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I thought I ordered a calendar from Amazon...going to have to look into that.  I'm still old school and like to see on my wall in my office a calendar with upcoming events and appointments.

Hope everyone had a peaceful and safe night.

I took my clonazepam and melatonin and slept well through the fireworks and midnight.  That's a good combo to get me good sleep and stay asleep.  

My covid anxiety is not bad, it's more a feeling of dread as I feel a surge is on the way and we're not all vaccinated.  The rollout to 65 and older isn't going well.  People are waiting in long lines and fights are breaking out.  One woman waited 14 hours before giving up saying the line was a super spreader event.  Our ER has cranked up and so have our covid admissions.

One of our more belligerent night nurses refused to float to covid last night.  The other nurse on duty is over 60 and has breast cancer and has a doctor's note not to float there.  They made accommodations and floated him elsewhere, but I'm not sure what the fall out will be.  On the one hand I'm not sure I support forcing people to go, on the other hand you can't set a precedent of not floating because if he gets away with it, whats to stop someone else and so on.  He's a healthy 30 something young man and his excuse was his grandmother is sick and he visits her every couple of weeks.  I can't support his selfishness but I stayed out of it and let administration handle it.

Supposedly we're getting covid travel nurses next week so it might not be a big issue.  We've been lucky but our "never float to covid status" has been revoked even though we are still a "never covid or PUI" unit.

Anyway, being all these months into my anxiety is not nearly as bad as it was in March or even the Summer when we had our big surge.  But we did reigister 17,000 cases, our biggest one-day measure here in Florida.  Guess I'm getting used to it.  I'll be happy to get my 2nd vaccine and get immunity within the the weeks after.  

I saw my $600 pending for Monday and spent some of it already on some wireless headsets that I lost at the gym.  They were nice expensive Bose one's and I'm bummed at that.

Hope everyone has a great day.  Working today and off tomorrow.

 I edited and when I do that the picture seems to mess up but it's a Tweety saying Happy New Year!

 

 

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Happy New Year!! 🎇

Finally went to bed around 10:00 PM, last night. Was exhausted. Slept through the first few hours of the New Year. Woke up about an hour ago. The Earth is still in one piece, and rotating on its axis as expected!! (So far, so good! LOL! 😛 )

So. . . Did anyone make any New Year's Resolution for 2021?!? If you did, did you break it yet?!?!? LOL! 😛

I slept really well last night. I feel rested, which is a rare State of Being for me. I'm working tonight, then off the next two nights (Saturday & Sunday). Work is gonna be busy for the next foreseeable future, especially as "that virus" is making its way through our area of the world. We have four dedicated rooms for Covid-19 patients requiring rehab after their initial fight against this disease at our larger sister-hospital. This, automatically, makes work busy for our teeny-tiny hospital. Our teeny-tiny ICU has been full for most of the past few weeks! But some of our patients have been "Med/Surg Overflows", who are not true ICU patients. For the time-being, our teeny-tiny hospital's ICU is providing care to post-op ortho patients while the Med/Surg unit provides care for Covid-19 patients (in their dedicated, air-filtered rooms). Yep! Us ICU Nurses have been thrusted into the world of Post-Op Ortho Nursing! We're getting quite good at it, too! LOL! Actually, we're the "Jack of All Trade" Nurses for our teeny-tiny hospital!

It does feel nice to have the Year 2020 finally be behind us, today. Of course, the Year 2021 is very, very young! Anything could happen! But it "FEELS" like new start. With the new vaccine(s) being offered, I'm feeling hopeful.

One thing that I like about the New Year is that the nights are getting shorter as the days get longer. Soon, I'll be able to commute to work without it being totally dark outside! THIS excites me! LOL!

After next week, I have a scheduled week's vacation. Due to some nice creative scheduling, I'll have 12 nights off from work! I hope to do some music composing during this time! It's been a while since I actually sat my fat butt down, put pencil to blank manuscript paper, and write music. Looking forward to doing this!! 🙂

I wish you all well for this New Year. I wish for continued Healing and for Peace. I know that I sound like a broken record when I type these things, but they come from the heart. 

Cheers! 🙂

Ted

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Happy New Year

Tweety I use calendars too.  And I know that feeling of dread.  Glad you slept well

Ted hope Covid doesn't hit your place too hard.  My aunt lives in a small town and it is very bad there

BC dramatic patients like that can be draining

Stars it could be step dgt's personality, if she's normally fairly dramatic.  Wonder if Nannie is perhaps reaching the end stage given her increasing confusion

Amo hope you feel less fatigued

Dianah glad you got the meds sorted out

Hi Herring and Ted

Work tried to kill me yesterday with a ton of work.  Was covering for coworker who follows up with people post discharge.  Normally these calls are spread out among a bunch of us, but this time I got the majority of them.  Perhaps a lot of people were out.  Was crazy for a while but still got done on time

Quiet after work, got out for a walk, went grocery shopping, had some wine, went to bed at my usual time.  Texted J, he's still waiting on the results of the influenza test, is still pretty tired with a headache.  Hoping he feels better soon

Had some difficulty getting to sleep last night.  Got up and read a few minutes, realized I was tired enough but not comfortable.  Took off the new weighted blanket and went to sleep.  Guess those things aren't helpful for me.  Sleep was pretty good last night, think I"m getting better

Today will be fairly quiet.  Bad weather is expected, snow/rain/freezing rain.  Hope to get out early for a brief walk.  Will bake some cookies this morning, decided to give it another try.  Will be participating in an online event one of the political groups is doing.  Might do laundry.  Will watch the 3rd Hobbit movie

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Happy New Year. I went to bed at 9 last night. I woke up occasionally to the sound of fireworks, but went right back to sleep. Dh said they quit about 12:30. It's been pretty rainy, so perhaps that's why. It's also going to be a bit warmer today, up to 50. We are doing a Polar Bear Plunge today at a local lake. The two big organized events have of course been cancelled. 

BCg, that patient sounds like she created a lot of chaos. I confess, I probably acted like her a year ago in reaction to what I thought was poor delivery of care. I lashed out at people who had nothing to do with my source of anger. But that doesn't excuse being a jacka$$. 

COVID here is slowly increasing its spread. The vaccine thing has been a hot mess. Our little county health department actually received a shipment of the Moderna, and our manager refused to let us use it. Upper management says "we are not in the vaccination business" and transferred it out. Their plan for our staff is to give us a voucher to go to a pharmacy at some unknown time. The vaccine went to a clinic that is giving out 10 doses a day. And as far as I know, there is no other facility giving it, other that the hospital to their own employees. The sad thing is, as a part of our disaster preparedness plan we have storage room full of immunization supplies (syringes, etc) just sitting. I think we should have vaccinated all the nurses in preparation for standing up a drive-up clinic, first for the staff of local providers and nursing homes, and then essential workers. 

Stars, is there someone your hubby could talk to? A neutral party? Maybe a pastor or someone at a community center? It's sounds like he is carrying an unfair burden. Of course, step dtr has a serious illness, but "piling it  on" ,long distance, on her elderly father is awful. He wants to fix something that is out of his control and he needs to know that it's okay that he can't. 

Here is hoping for a better year

 

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Good morning and Happy New Year!

Last night was a usual night for me: reading with the TV on, went to bed before midnight.

Joe, my youngest ds gave me a weighted blanket last year (he knows I have trouble sleeping).  I liked it but was too hot when I used it.  So it is put away. 😞  What kind of cookies are you baking?

Ted, good you are rested.  Hope your shifts go smoothly.  12 days off, woo-hoo!!

Tweety, I use wall calendars too.  Especially at work.  I usually get one with nice vistas, maybe places I will probably never go.  Last year's was a calendar of Yosemite views.  This year I ordered one of Bodie (the ghost town).  My office partner has one of Yosemite. 

Hello nurseJ22!

Have a good day!

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Good morning and Happy 2021!

I made it up til midnight.  We had a Zoom game night with some friends earlier and then watched a live stream concert that was over at 11:30, so I figured I might as well stay up.  I slept til 8:30, which was nice.  It's chilly out today, with temps just around freezing.  I bundled up and went for a 3 mile walk this morning.  Then I filled the bird feeders and am now contemplating on how to spend my day.  I'm thinking tea, books, couch, and blanket.

Tweety-I share that feeling of dread regarding Covid.  In RI, the governor altered the vaccine roll out plan and did a mass vaccination in a community that has an extremely high positivity rate.  I think it was the right thing to do, but some are complaining that it pushes "them" further back in the queue.  I also don't think it's quite fair for your low risk co-worker to refuse to be floated.  There's always going to be selfish people.

Ted-Glad you slept well and have some time off soon.  I also like that the days are getting longer.  I think I hate the dark worse than the cold.  When does Amy start her new job?

Joe-I hope J does feel better soon.  It seems like it's taking a while to get the flu results.  I hope you have a relaxing day.

J22-That is infuriating about the vaccine!  You all could have been vaccinated.  It could be months before the vaccine is available at commercial pharmacies.  Have fun at your polar bear plunge!

Dianah-I'm glad you got your medication straightened out.

Herring-I'm with your husband.  I do like a little something sweet every day.  I try to stick to 1 piece of dark chocolate.  I don't always succeed.

NSIME-I'm sorry DIL is still not doing well, and that it's upsetting your DH so much.  I wonder if she has seen anyone in the hospital to help with her with what sounds like depression and despair?  

Amo-That's wonderful that you're almost at the end of the radiation.  I hope the fatigue lifts when you're done.  

Rose-Glad your cat is better.  

Here's hoping for a better year than last year.

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24 minutes ago, BCgradnurse said:

Here's hoping for a better year than last year.

Amen!!

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Good afternoon and Happy New Year! Had to sleep in nice and late today after the neighbor's pyrotechnic shenanigans last night- fireworks exploding right outside my bedroom window until around 1am.

Normally I don't create New Year's resolutions, but I created one (just probably won't be acted on for several years): the next house I buy will not have common areas and will have a nice, huge yard with a fence so that the neighbors setting off their fireworks will be far, far away!

Planning a nice, quiet day alone with Netflix. Wondering if Doordash will be delivering today- I'm in the mood for some food that I wouldn't cook myself.

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Happy New Year! 

Step-dgt told her dad this AM that they said that if she can eat something, she can go home. She supposedly hasn't eaten in two weeks and is down to 119 lbs. That's all I know. No wonder her stomach hurts! Stomach acid with no food to work on digesting? Hunger pains? If she goes home and starts up again, or rather continues with the nausea and crying, I'd send her to DUKE or the MAYO clinic. She either has an actual cause for all this or she doesn't. AND she needs a Psych Consult post haste, regardless!

My hubby called her nurse for permission to have outside food delivered to her (here's a big hint why she isn't eating: she won't eat 'hospital food'!) Then he called her husband to go get some takeout to deliver it over there. Then her idiot husband told her that after the food is delivered to her and 'they' (nurses) leave the room, to flush half the food down the toilet so it LOOKS like she has eaten. (Here I post 57 of these: 🙄) He is such a moron, no insult meant to actual morons who can't help their condition.

Hubby talks w/ two Dr's, they are friends from church, who have known his family and especially Nannie, for a long time.They are his go-to folks for info and ass't. He also has several friends with whom he gets to vent. And me, of course. One of the docs said he would help set up Hospice for Nannie, but maybe it's on hold until after the Holiday is over.

I think hubby is planning to go up to visit his dgt when she gets out of the hospital. She just wants him to hold her, she said. Not sure how long he will stay. He wants to stay a couple of days, but usually he ends up coming back ASAP because of the lack of sleeping arrangements for him, or "she is sleeping all the time", or her hubby is being an a-hole, or whatever hullaballoo might be going on. 

Nannie continues to un-necessarily worry about her room! This morning, "there is nobody in there to teach". (?!!) We continue to assure her:  it is her room, her stuff, nobody shares it, nobody goes in there or messes with her stuff; she is not "hurting" anybody or cheating them out of a place to stay; she does not have to pay any rent or mortgage; she owns everything free and clear. She does not have anyone to 'teach' because she is 91 and retired. (She only ever taught a children's Sunday School class). She does not have to go anywhere or do anything, etc, ad- infinitum....and  Blah-dee-blah-blah.

She is also mad because the toilet overflowed again this morning ... and what I, the PK (Plumber's Kid), see..... is all gel and cotton pieces. She denies she has put anything in the commode, not even PEE(!!) and says furthermore she'll not be treated like a dog; I told her, "Pardon me, but we treat dogs VERY WELL around here!" Also said that I was NOT 'blaming" her, just stating what she and I  both could see in what had overflowed from the toilet onto the floor. She wants to hire a plumber? OK, do it! Then she will be mad about what a plumber would tell her ... the same thing I told her ... and the fact that she'll have to pay for the plumber's time and labor costs. Ooooh no! It's a mad circus with her!

She is desperate for anything, SOMETHING, to argue or worry about. I guess that is what helps make her feel 'alive'. When hubby called to me to come upstairs to ass't him w/something, she was afraid something had happened to him, like he might have fallen down or something. (Did you hear any loud noises? No.) I wish she would worry about how she is driving us crazy, but it is not to be so. I'm not sure what the end stages of her Alzheimer's/dementia would look like. Her brain continues to disintegrate, but her body remains healthier than many her age or younger. So I can't imagine when or how or IF she has gone far enough in any way for her to actually expire from it.

YAY! I am losing weight since changing my PM snack to a small bag of Skinny-brand popcorn, a banana and a glass of milk! My jeans are quite baggy. I love it! I think I am down around 10 lbs from last year. Another 5 lbs or so (off the right spots) and maybe I'll be wearing my size 16 jeans. w00t!

NC's COVID is spreading and stretching the hospitals to the limit at record numbers. I haven't heard anything about how local immunizations are proceeding. Nursing homes patients and health-care front line workers go first I guess. It'll be a while before it gets to us ordinary private citizens, regardless of our age.

Although hubby really should/needs to, I doubt he will get the vaccine ... he is one of those who reads on his smartphone about those who are convinced that Bill Gates and the gov't have inserted a "5G" tracking thingy in the vaccine, but honestly, who on Earth really cares what WE are doing or where WE are going that we have to be kept track of? Some say the 'chip' is akin to the Biblical 'mark of the devil, like 666) He thinks, thanks to the extremist opinions, that once Biden ("and Pelosi") are installed in place that 'they' are going to start coming after people's guns, and trying to turn us into a socialistic/communistic country. smh. I tell him only that we will probably be gone from this planet 'before it gets that bad, and I really don't want to spend my time dwelling on or worrying about those possibilities". Otherwise I keep my opinions to myself, and am careful not to roll my eyes out loud, or sigh and shake my head.  Any reasoning is counter-acted by what's on those sites he looks at, so I don't even try. At least he's not hoarding stuff and/or boarding up our windows, so there's something to be glad about! 

Crimminy Jickets! 🙄

It is cold (43) and rainy off and on. Tomorrow it is supposed to get up to 69 degrees, but I'll believe it when I feel it!

I intend to have a good new year regardless of any this personal, local, state-wide, national, or world wide BS. I'm tired of it, and as a cool grade school teacher used to scold her class: "I'm not having ANY of this! Now cool your jets!" And then she would lick the tip of her finger, place it on her hip and go "Ttsssssszzzzz!" to imitate a sizzling sound.

May we all find peace, health and well-being during this new year.

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One New Year's Day my Grandfather said, "I said this 365 days ago, but happy New Year!"

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2 minutes ago, herring_RN said:

One New Year's Day my Grandfather said, "I said this 365 days ago, but happy New Year!"

Ah, but the year that shall not be named was leap year, so this time it was 366 days ago! 😁

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7 hours ago, dianah said:

Good morning and Happy New Year!

Last night was a usual night for me: reading with the TV on, went to bed before midnight.

Joe, my youngest ds gave me a weighted blanket last year (he knows I have trouble sleeping).  I liked it but was too hot when I used it.  So it is put away. 😞  What kind of cookies are you baking?

Ted, good you are rested.  Hope your shifts go smoothly.  12 days off, woo-hoo!!

Tweety, I use wall calendars too.  Especially at work.  I usually get one with nice vistas, maybe places I will probably never go.  Last year's was a calendar of Yosemite views.  This year I ordered one of Bodie (the ghost town).  My office partner has one of Yosemite. 

Hello nurseJ22!

Have a good day!

I made my usual chocolate chip.  New brown sugar made it turn out better 

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