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Stars hope your surgery goes well for you today

Nell hope that your shifts aren't as bad as they have been

Yesterday was fine, choir and church and congregational meeting.  Forgot the beans but they had so much food they weren't needed, so I froze them for next time

Had a fairly long lunch with J.  Came home and exercized and relaxed

Back to work today.  Still on the fence about whether or not to look for a new position, will probably have to wait a bit longer and see what happens.  Right now too much uncertainty to know what the right course is

Very cold weather expected Tues-Thurs, will run an errrand or two tonight and then try not to do much after work the next 3 days

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Hi all-

This URI is still kicking my butt.  No fever or anything, but I feel like crap.  Oh well.  Thinking of Stars today and hoping the procedure gives relief.  

Joe-Glad you were able to spend some time with J.  

Hope all are well today.

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Good Morning, 

It is supposed to get chilly here later in the week, but not nearly as cold as the midwest or east coast, down to 25 or so. Yesterday we drove to a area that is supposed to be be good for viewing eagles, but only saw 3 on the drive there. But we walked about the park, and stopped for a nice meal in a little town along the way. There were some intriguing shops nearby, but all were closed for Sunday. Came home and watched the Screen Actors Guild awards, and later, Victoria.  

Wishing NSIME a successful and smooth procedure today. And hope everyone's day is great. 

j22

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I hope you feel better later today BCgradnurse. 

Joe: I'm sure you will make a good decision. 

Sounds nice nursej22! 

Prayers for No Stars.

Dianah is planning to hear John Sebastian and Maria Muldaur in Indio. Husband and I heard John in San Diego in 2010. His guitar and autoharp playing are as great as ever, but his voice was scratchy. Next time I looked for him he was doing a fair and concert tour of Canada with Maria.

I'm posting them with the Kweskin Jug Band doing Mississippi John Hurt's "Richland Woman", my favorite of all the songs Maria sang.

In this video John is wearing brown slacks and  green shirt playing guitar. Jim Kweskin is sitting and playing guitar.  Maria sounds great!

Since I am a fish wearing a herring bone dress I added this song. Maria's ex-husband Geoff Muldaur is singing this wonderful old song.

 

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Gotta give you all a chance to hear Ruthie. She lives in Texas, but was here in LA recently to do two nights at McCabes. She led singing for striking teachers week before last at a high school. 

 

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Hey, I remember Midnight At The Oasis! Such a smooth sounding voice.

And the temperature slide is beginning! We are going to have ground temperatures of 1 degree this week, and wind chills well below zero.

I have proper clothing, including a face mask. I am sure I will be wearing it during horse chores.

I just hope my car starts, through this weather.

So, so, glad my weekend from hell is over. I ran my butt off all weekend. My group was the worst on the unit.

I noticed all of the bad patients belonged to one particular doctor.

One passive aggressive patient, is a CNA, at a nursing home. She made me go in and out of her room three times during med pass.

First, I need PRN Imodium. I got that, then she needed ice. I got that. Then she wanted pain medicine. No, she wouldn't express her needs all at once, just one at a time. As a CNA, she knew better.

I wanted to strangle her.

She was rude and uncooperative with the tech.

She was discharging today. I told day shift nurse to make sure nothing delayed her departure. Get her out!!! 

How do you gather all those line needles, herring.

Hope you get to feeling better soon, BC.

Bundle up, Joe!!!!!!

Hope Tweety is getting well deserved rest.

Hope Stars is resting comfortably.

Safe travels to all.

 

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Hi everyone, I've been having problems with remembering passwords since most of the sites require new settings  to get into them, and my brain doesn't allow me to have the same type of memory I once had due to the  shrinkage.

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Nel: Most of the pine needles fall between the fence and the side of the house. I wear gloves and use the lawn rake and one hand to put them in the big green yard trimmings trash can. I saw a couple black widows and lots of other bugs going between cracks and such.

Fran: I'm glad you are signed in! My memory is not what it once was. I needed my "brain" on paper folded in my pocket when working. I was always terrified I would forget something important.

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Good afternoon.  

Slept late and took a nap and feeling great.  Heading out for a quick jog and dinner before bowling tonight.

Fran, I had to change my passwords due to identity theft and I could not for the life of me remember them and had to change them over and over again.  Even some I wrote down were wrong.  

Nel, we have a doctor that works usually at another hospital but tends to send his most difficult patients to us.  He claims it's not that but the insurance they have.

 I had a steady day yesterday.  Still had the daughters from hell, but mom was a little better but their passive aggressive behavior wore me out.  The will make a complaint that their mother is confused, but won't cooperate with an MRI "that's too much for her".  They claimed their mother was too lethargic and not breathing well (truth) so when given narcan complained we were too cruel.  They asked for pain medicine for their mother, and when given "we don't want her getting pain medicine as it makes her confused".  

Thankfully they like me as I caught their mom's a-fib and got things done and talked to their mother directly.  They seemed like me doing that but I don't deal with the family, I deal with the patient and what they need.

I had another patient that was a challenge due to her schizophrenia and emotional lability.  But I got her up, got her walking, spent a lot of time with her and she later asked me to marry her.  Still this patient was too time consuming to care for.  

I clocked out at 9pm.  Didn't do my charge nurse report or even give a charge nurse report.  I told the ongoing charge nurse that I wasn't staying a minute longer and of course she was supportive and said she'd do the report.

Sounds like many of you are getting ready for an arctic blast.  Don't know how you can stand it.  It's in the low 60's here, and 40's at night, and I'm like "I'm so tired of cold weather!" 

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Regarding passwords, I have a ton for work for various online data bases, and because they often have patient identifiers, I need to keep them confidential and they shouldn't match. And many need to be updated every 3 months or so. So I created a list on Excel that I keep a  little thumb drive that hangs on my key chain. 

Otherwise, I spend an awful lot of time changing and updating passwords!

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Good Afternoon to one and all.

Long day but we "got'erdone!" Two hours in pre-op, 45 - 60 min for the procedure.  And one and a half hours in recovery, mainly because the doc forgot to sign one of the scripts, for the muscle relaxer. We had to wait for a nurse to track him down, wait until he had a break from the surgeries. It wasn't too bad, actually; I was sleepy enough that I could doze in between, so it wasn't aggravating ... to me!

I've got a one inch incision with 4-5  stitches, covered with glue, right smack in the center of my lower back, covered with GLUE!... Kind of cute. Looks like a thin wooly-bear!

All personnel were friendly, easy-going and thorough. But in recovery they wouldn't let me curl up on my left side :(...they said, "Not until you get home.") The recovery unit made me think of Tweety, with the constant business of patients coming and going; made me happy to be retired!.

Doc said I did very well during surgery, but I didn't have a chance to act outthey got all of the cyst scraped away. Said that I would probably have random spasms and pains, as the sciatic nerve will be "coming back to life" after being squished for so long.

I told the first nurse I was her 'perfect patient' today, which she said she appreciated a whole lot. Woke up at 2PM and said into the air, "Am I in recovery?" Yes. Can I go pee?" --told me to wake up a little bit more first, then she took me to the restroom. She said they 'needed' me to pee before I was discharged....Noooo problem! Three times before, and 3 times aftah, and peed twice after I got home. Nurse chuckled and asked "tiny bladder?" and I said, "No, just very healthy kidneys!" Well, since they filled me with IV fluids, my kidneys and bladder responded. One or two bays over, so guy was having trouble peeing; even though he was miserable from a full bladder, he was even more miserable thinking about being cathed. We had to laugh (silently) when he said, with a huge, loud sigh, " Awwww, jeezzz, that's SUCH a relief!" I imagine so!

Behaving myself as post-op orders indicate. VERY sore, but it ain't like the grabbing pains of yon days of yore! Hallelujah. I think that the cyst won't grow back in the next three days, so I MAY enjoy some pain-free moments! The awful aching at the back of my thigh is  *bzzzt!*...gone away. YAAAYYYY!

Going to drowse now and try to ignore Nannie. When she asks, "So how are you feeling?" it is mostly because she wants to recite her : 'Nobody knows what I went through.' ...which is probably true to a degree, but I've heard this anecdote SO OFTEN. She still refers to herself as a "Cripple" even though between the ages of 18 and "almost 90", she has walked, was on a bowling team, a softball team, etc.....so many other activities But she HAS TO tell everyone she meets about her being a cripple, because it's true, nobody does know what it was like...

In that really and truly, her Mom, 2 Aunts and 2 Uncles spoiled her totally rotten. She was carried around like a princess , they made her beautiful home-made dresses, and she got way lots more attention than any other kid in her grade. No wonder she thinks "looks" are the most important thing, and that SHE is the center of the Universe. They sure didn't do her any favors by how they treated her. Poor Pitiful Pearl. Nobody carries on over her like she expects them to.

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Glue is mo' beddah than gauze pads that wrinkle up and the tape comes loose!

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