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Morning

Two meetings at work yesterday, so less productive than it could have been.  Still, not a bad day

Got grocery shopping done as well as exercise

J's cousin from NY is coming out so after work we're meeting her and the family for pizza.  Way out in the western suburbs so a long drive for me.   There's another family get together planned for Sun too

Throat is still scratchy, wonder if it's allergies or a slight cold

Was nice having some somewhat cooler weather, though it will heat up again today.  Rain not expected until Sat, which is good

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Good morning Joe.  Pizza always sounds good, but I do hate when people bring junk to meetings or to the nurses station.  I have no will power.

BC, glad you stuck to your guns about those demanding patients.  To me it's actually bullying behavior that people think they can badger health care providers into getting what they want.

Ted, I understand about work taking you out of your funk.  When Billy died, I went to work knowing it would keep things at bay, although I called in the next day because I didn't sleep well.  Hope the three days are "q".

Nice pictures Herring.  

Stars, hope that the Lexapro doesn't make Nannie more chatty, for you and your husbands sake.  

Dianah, cool that you got a generator.  Going without power the days I did I'm wishing I had one, but I'd want it more for the air conditioning and can't really afford such a big one.  Bummer about the kids moving away.

Steph, hope you got a good night of sleep. (or getting as it's still sleep time there)

Work was kind of weird.  The administrator on nights that does the staffing insisted we had a new staffing pattern and shorted us staff.  This gave me a load of six patients, and we have a bunch of post ops coming.  Later the story was she misread our census numbers on the computer even though the night charge clearly told her what the census was.  Made no sense and I think the administrator is lying to cover up her blunder.  Anyway the manager was able to find two nurses that like working overtime from other units to come in at 11:00 which was a tremendous help.  By then for me personally my day was shot and I stayed behind.

On the other side was a big blow up when the mother of a gyn patient with an STD overheard the night nurse say "her nasty vagina" talking about the patient outside the room.  The nurse who was a float team member got suspended without pay.  The mother made a huge issue and caused a scene.  Luckily the manager was there by then and put that fire out.  Nurses are humans, but such judgement coming from a nurse is not called for.

Off today and working tomorrow.  Going to see best friend and do his laundry.  He's making steaks for dinner.   He's still on crutches and his MRI last week showed non-healing although his pain is better.  Good news he didn't have to go back into a cast because his symptoms are improving and the CAM walker boot will suffice.  He's getting a bone stimulator thingie to do at home several hours a day.  Hope this works and his insurance covers it.  His doc told him not to cancel the trip we have planned to Europe in late September, but the final payment is due next week and it's too iffy and we're going to have to cancel and get our deposit back.   Even if he's healed, it's probably not a good idea to go on a walking trip so soon.  Bummer, but that's life and we'll reschedule.   I'll just keep all that money for another trip.  Took me almost a year to save it up.  

Have a great day.

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Tweety, I wonder if bone healing might be stimulated by some weight bearing?  (and this doesn't just come from some random area of my weird brain!)  Have heard of a couple instances (canine and human) where that was the case: no healing even after eight weeks +, then healing began after weight bearing began.  Anyway, something to check into.  I will send bone growth thoughts George's way!

Joe, what exercise routine do you follow?  Hope today is good, you have lots of visiting in your near future!

Half day of work for me, then taking ds and dil and their cats to the airport.  

Y'all have a good day!

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1 hour ago, dianah said:

Tweety, I wonder if bone healing might be stimulated by some weight bearing?  (and this doesn't just come from some random area of my weird brain!)  Have heard of a couple instances (canine and human) where that was the case: no healing even after eight weeks +, then healing began after weight bearing began.  Anyway, something to check into.  I will send bone growth thoughts George's way!

Joe, what exercise routine do you follow?  Hope today is good, you have lots of visiting in your near future!

Half day of work for me, then taking ds and dil and their cats to the airport.  

Y'all have a good day!

I have an exercise bike.  Also walk and do some calisthenics and yoga

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I wish us all a good enough day this Friday.

Glad it hasn't gotten really hot here yet. Inland is expected to be, but here...not yet.

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3 hours ago, dianah said:

Tweety, I wonder if bone healing might be stimulated by some weight bearing?  (and this doesn't just come from some random area of my weird brain!)  Have heard of a couple instances (canine and human) where that was the case: no healing even after eight weeks +, then healing began after weight bearing began.  Anyway, something to check into.  I will send bone growth thoughts George's way!

Hopefully.  What caused the doc to order the 2nd MRI was the extreme pain when weight bearing started, so even if that stimulated healing it hurt to much.  He backed off and then is back to partial weight bearing and so far so good with that.  Hopefully the bone stimulation device will finish the job.

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Good Afternoon -

Recently woke up from First Sleep. Had a relaxing lunch with Amy. Getting ready for Second Sleep.

Work was a Nice Busy. Started out as Mr Telemetry Monitor Nurse. At around 2200, turned into Mr. PACU Nurse for a late OR case. After doing PACU for that one patient, I turned into Mr. SDC Nurse (Surgical Day Center) until that person "met criteria" to be discharged home. That person "met criteria" around 0615 this morning, about 45 minutes before the end of the shift. Haven't done the SDC thing in a couple of years. The charting is different, of course. So, I had to re-familiarize myself with the SDC way of doing things. I probably over-charted; typed lots and lots of words. At least everything is very well documented. L O L! 😄 Despite all of the role changes, it was a good night at work, if not just interesting. There were actually no ICU patients in our teeny-tiny ICU, last night. The other ICU nurse was Mr. Med/Surg Nurse from 2300 to 0700. To put it bluntly, us ICU RNs are our hospital's floating pool. 😉

Nothing much going on. Need to get Second Sleep before going to work tonight. 

Hope all have a pleasant day today. 🙂

Ted

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Good Afternoon to all of yez...

First of all, I just want to say that I miss Nel, and wonder about Wally and the 'new' cat, Big Boy, Talli, a possible new job, and all of that. (I hope it's okay to say that .)

Tweety, one thing about the Lexapro, or at least NOT taking the Celexa, Nannie was not terse and p.o'd last night. She went to bed at 9:30 PM, not fighting sleep as she had been doing. Finger's crossed it continues so. And yup, I still want to line up most of your co-workers and slap their faces and shake their shoulders 'til they look like Bobbleheads. They are more than annoying and tedious, and make me relieved NOT to be in the work-forces any more.

Joe, I'm sure you've heard the saying that meetings are just a way for administrators to keep avoiding work ... or something like that. I used to find meetings annoying and tedious as well! 

Ted, Well, what can I tell you ... once again, my hubby is out tooting around on his cub cadet. (Nannie Avoidance) I'm not trying to make you feel bad or guilty. Maybe we'll get a trailer for the cadet and drive on up to mow your lawn. But, wait, didn't you say the front part of your property is steep? May be not such a good idea after all.....Sorry to build up your hopes!

Hi dianah, Poor, poor cats, having to go to the airport. I know lots of animals are transported on planes, but it still gives me shivers thinking about their nervous systems having to withstand taking off, flying, and landing. But this too shall pass, and maybe once they're settled in at their new home, they won't hold it against your ds and dil.

Hey, we FINALLY got our torrential downpour last night or early morning, between 1 AM and 3 PM. It is predicted that once again, today, we are to get a "heavy thunderstorm", and tomorrow there will be showers and a thunderstorm. Like I said before, I'll believe it when/if it gets here. Right now the sun is shining and the humidity and heat are, naturally, quite OPPRESSIVE. But that's life in the South: "Hot town, summer in the city; back of my neck's getting dirt and gritty...."

May stop by later to see who else has dropped by...

 

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Anybody else notice that this post is mislabeled for June 12, not July.

Dianah - somebody here responded but I still don't see any "Start New Topic". I've a couple of things I'd like to post.

In my part of central NJ, we don't get any of the horrific weather that many others do. We've been getting those nuisance summertime on/off thunderstorms but nothing terrible. Well, last night, we had tornado warnings for MY neck of the woods. The local channels were breaking in & naming the towns just north & south of me and named roads that are just a rock's throw away. Uh, that was very unsettling! Locations' names are just maybe 2 miles away. Too close!

I've been spending too much time listening to that young vocalist (Jonathan Antoine). I'm going to order his tapes. I'm glad that NoStars' MIL enjoyed the clip. Some saying about "music soothing the savage breast" comes to mind. 

I've been using intermittent agency home health aide services since my  hospitalization. One HHA scares me - she is that good! I've been blessed in that I've been sent GOOD HHAs. I know that industry has had 'bad apples' at times, but I've been lucky. She starts VACA next week when she goes to Vegas - I think I'll give her $5 to put on some bet for me, just to win! I am going to miss her for that week.

 

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Awww, jeeez, I spoke too soon. Don't know why it's so, but Nannie is in a pinched-mouth snit, so we are both getting the cold shoulder. When hubby asked her something innocuous about supper, she gave smarty-mouth answers. Then there was the old threat that she'd just get somebody else to do his job, and him telling her to get ready to really fork it out to an agency to the tune of thousands per week. Then she said to him what he usually says to her: "Well, I'm not going to argue with you," Then, silence again. Sweet silence.

We also did get a mild thunderstorm, and a good thirty-minute, windy, soaking rain, plus some lighter intermittent showers. 

Nannie just failed her audition for the role of 'choking mother-in-law'. She coughed ONCE while eating her supper, then it was almost like a little light went off behind her eyes, "I'll keep coughing like I'm choking and see what they'll do." Except she was breathing fine in between the coughs, which  were at irregular intervals, and she really had to work at summoning up the effort to take a deep enough breath to get the coughs to sound serious. I've seen her actually 'get choked' for real, several times, so I knew this wasn't it! Neither hubby nor I reacted at all. So now she is REALLY 'mad' and has gone off to bed without a word....just lots of banging the walker against woodwork. And slamming the hollow doors. 

She will have forgotten this by tomorrow. Hubby says she used to do this tight-lipped freeze-out to his Daddy, sometimes for two weeks in a row. This part of her is not the dementia.

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Thanks for the heads-up, amoLucia!  I changed the date of today's thread, to the appropriate month!

Re: starting a new topic:  First, choose the area you wish to start it in.  

To do that, click on the yellow band area to the left of the screen, with the areas listed.  e.g., click on Nurses and then choose General Nursing.

Once you choose what area you want to post in, click that area and you will see the threads in that area displayed (most recent first).  Then to the upper right of the area, you will see a yellow band with Start New Topic or something like.  Click on that and it should lead you through the steps.  You can PM me or Siri if you need any assistance. 🙂

So, I was able to leave work at noon today, and we picked up some lunch for us and ds and dil, and met them at their cleaned-out apartment (well, it's not entirely cleaned out!).  They and oldest ds had been up all night packing and loading boxes and furniture into two Pods.  Then we loaded their suitcases in the car.  They secured the cats in their harnesses and then in their travel crates (the soft ones) and we piled in the car and drove the half hour to Ontario International Airport.  Drop-off went well and we learned, through texts, they were through security and seated with the cats and would soon leave.  There is a two-hour layover in Denver then then will be on to Ohio.  They said they may go in a family bathroom and lock the door and let the cats out for a bit, while in Denver.  

When we arrived home I was exhausted, as much emotionally as anything, I think.  Slept for about an hour and it felt really good.  We will see ds and dil again, for they will fly back the 16th in order to load the final bit of stuff in their cars, and drive the cars back to Ohio.  

It was 102 degrees today.  Yup, summer is here!

Have a good evening!

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