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Morning 

Having a rather anxious morning.  Am still nervous and undecided about taking Monday off.  It should be fine, but response rates have been lower than usual, so I am a worried about missing metrics, even though at the current pace I should meet them.  I do plan to ask for additional work for next week.  And it will only be one day.  I suspect I will end up taking the day off, I'd probably regret it if I didnt

Work was good yesterday, had a lot of calling to do to help someone change doctors urgently.  Was glad I was able to pull this off....this person needed medications and the doctor hadn't been answering calls for more than a week

Exercised and did some cleaning yesterday as well.  Had to get cat litter, found one store completely out but another well stocked. Odd...

Not much planned for after work today

Still snowing a bit, but will be warmer this weekend

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Good morning!

Joe, they make you make the same goals production wise when you take a day off during the week?  Hope your day goes well and glad you were able to help that patient yesterday.

Rose, I gather you work in the OR?  Or our is slow and I think some of them are actually taking temperatures of people coming in to get hours.  They too have went MIA to work other areas and to cross-train.  But two of our critical care units are closed for now.  Oh, and you need to eat better.  

Amo, that's a sadl story about that nursing home if true.   The governor here ordered all people in nursing's homes to be tested to identify areas of concern.  One local facility here is reporting "dozens" of positives and sent them to the hospital.  Not sure sending well positive people to the hospital is the answer but not sure what is since they can crash and burn so fast.

Have a great day!

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Joe - Regarding taking days off from work - - I'm a "vacation junky". I take 'em as often as possible. And if being "On Call" is offered (despite the "threat" of being "Called In")??? I take those, too. Do what you feel is right for you, your work-load, and maintaining balance in life. I hope that, for whatever you decide to do, you are at peace with the decision. 🙂

Tweety - Hope all is well with you, and that you keep well.

One of the things that I often obsess on, especially since turning 60, is that there is more to life than work. If I could financially afford to, I would retire now. Some countries actually support the idea of retiring sooner than later. It's built into their socio-economic systems, and supported by their governments. Those are enlightened countries. If there is anything that causes me great frustration, it is the reality that retirement is difficult to realize until one is 62 years of age. Even then, one gets the minimal amount of monthly social security. In order to get the "full" amount, one needs to retire at, what(??), 67?!? (Or is it older now??) To be clear, I accept full responsibility for the debt that I am in. I have a good income, and I spend it. But, I also put a generous amount of $$$, each week, towards my 403B retirement fund. Additionally, I contribute to my IRA, which I've done for the past few decades! Over the past few weeks, I've seen both retirement plans significantly drop in value. I know, I know. It's the nature of the beast. Still, why does our country (our society) tolerate such a way of saving for retirement?? I am NOT asking for answers, nor am I wishing to engage in a discussion/debate on this. These thoughts are what runs through my head during my obsessive moments thinking about that beautiful goal: Retirement.  Damn. . . 

Well. . . Amy and I got a lot done yesterday. I threw out a whole lot of "stuff" that I haven't used in YEARS, nor will I ever use again. The garbage cans are full! (I still have much more "stuff" to take to the dump. They're old keyboards, computer accessories and other electronics that have to be "disposed" in a different manner.) I am a "pack rat"! (I'm just like my mother, who was also a "pack rat"! L O L! 😄 ) Amy and I moved whole rooms around. We're getting ready for the two BIG moves. One is to relocate my audio-video editing studio to a smaller room (hence, the disposing of lots of old "stuff"). Then, we're making the larger room into a dedicated video-recording room, complete with walls painted "Chroma-Key Green" for special effects. Earlier this morning, I purchased a whole gallon of "Chroma-Key Green" paint. (I'm NEVER going to afford to retire!! L O L! 😛 ) I should get this specialty paint delivered by mid-week, next week. This will allow me a good amount of time to move all of the computer stuff, audio and video editing equipment into the smaller room. (There're lots and lots of computer hardware, and all kinds of cables, that need to be properly dusted and transferred.) Actually, our home is getting a HUGE cleaning, after 15 years of life in it.

But, for the next few days, I do the usual "Sleep, Eat and Work". No more cleaning. No moving. Just do the usual work-related routine of a "12-hour night-shifter".

Apologies for the long post. . . 

Peace, folks! 🙂

Ted

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I did end up keeping that day off, as I decided I did need a break

I was a little concerned about the number of questionnaires I had completed, the response rate has seemed low lately.  But I got one done today, and need two more before the end of the month, so I should have no trouble getting the minimum 

Rest of the month seems fairly quiet so I'll ask for some additional work

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Ted: I had to look up the "green screen" paint. It IS expensive.

amoLucia: A friend sells custom costumes for Renaissance Faire,  belly dancing, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and other fan conventions, and such. Now she is selling custom face masks for ten dollars each.

Yesterday I mowed the quarter acre of grass and weeds in three sessions. When I got too sweaty I came inside, turned on a fan, and read stuff on this computer. That "lawn" had four foot grass and uneven ground. I lift up the mower and drop it on the grass. This after clipping the pig weed and puttingit in the bin. We don't hace chickens any more. They used to eat it. I AM very clad for the rains that gave us the grass and seeds to hold the dirt. One summer the drought left us with just dust.

OH! I forgot to post that we don't have ticks here. In Oklahoma we had chiggers, ticks, and MANY others. The state bird is the scissor-tailed flycatcher. On summer nights we watched them compete with bats eating insects as they fly.

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Just a vent:

I have been 'following the prompts" to get into online banking at our new bank. I used what the lady at the bank told me were (my choices for) User ID and Password. I used the temporary pin # like I was told. I did it on three different bank sites, as suggested ONLINE! I entered Forgot Password, and Forgot User Name. That site finally said,  "GOOD NEWS! We found you!" So I went back and tried again. Every single friggin' thing I entered, I was told were ALL INVALID. And after they 'found' me, I was told I tried too many times and that option is closed to me.

I am about to cry with frustration, and scream at the top of my lungs, and pitch my laptop out into the yard as far as I can. How in the blanketty-blank whole world is something supposed to be "EASY" on-line banking when NOTHING works to access it?????? 

Will wait a while to calm down and call the banker who gave me all this info. She will probably make me an appointment for Monday. Meanwhile there is no auto-teller phone number to get info re balance and deposits, etc. Only on-line, which I can not use now. 

STOOPIT STUPID STUPID!!!!!!! 😫😪😠

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Hullo folks. Having a much better day to day, because I get to do my "real" job, which is working in TB. Mostly I am catching up on the active patients (where are they in their treatment regimen), ordering any meds they may need, looking at labs, and watching directly observed therapy videos, and catching up med counts. Our fill-in provider has been furiously completing reports that should have been done months ago and those need to be reviewed for accuracy and typos. This afternoon we have about 20 people to swab. 

Wow, Ted, I am impressed with your diligence with cleaning. Its a lot of work, but I am sure you will be happy to have things straightened and streamlined. And a new video studio! I hear what you are saying about retiring. I am starting to count down months. 22 to go is my hope. That's is when I will be vested in my current retirement plan, and I will qualify for Medicare. 

We supposedly don't have disease carrying ticks around here, but a couple of years ago I had what was presumed a rash related to Lyme disease. Climate change seems to be allowing the little buggers to move this way. Yay for bats!

Joe, I do hope you can enjoy your day off. I had no doubt you were well caught up on your workload. 

Tweety, that is odd that all positives would move to the hospital, unless so many staff were ill that they couldn't care for the patients. Around here, I don't think anyone gets hospitalized unless they need oxygen or fluids. Our first cluster was in a nursing home and we were worried about how many might need acute care, but some hospital staff went in to take the place of stricken staff. There were deaths, but I think only one went to hospital. 

It's time for lunch and a walk. I am going to eat in my car where I can leave my mask off and not have to suddenly grab it when someone comes into my office. And I'm planning for a jog after work. 

 

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Shortly before or after I left a message for our banker, hubby had left one also. Both messages said to please call me. It is after hours now. So I can forget the computer irritation for the weekend...after, that is, I can shuck off this mood.

Nannie said "Is there anything I can help you with?" I told her it was best to not talk to me and just let me be. But she doesn't know how. Hubby has gone down to the den, after she climbed the stairs TWICE to ask,  "What time are they coming?" and "When did they say they would get here?" There is no 'they', although she said she talked to 'them' on the phone; there is no phone for her to use downstairs. When asked WHO she had talked to, she did not know. Later she wondered what was keeping them and why they couldn't call and let us know they will be late? 

I took a 0.5 Xanax and have come up to my room. I can hear tones of voice from downstairs, but no actual words. 

I am so worn out from my inner temper tantrum, I am shutting down. Tomorrow is another day, or at least rumor has it.

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6:05 PM: Bank lady called me. Asked me a few questions, said I had the wrong password and she had to reset my pin #....but since I do not have a smartphone I couldn't look at the # she sent me as my new pin. So I have an appointment with her Monday at 4 PM.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Tonto racked The Lone Ranger's balls...and I still do not have my new checks and I can't write any checks on the accts I will be closing down, and I can't use the debit card the bank sent me because I can't register the #. 

I'd like the 2-day sleep-cure please. What? Medicare doesn't have anything like that in the ACDN-10 or whatever the *blip* it's called, so there is no such treatment and therefore they won't pay for it. 

And one last grouchy thing: Some idiot is playing target practice with a gun/rifle and my poor dog is too frightened of the popping sounds to go outside. Good thing he can hold his water!

I'm really signing off now. Really.

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Nel, sorry about the bad mood.  

Joe, glad you decided to take the day off.  

Ted, sounds like quite the project.  I have a spare bedroom that every few years I need to clean out.  

J22, glad you could get back to your routine.

Herring, that must have been quite the job to have to do it in three sessions.  

I had a nice day at home.  Did some cooking to prepare for the weekend and got in a 5.45 mile walk.   

Turns out because the nursing home I mentioned had so many positive residents and staff they evacuated the entire premises......to the hospital.  My hospital is taking in 33 of them on my formerly closed unit.  They all tested negative,  but there's not another nursing home in town that would take them and risk exposing their residents, and they needed to get out fast so off to the hospital they are.  So my floor is now a nursing home with residents in quarantine.  

It's being managed by the manager that does the Covid floor so our manager so we're still technically without a unit.  Manager did send out a text asking if we wanted to volunteer to work there and pretty much all said yes.  We need the hours...well I don't, but I certainly wasn't going to say no.  

Meanwhile the county only reported two deaths today, and those were from the nursing home that was evacuated.  Meanwhile Florida added 1400 more positives.  We are still on the upswing side of the curve here.  No end in sight.  Sigh...

The governor is opening up some of the beaches.

Crazy times.

 

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I'm in a 'question mode' today.

Ted - what's so special about 'chroma-key green' paint? I orig thought about that Paul Simon (?) song 'koda-chrome' but I figure now there's something else. Yeah, I could google it. And I also have a little TV to dispose - a 9 inch TV/VCR combo that still worked, but the itty-bitty screen wasn't big enough anymore. And  you're talking to the royal MOI 'pack ratting'. It's genetically passed on generations down the maternal genome!!! I just know it is! Didn't you know?!? They should study my whole extended family for evidence. I guess that's part of the reason I like those 'Hoarding' TV shows. 🤣 

Tweety - I think there's more to that Andover story. Why there was such a delay to report such a 'sentinel'# death, I don't know. And they did some stupid things, but again I have a thought about why.

nurseJ22 & Tweety - I think acute nurses subbing in that NH truly helped to reduce hosp admissions like Tweety mentioned. I worked LTC/NH and I see it as advanced age = advanced fragility plus the communal residential density makes for the NH wildfire. And  something I haven't seen mentioned anywhere is the issue of employees being multi-facility employed. Like 1 employee working between 2, maybe 3 facilities/jobs. How does public health investigators track that?? I know this would be difficult and a terrible burden to many, but limiting an employee to only 1 job might be an extreme measure. And not to limit this drastic measure to HCWs only, this could be applicable to anyone in a higher-risk 'essential' service position. JMHO.

NSIME - it's called ICD-10 coding in billing lingo. I suggested using "Donate a car to.." to you, but now that I think about it, I may use them again.  It was so painlessly easy. And I too, understand the difficulties of on-line banking - really most anything business-y on-line. I don't trust my computer, but more, I know my computer skills S*U*C*K.

TV World News with David Muir just reported on the nation's NHs tragic response to C19. Heartbreaking! I feel sooo bad for those affected families. I don't excuse the NHs for failing to provide accurate & updating info as much as poss. But in the spirit of understanding the stress of the situation, I CAN NOT and WILL NOT lay guilt or blame. Yet I can't help but think did these families NOT think that NHs could be primed for infection?!!?  I know it's just hopefulness on the part of the families in time of grief.

Now the news is reporting that some places are seriously considering re-opening some venues. I understand ... But we're NOT there yet!!! JMO

Joe - am impressed with you who do the NOBLE projects, like MAJOR cleaning and gardening/yard work. And I have cat litter - no cats but I do have cat litter. What neck of the woods are you located that it's SNOWING? 

I wish I knew where y'all are located. NSIME is in the Carolinas, BC is Wash state, I think. Tweety is Fl. And that's it. Me, "I'm from Joisey", me and Joe Piscopo. (He did a hilarious skit "I'm from Joisey, are you from Joisey?") And just so y'all know, only we NJ residents can say Jersey - 1 word. For all the rest, it's New Jersey, 2 words. Hmph! So now you know.

 

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amo, I'm in Washington state, BC is in MA and works in RI. Joe I think is in Wisconsin? herring, Spidey's Mom, and Dianah are in California. I think we have a nice geographical mix. Ted is in New York state, and Nel who used to post here is in Kentucky. 

That reminds me, I miss Sabby, Mick, and Davey Do. And who were the two chaps  from Scotland? Grumpy and somebody? 

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