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Stars I hope that your DH can get some help from the PCP with his depression.  Counseling could help too

Hi Amo

Quieter day yesterday.  Did cooking in the morning before church.  After church made a brief stop at the arboretum gift shop, did some exercise, worked on embroidery, and listened to some folk music

Thinking this work week will be easier than last week.  Still facing the possiblity of having to work a bit this weekend.  Will try and work ahead a bit and see if I can avoid that.  

This week in general will be rather busy outside of work...with Bible study Wed and a vestry meeting Thurs.  J's cousin is coming into town Friday so there's an event that night.  Then a special vestry meeting Sat morning

Weather is going to be fairly rainy this week, temps will vary between 70s and 80s.  Glad the 90s of last week are holding off

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Good Morning -

Joe - Seems like you have a busy week planned for yourself. Hope work is kind to your today. 

Life . . . It's been a challenge these past couple of days. Because of all of the rain that we received last week, our basement flooded with nearly 2 inches of water from wall to wall. Although most of the stuff that we store down in the basement were elevated on crates, we lost some things (including old audio equipment, and a really old television set) due to the flooding. We spent $$$ to have a company drain out the water, and help dry out the basement. Unfortunately, the next day the basement flooded again. Again, this company helped drain out the water.  In the meanwhile, Amy and I FINALLY got smart and purchased a 1/4 HP pump, put it together (which was a first for me!!), and  got our dehumidifier working (which survived the flood!). Currently, the basement remains dry. This is despite recent rains that we're currently experiencing. 

In the meanwhile, our puppy seems to be "regressing" (for lack of a better word).  In other words, she's more nippy and bite-y. Also, it seems to take her longer to follow through with commands that we taught her throughout the past several weeks; her attention spam seems to be shorter. Both Amy and I have not been in a "good place" ourselves, either with the puppy or with each other. So, it seems that the puppy is picking up on our negative energy. We went from calm, soothing voices, to the sharp loud voices when she does things like nip & bite, or chew on her bandaged leg. Without a doubt, raising a puppy is a challenge! Still, we love her, and continue to do what, apparently, we're supposed to be doing. . . teaching her, teaching her, and re-teaching her, over and over and over again. Amy and I have been verbally "nippy" towards each other, as we get in each other's way dealing with the puppy. This doesn't help matter, for sure. We just spent a good portion of this morning talking, venting, and coordinating our efforts so that we don't get in each other's way.  (For example, it really seems to confuse the puppy, and rile her up, when we both go outside during "potty time". This also seems to be true with training, which is both weird and very frustrating.)

At 2:00 PM this afternoon, we have an important appointment with the Vet. They're going to do a follow-up X-Ray of her leg to determine how much longer she'll need the splint. The puppy shows NO signs of any discomfort to her right hind leg. Our hope is that she won't need the splint anymore. She's zooming (like a normal puppy), jumps up and down (despite GREAT EFFORTS to prevent her from doing this!!) and acts like there's nothing wrong with her. How can that hairline fracture NOT be healed at this point, with her being so physically active?!? If she still needs to wear a splint, hopefully it won't be for longer than a week's time.

Then there's work. Staffing EVERY WHERE is in a crisis mode. Heck, I received an email from work, Sunday night (!!!), asking if I would consider picking up an extra shift as Shift Director for this coming Friday. I am already doing an extra shift Thursday night!! I said that I would provided that I NOT work this coming Sunday in the ICU. . . which is an extra shift due to the staffing shortage that the ICU is experiencing. They would need to hold census in the ICU, which is a pretty big deal. (Although rarely, the census has been held before in our teeny-tiny ICU.)

I see light at the end of the tunnel for everything. Our basement remains dry (so far!). The puppy's leg will heal, and she'll eventually grow into an adult dog. People are being hired for the ICU, and I'm hired as full-time Shift Director, which significantly helps with the low staffing issues. (The Med/Surg still needs help with staffing!). It's just that the tunnel seems long, and the light a bit dim now.

Apologies for my venting. But, I really need to vent. Life has been crazy.

But on a brighter side. . . We're still alive!

Hope all is well. . . and all keep well. . . 

Ted

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Good morning!

Stars, sorry to read about your husband's depression.  Hope he decides to talk tot the doctor and they can help.  These things unfortunately take time.

Sounds like a busy week ahead Joe, hope all goes well.

Ted, sorry to read about your stressors.  Hope you get good news at the vet.

Work was busy.  I had a 6:1 ratio and a busy group but they were able to float a tech from the ICU to help.  I stayed past 9:00 pm charting.  

Slept late this morning.  Have a quiet day plan but need to get some chores like "clean the bathrooms Monday" done.

Have a great day.

 

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Ted - sorry to hear about puppy's behavior. She is prob picking up on your mojo; also leg still must be a bother on some level. It'll all likely settle down. I remember when we moved into our last home, there was a sump pump on the floor, and the washing machine was on a platform. Really didn't put it all together until about a year later when we got hit with some heavy rains. Just enough to make for 'wet' floors. So we learned which side of the cement floor to plop things down. My Dad wound up building wall shelving throughout the basement. We also had a small wet/dry vac; I have one here myself.

stars - so sorry to hear about Hubs. You most certainly have a 'full plate'.

It happened again yesterday - I couldn't get the Sunday postings to come up. No rhyme or reason. Also had to cancel my ortho doc appt this am. Just didn't feel well - the heat really plays on my CHF - just enough to make me feel it. Uncomfortable to be outside - the huffy-puffys as I call it.

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Good morning. Another wash, rinse, repeat, day at work. I got up early to run to avoid the heat ( was only 68 degrees at 6) , which went okay. It's still about 50% humidity, and I was so sticky, that (TMI warning!!)  it is difficult to pull my athletic bra off over my head.  Even my legs felt like there was perspiration running down them.  I didn't run at all last week while camping at 7000 ft elevation, and I hate to lose ground on my training. I am working toward another 10 K at the end of this month. 

Yesterday was pretty routine: breakfast at the diner, watch the Sunday news shows, putter around in garden. I was able to pick about 4 quarts of blueberries and dropped some off to ds, dd, and MIL. Dh cooked some beef short ribs in the NinjaPot that were quite good. And he is back to work today. 

Stars, I hope your hubby can get a referral for counseling. Anti-depressants are only effective in 40-60% of people, and are really best when combined with talk therapy. But I'm sure you know that. 

Tweety, enjoy your day off. I find doing routine chores actually rather calming. 

Joe, it sounds like your week will be busy indeed. I hope work is smooth are confined to the usual schedule. 

Ted, wow, that is a lot to deal with. Poor pup seems very sensitive to change. Hopefully the splint can come off and she can get back to her routine. 

Amo, I am sorry to read about the huffy-puffys. Definitely conserve your strength when you can. Perhaps you need a little fine-tuning with CHF meds? 

I need to run out to grab lunch now, see ya. 

Edited by nursej22

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Real knock 'em, sock 'em thunder-boomers with the lightening flashes!!!  Like kind haven't had in a while!

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Hullo, pe-op-ples~

Guess who says he feels better today than he has been feeling? Yep. And guess who has not yet called the doc's office for an appt? Yep again. What an easy 'pop-quiz', huh? I reckon y'all got an "A" on this one!

Same old stuffy, hot, humid, oppressive air outside, and promises to remain so for the rest of the week. No rain yesterday. Possibility of showers this afternoon, maybe about 30%, which is pretty negligible. 

Nannie is an avid weather watcher: we have had clouds scudding across the skies, and it is alternately sunny and then cloudy, as Mother Nature so often does. I get informed EACH and EVERY TIME it clouds up and then again when the sun is out. The commentary is sooooo frequent, every minute or two or three....I wish it was Gone With The Wind. I mean it is tediously, mind-blowingly DULL to have to withstand. My only response is this: "Uh-huh."

There is an All-Stars baseball game tomorrow.  Four or five of the chosen players have opted out of playing in the All-Stars game, for one reason or another, and some of the better players are on the Injured List. There is also a Home-Run Derby sometime this week. That's all Nannie has to comfort her until Friday which is the next time the Braves play a game. So, she's a bit restless without her "binky" (the ball games that soothe her). 

~~~This too, etc~~~

(((((Ted))))) I hear ya about the tensions, though we haven't had any rain or flooding (you live up on a HILL! Doesn't your house know that water should flow DOWN Hill?) But as a veteran of somewhat vaguely similar circumstances as the ambient atmosphere you have been operating in, I also feel  aggravated -- with hubby, with Ozzie, and with Nannie. ARGH!!! And taking care of all the details regarding each of them, it seems ENDLESS sometimes. Take a deep breath and blow it out! Pppplllrrrbbbb! RAZZZBERRIES! It's kinda hard to fit MY needs in there, which is prolly more my fault than not ....but, still and all....I sure do understand the need to vent!!!

Hey to Joe, Tweety, amoLu, j22, and BCg, dianah, herring!, and others !

 

 

 

 

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stars - are there any Braves games on DVD that can be bought to tide her over? Like a winning season? I just keep on thinking of you two and how to entertain her. I want to phone you for something ... (hmm? will keep you wondering ...)

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Hmm? Do you still have my # or do I need to send it to you in a private message?

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