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Friday January 29, 2021

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Good morning!

I did 13 years of night shift and invested in a custom made to my window black out blind.  It being Florida where 9 months of the year we don't use blankets at all, a weighted blanket isn't an option to try for my insomnia.

Joe, hope that J feels better.

Amo, really my app instead of asking me "do you want it delivered" should say "do you want it mailed" if that's the case.  Regardless I just have the one clonazepam every five or six months is all so I order it on my app and pick it up when they email me.  No other meds.

Another long and hard day and left around 9pm, came home and had a double veggie cheese burger for comfort and took 1/2 a clonazepam and sleep very well.  

I'm meeting my student that will be with me 160 hours the next few months.  I'm so tired and have to put on my teaching cap and professional face.  Ugh..LOL

Have a great day.

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Tweety that's understandable, having to teach someone while doing your job can be very tiring

Herring might try a wash cloth or hand towel too.  I find if I use sleep masks the strap has to be fairly loose for it to be comfortable

Hi Amo

Better day at work yesterday, most of the day was more quiet, with very few answering the phone.  Got a little busy towards the end of the day when I got some calls

After work was busy, had to stop at the bank, the bakery, the library, the drug store, and do grocery shopping.   Then we had the church's online version of their dining out.  

Today will be quieter after work, nothing planned except the usual cross stitch and exercise

Tomorrow afternoon another snow storm expected.  Will try and get outside prior to then, if the trails aren't icy.  And run errands before the storm comes

Quite cold yesterday, somewhat less cold today, in the 20s and 30s

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Morning all,

It's f-f-f-f-freezing here.  It was 5 degrees when I woke up with a "feels like" temperature of 10 below zero.  Glad I didn't have to go into the office today.  I won't be going anywhere.  I'm volunteering again tomorrow at a Covid vaccine clinic.  This time I will know to wear several layers.  It's in a high school gym that is relatively unheated.  Still, I'm happy to help out.

Tweety-Precepting is hard under the most ideal of conditions.  I know you will do what you can to give your student the best experience possible.

Joe-have you had a lot of snow this winter?  I hope you're able to get out before the storm.

Take care all, and have a great day!

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3 hours ago, BCgradnurse said:

Morning all,

It's f-f-f-f-freezing here.  It was 5 degrees when I woke up with a "feels like" temperature of 10 below zero.  Glad I didn't have to go into the office today.  I won't be going anywhere.  I'm volunteering again tomorrow at a Covid vaccine clinic.  This time I will know to wear several layers.  It's in a high school gym that is relatively unheated.  Still, I'm happy to help out.

Tweety-Precepting is hard under the most ideal of conditions.  I know you will do what you can to give your student the best experience possible.

Joe-have you had a lot of snow this winter?  I hope you're able to get out before the storm.

Take care all, and have a great day!

Not that much so far

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Hi. It's neither warm nor cold here. About 40 degrees and overcast. At least there is no wind. The daffodils are peaking up out of the ground, and I spied some little cyclamen blooms emerging. I  also have hellebores, witch hazel and viburnum blooming. This is not a sign of spring however, as we often get a major snow storm around Valentine's day. I just returned from a facial, and doing a drop off at Goodwill. I am slowly disposing of stuff, in anticipation of downsizing in the next couple of years. And I watched an inspiring documentary on Netflix about ridding oneself of stuff.  It's pretty amazing what a household accumulates over 40 years. 

We finalized the order for the fireplace replacement and made the down payment. It will take a couple of weeks for install to begin. We qualify for a rebate from the gas company which takes some sting out of the cost, plus we should save some money on gas bills. 

Take care folks. 

 

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Good "Q" afternoon!

 This morning wasn't so "Q"....the doc (psych) called at 9:20 AM instead of at 11:40 AM. Hubby says he is going to buy that man a WATCH! 

Anyway, the doc who called has put Nannie on a increased dose of one med (seroquel, I think), and another med to help her sleep. He said "She has just been a little angel on the Adult Behavior Unit..." and "She sits out in the hall and talks with everyone." Yup, the sweet lil thang is doing her well-ingrained Southern Lady act to the MAX! They are going to discharge her home on Wednesday 2/4. (oh happy 'frabjous' day!) The increase in one med dose, and addition of the other will have her in a 'better mood' and 'easier to handle', but also puts her under an increased chance of death. 

Hubby's (L) knee problem seems to have resolved itself since the click he felt/heard from it when he fell backwards going downstairs and sat hard on a step, causing a deeper bend in the knee ... since then he has not had to use the crutches. Weird.

Ozzie got groomed by his 'new' groomer yesterday; The one he had who was so good with him and his trim, has gone back to school and only works very part time. She had given up her shop and is with another group, and they've gone up to $60 and it has to be cash only. I had taken $55 out of checking to cover what I thought would be $50 plus a $5 tip. FORTUNATELY I had an additional 3 one dollar bills and $2 in change in my wallet, so I could pay, but no tip for the groomer! Then I was in possession of only 19 pennies in my wallet! (Good thing the SS check arrived!!!)

I found out that not having gotten the second stimulus check, I needed to fill out my 2020 tax form and submit it...which I did online. The company I used had a LENGTHY but very well-designed site with easy to follow instructions; I was thrilled that not once did I feel like dissolving into tears while I was filling out and filing it! The IRS supposedly won't be dealing with e-filing until after Feb. 12th and it's not certain when we will get that $1200 (filing jointly), and I don't know when Biden's stimulus checks will be rolled out. I am looking forward to actually having a cushion of $ for a while. 

Hubby MIGHT be going to go up to the mtns to visit w/his dgt and grand-dgts this weekend before Nannie comes home. It's kind of up to the weather reports, and, of course, the fact that he REALLY does not like spending the night at her house. The 15 year old spends most of the time in her room, and his dgt and SiL go to bed REALLY early, which leaves him twiddling his thumbs, or being piled on by dog/cats. So his trip and my days to be alone don't exactly look promising. Phooey! I said he better do his visiting up there BEFORE Nannie is discharged.I told him that after she comes home, we absolutely, positively HAVE TO make an appt w/that paralegal and get our wills taken care of. He nodded 'yes' but did not look too thrilled. Too bad. 

I wish I could have a clue about where and when I can get my COVID vaccine. The paper announced the one they already had at the racetrack (which I know the location of), and there will be a site occurring at another place further into the Big City (with which I am not familiar). I'd just as soon join a line of cars at the racetrack; my KIA is great on gas and wouldn't c/o a long slow crawl to the injection people. And I can do crossword-puzzIes to pass the time, but I cannot STAND in a line for hours outside in this weather (or any weather, for that matter) because a lot of standing sets off the (R) sciatic pain and lower back pain, which goes from an ache to a radiating shrill all the way down the back of my LEFT (!) thigh and to the (L) shin and ankle. That's what's going on with it now. I don't expect to escape any (R) side pain; actually my (R) shin and ankle tends to complain either in sympathy or just for  crabby old reasons of it's own. Nevertheless, I WANT MY COVID VACCINE!!!!! [dammit!]

Tweety, So happy to hear about your raise!!! Of course you should have gotten it long ago, even without adding the student precepting to your already BUSY work days, but regardless...more money is always good news! When I did private duty, and the office called and said they were sending someone new to the shift following mine... I always hoped it was an experienced person and not a newbie. Private duty is really quite different from working in a facility. Orientation to one person shouldn't have to be difficult, but I was always assigned to many 'difficult' patients, who had definite peculiarities, soooooo! Well that's over with now, for me; I hope yours improves as the newbie gets some more skills in his pocket.

 I think a mask or towel would be distracting when trying to sleep, but whatever works is great. I can sleep even if there is light on in my face or the sun is shining. My mother used to use wax earplugs, but I tried them once and found the experience hideous. When I got married it was sodifficult for me to fall asleep with someone breathing/snoring next to me, so I used those foam earplugs to dull the sounds. 

BCg, I'd say BRRRRR, too, if we got that cold down here! But now being sort of essentially housebound, (we have a 10 PM to 5 AM  curfew, which, I mean,  really cuts into my painting the town red at night) my tolerance for temperature extremes is not as good as it was when I was younger and living up there.  Good idea to dress for the day  you'll spend in the drafty gymnasium. 

Joe, What a busy day of errands you had. Sounds like some of my outings! I'd like to go to the library, except the libraries here are shut down again. Phooey!

Welp, I have been typing this one post off and on for over an hour. Mebbe someone has posted in the meantime, maybe not. Hello to all, and good thoughts, as well.

 

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Still  cleaning out the pantry - must have tossed 30 or 40 ? packages of those seasoning/spices like for tacos, chili, sloppy joes, chicken gravy, turkey gravy, etc gravies, glazes, salad drsgs, etc etc etc etc. Some things were dated back to 2006, but some I think were earlier. And these were just the packets - I still have the little indiv bottles of poultry seasoning, cumin, basil, oreg, diff flavored salts, etc. Some things are multiple bottles. Some I moved in here with from home some 30 yrs ago. Haven't looked at the pasta/rice boxes yet.

Still hearing a mouse scratching. Need more mouse traps.

Too cold for me. Anticipating nor'easter Monday?

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Hello all! 

It rained on and off from last night till this afternoon, though it was not raining when I left work.  Lots of clouds still, and LOTS of snow in the local mountains, and the snow level was low (looks like 2500ft??).

Busy at work, and I was running on probably 4-5 hours' sleep but that's OK.  I will sleep well tonight.

I will fly up to Nor Cal Sunday early afternoon and stay with my sis till Saturday.  I will be able to be her driver all week.  I will be staying with her but we will wear masks.  She may go hang in her room, so she can take the mask off.  With COPD the masks tend to bother her.   We don't have anything wild or crazy planned, just getting her to her rad tx treatments every morning.  She is on a break from the chemo, till the next week (after I am gone).  I plan to talk with her Case Manager and see what I can arrange for after I'm gone.  New territory, this.  Appreciate your thoughts and prayers. 🙂

Tweety, yay on the raise!!  ('bout time!!!)  You have done so well, building up your emergency fund, too.  Kudos!

No Stars, enjoy your Nannie-free time (I know you are)! 

Have a good evening!

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dianah - not sure about this, but you may not be able to accompany your sister when she goes in for her tx. I had to be all ALONE at my cancer facility radiation txs.

You can prob drop her off at a check-in desk, but then you may have to leave. Too much risk for cross-contamin & immunocompromise (reasons I was given). I would STRONGLY suggest you ask to find out. They turned away every 'buddy' person, even for those pts needing translators & pers asst.

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15 hours ago, amoLucia said:

dianah - not sure about this, but you may not be able to accompany your sister when she goes in for her tx. I had to be all ALONE at my cancer facility radiation txs.

You can prob drop her off at a check-in desk, but then you may have to leave. Too much risk for cross-contamin & immunocompromise (reasons I was given). I would STRONGLY suggest you ask to find out. They turned away every 'buddy' person, even for those pts needing translators & pers asst.

I figured this would be the case.  She will only have radiation next week, has a break from chemo.  Treatments are around 20 min and then she's out.  I told her a few days ago, I wanted to talk with either her MD or case manager.  Haven't heard yet what she was able to arrange...   Thank you for your comments!  🙂

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dianah - seriously, it was so sad watching the accompanying 'buddies' ALL be turned back when it was so obvious that their presence would be so helpful/appreciated. Had lots of time to 'people watch' while sitting in the lobby waiting for my transport. My actual appt scans were really short; it was all the positioning that took some time, but even then that got quicker as time went on.

I really doubt they'll let you accompany her in. Maybe the weather will accommodate you to wait out in your car. Should be a short wait.

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Yah, I'm OK waiting for however long it takes.  I WOULD like a chance to talk with her MD or (better yet 😉 ) an RN or Social Worker or Case Manager.

Really appreciate your input. 🙂

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