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Friday February 12, 2021

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Good morning!

Nothing much to say.  I know I don't always have to be positive on this thread, and as you know I often am not but just wasn't in the mood to hear myself gripe.

Today the newly promoted VP of Nursing who was interim until now is supposedly visiting the nurses on my unit.  Not sure what to say.  I usually say I'm fine because I know they don't care.   I do have a sense she cares more than the prior one, but I do get weary of "I appreciate all you do and it will get better and here's a meal ticket".  I do appreciate the bonus we're getting for just showing up and not calling in sick, and the overtime bonus, and the raise.  So at least they get that part right.  Now just to get more people.  I want it fair pay that the other hospitals pay and better ratios.  Unions suck in Florida and the one hospital here in town with a union is notorious for bad staffing and having to go on strike.

Glad I got my eye drops from the specialty vet.  Got a notification that they are spreading covid among themselves (patient's owners are not allowed inside and have remote sessions on the phone with the vets)  and needed to shut down for a week to regroup and make sure no one else gets it and watch for symptoms.   Covid cases here are starting to drop below the 10,000 mark and we had 8,000 yesterday.  Still too much.  People don't care though.

 

Anyway, hope all have a good day.

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Morning Tweety, I get tired too of being told how we're appreciated but no improvements in working conditions

BC glad to hear you're still losing weight

NJ22 wow I'm not sure I would even go out in that cold, much less run

Hi Amo

Herring  thanks for sharing the video

Stars hope your knee is better

Dianah hope your cat is OK

Hi Ted

Work was very busy in the morning and then very quiet in the afternoon

After work did the grocery shopping and other errands...post office, bakery, bank...even though it was snowing a bit

Had bell choir practice for the first time since November.  Felt good.  And we did pretty good despite having not practiced in 3 months.  Will be performing during Lent and also during Easter.

Slept good too, only up once briefly

Glad it's Friday.  Temps remain about the same but will be getting colder during the weekend

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Good day! We have clean teeth and no new problems. Gonna drive husband on errands. Then we may go to the beach, if it isn't crowded.

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And yet another cold, gray day...to be continued for at least the next THREE days. 

Took my 2nd dose of Prednisone with lunch. The knee feels mildly better, as in not so swollen, but there are still sharp pains that bite suddenly during certain movements. But at least it doesn't linger in an echoing ache like previously. Incremental improvement is fine by me, and I suppose things will continue to feel better as I get further into my 7 days of the med.

amoLu, So funny! I never have been envied for having rec'd a prednisone prescription! When the docs used to prescribe Vicodin for the pain, THEN certain people would 'jokingly' ask if I had any to spare, and hubby would suggest I could go down to the area where the ladies of the night and the drug pushers hung out, and "make double the money"  for selling the pills AND my 'favors'. But, nah, just having the pain tamped down for a while was good enough for me. However, the Vicodin took about 45 minutes before it 'kicked in' and then only lasted for about two hours, leaving me waiting for the time when I could take it again. Prednisone works differently (duh!) and I HOPE the effects last for a good while, because it's always sooooo nice to not hurt. // P.S. PLEASE tell me your mouse has finally expired! 

Y'know, BUSINESS taking over the Healing Arts is absolutely ridiculous. Now it's always the financial bottom line, and not the patients, that is at the forefront of 'caring'. So facilities operate right on the dangerous edge of staffing and personnel, and the 'patient oriented' bragging they claim to maintain is really more about spitting out (discharging) patients according to a predetermined formula rather than understanding that every single patient is different and may not match the  parameters.

It's much worse than, but similar to, the retail businesses' changes to "one size fits all". As an example I've groused about before...I have a size 9 & 1/2-size foot that is narrow, and can only get a size 10 which is LARGER than I need, and only comes in medium width...or triple E! So my feet swim in the only size available to me, and I have to use two full length inserts with anadditional arch support OR TWO (!) to take up the space. If the right shoes are so important, (and they really DO make a big difference to knees, hips, and back, in addition to the actual FEET...) why cut out so many customers needs? Not to mention bluejeans inseams which seem to only run as long as 'average', which is 2 inches shorter than I need! BAH! HUMBUG! 

Hubby is out somewhere in MY car which he keeps saying he "LOVES DRIVING"...When he gets back I plan and hope to go up to my room to once again beat back my slovenly habits. It cracks me up when people say "Oh, you are so organized!" When the doctor told me that and I said "You should SEE my room!"  ... he wagged his finger at me and said, "Geniuses have their minds on things other than their surroundings." Yah, well, the totally non-neatness of my room does bother me, but everything and everyone else seems to have first dibs of theirs, over MY wants and needs, which is typical of many caregivers (and especially women). I hate to say this, but it is true ... when I was single and had my own apartment it was way easier to take care of my immediate environs and needs. But that's not a good enough reason to seek being single again, so my room remains...most of the time...as a sloth's den. 

Ha--HA! He's ba-a-a-a-ck! So, here I go off-line and up the stairs, praying to get something accomplished!

 

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Hullo. It's still bloody cold here. Temp is up to 29, feels like 16 with the wind. Imma just finishing a late lunch, and will try to go for a little run. I've been watching the impeachment hearing and it's bizarre. You would think as long as we have all been wearing masks that some sound engineers would figure out a way to have a microphone that isn't distorted by masking. 

Stars, I've seen all sorts of reactions to prednisone, from immediate pain relief or relief of hives, to euphoria, to intense hunger to rage. I hope it's number 1 for you. The advantage I find from online ordering is I have a chance to find better fitting shoes and pants. Size 6 1/2 wide and 22 inch inseams. Petite is often too long. 

Tweety, I am surprised that you are not getting the eye drops from a regular pharmacy. When my old boston terrier had terrible glaucoma, that is where I got her tramadol. 

Good to read that you are back making music, Joe. When you play bells, are there certain notes you stick with? Is it something like voices? Are there sections like an orchestra: strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion? This is probably obvious to everyone but me. 

Herring, hurrah for clean teeth and no problems. 

Dianah, that sounds like a challenging end to your day, but your patients benefited from your efforts. 

Watch out Ted, Amy is coming to take over the video business! Lol, its is probably nice to have another set of eyes to help with editing. 

Hi Amo and BC, hope you are snug as bugs. 

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27 minutes ago, nursej22 said:

Hullo. It's still bloody cold here. Temp is up to 29, feels like 16 with the wind. Imma just finishing a late lunch, and will try to go for a little run. I've been watching the impeachment hearing and it's bizarre. You would think as long as we have all been wearing masks that some sound engineers would figure out a way to have a microphone that isn't distorted by masking. 

Stars, I've seen all sorts of reactions to prednisone, from immediate pain relief or relief of hives, to euphoria, to intense hunger to rage. I hope it's number 1 for you. The advantage I find from online ordering is I have a chance to find better fitting shoes and pants. Size 6 1/2 wide and 22 inch inseams. Petite is often too long. 

Tweety, I am surprised that you are not getting the eye drops from a regular pharmacy. When my old boston terrier had terrible glaucoma, that is where I got her tramadol. 

Good to read that you are back making music, Joe. When you play bells, are there certain notes you stick with? Is it something like voices? Are there sections like an orchestra: strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion? This is probably obvious to everyone but me. 

Herring, hurrah for clean teeth and no problems. 

Dianah, that sounds like a challenging end to your day, but your patients benefited from your efforts. 

Watch out Ted, Amy is coming to take over the video business! Lol, its is probably nice to have another set of eyes to help with editing. 

Hi Amo and BC, hope you are snug as bugs. 

Most people have 2 or 3 bells that represent 2 or 3 notes.  Some have 4 or 5, which can be tricky to manage 

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I took a private duty patient to an "activity" at their facility, where we saw a group of (champion!) bell ringers ... maybe 18 to 22 or so...they were high-school aged kids, and just so fantastic!

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Good Evening!

Just finished scoring music, and making fine edits, to one of our videos. (Please forgive me for being so repetitive about our video stuff. We're just super-focused on these recent video projects.) After Amy gave her approval, I placed this video up on VIMEO. It's in "private mode" so only those who have the link to such videos can view them. (VIMEO, basically, serves as a web-based storage for original videos. The stored videos are then "distributed" to other web-sites or via email, etc.) These particular videos are meant for Amy's web-page on YouTube. So, until I get the "go ahead" from her, they'll remain in "private mode". 

Work, last night, was fairly uneventful. There was only 1 patient in our teeny-tiny ICU, and 4 patients on the Med/Surg floor. I didn't have an assignment. Instead, I was everyone's "Go For" guy. At around 4:30 AM, the hospital was "Q". All five patients were safely sleeping, without any issue, and there were no patients in the ER. Because I didn't have an assignment, I was granted the opportunity to go home at that time. So, I left work early! I'm using 3 1/2 hours of Earned Time (ET) to make up the difference in pay. However, I'm working an extra 12 hours this week. Tomorrow I'll be Mr. Shift Director.  It's the 7AM to 7PM week-end shift. I haven't worked a day shift in months!! It'll feel weird! Hopefully the hospital will remain relatively "Q".

The weather has been cold. I'm so looking forward to the spring. 

nursej22 - Every so often, I turn on the TV to get a glimpse of the Impeachment Hearings. Whenever I do catch a glimpse of the hearings, the person speaking has his or her mask off. This is fine, except I noticed that the main microphone on the podium, that is shared amongst the speakers, never gets wiped down! (Yikes!) I really, really wish someone would wipe down that shared microphone after each speaker! LOL! Oh well. Hopefully no one will get sick from any kind of virus. 

NSIME - Hopefully the Prednisone will continue to offer you relief from the knee pain. And, hopefully you won't experience the side-effects that the steroid has to offer, especially not feeling tired to sleep.

herring_RN - I hope you and your husband were (are) able to go to the beach. It seems like such a nice and relaxing thing to do together. I hope all is well with the two of you. 

Joe - It's nice to read that your Bell Choir was able to rehearse together, yesterday. If you're able to, try to share an audio (or video) recording of your Bell Choir! I'd love to hear you all! 

Tweety - I hope the newly appointed VP of Nursing will advocate for your hospital's employees.

Gonna work on more music, then go to bed. I have the alarm set to go off at 5:00 AM. Working nights, I'm usually up at that time. My sleepy time is around 8:00 AM. I hope I can catch some sleep tonight so that working the day-shift, tomorrow, won't be such a challenge. 

Peace, folks! 🙂

Ted

Edited to Add:
By the way, it was around this time, 20 years ago, that I joined this web-site (allnurses)! I haven't been as faithful in posting here as some of you. Still, twenty years is a LONG time. I was even a moderator/administrator for a short while. I'm sharing this because twenty years ago, this web-site was very, very different. It was smaller, of course. I joined before "9/11" took place. The mood here was almost always playful with good-humor. After "9/11", things changed, for sure.  Even though I'm not a very active member of this web-site (It's been a LONG time since I posted on the "Yellow Side"!), allnurses remains one of my favorite sites to visit. (I belong to many, especially music-focused web-sites.) I enjoy the Daily Diary forum, here. Even though we never met face-to-face, and will probably never meet face-to-face, I still consider you all friends. Again, Peace, folks! 🙂

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53 minutes ago, Ted said:

 

 enjoy the Daily Diary forum, here. Even though we never met face-to-face, and will probably never meet face-to-face, I still consider you all friends. Again, Peace, folks! 🙂

Well spoken and meaningful to all here. TY

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Hello all!

Whew!!  It's FRIDAY of a THREE-DAY WEEKEND!!!  W00t!!

No Stars, I have always maintained, we take care of patients, who are people and they are all different.  We don't. make. widgets!!  I know the hospitals MUST look at $$$ income and outgo, and must balance the two.  But NOT at the expense of good patient care.  We try to give the kind of care WE would like to receive.   I can only pray for our facility, that good stewardship decisions will be made, and then go on to do my best in my little area.

Off soapbox now.

We had clouds and rain this morning (dh even reported hail in late morning), but as I walked to my car: NO clouds!  Nice temps (60's). 

Again, I worked in Stress Lab in the morning and we did one exercise stress test in the early afternoon.  THEN I was free to do the Case Management!  I had a PILE of papers upon which I had written patient names and the various needs that had come across the desk while I was in stress lab.  "I am working in stress lab now, will call patient later" was my mantra!  I had to stay an hour OT to finish the more pressing issues.  I will continue with the list when I return on Tuesday.

We have no plans for the weekend, just blessed quiet.

Cat (Samantha) has stopped drooling, yay!  Dh said it slowly subsided and she is back to her baseline today.  She has digestive issues, has always been skinny, skinny.  But she has survived this long -- 15 years, I believe!  And, I also believe it is due to dh's efforts to find what food she will tolerate, and provide that in small quantities.  Kudos to him!  One day, some 20 years ago, I was chatting with our secretary, telling her about his efforts with the cats (he is very attentive and detail-oriented with their care; sometimes humorously so!).  A woman approached the desk, listened to my last few sentences, and as we turned to her, the secretary greeted her.  The woman then turned to me and, in all seriousness, asked, "Are you planning to divorce your husband anytime soon?  Because I have been looking for someone like him, to marry!"  The secretary and I later had a good laugh about that!

Have a good evening!

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