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Friday - March 20th, 2020 - Good Morning!

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Good Morning and Happy Spring! ūüôā

It's 3:35 AM (EST) in this part of the world. . . .

Been up for a couple of hours, now. Just relaxing in my studio, surfin' the internet, editing video, and now typing here. I double-checked and apparently Spring sprung around 11:50 PM, last night (just before mid-night). I like spring. It's one of my favorite seasons. 

Hope all are doing well with the Social Distancing thing.  I know that it's only been a few days since it has been encouraged that we all practice Social Distancing. It seems that we all will be asked to continue on with this for the next few weeks, if not longer. As I've been sharing, these are surreal times for the world. My hope is that we all make the best of it.

Yep. I'm going to work tonight. Apparently, there are two patients in our teeny-tiny ICU. So, it is highly doubtful that being On Call will be offered.

When Amy got home from work, last night, she shared that her hospital is suspending "elective surgeries". (Amy is an OR Nurse.) Because she works "per diem", it will be unlikely that she'll be needed for the foreseeable future. She's taking 3 weeks off from work, anyhow, because of our (now-rescheduled) travel-vacation plans. So, Amy is fine with this. We have some savings that can help us out, should her hospital continue on with this suspension for several weeks or months. Still, it adds to the "unknown". There's so much "unknown".

I'm looking forward to the next 13 nights off from work, which starts Saturday. Amy and I plan on doing some hiking when the weather is nice. I have two work-related video-recording projects already planned next week. Amy and I also plan on doing one "creative project" together during our time off from work.

I wish to share another music video from Pat Metheny. This music video is titled, "Letter From Home". It is peaceful music. . . warmly contemplative. This instrumental features both Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays. This video showcases how the two of them, and the rest of the ensemble, intently and intimately listened to each other as they played this song. About a month ago, Lyle Mays passed away. He was a talented pianist. His playing was musically artful and inspiring. Lyle Mays will be sorely missed. This song, "Letter From Home" is a favorite of mine. I've been listening to this beautiful instrumental a lot, lately. It helps calm my mind. I hope it does for you all. . . 

Peace, folks. ūüôā

Ted
 

 

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Morning Ted 

Decent day at work.  Glad it's Friday

Have been a bit more anxious and distracted lately, probably related to the pandemic.  Will have to be more diligent in my meditation 

Ran an errand yesterday, exercised and worked on cross stitch

Tonight meeting J at Hobby Lobby since all the restaurants are closed.  We'll shop together and try to keep distance from others.  This could get more difficult as more businesses close

Decided I will likely push my Madison trip off to the fall.  Will likely keep the day off, though not as much to do on days off now

Weather was quite warm yesterday and rainy, today will be considerably cooler

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Good morning!

Yes, Ted it is surreal.  Hope work is kind and that you have some nice time off.

Joe, sorry to hear about J's best friend's mother.   I think we all are a bit distracted and anxious.

Stars, stay safe.  Sorry to hear about the car.  It's always something.

BC, hope the tele-medicine goes well.

Dianah, congrats on getting the taxes done.

Our hospital too is more than likely going to suspend elective surgeries.  One of the nearby hospitals announced this yesterday and they have a huge OR business.  This would effect my unit as we do mostly elective surgeries.  The OR nurses have been told if they didn't come from a floor, they would be cross-trained to float where needed.  I haven't heard any grumbling about this because people are being good natured about these special times.  

We also are closed to all visitors.  They are desperate not to become like Washington or California where supplies are running out and they are overwhelmed.  Got to keep that curve flattened.

Meanwhile cases in the county are only 16 but but six more from the day before.  We opened a designated unit that's not in use in a more isolated part of the hospital for Covid-19 patients and those being tested.  I think the unit has nine patients in isolation there, including the one positive.  Most are coming back with the flu, but we do have the honor of having the first positive patient in our city.  He is in a part of the wing that can be closed with limited staff interaction, such as dietary does not go in there.  His wife is at home on quarantine.  They are doing their best to keep nurses who float there on a voluntary basis.  They pulled one of our nurses from night shift to go there but called him at home and he agreed.  I too would agree, but with such a new staff on our unit and not many people trained as charge nurses it might not be likely I'd be asked at first, but I might do some overtime if offered.  

Next week the machine part that will allow us to test in house will arrive so we'll get results quick, as long as we have the test kits.

I need to vent about coworkers wasting masks.  I see so many people, not just nurses but lab workers, office workers,  walking around in masks from the hospital "just in case because you never know".  We are going to need these masks later and they don't need to wear them.

I'm so bummed my beloved beach is closed.  I feel this is unnecessary because it's open air and people can social distance easier.  It really is the Spring Breakers fault because there are so many of them in one area of the beach, and in full swing in Clearwater Beach close to us.  They are getting bad publicity for not social distancing, laughing and say "If I get Corona Virus, I get it".  The governor took care of that and said spring break is over. 

Anyway, I have no plans today but to mow the front yard, do some cooking and take a power walk and maintain social distance.  I'm well stocked on food for a while.  

 

 

 

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Morning-

Yesterday was a difficult day.  Fiance was "furloughed" from his new job, as they lost a major investor due to market uncertainty from COVID.  He's hoping to consult for them a few hours a week plus collect some unemployment. We won't starve or lose the house, but it's disconcerting.  I also found out I was likely exposed to COVID on 3/11.  I had dinner with a friend who now has all the classic signs-fever, cough, body aches.  Flu test negative, but she is not a priority for COVID test.  She was sent home to watch and wait.  I am worried for her.  She has severe asthma.  So far her breathing is ok and her sats are good.  She is a nurse and knows when to get alarmed.  I will stay in the house, except for my deck and back yard until the 25th.  And to top it all off, I was told yesterday that an acquaintance took her own life last month.  We had not been in touch recently, but I was very saddened at hearing this.  I hope she is at peace now.

Aren't I just a ray of sunshine?  I hope everyone else is ok.  Please take care of yourselves and stay safe.

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33 minutes ago, BCgradnurse said:

Morning-

Yesterday was a difficult day.  Fiance was "furloughed" from his new job, as they lost a major investor due to market uncertainty from COVID.  He's hoping to consult for them a few hours a week plus collect some unemployment. We won't starve or lose the house, but it's disconcerting.  I also found out I was likely exposed to COVID on 3/11.  I had dinner with a friend who now has all the classic signs-fever, cough, body aches.  Flu test negative, but she is not a priority for COVID test.  She was sent home to watch and wait.  I am worried for her.  She has severe asthma.  So far her breathing is ok and her sats are good.  She is a nurse and knows when to get alarmed.  I will stay in the house, except for my deck and back yard until the 25th.  And to top it all off, I was told yesterday that an acquaintance took her own life last month.  We had not been in touch recently, but I was very saddened at hearing this.  I hope she is at peace now.

Aren't I just a ray of sunshine?  I hope everyone else is ok.  Please take care of yourselves and stay safe.

BC sorry to hear that, I hope your fiance can find work soon and that your friend recovers quickly 

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BCgradnurse - Sad to read about your fiancé and your friends. Yesterday was not a happy day. Hope your fiancé finds work soon, and hope your friend recovers quickly. Hope you keep well, too! (((Hugs)))

Tweety - Sad to read that the beaches are closing. Those partying students acted thoughtlessly and foolishly. As for your co-workers lessoning the PPE supplies. Shame on them! Our hospital has taken an extraordinary and unique measure of putting Regular isolation masks (not the N-95 ones) in our Omnicells. The N-95 masks are locked up, and handed out individually. It seems like your hospital needs to set extreme guidelines for the use of PPEs to ensure an adequate supply until more arrive.

Joe - Glad to read that you're getting together with J.. Finding a dinner-date spot might be a challenge, though.  Hope work is kind to you today.

 

Edited to Add:

Amy got home from grocery shopping as I was typing out this post. Oh my gosh! You know how some people are hoarding toilet and tissue paper?!?!? Amy's hoarding specific brands of ground coffee, and half & half cream (both organic, of course)!! To be fair, we normally keep a "healthy" supply of each of these items (which is, more than likely, more than the average household). But right now?!? We have about 8 bags of our favorite brand coffee stuffed in our food pantry, and 7 quarts of half & half in our refrigerator (both organic, of course). (By the way, neither of these items are in short supply at the grocery store.) We may very well run out of toilet and tissue paper in a few days. BUT, we'll have enough coffee to last us for MONTHS!! L O L!

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BC, a somber day, indeed. It is here as well. 

We learned of the first COVID-19 death in our county last night, and at least one of the ECF patients I swabbed 2 days ago has come up positive, so we will return when we have swabs to test the other residents. The large, crowded mission that houses homeless people is moving to one of the high schools to allow for more social distancing.  There are rumors that our state will go to a "shelter in place" status in the next say or so. And nurses are sharing sewing patterns for masks. 

I did watch an interesting video this morning from ZDogg where he interviews Dr. Paul Offit. They are skeptical that the whole lock down thing is even warranted.  

I guess I just don't know what to think anymore. 

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2 hours ago, BCgradnurse said:

Morning-

Yesterday was a difficult day.  Fiance was "furloughed" from his new job, as they lost a major investor due to market uncertainty from COVID.  He's hoping to consult for them a few hours a week plus collect some unemployment. We won't starve or lose the house, but it's disconcerting.  I also found out I was likely exposed to COVID on 3/11.  I had dinner with a friend who now has all the classic signs-fever, cough, body aches.  Flu test negative, but she is not a priority for COVID test.  She was sent home to watch and wait.  I am worried for her.  She has severe asthma.  So far her breathing is ok and her sats are good.  She is a nurse and knows when to get alarmed.  I will stay in the house, except for my deck and back yard until the 25th.  And to top it all off, I was told yesterday that an acquaintance took her own life last month.  We had not been in touch recently, but I was very saddened at hearing this.  I hope she is at peace now.

Aren't I just a ray of sunshine?  I hope everyone else is ok.  Please take care of yourselves and stay safe.

So sorry all around.  What a day.

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BC, so sorry to hear about your friend, and also about your fiance's furlough.

These are uncertain times.  Oldest ds got laid off -- well, the bar closed, so none of the staff has work.  I hope the govt has some sort of supportive plan for these ppl who are suddenly without income, by govt mandate!   We will certainly support him if he needs it.  He is coming over tonight just for a visit. 

Dh is still working on a computer program to support online jamming between ppl.¬† One of the members of the Bass Talk community is involved, in No. Carolina.¬† I hear dh's mando and then a bass part, on and off.¬† Last night as they made progress, dh looked over at me and grinned.¬† "I still have it!"¬† (he is a retired Systems Analyst) ūüėĄ ūüėĄ

As I have not been at work this week, I am not current on the preventive and treatment measures taken by our hospital.  I will catch up on Monday. 

Youngest ds thinks he is recovering from a mild case of COVID-19.  Just the presentation and development of symptoms...   He is feeling better, though he still has a residual cough; has been working from home all week.  His wife has been working from home as well.

It's partly cloudy today but I think the rain is done.  For now.  First day of spring, and all.  Lots of trees are budding.  I have enjoyed seeing a lot of nature photo postings on FB.

Have a good day!

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Sad day, indeed. Reckon there's going to continue to be sad days in the weeks to come, all over.

Today I have to go to the pharmacy at WalMart to get refills for all of us, after 4 PM. I got a call from the doctor's office and they said my bone-scan shows I have osteoporosis. The doc wants me to start on generic Fosomax/Fosamax, however it is spelled... don't know if this will be once a day or once a week. Read up on everything about the med, not too thrilled, but will try it. Have to BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for jaw pain, don't want osteonecrosis of the jaw bone! 

It is 85 degrees and exceptionally windy today. I had to wrap the waist-tie from my bathrobe all around the wind-chimes, because the chimes don't have a pleasant or meditative sound today, but instead, emit a constant, violent CRASHING noise! Tomorrow it will be in the mid 70's, and partly cloudy with chance of showers 'around' (wherever around is); then Saturday it will be cloudy and temperatures will 'plummet' down to 56 degrees.

Nannie said she was starved to death, so I made her a sandwich and opened one of her favorite puddings....now I have to keep saying, "Nannie, open your eyes!"  ... It isn't a good idea to fall asleep WHILE you are eating! She is acting very dopey, as she had to ask WHAT was going on in the kitchen and WHO was up in the kitchen. [It's your oldest son, and he is taking dishes out of the dish-drainer and putting them away.] Then I picked up my double-walled metal sippy cup and the ice cubes made a clinky sound, so she says, with wide-eyed alarm, "What's THAT?!!!" I so want to say, "What's your best guess?", but have restrained myself and am trying to refrain from getting too wise-cracky and irritable. I'm already irritable. This woman who has always claimed to have "perfect hearing" apparently no longer has her hearing connected to her dissolving brain; I mean, I have never heard a person ask, SO MANY times: "WHAT?" or "What did you say?",  "What's that?",  "What did he say?" and the frustrating things are that over half the time it was not directed to her, or about her, or anything she would understand if it IS explained. I also have to do a lot of" 'splainin' to Lucy " and it is a long row to hoe to get her to "get it". Then she forgets in a few seconds. But, oh, if she is MAD, she doesn't forget THAT! Why that is, I don't understand!

Tapping out for now. I will be by later on and tell you what the outside world is like and if I manage to find a stray roll of toilet paper¬†ūüôĄ¬†that needs a home.

 

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Praying for us all in these uncertain times.

Husband's physician's appointment was cancelled, but he has his blood work ordered to monitor his CHF. 

Monday when I went to the store they were all out of beef, which he had a taste for. I bought a packaged Hormel sliced roast beef in gravy. He loved it! He remembered the taste from when he was single and often had the very same product!

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Yeah, so, I scared a little foreign kid in the grocery store; since I have a sort-of and slight sore-ish throat, I wore a mask. She saw me, became alarmed, and grabbed her mother's arm, and pointed to me. I said, "I have a sore throat and I don't want anyone to catch it!" Then as I continued past , her mother explained it to her in her native tongue.

When I was going through my inbox on my other browser, there was an update newsletter from Senator Tillis, and lo and behold, there was a box that said, "E-Mail Me" ... well, you can imagine *I* had a few things to say! I said that for a senior citizen (moi) who is taking care of two High Risk senior citizens at home, and going to the store I was thoroughly disgusted to find: NO milk, NO bread, No toilet paper, No disposable gloves, NO frozen or canned vegetables, NO dried beans, NO hamburger meat, NO chicken, etc. I said I am tired of driving all over town to find NO anything for our household. I said maybe his next newsletter suggest that stores LIMIT the number of those kinds of purchases, per shopping trip. And since no one seemed to be thinking about the Golden Rule, maybe a temporary LAW was needed and the necessary items rationed like gas was in the 1970's. The stores were even emptier today than the last time I went there. I told him that I had read someone in business or gov't said, "There is nothing wrong with the supply chain..." and if that is truly the case, where the hell are the simple pleasures of life like having toilet paper when you need it?  TP should not be a luxury only for the rich or stingy hoarders.

I did not tell him about the thing hubby showed me on line where a woman supposedly offered a policeman a donut and a free B-J for a roll of toilet  paper. HA! (I think is most likely be 'fake' news, but also could be entirely possible).

Really, the stores are kind of eerie, spooky, weird to have so many aisles of NOTHING but empty shelves. 

Hubby is mighty p.o'd that they called and canceled his CT scan and pushed it into the end of frickin' MAY. He told the woman about having had the collapsed lung, and that he could not find out if he is healing, or even get a diagnosis until he has the scan done, and if it were to be something he COULD be getting treatment for, putting off the scan puts him at a definite disadvantage. He opined that as a senior citizen in the 'at risk' category, he felt HIS condition and potential for being affected adversely by the virus was JUST as important as ANY OTHER person, and that it was not right to just cancel this appointment that he's already waited a month for. She said she'd send the message to his doctor's nurse and they would get back to him if the doc felt his appt should be rescheduled for a sooner-than-May appt. They didn't call him back today; I hope for their sake he gets a call from them tomorrow, one way or the other. We'll see.

Oh, he got a THIS IS NOT A BILL statement from his trip to the ER and being in the ICU for a day, and in a regular room for a day .... $19,024.00. Mighty  glad we have Medicare and a supplement! Katherine Hepburn's vehement exclamation in one of her movies, "CHRIStopher CoLUMbus!!!!" seems appropriate about that amount. Of course, there are tons of more expensive charges for many other folks, but GEEEEEEEZ, y'know?

And not rubbing it in for all struggling with work schedules, but I am truly, exceptionally grateful to be a RETIRED nurse. If I was back where I used to live, and still working for that agency, I'll bet I'd be begged to work as many 12 hour shifts as I could manage, and begged to overtime shifts, as well. WHEW! I was working during the beginning hullaballoo over HIV-AIDS, Legionnaire's Disease, and SARS, but this seems much more widely-spread and seriously contagious.

Hubby said that there is going to be a State, and/or maybe Federal, "shelter-in-place" (stay at home) edict/law, and curfew, et al, announced tomorrow?

Everybody stay safe, well-washed, and BEHAVE! I'm so glad you are all here to share¬†experiences with.¬† ‚̧ԳŹ¬†¬†¬†Doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, having this outlet with you'n's!¬†

 

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes
had to correct the amt of hubby's hospitalization. I originally wrote $1,924. It was WAY more!!!

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