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Friday February 19, 2021

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Good Morning!

Joe, glad work and sleep are going well and that the weather might improve.

Stars, glad you were able to restock.  Gas prices have gone up here as well.  Yes, the realities of nursing are tough.  The VP said she's "hiring 50 nurses", which means there are 50 positions available and perhaps they might get four or five applicants they hire.  There's been a shortage of RNs here in Florida and they warned us it would get bad, but I feel were now in the "it's bad phase" where there are thousands of RN positions open with not enough nurses to fill them.  Covid didn't help when two things happened:  nurses that didn't want to work covid quit, and nurses that wanted to make a huge amount of money working covid also quit to go to hot spots.  One of our units lost six nurses at once.

J22. those enchiladas sound good.  I've actually made yam enchiladas myself before.  

BC, sorry that's it's crazy there. 

Covid cases down to only 5,000 yesterday.  That's an improvement.  The governor says my county has only vaccinated 35% of the over 65 group and aren't ready to move on and is sending a whopping 8,000 doses.  I know he's doing what he can with a limited supply but the 65% unvaccinated total 87,000 people and 8,000 doses is a drop in the bucket.  

Working the next three days.  The way it's been going lately I can't stand working three days in a row, but it is what it is.

We're still enjoying above-average temps while a good deal of the country deals with cold, ice and snow.  Weird. Hit 80 degrees yesterday.  My air conditioner has stayed off though.

Have a great day.

 

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I was kind of hoping someone from our Trinity might have posted early today, but nope ... so, here I am to start off the day. SURPRISE! Actually this is not starting off the day for me, as I went to bed at 2 AM and woke up at 3;20 AM, and have been awake ever since; I am hoping to get back to sleep shortly. (hopehopehope)

So far I have tried the trick of thinking of a list of unrelated items; I read that doing so is supposed to make you so bored with the list that you drift off to sleep. Uh-uh, it DINT do that!

 Then I repainted and redecorated and rearranged all the rooms in the house, with new furniture. Contemplated making the whole downstairs into an apartment, then making the second and third floors into an apartment. Tore down the back deck and rebuilt a better one about 2/3rds its size and screened it in. I pulled up the dreadfully bare and ragged looking shrubs at the front of the house, put in new windows all the way around, tore up carpeting, put down white oak flooring. Then ordered and had installed all new kitchen cabinetry, new, larger stove/oven, and a big refrigerator. Poked a hole in the opening between the kitchen and dining-room, tore off all the hideous and annoying, stupid accordian,-type blinded/slatted doors between some rooms and used a closet doors. Got rid of the over-frilled "cutesey" country-style hearts and doo-dads and the tired, dusty fake flowers... You'd think I'd be exhausted after all that, but unfortunately not so.

Anyway it's all one big fat moot point. It isn't my house, I haven't the funding, and dammit, I'm in no kind of shape to move furniture around!' Guess I'll try closing my eyes again and listening to the rain on the roof. It'll be a rough day if I can't get a bit of shut-eye.

My big plans for the day will be laundry. And maybe trying to figure out a way to keep the stupid thigh-high support hose from rolling themselves down to just above my knees. They did help with the vein pain, and kept the left knee mostly quite a bit less painful. I wore them for 8 hours, and do you know the most peculiar thing is, when you finally take them off, your skin doesn't feel like your own skin. It is minutely imprinted with every single thread of the stockings that pressed on your skin, and it's kind of creepy feeling until the circulation reasserts itself and you get your "normal feeling" skin back.

I guess since it is now 6:10 am, I should give it the old college try and stretch out, cover up, and hope this wakefulness wanders off somewhere else for while!

  w00tie-t00t-t00t ------ ppfftttt!

Hope if some other poster comes along, that our two posts get conjoined or whatever, by our monitors!

Later, y'all.

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Um, Tweety, it isn't January anymore 😋

I was still blabbing in my post while you posted yours; I'll ask monitors to correct your date, and join my post to yours.

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Tweety hope your three in a row doesn't prove too difficult

Stars glad the support hose are helping.  Hope you sleep better tonight

NJ22 I feel the same way about acute care

Hi BC and Herring

Work was pretty good yesterday, day ended on a quiet note.   After work went for a walk and then went to bell choir practice.  We hope to perform at a church service in about 2 weeks

Yesterday tried switching my large cup of morning coffee to half decaf, wondering if that would help.  It didn't, I was tired and had a headache in the afternoon, and it made my sleep worse rather than better.  Was up twice last night to read and was fairly restless, although according to the app I got most of my normal amount of sleep

So back to regular coffee today.  Hoping the work day is fairly normal today too

Have been working harder on mindfulness, it is quite helpful although I'm finding it rather tricky to do, compared with more conventional relaxation techniques

Should be a quiet night for me, nothing after work except the usual exercise and cross stitch

Weather is slowly starting to improve, though more snow possible Sunday

 

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Morning-I'm doing telemedicine from home today, and thankfully, I have only telephone visits, and no video visits.  That means I can stay in my pajamas as long as I want to.  This week has been bananas.  We had another staff member test positive for Covid, after coming in for 3 days with cold symptoms and not telling anyone.  Says it didn't dawn on her that it might be Covid.  Really?  So, we're all awaiting test results.  Fortunately, most of us have had our first dose of vaccine, and we always wear PPE.  I also have several patients with Covid that I've been trying to get in for monoclonal antibody treatment.  Demand is outweighing supply, and I was only able to find an infusion center appointment for 1 person.  I've also had 3 pediatric patients this week that came in for relatively simple problems, but that have turned out to be fairly complex.  It's interesting, but not all in one week, please.

I was scheduled to get my 2nd dose of vaccine tomorrow and volunteer at the vaccine clinic, but we were unable to get our weekly allotment of vaccine due to bad weather across the country. We'll just double up our hours next weekend and I'll get my 2nd dose then.

It's snowing out today, and it's that beautiful, big white fluffy snowflake kind of snow.  It's really quite pretty out.  we're only supposed to get about 4-6 inches, so it's no big deal.

Stars-Sorry you couldn't sleep.  I also make lists in my head of everything I'd like to do to my house.  99% of it isn't going to happen, lol.  I hope you're able to catch a nap today.

Tweety-It stinks that you are so understaffed.  I hope these 3 days go by quickly and uneventfully.

Joe-I hope it's warming up a bit in your area.  I feel your struggle with sleep.  My latest thing is to take magnesium at night.  I find it helps with sleep, headaches, and also the nasty leg cramps I frequently get.  How did bell choir practice go?  It must have felt good to be with others in the group.

J22-I hope the weather stays relatively nice for you.  I am craving enchiladas now!

Hi to Ted, Amo, Dianah, Herring, and all else who stop by.  I hope it's a good day for all of us.

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Threads merged, January changed to February in title.

Hello to all!

Busy week, will probably post on the weekend.  Not much going on.

Oh!  Wednesday was sister's LAST CHEMO!!  And her last radiation was one week ago!  I hope she starts to feel more herself.  Thanks for all your prayers and kind words. 🙂

Have a good day!

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3 minutes ago, dianah said:

Threads merged, January changed to February in title.

Hello to all!

Busy week, will probably post on the weekend.  Not much going on.

Oh!  Wednesday was sister's LAST CHEMO!!  And her last radiation was one week ago!  I hope she starts to feel more herself.  Thanks for all your prayers and kind words. 🙂

Have a good day!

That is good news Dianah

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1 hour ago, BCgradnurse said:

Morning-I'm doing telemedicine from home today, and thankfully, I have only telephone visits, and no video visits.  That means I can stay in my pajamas as long as I want to.  This week has been bananas.  We had another staff member test positive for Covid, after coming in for 3 days with cold symptoms and not telling anyone.  Says it didn't dawn on her that it might be Covid.  Really?  So, we're all awaiting test results.  Fortunately, most of us have had our first dose of vaccine, and we always wear PPE.  I also have several patients with Covid that I've been trying to get in for monoclonal antibody treatment.  Demand is outweighing supply, and I was only able to find an infusion center appointment for 1 person.  I've also had 3 pediatric patients this week that came in for relatively simple problems, but that have turned out to be fairly complex.  It's interesting, but not all in one week, please.

I was scheduled to get my 2nd dose of vaccine tomorrow and volunteer at the vaccine clinic, but we were unable to get our weekly allotment of vaccine due to bad weather across the country. We'll just double up our hours next weekend and I'll get my 2nd dose then.

It's snowing out today, and it's that beautiful, big white fluffy snowflake kind of snow.  It's really quite pretty out.  we're only supposed to get about 4-6 inches, so it's no big deal.

Stars-Sorry you couldn't sleep.  I also make lists in my head of everything I'd like to do to my house.  99% of it isn't going to happen, lol.  I hope you're able to catch a nap today.

Tweety-It stinks that you are so understaffed.  I hope these 3 days go by quickly and uneventfully.

Joe-I hope it's warming up a bit in your area.  I feel your struggle with sleep.  My latest thing is to take magnesium at night.  I find it helps with sleep, headaches, and also the nasty leg cramps I frequently get.  How did bell choir practice go?  It must have felt good to be with others in the group.

J22-I hope the weather stays relatively nice for you.  I am craving enchiladas now!

Hi to Ted, Amo, Dianah, Herring, and all else who stop by.  I hope it's a good day for all of us.

Bell choir is going well, we seem to be progressing quickly 

I've been taking 200 of magnesium in the morning, though I could take it at night too

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I take magnesium at night, which was recommended by my old PCP. I also eat a fair amount of magnesium rich foods : avocado, peanut butter, and almonds. 

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1 hour ago, nursej22 said:

I take magnesium at night, which was recommended by my old PCP. I also eat a fair amount of magnesium rich foods : avocado, peanut butter, and almonds. 

I need to find a type of magnesium that I can tolerate.  Have tried the citrate and the glycinate versions but they give me stomach cramps 

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Reading you all. Taking husband for his second Moderna vaccine! Mine is scheduled for next month. 

His BNP was up yesterday, so we are waiting for instructions from our physician. More Lasix almost certainly. He says he feels OK, but got short of breath walking slow yeaterday.

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Good Afternoon -

It's snowing outside. Looks nice. It always looks nice, sitting inside our warm, comfy home. But driving to work on snowy roads ain't fun. But with that said -

Texas. I've learned more about that state, its politics, and its infrastructure these past few days than most of my adult life. It's stunning. It's profoundly sad and frustrating. At least to my weary eyes, it's another one of those, "It didn't have to go this way" situations.  Texans are Americans. My heart goes out to them as they - millions of them - work to get back to some level of "normalcy". It seems that it's gonna be a long road to recovery for many. As for the generations of state and federal politicians who allowed their constituents to be left so vulnerable?!? There are no positive words that can be said about them. None.

(Getting off the soap-box. . . )

I'm scheduled to work tonight. However, if being On Call is offered, I will take it. 

Yesterday, I spent most of the day preparing for last night's video-taping of Amy's latest cooking episode. We've been experiencing audio problems associated with the  lavaliere microphone that she's been using. It's a "wireless" transmitter-receiver set-up that's been causing the issue. The issue is this frustrating intermittent static sound with the microphone set-up. So, much of my time, yesterday, was spent researching and problem-solving this annoying issue. Long story short, I used another type of microphone for Amy. It's not ideal. The sound is just "OK". But it's far better than those annoying bursts of static sounds that we've been experiencing. In the meanwhile, I met some pretty cool people in the audio/video world who went out of their way to "listen" to my problems and offer suggestions to problem-solve them. Rarely, do I reach out to the "professional" audio/video crowd. Gotta admit that interacting with them was pretty cool and rewarding. 

Nothing much else going on. 

I hope all is well with everyone. Hope all keep safe. . . 

Peace! 🙂

Ted

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