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Monday August 19th 2019

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Good Morning!

Hope all is well.  Not much going on here.  I had a nice Sunday.  

 

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Morning

Stormy morning yesterday, had to wait until the thunder and lightning abated before going to church.  Power was out there, but they managed with flashlights and candles.

Rest of the day was fairly quiet.  Worked on my cross stitch and exercised.  Was nice to have a quiet day after a busy Sat

Was a bit concerned as the cat was limping for the last few days, every now and then, but now she's walking fine.  My other cat would have episodes like this, wonder if it's temporary injury related to aging.  Will keep an eye on it and see

Work today, first week with the new procedures.  It will also likely mean I'll have to pick up the pace, as I think now they can better track things and set metrics.  I have the capacity, but it's always disconcerting when things change.  But that's what this position involves, a lot of change

Weather will be warmer the next few days then cooler again.  Might get more rain, hopefully not too much as we got plenty yesterday

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Good Morning -

Well, it looks like you (Joe) and Tweety have started today's Good Morning thread at the same time. Again! L O L! Hopefully a moderator/administrator can combine the two threads together. Again. 😄

Joe - Hope your cat it OK. Maybe the cat recently jumped down from a high place, injuring itself?? It's sad to see them limp along, though. Hope the change at work isn't too drastic.

Tweety - Hope all is well. . . 

Been up for a while doing the video-editing thing. I'm not feeling inspired to write a new composition. There are ideas rattling around in my head, but nothing worth spending lots of time and energy developing at this point.

Had a really nice day, yesterday. Our per diem Pastor gave a really nice sermon during the church service. I wish he'd stay full-time, but he's semi-retired. We're lucky to have him come to our church, even if it's just every-now-and-then. Had a really nice time meeting up with friends and watching the musical-comedy with Amy in the cast. Although Amy doesn't necessarily have one of the "lead roles", she is featured a whole lot on stage. The musical-comedy, itself, was quite funny. It was definitely for "Mature Audiences Only", though, with the "F-bombs" that were thrown in as scripted. After the show, we all went out for dinner together. It was really nice visiting with friends.  The dinner was delicious, too! Amy and I don't socialize much, unfortunately. We must do this socializing-thing more often. 

Today?? There are no real plans. If the weather is nice, Amy and I might go out and do something outdoorsy-like. If it's going to be another hot, humid and rainy day (which is what it's supposed to be), we'll stay indoors and relax together. I'll probably do more video-editing. Who knows?? Maybe I'll bang out a new melody??? L O L!

Just finished drinking First Coffee. Think I'll get another cup and do more video-editing.

Hope all have a pleasant day today! 🙂

Ted

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Mornin' Tweets, Joe and Ted.

Yawwwwnnn ....

Topics merged.

Coffee.

Love you all. Hope all to come have a good day.

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Hello all!

I had a nice 4 days off from work.  Went to the beach twice, heard some music, spent some time with family.  Now back at the grind.  I have to work a full 5 days this week.  Oh, the horror!

We had big thunderstorms last night.  It was good to get the rain, but it's very hot and humid today.  Should cool down later in the week.  

Tweety-Glad you had a nice Sunday.

Joe-I hope your cat is ok.  Hope all goes well at work with the new procedures.

Ted-Amy's play sounds like fun!  Bet you are staying inside today.  It's beastly hot out there.

Stars-I think of you daily and hope today is a better day at your house.

Hope all have a good day.  

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Morning, I was up earlier to take dh to the airport (5 am) then went back to bed. The mornings are turning quite cool, and I love to sleep with that cool air coming in through the window, snuggled under the comforter with a snoring, snuggling doggo. The weekend was nice, but tiring. I went to the fair Friday night with dh, but we were both very tired so didn't stay long. dh's legs and one knee have been bothering him. His PCP had him stop his atorvastatin, and that seems to be helping. I also encouraged him to wear his support socks. He is on his way to a trade show in Vegas that requires lots of walking on hard floors. I went back to the fair Saturday with youngest ds, dd and the grandkids. And walked a lot. Yesterday was yard work and a nap! Today I need to get some groceries. The grandsons and I are going to the beach and I need to pack lots of snacks. I have forgotten how much food active boys can eat! 

I am off for the week! MD appt Tuesday to check pacemaker, pack on Wednesday, fly to Santa Rosa Thursday to volunteer in the medical tent for a JDRF bicycle event. Then fly home Sunday. Hopefully, we will fit some wine tasting in. Eldest ds and his finance are riding the 100 mile event, and dh is flying in to volunteer. 

Thinking good thoughts for all. Stay cool!

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Good morning Tweety, Joe, Ted, BCgradnurse, sirI, nursej22, and those who visit later! nursej22: Enjoy your days off!

Our bird feeder is now a squirrel feeder, so we enjoy watching them close up. 

Nice sunny day here. It will probably get too hot later. I can go read in the bedroom if the house is too hot. Husband is comfortable on hot days. 

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Gaaaaaaahhhh! The humidity is positively DISGUSTING! And "it's hotter than hinges of Hades!" (my mom used to say.) Oh well. This too shall pass. 

Nannie's got a cold; don't know how/where she picked it up from.... I got a large can of Lysol Spray because she is not one to cover her sneezes and coughs. The exo cast makes hand-washing difficult because it ain't s'posta get wet. She sneezes and says "I just don't know what's wrong with me!" like um, it's so hard to figure out! We tell her she just has a common cold. I am being very good not to say something like "You've got Kookamongus of the Bingus, and you only have 2 days to live!" She's frequently one of those worst-case-scenarios thinkers: Cancer! Heart attack! Cancer! Cancer!

I just heard from hubby that my father-in-law once had her admitted to a 'mental ward' for evaluation because for about two years she was convinced she was allergic to almost everything, food, chemicals, etc. She spent so much money on an 'allergy doctor' who pushed lots of his own supplements, multiple kinds, at a big expense; FiL figured if he was going to have to pay out the nose for HER to get what she considered necessary treatment (and it was treatment did not seem to make a heck of a lot of difference), then HE was going to pay for something HE thought was necessary. I'm not sure about the reaction she had or the results, back then, but nowadays she eats anything and everything, with NO mention of "the 'A' word", thank the Lord.

I started with my standard 'ward off a cold' treatment, which has worked well for me over the years: Vit C 1 gm TID,  Ecchinacia 100 mg TID, and Zinc 30 - 50 mg QD. If I am actually experiencing the start of cold symptoms, I bump the Vit C and Ecc up to QID.  Then over the next few days, I taper the frequency; then I'm off it when I know the coast is clear, so to speak.

Hubby's been on the phone with various people (Dr's office, a paralegal for a lawyer, several people who have had to follow a similar path with a parent) seeing about various options for The Nannie Problem. He is waiting for call-backs from several.

The Spine place offered me a cancellation spot for my ablation, a whole month earlier. But, since I have to have hubby drive me to the Big City and wait there until they are through with me, arrangements must be made and I don't want to pile everything together in one short period of time. Once he hears back from the doc, we'll prolly call some agencies to see about getting respite care for us in general and for my appt day in particular.

Ozzie is doing well as an only child, which is comforting.

Joe, I hope your cat's limp disappears.

BCg, I wish your kitty had returned. Did you say it was old or maybe sick?  Maybe it was adopted as a stray by someone else. It's sad not knowing, though.

Tweety, you are a man of few words today!

Ted, wish I could have seen Amy in the play. We don't socialize, well, I was going to say "much", but truthfully, right now, it's AT ALL. Of course we were kind of homebodies when we lived up in the mountains, but we knew a lot of folks, and that was way different from how it is here, naturally.

Hey, when I was at PT this morning, I used the scale I've been weighed on there, and I have lost 5 entire, whole pounds!  w00t! I have 2 more PT appts before the head PT guy re-evaluates me.

I have to whisper this part so the gypsies don't hear me say it, but, I am having very little actual pain in my lower back and hips; even my knees have been quieter. And the bursitis shot in my right shoulder seems to have done the trick! It is AMAZING!!!!! 😊

 

 

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@NSIME-

Glad to hear DH is getting the ball rolling in getting some assistance with Nannie.  I had to laugh when I read about her thinking she's allergic to everything.  I've had several of those patients in my allergy career.  They get very mad when all their allergy testing is negative.

Sadly, my cat never did come back.  She was old (16) and had CKD and a big heart murmur, but seemed fine prior to her disappearance.  She is also microchipped and was wearing a collar with her name and my phone number on it.  I think it was her time to go.  I miss her terribly, as you must miss your dog.

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Well, Nannie's PCP is on vacation, wouldn't you know it?! (of course!), but hubby talked to her former PCP,  same practice but in a diff position. This prior PCP is VERY familiar with Nannie, having seen Nannie for YEARS, and she had some opinions about the meds, like weaning off one and upping the dose/freq on another. She will speak with current PCP about it.

We will not able to send Nannie in for an mental eval; it would have to be a psychiatrist arranging an admission, and after he/she talked w/ her, would probably just say Nannie has "Dementia and/or Alzheimers" and "there ain't no cure for our summer-time blues."  😥

So after the meds issues get settled and underway, perhaps Nannie won't be quite as difficult to deal with. We may get some respite for a few shifts a month via an agency, as I don't believe hubby thinks placing her would be economically feasible. Next he needs to talk w/ a financial advisor about what she has and what/how it can be used to her best advantage, but without pulling the rug out from under us.

This is all so mentally wearing. I told hubby he must have given her a time-release talk-talk-talk pill when she got up late this morning. She just could NOT shut up, filling the air with twisted fairy-tales and mixed up everything, seamlessly rolling on out of her mouth with nary a breath. EGADS! We have been taking turns, switching out to give each other a break from the verbal barrage. If I didn't already know her, it MIGHT be kind of interesting, but aside from already KNOWING much of her history, I have had to listen to it all, at least daily, for 15 months. Except, of course, with the difference of names, people, subjects, years, incidences, occurances and complete fabrications. It is still crushingly boring, however it is told. Sadly, she has always been very severely self-centered, that even though we know she has dementia, which amplifies that aspect, it is hard to tolerate 24 hrs a day of me-me-me-me-me-me-me-.

Again, thanks for being there to lean on and jabber to.

Since it is only Monday, maybe we can get something, some little, but concrete thing established this week,  a genuine start, so as to not feel like we are whirling down the drain. I don't want to hear that huge, slurpy sucking sound! 

 

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Hello all!

I have read through all the daily entries, from Thursday till today.  

No Stars, hang in there with Nannie!  Hopefully dh can arrange some respite time (besides going to WalMart!).  Good your injections have helped the bursitis!

Ted, congrats to Amy on helping pull off the musical comedy!  And I hope your next shifts are quieter than the one you described, Mr Do-It-All!  Those tune ideas will come out when they are good and ready.  

nurseJ22, your trip sounds like work, but fun as well!  I went to school in Healdsburg, which is right next to Santa Rosa.  Nice area.  I'm sure Santa Rosa is recovering from the devastating fire in 2017.  Hope your pacemaker site is improving and is no longer uncomfortable.  Are you feeling  better since it was implanted?  I mean to ask, can you tell a difference??

BC, nice you had four days off.  Hope work isn't too bad this week.

We had a wonderful time at the bluegrass festival.  Didn't hear as many bands as I have in the past, but we spent a lot of time jamming and visiting.  We left Thursday and set up camp by 2pm, and had a good jam in the evening, right next to our camp.  Same the next night!  Was really good to play with people who listen to what others are doing, and don't just play as loudly as they can, without regard for what else is going on around them.  Come to think of it, we had good jams every night!  Dh got to play on his mandolin in the mornings, he enjoyed that.  We re-connected with many friends (some we only see at this festival, once a year). 

They usually hold a raffle for different donated instruments, the funds benefitting the local bluegrass association.  Our friend D has won four times in the past 17 years the festival has been held.  FOUR TIMES!!  Now, he confessed he has a system.  He purchases 200 or so tickets each time, right at the end, and bends the tickets a little as he puts them in the bucket.  Well, I bought some this time (not 200!!), and strolled over to the stage area, to see if I won!  saw D sitting by himself, and sat down next to him, told him "I know I won't win, so I will sit next to someone who WILL be a winner!"  He shook his head, and told me he only bought ONE ticket this year.  One!  One for the guitar drawing and one for the mandolin drawing.    

As things went, they drew all the other instruments first: banjo, mandolin, and a couple other things as well.  Then the guitar winner was announced.  By golly if D didn't win it!!!  With only ONE ticket!!  He confided he has a large collection of instruments he intends, through a trust, to donate to children's programs.  He is such a cool person!!  We were excited the guitar went to him!

As always, it was sad to leave, as we packed up today.  We did hand out a lot of our CDs, to friends we saw.  Had a safe drive home, and we are pretty much unpacked.  Wash is cogitating, dryer is rotating warmly.

Tomorrow is work for me.  

Y'all have a good afternoon and evening!

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