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Ted BSN

"Nurses Rule!"

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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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from Joe NightingMale in Wednesday - March 20th, 2018 - Good Morning!   
    Good Morning -
    As you know now, my Dad passed away Tuesday, yesterday, at around 12:40 AM. Dad passed away knowing he was well-loved. Dad passed away knowing that he would be with His Loving Maker in Heaven, a soul-felt belief that he preached throughout his service as an Episcopal Priest.
    I read your Daily Diary Posts from Tuesday (yesterday), and all of the posts written on Facebook. I read all of the posts. It did comfort. 
    As I shared here recently, I believe that the aging process was cruel to Dad. At least in my mind, that cruelty seemed to extend into his final days of on this Earth. That "Death Rattle" and labored breathing went on for days! I know that most of us have watched this throughout our nursing life. I've never grown used to that sound of the "Death Rattle". Following Hospice instructions, we gave the prescribed dose of morphine and Ativan. The medications seemed to help ease the labored breathing, but that sound persisted.
    I was with Dad when he drew his last breath. With the exception of Linda and myself, the family had left to go to the hotel(s) and catch some sleep. Dad's loving wife, Linda, sang their favorite country song to Dad. It was a love song, of course, and Linda held Dad and kissed Dad while she sang that song. Dad's wife then went to their bedroom to try to catch a few ZZZZZs. After she left, I went to Dad and kneeled beside him so that I can softly whisper into his ear. By this time, that "Rattle" seemed to be at full-volume. (It was a sound that will reverberate in my head for a very long time.) Leaning into Dad's ear, and while stroking his forehead, I very slowly and very clearly recited the Lord's Prayer. I knew that this prayer was recited to Dad many, many times throughout these past days. Priests and a Bishop recited this prayer. Dad heard other family members recited this prayer to him. But it was his son that whispered one of Dad's favorite prayers into his ear. When I finished the Lord's Prayer, I then whispered several times to Dad that God Loved him. I whispered several times to Dad that I loved him. Then, no longer than two minutes later, that "Rattle" stopped. Oddly enough, Dad was still breathing. Dad's eyes were wide opened after being closed for hours, he seemed to mouth a couple of words, Peace replaced the struggle on his face, and Dad drew his last breath.
    Now. . . I had NO idea that Dad would pass away almost immediately after I recited the Lord's Prayer. I have to believe that it took hearing his son reciting that prayer for him to finally "let go". I do not know if there is an all-powerful, all-knowing deity that exists in this universe. But, if there is, that God received a Faithful Servant.
    I did not want to be there as Dad drew his last breath. In fact, my plan was to go to the hotel with Amy and try to catch some ZZZZZs. But "instinct" told me to stay. Reluctantly, but willingly, I stayed. And, I followed that "instinct" to the point of whispering words of Faith and Love. That was all that I did.
    Gosh, Dad will be missed. . . 
    I thank you all for being kind, and for reading these words.
    Dad's funeral is Monday. 
    In the meanwhile, I leave you this video that I made for Dad and Linda which showcased Dad's 80th Birthday Party that took place in 2013. It was a rare but well-remembered Big Family Get-together.
     
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from Joe NightingMale in Wednesday - March 20th, 2018 - Good Morning!   
    Good Morning -
    As you know now, my Dad passed away Tuesday, yesterday, at around 12:40 AM. Dad passed away knowing he was well-loved. Dad passed away knowing that he would be with His Loving Maker in Heaven, a soul-felt belief that he preached throughout his service as an Episcopal Priest.
    I read your Daily Diary Posts from Tuesday (yesterday), and all of the posts written on Facebook. I read all of the posts. It did comfort. 
    As I shared here recently, I believe that the aging process was cruel to Dad. At least in my mind, that cruelty seemed to extend into his final days of on this Earth. That "Death Rattle" and labored breathing went on for days! I know that most of us have watched this throughout our nursing life. I've never grown used to that sound of the "Death Rattle". Following Hospice instructions, we gave the prescribed dose of morphine and Ativan. The medications seemed to help ease the labored breathing, but that sound persisted.
    I was with Dad when he drew his last breath. With the exception of Linda and myself, the family had left to go to the hotel(s) and catch some sleep. Dad's loving wife, Linda, sang their favorite country song to Dad. It was a love song, of course, and Linda held Dad and kissed Dad while she sang that song. Dad's wife then went to their bedroom to try to catch a few ZZZZZs. After she left, I went to Dad and kneeled beside him so that I can softly whisper into his ear. By this time, that "Rattle" seemed to be at full-volume. (It was a sound that will reverberate in my head for a very long time.) Leaning into Dad's ear, and while stroking his forehead, I very slowly and very clearly recited the Lord's Prayer. I knew that this prayer was recited to Dad many, many times throughout these past days. Priests and a Bishop recited this prayer. Dad heard other family members recited this prayer to him. But it was his son that whispered one of Dad's favorite prayers into his ear. When I finished the Lord's Prayer, I then whispered several times to Dad that God Loved him. I whispered several times to Dad that I loved him. Then, no longer than two minutes later, that "Rattle" stopped. Oddly enough, Dad was still breathing. Dad's eyes were wide opened after being closed for hours, he seemed to mouth a couple of words, Peace replaced the struggle on his face, and Dad drew his last breath.
    Now. . . I had NO idea that Dad would pass away almost immediately after I recited the Lord's Prayer. I have to believe that it took hearing his son reciting that prayer for him to finally "let go". I do not know if there is an all-powerful, all-knowing deity that exists in this universe. But, if there is, that God received a Faithful Servant.
    I did not want to be there as Dad drew his last breath. In fact, my plan was to go to the hotel with Amy and try to catch some ZZZZZs. But "instinct" told me to stay. Reluctantly, but willingly, I stayed. And, I followed that "instinct" to the point of whispering words of Faith and Love. That was all that I did.
    Gosh, Dad will be missed. . . 
    I thank you all for being kind, and for reading these words.
    Dad's funeral is Monday. 
    In the meanwhile, I leave you this video that I made for Dad and Linda which showcased Dad's 80th Birthday Party that took place in 2013. It was a rare but well-remembered Big Family Get-together.
     
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from Joe NightingMale in Wednesday - March 20th, 2018 - Good Morning!   
    Good Morning -
    As you know now, my Dad passed away Tuesday, yesterday, at around 12:40 AM. Dad passed away knowing he was well-loved. Dad passed away knowing that he would be with His Loving Maker in Heaven, a soul-felt belief that he preached throughout his service as an Episcopal Priest.
    I read your Daily Diary Posts from Tuesday (yesterday), and all of the posts written on Facebook. I read all of the posts. It did comfort. 
    As I shared here recently, I believe that the aging process was cruel to Dad. At least in my mind, that cruelty seemed to extend into his final days of on this Earth. That "Death Rattle" and labored breathing went on for days! I know that most of us have watched this throughout our nursing life. I've never grown used to that sound of the "Death Rattle". Following Hospice instructions, we gave the prescribed dose of morphine and Ativan. The medications seemed to help ease the labored breathing, but that sound persisted.
    I was with Dad when he drew his last breath. With the exception of Linda and myself, the family had left to go to the hotel(s) and catch some sleep. Dad's loving wife, Linda, sang their favorite country song to Dad. It was a love song, of course, and Linda held Dad and kissed Dad while she sang that song. Dad's wife then went to their bedroom to try to catch a few ZZZZZs. After she left, I went to Dad and kneeled beside him so that I can softly whisper into his ear. By this time, that "Rattle" seemed to be at full-volume. (It was a sound that will reverberate in my head for a very long time.) Leaning into Dad's ear, and while stroking his forehead, I very slowly and very clearly recited the Lord's Prayer. I knew that this prayer was recited to Dad many, many times throughout these past days. Priests and a Bishop recited this prayer. Dad heard other family members recited this prayer to him. But it was his son that whispered one of Dad's favorite prayers into his ear. When I finished the Lord's Prayer, I then whispered several times to Dad that God Loved him. I whispered several times to Dad that I loved him. Then, no longer than two minutes later, that "Rattle" stopped. Oddly enough, Dad was still breathing. Dad's eyes were wide opened after being closed for hours, he seemed to mouth a couple of words, Peace replaced the struggle on his face, and Dad drew his last breath.
    Now. . . I had NO idea that Dad would pass away almost immediately after I recited the Lord's Prayer. I have to believe that it took hearing his son reciting that prayer for him to finally "let go". I do not know if there is an all-powerful, all-knowing deity that exists in this universe. But, if there is, that God received a Faithful Servant.
    I did not want to be there as Dad drew his last breath. In fact, my plan was to go to the hotel with Amy and try to catch some ZZZZZs. But "instinct" told me to stay. Reluctantly, but willingly, I stayed. And, I followed that "instinct" to the point of whispering words of Faith and Love. That was all that I did.
    Gosh, Dad will be missed. . . 
    I thank you all for being kind, and for reading these words.
    Dad's funeral is Monday. 
    In the meanwhile, I leave you this video that I made for Dad and Linda which showcased Dad's 80th Birthday Party that took place in 2013. It was a rare but well-remembered Big Family Get-together.
     
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from Joe NightingMale in Wednesday - March 20th, 2018 - Good Morning!   
    Good Morning -
    As you know now, my Dad passed away Tuesday, yesterday, at around 12:40 AM. Dad passed away knowing he was well-loved. Dad passed away knowing that he would be with His Loving Maker in Heaven, a soul-felt belief that he preached throughout his service as an Episcopal Priest.
    I read your Daily Diary Posts from Tuesday (yesterday), and all of the posts written on Facebook. I read all of the posts. It did comfort. 
    As I shared here recently, I believe that the aging process was cruel to Dad. At least in my mind, that cruelty seemed to extend into his final days of on this Earth. That "Death Rattle" and labored breathing went on for days! I know that most of us have watched this throughout our nursing life. I've never grown used to that sound of the "Death Rattle". Following Hospice instructions, we gave the prescribed dose of morphine and Ativan. The medications seemed to help ease the labored breathing, but that sound persisted.
    I was with Dad when he drew his last breath. With the exception of Linda and myself, the family had left to go to the hotel(s) and catch some sleep. Dad's loving wife, Linda, sang their favorite country song to Dad. It was a love song, of course, and Linda held Dad and kissed Dad while she sang that song. Dad's wife then went to their bedroom to try to catch a few ZZZZZs. After she left, I went to Dad and kneeled beside him so that I can softly whisper into his ear. By this time, that "Rattle" seemed to be at full-volume. (It was a sound that will reverberate in my head for a very long time.) Leaning into Dad's ear, and while stroking his forehead, I very slowly and very clearly recited the Lord's Prayer. I knew that this prayer was recited to Dad many, many times throughout these past days. Priests and a Bishop recited this prayer. Dad heard other family members recited this prayer to him. But it was his son that whispered one of Dad's favorite prayers into his ear. When I finished the Lord's Prayer, I then whispered several times to Dad that God Loved him. I whispered several times to Dad that I loved him. Then, no longer than two minutes later, that "Rattle" stopped. Oddly enough, Dad was still breathing. Dad's eyes were wide opened after being closed for hours, he seemed to mouth a couple of words, Peace replaced the struggle on his face, and Dad drew his last breath.
    Now. . . I had NO idea that Dad would pass away almost immediately after I recited the Lord's Prayer. I have to believe that it took hearing his son reciting that prayer for him to finally "let go". I do not know if there is an all-powerful, all-knowing deity that exists in this universe. But, if there is, that God received a Faithful Servant.
    I did not want to be there as Dad drew his last breath. In fact, my plan was to go to the hotel with Amy and try to catch some ZZZZZs. But "instinct" told me to stay. Reluctantly, but willingly, I stayed. And, I followed that "instinct" to the point of whispering words of Faith and Love. That was all that I did.
    Gosh, Dad will be missed. . . 
    I thank you all for being kind, and for reading these words.
    Dad's funeral is Monday. 
    In the meanwhile, I leave you this video that I made for Dad and Linda which showcased Dad's 80th Birthday Party that took place in 2013. It was a rare but well-remembered Big Family Get-together.
     
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from Joe NightingMale in Wednesday - March 20th, 2018 - Good Morning!   
    Good Morning -
    As you know now, my Dad passed away Tuesday, yesterday, at around 12:40 AM. Dad passed away knowing he was well-loved. Dad passed away knowing that he would be with His Loving Maker in Heaven, a soul-felt belief that he preached throughout his service as an Episcopal Priest.
    I read your Daily Diary Posts from Tuesday (yesterday), and all of the posts written on Facebook. I read all of the posts. It did comfort. 
    As I shared here recently, I believe that the aging process was cruel to Dad. At least in my mind, that cruelty seemed to extend into his final days of on this Earth. That "Death Rattle" and labored breathing went on for days! I know that most of us have watched this throughout our nursing life. I've never grown used to that sound of the "Death Rattle". Following Hospice instructions, we gave the prescribed dose of morphine and Ativan. The medications seemed to help ease the labored breathing, but that sound persisted.
    I was with Dad when he drew his last breath. With the exception of Linda and myself, the family had left to go to the hotel(s) and catch some sleep. Dad's loving wife, Linda, sang their favorite country song to Dad. It was a love song, of course, and Linda held Dad and kissed Dad while she sang that song. Dad's wife then went to their bedroom to try to catch a few ZZZZZs. After she left, I went to Dad and kneeled beside him so that I can softly whisper into his ear. By this time, that "Rattle" seemed to be at full-volume. (It was a sound that will reverberate in my head for a very long time.) Leaning into Dad's ear, and while stroking his forehead, I very slowly and very clearly recited the Lord's Prayer. I knew that this prayer was recited to Dad many, many times throughout these past days. Priests and a Bishop recited this prayer. Dad heard other family members recited this prayer to him. But it was his son that whispered one of Dad's favorite prayers into his ear. When I finished the Lord's Prayer, I then whispered several times to Dad that God Loved him. I whispered several times to Dad that I loved him. Then, no longer than two minutes later, that "Rattle" stopped. Oddly enough, Dad was still breathing. Dad's eyes were wide opened after being closed for hours, he seemed to mouth a couple of words, Peace replaced the struggle on his face, and Dad drew his last breath.
    Now. . . I had NO idea that Dad would pass away almost immediately after I recited the Lord's Prayer. I have to believe that it took hearing his son reciting that prayer for him to finally "let go". I do not know if there is an all-powerful, all-knowing deity that exists in this universe. But, if there is, that God received a Faithful Servant.
    I did not want to be there as Dad drew his last breath. In fact, my plan was to go to the hotel with Amy and try to catch some ZZZZZs. But "instinct" told me to stay. Reluctantly, but willingly, I stayed. And, I followed that "instinct" to the point of whispering words of Faith and Love. That was all that I did.
    Gosh, Dad will be missed. . . 
    I thank you all for being kind, and for reading these words.
    Dad's funeral is Monday. 
    In the meanwhile, I leave you this video that I made for Dad and Linda which showcased Dad's 80th Birthday Party that took place in 2013. It was a rare but well-remembered Big Family Get-together.
     
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from dianah in Friday March 15 2019   
    Joe - Hope your nephew has a fun time performing in the production. 🙂

    Lil Nel - Hope the fired tech gets a job that he or she will enjoy. Very cool that you're supporting this person with a good reference. Here's a "Taste of Honey" with Hal Blaine on the drums. (The drum part comes out clear. Nice work, of course.) RIP, Hal Blaine. . . 
     
     
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from dianah in Saturday 3/16   
    Good Morning -
    Lil Nel - Glad to read that work wasn't bad. Hope you have a restful sleep.
    Joe - It's very cool that you have what seems to be a fair number of job interviews. Hopefully, this translates into job choices and ultimately a job that works best for you. Regarding your nephew, I hope he continues on with his theater pursuits. At the very least, theater production and performance makes for a really nice hobby. Enjoy watching "The Lion King". 
    BCgradnurse - We had lovely weather, too, yesterday with temperatures well into the 60s. Today, the temperature is cooler, now in the 40s. But, at least it ain't freezing. Enjoy getting your hair all prettied up. (I got my haircut just a couple of days ago. The last time I got a haircut was back in October. My wife and my co-workers all commented about the shorter hair. Apparently, my hair was getting too long and scraggily-looking! L O L!)
    Well. . . I recently got a phone call asking if I can be a Shift Director tonight. The night Shift Director called in sick, apparently. (Realize that I am already working for this particular Shift Director tomorrow night so that she can enjoy a birthday party planned for her tomorrow!) Reluctantly, I said, "Yes". There are not many of us Per Diem Shift Directors. One had already declined to work tonight, apparently. So, yes. (Whine, whine.) One way to look at it is that I'll be making a good amount of $$$$. This WILL be overtime this week. Also, tomorrow night, when I work as Shift Director, will also be overtime!! (Tweety! You are my role-model to when it comes to working extra hours! L O L!)
    Nothing much else to share. I've been up, since around 5:00 AM, working on music. I already drank two cups of coffee, not knowing that I'll be working tonight. (Ugh!) Oh well. Think I'll go for a walk while the sun is up. The walk might tire me out so that I can catch a few ZZZZZs before going to work tonight. Tomorrow, being Sunday, will be busy with the usual church-related endeavors, as well as with working that extra shift tomorrow night. 
    Peace. . . 
    Ted
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from dianah in Saturday 3/16   
    Good Morning -
    Lil Nel - Glad to read that work wasn't bad. Hope you have a restful sleep.
    Joe - It's very cool that you have what seems to be a fair number of job interviews. Hopefully, this translates into job choices and ultimately a job that works best for you. Regarding your nephew, I hope he continues on with his theater pursuits. At the very least, theater production and performance makes for a really nice hobby. Enjoy watching "The Lion King". 
    BCgradnurse - We had lovely weather, too, yesterday with temperatures well into the 60s. Today, the temperature is cooler, now in the 40s. But, at least it ain't freezing. Enjoy getting your hair all prettied up. (I got my haircut just a couple of days ago. The last time I got a haircut was back in October. My wife and my co-workers all commented about the shorter hair. Apparently, my hair was getting too long and scraggily-looking! L O L!)
    Well. . . I recently got a phone call asking if I can be a Shift Director tonight. The night Shift Director called in sick, apparently. (Realize that I am already working for this particular Shift Director tomorrow night so that she can enjoy a birthday party planned for her tomorrow!) Reluctantly, I said, "Yes". There are not many of us Per Diem Shift Directors. One had already declined to work tonight, apparently. So, yes. (Whine, whine.) One way to look at it is that I'll be making a good amount of $$$$. This WILL be overtime this week. Also, tomorrow night, when I work as Shift Director, will also be overtime!! (Tweety! You are my role-model to when it comes to working extra hours! L O L!)
    Nothing much else to share. I've been up, since around 5:00 AM, working on music. I already drank two cups of coffee, not knowing that I'll be working tonight. (Ugh!) Oh well. Think I'll go for a walk while the sun is up. The walk might tire me out so that I can catch a few ZZZZZs before going to work tonight. Tomorrow, being Sunday, will be busy with the usual church-related endeavors, as well as with working that extra shift tomorrow night. 
    Peace. . . 
    Ted
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from dianah in Saturday 3/16   
    Good Morning -
    Lil Nel - Glad to read that work wasn't bad. Hope you have a restful sleep.
    Joe - It's very cool that you have what seems to be a fair number of job interviews. Hopefully, this translates into job choices and ultimately a job that works best for you. Regarding your nephew, I hope he continues on with his theater pursuits. At the very least, theater production and performance makes for a really nice hobby. Enjoy watching "The Lion King". 
    BCgradnurse - We had lovely weather, too, yesterday with temperatures well into the 60s. Today, the temperature is cooler, now in the 40s. But, at least it ain't freezing. Enjoy getting your hair all prettied up. (I got my haircut just a couple of days ago. The last time I got a haircut was back in October. My wife and my co-workers all commented about the shorter hair. Apparently, my hair was getting too long and scraggily-looking! L O L!)
    Well. . . I recently got a phone call asking if I can be a Shift Director tonight. The night Shift Director called in sick, apparently. (Realize that I am already working for this particular Shift Director tomorrow night so that she can enjoy a birthday party planned for her tomorrow!) Reluctantly, I said, "Yes". There are not many of us Per Diem Shift Directors. One had already declined to work tonight, apparently. So, yes. (Whine, whine.) One way to look at it is that I'll be making a good amount of $$$$. This WILL be overtime this week. Also, tomorrow night, when I work as Shift Director, will also be overtime!! (Tweety! You are my role-model to when it comes to working extra hours! L O L!)
    Nothing much else to share. I've been up, since around 5:00 AM, working on music. I already drank two cups of coffee, not knowing that I'll be working tonight. (Ugh!) Oh well. Think I'll go for a walk while the sun is up. The walk might tire me out so that I can catch a few ZZZZZs before going to work tonight. Tomorrow, being Sunday, will be busy with the usual church-related endeavors, as well as with working that extra shift tomorrow night. 
    Peace. . . 
    Ted
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    Ted, BSN reacted to dianah in Saturday 3/16   
    Good morning to all!
    herring, I too love to read about your family and their music background and experiences!  The stories of time you spent with their children are priceless too!
    BC, it was 74 degrees here yesterday when I got off work.  No melting snow, but I sure saw a lot of daffodils!  
    Ted, hope you can catch some sleep before work tonight.  How is the composing coming?
    Joe, I thought your nephew's performance was last night.  Cool, is performance one of his passions?  Thanks for keeping us updated re: job search.
    Lil Nel, friend is home with a motorized w/c, hospital bed, ramps built, new van to accommodate motorized w/c.  Friends from church and her work are amazing, scheduling times to be at the home and assist with cares (there are lots of PT and OT in that group, they all are bringing their expertise) and bringing food.  He is slowly regaining movement in his legs.  Someone brought a tilt table so he could get used to standing/being upright again.  Someone else brought a roller skate apparatus that was strapped to his arm so he could do some ROM himself.  Others have continued helping with ROM.  Some arm spasms lately.  He is at least: home, off any vent, trach DC'd, off tube feedings!  Another friend built a special table so he can bring his w/c up to it and feed himself.  I cannot imagine the changes they have gone through and still face, yet his wife (an ER nurse) keeps us updated via FB, about his journey and her faith journey (we are all reading the same daily worship book).  Thanks for asking.
    Wow No Stars, we need to sit down with a crossword!!  Kudos to you for undertaking that with Nannie!!  Whew!  Where's that rose for your nose???
    We had a great time last night.  After work I changed, and we picked up fiddler K and her fiancée M, and stopped by Wendy's for quick food, then drove up to Oak Glen for the Hymn Sing.  K played piano and ppl sang and sang, shouting out songs from the hymnals provided.  Our band did three songs (two of which everyone could sing on), then sang some more.  We sang from 7-9, then spent another 1.5hr there, gabbing!  A lady came up after, said she remembered me and dh: she was camp host at a campground in the mountains, some five years ago!!  She remembered what sites we and friends occupied, and remembered our camping neighbors loved hearing the music (of course we jammed at the campsite!).  "Why haven't you been back??  Plan to come back this summer!  WE will be camp hosts again, and even if you can't get a camping reservation, come up and you can camp next to us, we have a large site [we've done it before!].  Or come up for a Saturday night and jam!"
    Sounds like fun!  She has our number now, can call.
    Got in an interesting theological/philosophical discussion with the apple farm owner, the one who hosts the Hymn Sings and the Jamboree, who invites us to play there in the summer during apple season.  He is a very nice, welcoming person.  WE inquire about each others' health, as he is aware of my mitral repair surgery and the subsequent CHF issues, and we are all aware he has had a coronary stent and his dad has had CABG, his mom is currently ESRD on HD (they live "on the hill" too, and have some involvement in running the business).
    Oooooo, gotta go get ready, we are helping with music at The Big Church's little sabbath school!  Later!  Have a good one!
     
     
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    Ted, BSN reacted to Joe NightingMale in Saturday 3/16   
    He has been performing on stage for quite a number of years.  I think he will continue to do so in high school.  Though perhaps his interests will change as he gets older
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    Ted, BSN reacted to herring_RN, ASN, BSN in Saturday 3/16   
    Hello! Gonna tackle the pig weed forest today. One section has seven foot high pig weed! Can't mow that.I expect to do a little today, some tomorrow, and mow on Monday.
    I played second violin in the high school orchestra, and in the seventies was in a country group I enjoyed rehearsals as much as performing. 
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from dianah in Saturday 3/16   
    Good Morning -
    Lil Nel - Glad to read that work wasn't bad. Hope you have a restful sleep.
    Joe - It's very cool that you have what seems to be a fair number of job interviews. Hopefully, this translates into job choices and ultimately a job that works best for you. Regarding your nephew, I hope he continues on with his theater pursuits. At the very least, theater production and performance makes for a really nice hobby. Enjoy watching "The Lion King". 
    BCgradnurse - We had lovely weather, too, yesterday with temperatures well into the 60s. Today, the temperature is cooler, now in the 40s. But, at least it ain't freezing. Enjoy getting your hair all prettied up. (I got my haircut just a couple of days ago. The last time I got a haircut was back in October. My wife and my co-workers all commented about the shorter hair. Apparently, my hair was getting too long and scraggily-looking! L O L!)
    Well. . . I recently got a phone call asking if I can be a Shift Director tonight. The night Shift Director called in sick, apparently. (Realize that I am already working for this particular Shift Director tomorrow night so that she can enjoy a birthday party planned for her tomorrow!) Reluctantly, I said, "Yes". There are not many of us Per Diem Shift Directors. One had already declined to work tonight, apparently. So, yes. (Whine, whine.) One way to look at it is that I'll be making a good amount of $$$$. This WILL be overtime this week. Also, tomorrow night, when I work as Shift Director, will also be overtime!! (Tweety! You are my role-model to when it comes to working extra hours! L O L!)
    Nothing much else to share. I've been up, since around 5:00 AM, working on music. I already drank two cups of coffee, not knowing that I'll be working tonight. (Ugh!) Oh well. Think I'll go for a walk while the sun is up. The walk might tire me out so that I can catch a few ZZZZZs before going to work tonight. Tomorrow, being Sunday, will be busy with the usual church-related endeavors, as well as with working that extra shift tomorrow night. 
    Peace. . . 
    Ted
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from dianah in Saturday 3/16   
    Good Morning -
    Lil Nel - Glad to read that work wasn't bad. Hope you have a restful sleep.
    Joe - It's very cool that you have what seems to be a fair number of job interviews. Hopefully, this translates into job choices and ultimately a job that works best for you. Regarding your nephew, I hope he continues on with his theater pursuits. At the very least, theater production and performance makes for a really nice hobby. Enjoy watching "The Lion King". 
    BCgradnurse - We had lovely weather, too, yesterday with temperatures well into the 60s. Today, the temperature is cooler, now in the 40s. But, at least it ain't freezing. Enjoy getting your hair all prettied up. (I got my haircut just a couple of days ago. The last time I got a haircut was back in October. My wife and my co-workers all commented about the shorter hair. Apparently, my hair was getting too long and scraggily-looking! L O L!)
    Well. . . I recently got a phone call asking if I can be a Shift Director tonight. The night Shift Director called in sick, apparently. (Realize that I am already working for this particular Shift Director tomorrow night so that she can enjoy a birthday party planned for her tomorrow!) Reluctantly, I said, "Yes". There are not many of us Per Diem Shift Directors. One had already declined to work tonight, apparently. So, yes. (Whine, whine.) One way to look at it is that I'll be making a good amount of $$$$. This WILL be overtime this week. Also, tomorrow night, when I work as Shift Director, will also be overtime!! (Tweety! You are my role-model to when it comes to working extra hours! L O L!)
    Nothing much else to share. I've been up, since around 5:00 AM, working on music. I already drank two cups of coffee, not knowing that I'll be working tonight. (Ugh!) Oh well. Think I'll go for a walk while the sun is up. The walk might tire me out so that I can catch a few ZZZZZs before going to work tonight. Tomorrow, being Sunday, will be busy with the usual church-related endeavors, as well as with working that extra shift tomorrow night. 
    Peace. . . 
    Ted
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from dianah in Saturday 3/16   
    Good Morning -
    Lil Nel - Glad to read that work wasn't bad. Hope you have a restful sleep.
    Joe - It's very cool that you have what seems to be a fair number of job interviews. Hopefully, this translates into job choices and ultimately a job that works best for you. Regarding your nephew, I hope he continues on with his theater pursuits. At the very least, theater production and performance makes for a really nice hobby. Enjoy watching "The Lion King". 
    BCgradnurse - We had lovely weather, too, yesterday with temperatures well into the 60s. Today, the temperature is cooler, now in the 40s. But, at least it ain't freezing. Enjoy getting your hair all prettied up. (I got my haircut just a couple of days ago. The last time I got a haircut was back in October. My wife and my co-workers all commented about the shorter hair. Apparently, my hair was getting too long and scraggily-looking! L O L!)
    Well. . . I recently got a phone call asking if I can be a Shift Director tonight. The night Shift Director called in sick, apparently. (Realize that I am already working for this particular Shift Director tomorrow night so that she can enjoy a birthday party planned for her tomorrow!) Reluctantly, I said, "Yes". There are not many of us Per Diem Shift Directors. One had already declined to work tonight, apparently. So, yes. (Whine, whine.) One way to look at it is that I'll be making a good amount of $$$$. This WILL be overtime this week. Also, tomorrow night, when I work as Shift Director, will also be overtime!! (Tweety! You are my role-model to when it comes to working extra hours! L O L!)
    Nothing much else to share. I've been up, since around 5:00 AM, working on music. I already drank two cups of coffee, not knowing that I'll be working tonight. (Ugh!) Oh well. Think I'll go for a walk while the sun is up. The walk might tire me out so that I can catch a few ZZZZZs before going to work tonight. Tomorrow, being Sunday, will be busy with the usual church-related endeavors, as well as with working that extra shift tomorrow night. 
    Peace. . . 
    Ted
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from Lil Nel in Friday March 15 2019   
    Tweety - 50 hours?!?!? Wow! No wonder you feel horrible. Hope you're feeling better soon. 
    herring_RN - I always enjoy reading about your family's history with music. 🙂
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from Lil Nel in Friday March 15 2019   
    I haven't heard this tune in a long time. Love a Taste of Honey. (Pun intended.) Huge Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass fan, too! 🙂
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from dianah in Friday March 15 2019   
    Joe - Hope your nephew has a fun time performing in the production. 🙂

    Lil Nel - Hope the fired tech gets a job that he or she will enjoy. Very cool that you're supporting this person with a good reference. Here's a "Taste of Honey" with Hal Blaine on the drums. (The drum part comes out clear. Nice work, of course.) RIP, Hal Blaine. . . 
     
     
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from dianah in Friday March 15 2019   
    Good Afternoon!
    Joe - It must be an exciting yet nerve-wracking time to have these job interviews. After the interviews, enjoy your time with J! Curious. What part is your nephew playing in "The Lion King"? Very cool!
    Lil Nel - Sad to read that one of the good techs got fired. Gosh, I've inadvertently fallen asleep, with hands on the computer keyboard, while charting. There are a few computer-based nursing notes that have about 2 minutes of "JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ" found within them. It is unintended. It's embarrassing. But, it happens.  (It ain't just me that has done this, too. . . ) It's when employees make "nests" that administration should take notice.
    dianah - Wow! Seems like you had a busy day at work, and out of work. Glad to read that the "swanky dinner" was yummy! (I love the word, "Swanky"! L O L!) 
    herring_RN - We had our taxes done around early February. We're going to wait until the last possible minute to pay what we owe, though. Regarding mowing. We've been having warm weather. The snow has all melted, leaving the grass bare. I didn't get the opportunity to mow the lawn one last time, last fall. Mowing it this spring will take a lot of effort. Ugh!
    Recently woke up. Work was a steady-busy last night. Last night, starting around midnight, our entire healthcare system was on "Downtime" as the IT guys made upgrades and updates to the Meditec system. This means no computer-based ANYTHING (MD orders, labs, charting, etc., etc.). "Downtime" throws us back to paper-based EVERYTYING. It is painful when our healthcare system goes into "Downtime". Last night was no exception. Because we had only one patient in our teeny-tiny ICU, I floated down to the E.R. "Downtime" in the E.R., with "paperwork everything" was exceptionally painful for me. (Whine! Whine!) The backup paperwork that is provided during "Downtime" is very, very convoluted, to say the least. We (I) got through it, though. By around 0330, the last E.R. patient left, and the E.R. remained "Q" for the rest of the shift. At around 0530, the night Shift Director was feeling ill and asked if I would cover for her for the remaining shift. Of course I would! And, I did!! She left, and employees called in sick. (Ugh!) Spent the remainder of the shift looking for coverage, which can be quite the challenge. All was well, though, when I "handed the keys" to the on-coming Flow Coordinator (which is the day-shift's name for "Shift Director") at 0700. (Someday, I'll explain the difference between "Flow Coordinator" and "Shift Director". There is a difference, and there ain't. It's a convoluted explanation, to say the least.) (Healthcare can be, and IS, very convoluted.) (I wish healthcare was "Swanky", but it ain't. L O L!)
    After drinking First Coffee, I'm still groggy. After I'm done typing here, I'm going for Second Coffee. In the meanwhile, I think I'm going to relax at home, today, and visit Dad tomorrow when I'm more rested.
    Peace, folks. . . 
    Ted
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    Ted, BSN reacted to Lil Nel in Saturday 3/16   
    Good morning Joe and BC.
    Just finished the omelet. Time for sleep.
    Work wasn't bad.
    I can't imagine 50 hours of floor nursing in a week, Tweety. Horrible.
    Hope you have a good rest.
    Safe travels to all.
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    Ted, BSN reacted to Joe NightingMale in Saturday 3/16   
    Hi BC
    Busy day yesterday.  Talked to 2 more recruiters yesterday, one doesn't have anything yet, the other wants me to do an interview at the end of the week.  This is in addition to the Tuesday interview, which I have a half day off for.  And the Monday evening interview...which I don't yet have an exact time or place for, which is concerning, although the position is interesting.  Might have to call in sick for part of the day to manage that one.  
    Met J at one of our usual restaurants for dinner last night
    This evening J and I are driving to Indiana to see my nephew in The Lion King.  Last middle school play for him, next year he's going to high school.  Hope he keeps up his theater pursuits
    This afternoon I'm going to a severe weather seminar held at a local college.  A storm chaser I watch online will be giving a presentation so I wanted to make sure to see that
    Weather has turned colder but will get warmer as the week proceeds, think spring is finally on the way
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    Ted, BSN reacted to BCgradnurse in Saturday 3/16   
    Good morning-
    It's a sunny day here.  It hit 60 yesterday and there was a lot of melting.  I was able to put Lucy the rabbit back in her outdoor hutch, now that I don't have to wade through a foot of snow to get to it.  I opened all the windows and aired out the house.  Niko and Jolie were happy to sit in an open window for the first time in months.  I had my usual busy Friday at work.  We stayed in lat night and watched Green Book on pay per view.  Fiance had to get up at 3:30 AM to take his DD to the airport.  Her original flight back to school was booked on a 737 Max, and this was the only flight she could get back to Kansas today since these planes were grounded.  I declined to go to the airport with them.
    Today I will have my hair cut and colored, and then go for a walk.  It's not as warm as yesterday, but still nice in the high 40s.
    I hope Tweety is feeling better today.  Stars-you get mega points for doing the corssword Nannie's way.  Herring-I also like to hear about your family.  Hi to Nel, J22, Joe, Ted, Dianah, Steph, Shane, and everyone else.  Hope it's a good day for y'all.
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    Ted, BSN reacted to No Stars In My Eyes in Friday March 15 2019   
    How about Stan Getz and Astrid Gilberto, in "Girl From Ipanema" ...that's one I have always liked! I think I wore out the record (33 & 1/3) sometime in my 20's. May see if I can lay hold of that album. Can't remember the name of it, but I can see the colorful album- sleeve in my mind's eye.
    Nannie and I did a crossword puzzle...she had the puzzle and a pencil and would read to me "43 down". I'd say "What's the clue?" Then she had to find it and then she lost the place where the answer was to be written. I'd ask her, "How many letters? OK, how many spaces do they give you for the answer? What letters do you have? What order are they in? Where are the blank spaces in the answer?" 
    And she would read me the clue, but couldn't fit the answer into the spaces ... because she'd got lost among the clues and the answers grid. This is the second time we've done this. Kind of a challenge for me to keep up with her zig-zag way of trying to do the puzzle. She would supposedly then write down the answer, but later claimed she hadn't written it down. When I looked at the puzzle later, I found how lost she'd been, becoming confused with clues, like whether they were down or across. She seems to enjoy doing a crossword this way because she really can't do them on her own anymore. She laughs and laughs while we hopscotch between this clue and that answer.
    I actually didn't get too 'lost' myself, but I did have to do a powerful number of re-directions to get her to pay enough attention to refocus. I could close my eyes and 'see' the letters and spaces to find if a word fit the clue. Other times I didn't need to know anything other than the clue, you know, the kind you see in every newspaper crossword.
    Anyway, for some reason, all this does not drive me crazy! Hubby gets lost, as in disappears, when we start, because it is confusing and he isn't into word puzzles.
    I get a many, many Brownie Points for doing this with her.  🙃
    Pin a rose on my nose!  😊
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from Lil Nel in Friday March 15 2019   
    Tweety - 50 hours?!?!? Wow! No wonder you feel horrible. Hope you're feeling better soon. 
    herring_RN - I always enjoy reading about your family's history with music. 🙂
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    Ted, BSN got a reaction from Lil Nel in Friday March 15 2019   
    I haven't heard this tune in a long time. Love a Taste of Honey. (Pun intended.) Huge Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass fan, too! 🙂
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