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Ted BSN

ICU/CCU

Happily married, no children. Been a nurse for a long time. Been a composer/musician for even longer. Life is good!

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  1. Good Morning! It's 4:59 AM (EST) in this part of the world. . . As usual, "Old Man Bladder" woke me up. (Ugh!) Otherwise, I had a good night's sleep. Spent the day, yesterday, recording & mixing-down the hymns that will be played for our church's on-line service this Sunday. (There's tentative plans to resume in-house church services on July 12th. But that's not set in stone yet.) It took my longer than usual to mix-down the music. I just got real obsessed with making sure the notes were played correctly, and with getting the "right sound" (with EQing, panning, reverb-levels, etc.). In other words, I had a nice afternoon, yesterday! L O L! Yesterday evening, we experienced a weird brown-out with the electricity. Since then, it seems that our air-conditioning system isn't working correctly. With the next few days promising to be hot and humid, it would be nice to have a functioning air-condition system. There are certainly are far, far worst things happening in the world now. But it would be nice to have this system up and running. Hopefully the repair person is available to at least look into the matter. (I'm totally stupid to when it comes to these things. I did check the circuit-breaker, though. That's OK.) Oh well. . . I'm working tonight and tomorrow night. Off Saturday night. Then, I'm working the day-shift as Shift Director Sunday, 7AM to 7PM. The full-time Shift Director wanted Sunday off. I'm certainly happy to work for him. But! I really, really don't like working the day shift. There's a reason why I've worked the night shift for most of my 28+ year nursing career. The day shift is just a different world, often with more people. (Whine!) At least the extra $$$ will be good. Been obsessing with this whole Covid-19 thing. Seeing it spread like wild fire across a significant portion of the U.S. is very worrisome, to say the least. I had a long phone conversation with my step-mother (my father's 2nd wife), yesterday. It was her birthday. Being in her mid-70s, she's understandably frightened about this pandemic. It is profoundly sad that, as a nation, we're experiencing an increase people of getting this virus. It could have been a much different situation, with proper oversight and planning. But, here we are. At least our area of the country is seeing a slow-down of the spread of this virus. But we have family and friends who live in Florida and Arizona, the current "hot-spots" of Covid-19. Many family members are not in the healthiest condition. Hopefully they'll follow appropriate precautions. I don't mean to be a downer. There're certainly lots of good happening in the world, too. Anyway. . . Be safe, folks! Peace. . . Ted
  2. Good Morning - Got up early this morning. Thought I'd start today's "Good Morning" thread before I forget to post again. Sunday was the last of working 5 nights in a row. (That's something I do NOT want to do often!!) So, during the past 5 nights at work, it's been the usual "sleep, eat, work" thing. Since life has been slowly "opening up" again around this area of the world, our teeny-tiny hospital has been busy. We even had TWO patients in our teeny-tiny ICU! TWO! would you believe that?!? L O L! It's been nice not floating all over kingdom com, these past few nights. Monday was mainly a day of rest. Caught up on some much-needed sleep. Yesterday afternoon, I took some really nice photos & videos of Amy's gardens, which are in full bloom! It's a Flower Explosion!! Once I'm done editing the video, I'll post it here. The weather has been hot and humid. Got some down-pour rain storms, yesterday. I got the video equipment back indoors Just In Time(!) before it royally pissed outside! I was lucky!! As for the grass?!? It grows. . . and will need to be mowed. Again. Today. . . Amy and I will be recording some hymns for the on-line church service this Sunday. I'll also be editing the video of Amy's gardens, too. All fun stuff that I enjoy doing. Tomorrow?!? It's supposed to rain, again, tomorrow. Don't have any real plans. I hope all is well. . . Cheers! Ted
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    Wednesday June 24 2020

    Good Afternoon - Hi Joe - Bummer about not having the equipment for the training. Hope you can get that settled. Hope the rest of your day is kind to you. amoLucia - Hope you're doing well. . . NSIME - Same to you. Hope you're doing well, too. . . Well. . . "Randy Robin" is at it again. We thought we discouraged the bird from banging into our window(s). He's not discouraged. He's a pesky and very determined bird, for sure. He's also really, really stupid. It's gotta hurt, banging into the window again, and again, and again. (He's doing it now. THREE TIMES, so far, I tried to scare it away. He just flies to the nearest tree, and when I'm out of his sight, bangs into the windows again. UGH!) Oh well. The full-time night Shift Director called in sick to tonight. So, I'm playing the role of Mr. Shift Director. I'm also doing the Shift Director thing tomorrow night so that the other full-timer can enjoy a summer vacation. (Presently, there are only about 2 per diem shift directors, which make it difficult for the full-timers to get days/nights off from work. They're not covered by our nursing union.) Dang!! That bird is persistent!! Amy and I finished that video. It's up on Facebook, on my timeline, for anyone wanting to view it. We'll probably re-do it. Lasting about 19 minutes, we need to make it shorter. We're learning. But it's a lot of fun, and a cool creative outlet for the two of us to do together. I'm gonna try to catch a few ZZZZZs. Hopefully Randy Robin will knock himself out, at least for a little while. Peace, folks. . . Ted
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    Monday June 22 2020

    Good Afternoon - It's a sunny, but hot and humid day today. It's summertime! Amy and I had a nice day, yesterday, doing the video-recording thing. It came out OK. There's certainly room for growth and improvement. But the process is fun. The video is about a recipe that she modified: a gluten-free pasta dish made with fresh ingredients, and cooked in an Insta-pot pressure cooker thingy. It's yummy, for sure. We had leftovers of this delicious dish for lunch, today. I still have more editing to do, including writing some background music. Will show it on Facebook when finished. I'm scheduled to work tonight. Hopefully it's "Q". It'll be what it'll be, though. I did pick up an extra shift this week as Shift Director. I'll happily take Call tonight if offered. Nothing much going on. Gonna go back to bed for Second Sleep before work tonight. Joe - Our church still has its Sunday Services via Zoom, too. I still have yet to install the Zoom program onto my computer. I'm afraid to do it. Instead, I watch the services on YouTube when they're posted there. I hope your day is a good one, today. Tweety - Sad to read that your friend is still have on-going problems with his foot. It seems to be taking a long time to heal. It's sad to read about the growing cases of Covid-19 in your state (and other states). It's one thing for individuals to be careless. It's a whole different matter when governmental systems are careless too. I hope your state and local government does the right thing for its citizens. Well. . . I better stop here. . . It's time for Second Sleep. Peace, folks. Ted
  5. Good Morning. . . and Happy Father's Day to all of the Dads out there! It looks to be another sunny, but hot and humid day today. Amy and I are getting ready for another video-recording project of hers. It's another "how to" recipe for a gluten-free Italian pasta dish. The cameras are all up and ready to go. All that's needed are the cooking ingredients and the Star of the video. (It usually takes Amy about 2 hours to get herself looking just the way she wants to look for the camera. She's good at it, too. Seriously. Because of her many years performing on stage, she's learned to be a very talented make-up artist and costumer.) Will probably be spending the evening editing the video. Tomorrow night I'm scheduled to work. If the opportunity presents itself, I will accept being "On Call with Pay". I'm off Tuesday and Wednesday nights. I hope all have a pleasant day today. Peace, folks! Ted
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    Wednesday June 17 2020

    Good Morning - Joe - Nice to read that J is in less pain. Hope the two of you can get together soon, especially if you haven't already during this pandemic. Hope work is kind to you today. amoLucia - Nice to read that thing seems to be progressing for you. Please know that you're warmly held for continued healing and comfort. dianah - Enjoy your travels. Share some pictures if you can! (You mentioned, yesterday, that your DH was playing banjo and that you were going to join him. I enjoy reading the posts about your music-making. Gosh, I'd love to join you all in the music-making someday.) NSIME - Please know that you're warmly held, too, for comfort and healing. Gosh. . . It looks to be a nice morning with the sun out, again, and the temperature comfortably in the mid-60s. It's supposed to get hotter and more humid as the day marches forward, though. With many options to choose from, I decided to mow the lower part of our property (that's along side the dirt road). This particular mowing was the first of this season. So, of course, the grass was high and needed 2 or 3 passes with the mower to get it looking nice. This particular part of the property normally takes about 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours to mow. Yesterday, I finally finished mowing this part of the property in a little over FOUR hours. (Whine!) I lost a couple pounds in water weight, though! L O L! Amy cooked a lovely dinner which tasted delicious! Afterwards, we went out for a soft ice-cream dessert. (Yummy!) (And. . . those couple of pounds of weight were quickly added back on! L O L! ) I work tonight and tomorrow night, then I'm off the Friday-Saturday-Sunday weekend. Hope all have a nice day today. Peace! Ted
  7. Good Morning! Recently woke up. Already drank First Coffee. Already been outside. . . It looks to be another lovely day, today. The sun is out, and the weather is a refreshing cool with the low-humid temperature in the low-60s. Yesterday was a day of rest. Work, Sunday night into Monday, was a steady-busy. For some reason, I felt wiped out after work. Didn't do anything, yesterday, except rest and relax. Have no real plans for today. If the nice weather holds out, Amy and I might go for a short hike at one of our favorite locations. There's a near-by trail on an open field (which used to be old farm land) that provides nice exercise and scenery. Actually there is one thing I plan on doing today. Many of the flowers in Amy's garden are blooming. Her rose bushes, especially, look really nice this year. If it remains sunny out, I plan on taking some artsy-fartsy photos (and maybe some video) of Amy's lovely gardens. Working Wednesday and Thursday nights. Off from work Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Looking forward to the weekend, of course. Hope all have a nice day today. Peace. . . Ted
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    Sunday June 14 2020. Flag Day

    Good Morning - Joe - Seems like you have a nice day planned for yourself, today. Enjoy the bike ride with the beautiful weather! BCgradnurse - Sad to read about your Mom. (Ouch!) I hope your Mom continues on with her good health and independence. I also hope she accepts support when offered. We all need some level of support at various times in our lives. NSIME - I hope you feeling better. Hope you're able to see your PCP tomorrow or as soon as possible. Tweety - I read the article that you shared on Facebook. Good for that nurse who resigned. Hopefully that hospital, and other healthcare facilities, take notice and make a strong, focused and sincere effort to protect their employees and patients. (Of course, it would be significantly helpful if PPEs were aggressively manufactured during this pandemic, and made readily available to all. But, that's another topic for another discussion for another time on another forum.) It looks to be another beautiful day today. After I'm done typing here, Amy and I will be going out for another one of our power-walks. Happily, I accepted being On Call, last night. Did not get Called In. (Yes!) I had a good night's sleep, gratefully. Scheduled to work tonight. I doubt being On Call will be offered. It's not my turn now. But if offered, I'll accept it. Again. Nothing much else going on. Gonna get ready to go outside and do some power-walking! Cheers! Ted
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    Friday June 12 2020

    Good Afternoon - Someone said the "Q" word at work. My time as Shift Director, yesterday for the 3-11 shift, was hopping! A good portion of that shift was helping out with a Code Blue, both during and after the code. A pulse was regained, a few times, actually. But the wife, after consultation with the ER Physician, didn't want to transfer the patient, and didn't want any more "heroics". This changed to "Comfort Measure Only" (CMO), while still being intubated, with the goal to keep the poor soul "alive" so that family could come and say their good-byes. Longer story short, he was admitted to the ICU (because of being intubated) which required MDs to do their freakin' job and fellow ICU RNs to get the idea that the poor soul had already "gone", that he was being admitted simply to 1) help out a busy ER, and 2) so the family could say good-bye to their loved one. Lots of tactful discussions/negotiations needed to get done for the patient to FINALLY be transferred to the ICU. (In the past, we've even used the ICU as a temporary "Holding ER" during extraordinary busy times.) Then there was the usual helping out with starting IVs, obtaining labs, etc., as well as the usual Shift Director stuff. It was a busy evening shift. It felt good driving home from work. . . until I almost hit a Black Bear that was slowly making its way across the road, in the dark. THAT was a "heart stopper" for sure! (Dang! That bear was BIG!!) Got a good night's sleep. When I woke up this morning, it was a sunny and comfortable 60+ degrees outside. Amy and I went for one of our 2 1/2 mile power-walks, which felt good. I'm scheduled to work tonight. But if being On Call is offered, I will say "yes, with pay"! Our mortgage has been re-financed! This is good news. We start paying on the new mortgage this August. We'll be saving a little over $800/month with the new mortgage! Nothing much else going on. I'm tired. Gonna try to catch a few hours of sleep before going to work tonight. Cheers! Ted
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    Thursday June 11 2020

    Good Morning - Joe - Seemed like work was good to you, yesterday. Glad that you got your bike back. Looking forward to seeing your newest needlepoint work when it's finished. Recently woke up. Just finished First Coffee. It's raining outside with high winds, so no out-side adventures for us today. I go to work this afternoon to play the role of Mr. Shift Director for the 3PM - 11PM shift. The full-time evening shift director needed today off. I'm happy to help out. But my vacation has officially ended today. Also, starting tomorrow, I'm working the next three nights, as Mr. ICU Nurse, for my regular week-end to work. Amy and I did more video-recording for a cooking video project of hers. It's Amy's 2nd cooking-related project that we did. It took nearly all day to prepare for this "production", about 30 minutes - total - to record the video, and about 15 minutes to eat the delicious meal that she cooked! L O L! Amy's goal is to produce a collection of "how-to" videos (focused on diet and exercise) as she works to create and establish a consulting service on wellness. She's been doing lots of research on all of this. She recently got certified as a Personal Trainer which, apparently, is a step in the right direction towards her goal(s). (Unfortunately, this whole Covid-19 thing, with the social-distancing/stay-at-home thing, was a setback for her.) Anyway, we had fun. The immediate end result of yesterday's "production" was very tasty! So. . . It's back to the "Sleep, Eat, Work" thing for me this weekend. I am feeling the "post-vacation blues", for sure. But, I'm ready. The next vacation isn't scheduled until the end of September into October. As I think I've mentioned here before, we re-scheduled our vacation-trip to Italy then. Hope all have a pleasant day today! Peace! Ted
  11. Good Morning! nursej22 - I'd be mad, too. Hope you can get either a re-imaging, a second opinion or both. Maybe your PCP can explain the use of the term, "normal" to you. It doesn't make sense. Well. . . we went canoeing yesterday. It was a very nice form of outside activity to do on a beautiful day. As planned, we went to Otis Reservoir, and canoed to couple of our favorite spots. We managed to put that heavy canoe on and off the top of our car without too much muscle strain! The ONLY thing I should have done was put sunscreen on my bare knees (I wore shorts), and on my arms. I got sun-burned on the exposed skin, unfortunately. (Ouch!) Today is the last day of my scheduled vacation. Although I'm ready to go back to work, I really don't want to. Oh well. We have nothing planned for today. Maybe go for a power-walk before it gets to hot and humid. Below is a video of our vacation. I finally finished it last night. It showcases my new instrumental composition. I used the flow of the music to edit in the photos and snippets of video. The video is 8 minutes long. At the end of the video, after the music stops, I added Amy's schtick that she does during our vacations when the situation presents itself. We have several videos of Amy doing the same thing but at different locations. We have fun! I hope all have a nice day today. Peace, folks! Ted Here's the video. . .
  12. Good Morning! It looks to be another lovely day, today. With only two more nights left, we're going to make the best of it for the short remainder of our vacation. Yesterday we did more hiking. Gosh. . . we went to a place called Cheshire Cobbles which is in Massachusetts (not too far from where we live, actually). It's part of the Berkshire Mountains and showcases spectacular views at this particular summit. It was only a 1-mile hike up to this place. But that 1-mile hike provided really, really good exercise. (The muscles. They ache this morning.) Once on top, we simply sat on the rocks, ate our lunch and enjoyed the beautiful views. I also took a good number of photos and video, of course. For sure, we don't have to travel too far from home to find good hiking trails. Today??? Well, the plan is to go canoeing! We haven't used the canoe in over a year. It's heavy, and is a challenge to put on top of our car for safe transport. So, after I'm done typing here, I'm going to eat a good breakfast then work to get the canoe on the car. (Oh those aching muscles.) But the effort will be worth it, especially if the good weather holds out. We're going to a place called Otis Reservoir which is located on Massachusetts. It's a relatively large lake and can be tricky for canoeing, especially if there are gusts of winds that can cause waves. But, again, the effort is worth it. Just gotta wear our life-preservers just in case there's a tip-over. (Never had a tip-over, before, using our canoe.) This vacation is giving me a good taste of what we'd be doing during our retirement. In fact, we talked about retirement a lot these past several days. Yes. We have to work, especially as we have debt to pay off. (The newly re-financed mortgage will go a long way to help us pay down our credit card debt!) We even like our jobs! But, there's more to life than work. Must admit that recently turning 60 years old has reinforced that concept. Well. . . gotta eat breakfast. . . and get that darned canoe on top of our car. (Moan!) Peace, folks! Ted
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    Art and Music

    Another musical political satire by Randy Rainbow titled, "The Bunker Boy". It's brilliant and hilarious, as always! Enjoy!
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    Sunday June 7 2020

    Good Morning - Joe - Migraines are no fun. It's good that the headache didn't last long so that you could enjoy the rest of the day. Enjoy today with the nice weather. Been up since around 4:30 AM (EST) putting the finishing touches to the composition. It's finished. I need to put it aside for a while and come back to it with a fresh ear. The music is good enough to start putting pictures and videos to it, though. It looks like it's going to be a lovely day today. Think I'll mow the lawn on the lower end of our property that's along side the road. Might go for a short hike in the afternoon. Monday and Tuesday are supposed to be nice day, too. Amy and I hope to take our canoe out on one of those days, and hike on the other day. I flew the drone out early this morning in hopes to video-record a near full-moon. There's no zoom function to the drone's camera, unfortunately. So, the video didn't come out as expected. (By the way, I haven't named the drone, yet. I'm thinking about calling it "The Precious". Amy rolled her eyes on that one.) Hope all have a nice day today. Cheers! Ted
  15. Good Morning! Recently woke up. The first thing I did (well, besides empty the "old man" bladder) was look outside the window. What do I see??? SNOW!! What month are we in?!? January? February? Geeze!! It's supposed to warm up into the 40s, later today. Hopefully by that time the snow will have disappeared. We're concerned about Amy's gardens, though. Hopefully the colder temperature and snow won't hurt the mid-spring plants that are beginning to grow. Spent a good portion of the day, yesterday, recuperating from three fairly busy nights at work. We actually had TWO patients in our teeny-tiny 3-bed ICU. They were stable, of course. (Why have really sick patients in our ICU?!?! L O L!) Still, they required a fair amount of attention due to their chronic conditions. I also spent the entire afternoon recording and mixing-down music for this Sunday's on-line church service. Church services are still being shown via ZOOM while everyone follows that "stay-at-home" directives. I'm alternating the recording of hymns with another church-music director for these on-line services. This was my week-end to record the hymns. Amy and I had a nice time doing this, actually. Amy sings the melody, which is recorded into my computer's DAW. Then, I record/sequence, and mix-down, the accompaniment tracks to her singing. Today?? I honestly don't know what I (we) will be doing. I would like to start composing a new original composition. Unfortunately, I do not feel "inspirited". There are no "interesting" music ideas reverberating through my head. There are compositional "tools" and "techniques" that help get around such a state of these moments. But these "tools" and "techniques" require work. I just don't feel like working that hard. L O L! The other day, I said "Yes" to being a Shift Director tomorrow for the 7AM to 7PM shift. The full-time Shift Director has significant family issues that require his attention, sadly enough. I'm happy to be of support. But I HATE working the day shift. Gosh, I hope I remember to get up early enough to make it to work on time. (Ugh!) Nothing much else going on. . . Hope all are doing well. Peace, folks! Ted
  16. Good Morning! Been up since around 4:30 AM (EST) this morning, working on a new composition (finally!). Currently drinking First Coffee. Thought I'd start today's Good Morning thread before I forget to post here. Again. (. . . again.) Yesterday, I primarily worked on this composition. It's like exercising atrophied muscles. It's painful, in a way. There are tricks in starting and developing a composition that can be used when one is facing an empty music manuscript paper. But the bottom line is this. I really need to do this music composition thing more often. The more it's done, the easier the process becomes. Anyway, I spent most of the day in front of my computer and keyboard working on this thing. The goal is to use this piece for the photos and videos that I took during our hikes the other day. . . to create a music video of sorts. L O L! Yesterday, I was officially informed that the refinancing of our mortgage has been accepted! So, in-between working on this music, I've been in communication with the loan-mortgage person with regards to the refinancing. "Closing" is set for either Friday or Saturday. The details are being worked out. I STILL don't know how the process will take place. Hopefully, the details on this process will be given to us today. Below are some photos that I took of our hikes that we did earlier this week. When the "music video" is finished, I'll share it with you, complete with footage from the drone. Included in the photos below is one of our drone in mid-air. It's one of the "artsy-fartsy" shots that I took with my camera. L O L! Well. . . gonna continue working on this composition. It's a process. . . Peace, folks! Ted
  17. Good Morning! It's 3:39 AM (EST) in this part of the world. I thought I'd start today's "Good Morning/Daily Diary" thread before I forget to post here. Again. These past couple of days have left muscles, especially leg muscles, aching!! Sunday, we took a trip to the Catskill Mountains and hiked the Windham Heights Peak Trail. This particular trail is about 6 1/2 miles long, round-trip. Parts of the trail, though, are steep, which seem to go on forever. It made for a really good work-out, for sure! BUT, it was worth the effort. The views on top were spectacular! Took pictures and some video, of course. On the way down, I experienced something new and a bit disturbing, unfortunately, My right leg cramped up, big time. It was really painful. I had to stop to work out the cramp. Gradually, it went away. But, it left my right leg a bit sore. I never experienced this type of cramping, during a hike (or any kind of exercise), before. Apparently, dehydration and low levels of electrolytes commonly cause these type of cramps. Anyway, we slowly made it down the mountain, safe and sound (with no further cramping). After our hike, we went to one of our favorite restaurants, and gorged on the delicious food. The restaurants in our state is take-out only, still. So, we "took out" our meals and ate in the car. It was a bit awkward, but well-worth the effort. (Yummy!) Got home later Sunday afternoon and just crashed. Yesterday, we did more hiking. But it wasn't as vigorous as Sunday's hike. We hiked on a more local trail. The hike, itself, was about 3/12 miles, round-trip. There were no leg cramps, thankfully! This time, I took my happy new drone (as well as my regular camera). Took more photos and video, of course. Got some great video using the drone. (Gosh, that thing is so cool!) The view on top of this particular small mountain was lovely. There were wild blue-berry bushes everywhere! It's too early to go blue-berry picking, But we do plan on hiking back up this local trail to pick wild blue-berry later next month. (Yum!) As for today?!? I think we're just going to stay home and relax. It's supposed to be a bit on the colder side, cloudy, with possible rain. This seems like a nice opportunity to stay indoors and recuperate from two days of activity. It'll also give me a chance to work on the photos and video that we took these past couple of days. I may or may not have shared this already, but we're re-financing our mortgage. If this goes through, we'll be saving about $800/month in payments. (The interest rate is 3.375% verses the 5.875% we've been paying these past 15 years.) This will go a long way in helping us work down our debt, and make retirement come sooner than later! Anyway, after corresponding with the loan-mortgage officer (or whatever they're called), it seems that the closing for the re-financed mortgage is becoming more "set in stone", which is good news for us. Of course, this whole pandemic thing is making the re-financing process both weird and frustrating (with long delays in communication from the bank's part). If all continues to go as planned, it seems that the closing of this mortgage will take as early as next week (while I'm still on vacation)! HOW it will take place, with the whole social-distancing thing, remains largely unknown. Apparently, it involves lots of faxed/emailed documents, back and forth with the bank, that require specially-witnessed signatures. (There's a term for that, which escapes me right now. L O L!) Well. . . it's now 4:07 AM (EST) in the morning. Think I'll try to catch a few more ZZZZs. Peace, folks! Ted
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    Saturday May 30 2020

    Good Morning - Joe! WOW! It must have been surreal making that 911 Call! Hope that person is OK! Good for you, Good Sir! Enjoy your new binoculars! Recently woke up from First Sleep. Last night at work, I floated to the Med/Surg floor. I only had two patients, but both kept me busy. Although both were "telemetry patients, no emergency-type healthcare stuff was going on. Just busy-busy-busy with this, that and the other thing. (How's that for a vague description of my night at work?!?! L O L! ) So. . . today is the first day of my 13-day vacation! The sun is attempting to come out, after what appeared to have been quite the down-pour last night. Amy said that the power went out during the thunderstorm, but she didn't realize it until she woke up this morning. Hopefully the sun will come out in its full glory, and Amy and I can go on at least our usual power-walk if not a short hike somewhere scenic. Tomorrow is supposed to be a nice day. Our plan for tomorrow is to do a day-long hike on a trail in the Catskill Mountains. We've been on this trail before. It's a good work-out. But once there, the reward is great with stunning vistas on top of one of the Catskill Mountains. I plan on taking photos, of course. I might even take my drone for this hike. I'd only fly it out a little ways, aim the camera at Amy and me, and record some video with that view of us on the mountain. Yes, it sounds cheesy! But I LIKE Cheesy! L O L! Well. . . gonna get me some late-morning coffee. Hope all have a pleasant Saturday. . . Ted
  19. Good Morning! Been up since around 4:00 AM (EST). I was scheduled to work Monday night. Gratefully, I accepted the offer to be On Call. Happily, I didn't get Called In. So, I got a few good hours of sleep last night, but woke up to "Old Man's Bladder". Decided to stay up, surf the 'net, and work on stuff. I found a web-site that provides sound effects which can be added to videos. Although I have a modest library of sound effects, it's nice to have more and different choices. It's a subscription service. So, I "joined" for a year. (It also offers stock photos and videos, too, which is cool.) I'm off from work the next three nights. I'm scheduled to work Friday night. THEN (drum roll, please!) I start a scheduled 13-night vacation!! Yes!! It's my scheduled summer vacation that I put in many months ago. During these next three days, the weather is supposed to be hot, humid with the threat of thunderstorms. So, Amy and I have plans to work on a video project that she's been developing. I'm looking forward to working on this project! However, the weather forecast for next week, during my vacation, looks to be really nice! Our plan for this upcoming vacation is to do at least a couple of day-long hiking trips, and take advantage of the nice weather. Of course I'll be taking lots of photos and video. I might even take my new drone, too, as long as the place where we go hiking allows drones. Took the drone out, yesterday, for another flight. I was able to use a very cool feature that this drone offers. It's a "target" feature which keeps track of a person or object while it flies. So, for example, if I set myself as the "target", the camera will keep focused on me while I walk. The creative choices offered by this drone is near endless! For example, Amy has one project in mind where she's exercising outside (for a fitness video that she plans on making). The drone can offer cool "Camera-B" footage. It's sooo cool! Speaking of Amy, she just woke up! Think I'll join her in drinking our morning coffee. Hope all have a nice day, today! Peace! Ted
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    Sunday May 24 2020

    Good Afternoon - Joe - Saw your finished craft projects on Facebook. They looks lovely! Our church had its Sunday Service on Zoom, today, too. I'll watch the service on YouTube. (I won't install Zoom on my computer for concern that it'll mess things up. Beside, I don't have a camera on my old & trusty 2009/2010 Apple computer.) Tweety - I just can't watch too much news on the pandemic, especially when it features people being careless and rude. It infuriates me, and I try to keep in my "happy place" during an already stressing time in our lives. It's good to see you sharing those "Obligatory Beach Photos" on Facebook. By the way, the tomato chutney sounds delicious! NSIME - Bummer that you didn't get your newspaper today. . . again! I hope you don't have to pay for all of those missing days when you didn't receive the newspapers. When we were getting newspapers delivered to us, we insisted on not paying for the days when they weren't delivered (for any reason). For the most part, the newspaper companies complied, and refunded $$$ for lost deliveries. When they stopped doing that was when we stopped the newspaper service. Not good. Also, bummer to read that Nannie is acting up again. As I shared to you before, I really don't know how you cope with such frequent chaos. (((Hugs))) to you. . . Well. . . It is another beautiful day today! I really, really don't want to go to work tonight. At this point, there are no patients in our teeny-tiny ICU, so being offered to be On Call is very likely to happen. The question is, do I take up that offer?! For us Night-Shift workers, we get holiday pay tonight, after 11:00 PM. That extra $$$ is nice to have. Don't know what I'll do if being On Call is offered. Had a very cool morning, though! I got my new drone up and flying!! Just getting it ready to fly is quite the process. Even though the drone is new, it required a Firmware Upgrade. (Interestingly, the drone will NOT fly when it "knows" it needs a Firmware Upgrade. Very frustrating!) Took me a while to figure out HOW to safely and dependably upgrade the drone's Firmware. Once completed, though, all worked as intended! I had a BLAST flying my new drone. Took some photos and some short video segments of its first flight. Amy was outside with me. (She insisted on NOT getting video-recorded this time around. She was in her "jammies" still! L O L! ) Editing the video was fun, too. For sure, we'll be using this drone in our future video projects! Hope all have a nice day, today! Peace, folks! Ted
  21. Ted

    Saturday May 23 2020

    Good Afternoon - It's 1:59 PM (EST) here in this part of the world. Just dragged myself out of bed about 10 minutes ago. Currently drinking First Coffee. Still groggy, though. Work was relatively "Q" last night. Had one patient in the ICU, who slept most of the night. Drew his AM labs this morning. CBC showed that he needed another blood transfusion. Called the MD who gave the OK to transfuse the blood, saying you can "just use the previous order to transfuse blood". Long story short, THIS opened up a whole Pandora's Box of Confusion. I found conflicting blood transfusion orders in the computer (which I didn't know existed). Because of the conflicting & very confusing orders, I ended up staying 1 hour extra inputting a "Quality Tracking" form into the computer (which is a HUGELY confusing process all by itself). Basically, folks, computers & software programs, in the healthcare industry, suck. (Our healthcare's system using this new "Meditech Expanse" sucks!) I miss paper-based, hand-written orders that give non-ambiguous orders for blood transfusions. Conflicting and ambiguous orders in the healthcare profession is not good. The patient was fine. The Day-Shift RN gave the blood transfusion as intended. But the entire process of ordering things via the computer, like blood transfusions, needs some serious tweaking! I didn't get home until around 9:15 AM this morning, and my weary little head didn't hit the pillow until 9:30 AM (after an emotional whine with my loving wife). Happily, I am OFF from work tonight. It's supposed to rain today. So there is no doing anything outdoors today. Oh Goody! Amy just said, "Lunch is Ready!!" Peace, folks! Ted
  22. Good Morning! Recently woke up. Currently drinking First Coffee. Looking outside the window, it looks to be another lovely day today. Sunshine, cool (but not too cold) breeze, flowers blooming. Had a nice day off from work, yesterday. Basically, relaxed with Amy. Well, we did go for our 3-mile (1 mile more than usual) power-walk. But exercise helps one to relax (so they tell me! ) Our outdoor furniture is out, so we spent a good portion of the day outside. Ate dinner outside on our front porch. Watched birds and squirrels hanging out on our front lawn. Nice day! Ended up going to work Wednesday night. It was relatively "Q". Actually had TWO patients in our teeny-tiny ICU. I had them both while the 2nd ICU RN floated either to the ER or to the Med/Surg floor. (We take turn floating. Next time, it'll be my turn. . . . Again.) Working tonight. Off Saturday night. Working both Sunday & Monday nights, which is welcomed because of holiday-pay (for the Memorial Holiday). The other day, I ordered a flying drone with camera. It comes by UPS today! I'm excited! It'll add an option to use for my modest video productions. Can't wait to learn how to fly this thing. I went with the next model up meaning that it has sensors to help avoid crashing into trees. It also has the nicer 4K video-recording capabilities. Yes! Hope all is well with everyone! Peace, folks! Ted
  23. Ted

    Covid Pandemic Plan 2.0, What's next

    Sometime a good social and political commentary comes in a song parody. This is very clever, very funny, and for some parts of the country (and world), still on point. Enjoy!
  24. Good Morning! Recently woke up. Had a good night's sleep. Yesterday was a nice day. After the rain, the air seemed extra fresh and clean. Spring continues to show itself as the leaves on the trees grow, and the flowers begin to bloom. Amy and I took our 2-mile power-walk, yesterday. That was invigorating, of course. We had a relaxing evening, and watched reruns of our favorite comedy shows. I'm scheduled to work tonight and tomorrow night. Hopefully work will be "Q". In the meanwhile, I'll be doing the usual, "sleep, eat and work" thing. I'll probably do another power-walk around noon-time, too. Nothing much else going on. . . Gonna go downstairs and get me First Coffee, and take a good look outside to check out the weather. Hope you all have a nice day, today! Ted
  25. Good Morning - Been up for a while. Yesterday and this early morning, I've been working on the video of the hike that Amy and I did last week. I added sound effects and some simple underscore music. Once I "mixed" down the audio, I applied it to the video and created a master copy of the video file. From there, I down-converted the master file to an MP4 file to be "housed" on my VIMEO account. Overall, the process went well. However, the quality of the audio changes when I upload the MP4 file to VIMEO. It's nothing that's drastic. But the audio sounds different than what it should sound (as I intended it to sound). A couple of weeks ago, I contacted VIMEO regarding this matter. We've been emailing each other, back and forth. (I pay $$$ each year to "house" my video projects.) Basically, I'm told that it's a problem on their end, and that they're "working" on it fixing this problem. Well, it seems that it remains a work in progress. It's frustrating. I want the video to sound as intended, especially if my original music is part of the video. Anyway, below is a link to the video, if you're interested in viewing the video. It showcases the lovely area where we hiked. Yesterday, I did not do the extra heavy mowing (on the more dangerous parts of the lawn). Instead, I followed Amy's lead and sat with her on our cushy outdoor lounge chairs on our front porch. (From that angle, one can't even see the parts of the lawn that might need mowing! L O L!) It was a beautiful afternoon to relax. Last night, Amy and I watched an original TV series on Hulu titled, "The Great". It's a dark show with very dark humor. Despite it being a bit disturbing, we watched two episodes of this show. We plan to watch more. (Warning: This show ain't for the weak of heart! L O L!) Today?? It's raining outside. Don't have any plans except to stay indoors and remain dry and comfy. Maybe I'll work on some music. Certainly, it'll be a day to simply relax. Just finished First Coffee. On to Second Coffee!! Hope all have a pleasant day today! Ted Here's the video. Enjoy. . .
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