a week Restrictions have been lifted in my area for restaurants to open with limited capacity. Likely the same will soon happen farther west where dad and J live. Have talked with both of them, they might wait until next month when they get the vaccine to start going out to lunch again Tried my weighted blanket last night and it did seem to help, only woke up once and fell back to sleep. Have been using it during meditation too, so I associate it with calm Was fairly busy yesterday, went out for coffee as usual, then did cooking, and stopped at the library and exercised. Watched most of the Svengoolie movie and some Three Stooges too Today have church and online coffee hour. Church will be in person, though limited to the members of the vestry, since our new interim minister arrives today. With restrictions lifted we could have limited in person church today for everyone but we want to wait a week or two to get everything set up for that Not much else planned apart from exercise and cross stitch. Snow expected today, possibly quite a bit more tomorrow
  19. Ted

    Sunday January 24, 2021

    Good Morning! Tweety - Whenever I don't post here (which is often, admittedly), it's simply because I forget. LOL! As for being "dark and gloomy"?!?! Damn!! This past year, especially, has been dark and gloomy. It's been a challenge to keep it at bay, at least for me. Here's to brighter days! (Or at least, "brighter daze"!!) Last night. . . the unexpected happened! I was offered to be On Call!! Of course I said, "Yes!!". There was a rare over-staffing for last night's schedule. Gotta take it when it's offered. Even better, I did NOT get Called In! I took being On Call without pay because I recently used up most of my Earned Time (ET) for my January vacation. But because I worked an extra shift as Shift Director last week, it won't hurt so much, financially. I am off tonight and tomorrow night. However, a while back, I did offer the full-time Night Shift Director to call me if she needs tonight off from work. (This is the individual with end-stage kidney disease needing a transplant.) So, I might still be working tonight. Today, Amy and I plan to record her next cooking video. That should be fun. As for the weather. . . It's cold outside! The temperature is in the low-teens. But at least it's not below-zero weather! Today is Sunday. . . I believe. (Just looked at the computer's calendar.) Yep! It's Sunday! At least for me, it's been easy to lose track of the "Day of the Week". Not having in-house church services each Sunday is not helpful for this! I miss our in-house church services. No one seems to know when they'll resume. (Our area is still considered a "Red Zone" within this pandemic.) Hopefully they'll resume later this year as more and more people get vaccinated. I got my two vaccines. Amy is scheduled to get hers this Wednesday, I believe. Nothing much else going on. . . Hope all have a relatively pleasant day, today. 🙂 Ted
  20. Good morning! Skipped yesterday because I wasn't in the best of moods. I'll leave it at that as I do try to use this space as a place to vent but not show my dark and gloomy side. LOL Work was a long hard day as they pulled two nurses and gave me six patients. Our covid unit is holding steady with only 12 on the med-surg side (not sure about vented and critical) which is less than when I floated there the other week. Everyone keeps saying "where are those travel nurses they promised". Probably in California making a lot of money. 12,000 new cases yesterday. I don't think we've had a day under 10,000 in weeks and months. Best friend and other friends tried to get on a vaccine appointment and the site quit taking appointments after two minutes. Some got an appointment later in the afternoon after hours of trying. Glad the demand is up and hope we can continue to vaccinate at a high rate. Off tomorrow when I'm sure the funk will lift. The good news I sleep sounds with clonazepam the last two nights.
  21. luv2

    Vaccine Rollout how is it really going?

    They need to ramp up the production of the COVID-19 vaccine and test the COVID-19 test. How are vaccinating when we barely are not testing since under Trump and Pence administration testing was scaled down.
  22. luv2

    Vaccine Rollout how is it really going?

    I think if they really use the defense production act and ramp up the productions of the vaccines. I also think it is a major issue that they are not checking clinicians for COVID-19. The expectation is to return to work within 7 to 10 days. How can we truly help our patients when we are still sick? Biden and Harris need to come up with a standard. Unfortunately, this is not enough time to heal and return to work and provide care to patients.
  23. Rose_Queen

    Saturday January 23 2021

    Evening all! Had a rare day of sunshine here, but still cold. Currently doing my part to keep restaurants and DoorDash/UberEats drivers employed... my bank account is not a fan of me right now, but I miss a good steak every now and then!
  24. No Stars In My Eyes

    Friday January 22, 2021

    Yep, sure enough, somebody blinked and here we are on yet another Saturday. And yep, I was pretty darn sore and achey after all the housework yesterday; hubby brought in take-out for supper. We are living high off the hog without Nannie to feed. Two take-out meals are cheaper than three. Last night we had KFC (anyone remember how, way back when, KFC's chicken was cut into kind of square pieces, and you never knew what pieces or parts you were getting? Glad they don't do that anymore!) The night before, we had Captain Grease....uh, I mean Captain D's fish and shrimp; the night before that we had suppers from our fav 'homestyle' restaurant, I had chicken and dumplings, yummy! One of these days we will start back eating made-at-home food, more balanced nutritionally, and with more vegetables. But it's been fun wallowing in 'fast-food'!!! Just taking it easy today. Cleaned out the fridge of dubious leftovers and washed those emptied containers. Feels good to have my hands in hot water on a cool-to-cold day. Hubby is contemplating going to see his dgt while Nannie is in the hospital. He better go before she gets discharged because I DON'T want to get stuck here alone with her. She feels lonesome, she said last week, when I don't sit down here in the den with her.....I feel lonesome for myself when I do have to sit down here with her! GAH! Well, going to get off-line and do some more nothing for a while longer. 😋
  25. Joe NightingMale

    Saturday January 23 2021

    Stars you were really productive Nj22 hope things didn't get disrupted too much Dianah that's pretty good, to get a thumb IV Amo I've been reading more lately too Hi Herring BC and Ted Work was again crazy, was afraid I wasn't going to get out on time, but somehow I did. Hope next week is less crazy After work exercised and relaxed. Sleep was near normal, only woke up once briefly. I did take half a clonazepam, didn't knock me out like I expected, but perhaps that is better Tonight will give the weighted blanket another try, after having used it more I'm started to like it better, feels cozy and relaxing Today stayed in given how cold it is. Got my coffee, currently doing my cooking, and will get a haircut. Tonight Svengoolie has Man Made Monster, which is OK, stars Lon Cheney Jr. Since restrictions are being lifted here and restaurants opening again, the church is talking about starting in person services with capacity restrictions again, and restarting bell choir practice. Likley won't happen until next week or the week after Quite cold today, think it will get a bit warmer. Sunday and Monday might see significant amounts of snow
  26. Tweety

    Vaccine Rollout how is it really going?

    Yes and then no. Fauci became a household name, so yes they did discuss it. Democrats were quick to criticize and lose the message with a "you said it was a hoax" and cut Trump down at ever turn at the beginning. So rather than support a solution and lead the way Democrats turned it into a political issue as well as Republicans. But the top leader let us down. That the government gave up on us and threw their hands up, or gave good guidelines and the the next day said "free Michigan" failed us miserably. That they turned on Fauci and put the economy above lives with a "it is what it is" or "don't be afraid of covid" is a huge failure. But yes, I see the good in people as well. I see 100% compliance with mask wearing here and people doing their best (but for the young who get together with their friends, go to bars and clubs and want to have to good team virus be damned). People know what to do and yet more education isn't going to help. We are going to have to force them to stay home, close businesses and declare martial law to keep them from protesting these measures, and create a massive debt. The future is not bright. But I'm leaving he past in the past.
  27. amoLucia

    Friday January 22, 2021

    dianah - you didn't try 7 times, did you?!?! (Just 'funning' you like that post on the other side!!!) I started a thumb IV once working in a telemetry unit. Needed to push a bolus of lidocaine (I don't think that's the protocol anymore!!!). Members recently making white bean/fennel soup and butternut squash soup!! Mmmmmm. I wanted soup, so I settled for a can of soup that I really like. A major lifetime accomplishment - I FINISHED that paperback vampire novel 'Twilight'!!! I haven't read a paperback since at least the '80s! I was hooked on it - now on to volume 2. Altho I have 3 other different vampire paperbacks.
  28. dianah

    Friday January 22, 2021

    Happy Friday! Looks like rain is predicted for tomorrow, and then on and off during the week. We can use it! Big plans for Sunday: a trip to Lowe's to pick up new caps for un-used sprinklers. One blew off in the back yard, and apparently our water bill is going to be high this month, because the water ran all night until dh noticed decreased water pressure in the morning, and he sleuthed to find out why. Water was running down the neighbor's driveway, but it was coming from our back yard! Well, with rain coming we don't need the sprinklers on for probably a week. So we will get some new sprinkler caps and glue and repair the broken one. I started a thumb IV today, pt had no veins and the IV team was busy. I will usually numb the entry site (thumb IVs are PAINFUL!), and I got right in. There are often two good veins right over the distal joint. I felt good that we were able to get his study done, and not reschedule. While working in the Stress Lab in the morning (waiting for patients to show up from Nuclear Medicine), I revised and updated the Policy and Procedure manual. Only about 14 pages, and check it off the list, that's done. No Stars, you certainly were Suzy Homemaker today!! Congrats on getting all that done (hope all the activity didn't waken the gypsies)! nursej22, did you have to relocate from your offices?? Ted, we keep pumps on standby in the Cath Lab, and many's the morning we have walked in and discovered they have walked during the night (i.e., been rounded up to be used elsewhere)!! So then we make frantic calls to Supply, because of course by the time we realize the pumps are missing, the patient is already rolling through the door! Scramble, scramble! Hello herring, Joe, and Tweety! Hope we ALL sleep well tonight!!
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