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  1. nursej22

    I need advice from parents.

    I grew up in a similar manner. My parents were quite frugal, and did not believe in allowances. And they insisted anything I earned from baby-sitting or berry picking should be saved. I wish had learned more about budgeting earlier in life.
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    Tuesday February 19, 2018

    Hi Folks, I peeked in before I left the house this am, but didn't take time to post. I'm putting on the finishing touches to a presentation for a medical assistant association meeting about measles. I am afraid of going into too much detail, and yet being asked a question that I don't know the answer to. They want 50 minutes (yikes) plus time for questions. I am hoping there is lots of discussion and not too much of me flapping my lips. Sorry Tweety about the 4 hour vs. 8 hour shift mistake. My poor old brain still likes the old 8 hour shifts. Congrats on your bowling! And the recipe sounds wonderful! And yes, I ended up watching "Howard's End" with Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and Helena Bonham Carter. Youngest ds popped in and instantly recognized Hopkins voice and the "lady from Love, Actually." BCg, I hope dd is feeling better. Not being able to catch one's breathe and not know why is scary. And I am sure you imagine all the worst case scenarios. Ted, thank you for the music link. I heard "Staying' Alive" on the oldie moldie radio station alive while driving. I am sure the other drivers thought I was having a seizure, . Herring, good to read that stepmum is ok. Tweety is right, fine line between dehydration and fluid overload. Hang in there Joe. Insurance company work sounds like it could be interesting. Dianah, making a CD sounds like writing a thesis. Edits, more edits, and then more edits. It will be wonderful when finished, though. bye, j22
  3. That's a nice thought, but what do you mean by harm? If a coal company may have decreased profits, does that override irreparable harm to salmon and orca populations? Is using transportation dollars to build more mass transit instead of adding lanes to a highway constitute harm? Does encouraging more solar power over burning fossil fuels cause harm?
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    Game of Groans

    I've got Groucho Marx stuck in my head: I shot an elephant in my pajamas this morning. How he got into my pajamas, I'll never know!
  5. Oh c'mon, what's more picturesque than the tar sands of Alberta? Or wildlife coated in crude oil?
  6. nursej22

    Media behaving badly

    Oh you mean its fake news!?! On a so-called news channel? The same channel that dear leader gets much of his information from?
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    Friday February 8, 2019

    Hi, its lightly snowing here, maybe an inch accumulated. We are not forecast to get much, but the dang wind is supposed to blow, with up to 60 mph gusts. I tried to find heaters for my hummingbird feeders (yes, that's a thing) but the bird food store owner said they sold out of the 40 they had on had. She recommended I put bubble wrap over the Christmas lights I have wound around the feeders, so did that this morning before work. Dh and 2 ds met for dinner last night to have oysters. I was invited, but just looking at those things makes me slightly nauseous. I was forced to eat them as a child, and yuck! Angus and I had popcorn and cheesecake for dinner, and it was delightful. He quite good at catching popcorn, so we shared a bowlful. Most of the office is gone for the day. They are all freaking out over our smattering of snow. I've been looking for new ways to promote vaccine, but feel like I'm hitting my head against a wall. Another nurse and I are going to watch a rabies webinar that sounds way more interesting. See ya, j22
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    So DJT mentioned late term abortions in his State of the Union address because he's playing defense? Well, maybe, if it takes the focus off of investigations into Russian interference, his tax returns, his inauguration committee, Deutsche Bank and Justice Kennedy's son, etc. And yes, the House is starting hearings on gun violence for the first time in 10 years.
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    Thursday February 7, 2018

    Hi, Still chilly here, around 30. Snow in the forecast for tomorrow. The wind is supposed to blow, which I dread. Meh day at work. I've been trying to study protocols for the various reportable diseases, but they all run together after a while. We had a suspected measles case which is probably a drug rash, but we had to send a specimen, so I got to see all the paperwork that is required for that. Wow, Tweety, 7:1! How is anyone supposed to deal with complications like PEs, and new onset Afib? Those can have subtle signs, and when you are running to answer lights and tend to families it is easy to miss that stuff. I hope it doesn't take a catastrophic event to make a change. I think throughput is emphasized by CMS, maybe? It was a big deal before I left working at the hospital, especially in terms of getting people out of ED. I think no more than 4 hours in ED was the goal. The poor housekeepers struggled to turn rooms over. I often started my 3-11 shift with 8 patients to place, with 3 empty beds, no clean rooms, and PACU, ICU and ED calling to demand I move their patients stat. And thus, I don't work there anymore. Lunch time! Left over mac and cheese and waldorf salad. Yum! j22
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    220,000 students have suffered gun violence since Columbine. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/local/school-shootings-database/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.5d070640170a And yet DJT and conservatives want to focus on a very rare, very personal procedure that perhaps only 4 providers in the US (all over the age of 60) actually carry out. Pay no attention to what's really killing children, just pay attention to the hyperbole that grifters like DJT and Jerry Falwell are spouting.
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    Wednesday February 7, 2019

    Good afternoon, or evening, Still clear and cold in these parts, high of 34, down to 20 tonight. It may snow on the weekend. I had 4 kiddos to immunize in clinic today. People are getting concerned about measles. The state count is 51, with 11 suspect cases, but they are all still 300 miles away. Of course, everyone who gets a rash thinks they have it. We do have a fair amount of anti-vaxxers locally. One coworker thinks we just have to talk to them, but when they cite religious reasons and mistrust the government, I don't what we can say. I slept pretty good last night, possibly because of the wine I drank while watching the state of the union speech. I understand though, that is not an option for everyone. Weather is just nutty this year, isn't it? Those crazy temperature swings would make me grumpy. Or grumpier than usual. When we lived in Idaho, the summer temps would swing from 50 degrees at night to 100 during the day, and back again. That was part of the reason for the thunderstorms every afternoon. But it never rained. 3 feet of snow in the winter but almost no rain. That sure made this northwesterner homesick. I really hate working full time. A half-time position is opening up, so I am going to apply for it. It will be back working in TB with the annoying one, but she won't be the supervisor and she and I would only in the office together for 1/2 day a week. Well that's enough whining. I hope everyone's day is going better that expected, j22
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    Tuesday February 5, 2019

    Hullo, It a very chilly day yesterday, the wind blew steady around 30 mph, with gusts to 50. Knock on wood, we never lost power. I saw reports of many people with frozen pipes. Its only up to 28, but the air is calm and the sun is out. We may get more snow later in the week. I had to help dh jump start his pickup this morning. That meant I did get to work early enough to have the breakfast the managers serve each January, but I was told it was the same dry burritos they served last year. I am sorry to read about the sleep woes. I am with you Steph, about sleeping meds. Plus, I am always wary about being labeled as "drug-seeking." I have gotten the impression in the past when seeking care for painful conditions that I was suspect. BC, that ice cream sounds terrible. There is a brand around here that is supposedly low carb that tastes nasty. And now I know why! I keep meaning to get a new pillow, but I fear that I will spent too much and then not like it. Has anyone used a so-called side sleeping pillow? I roll from side to side to back, 1 pillow, 2 pillow all night long trying to find a comfortable position. And just when I get comfy, nature calls. Oh well, work beckons, j22.
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    Sunday February 3, 2019

    Fran, I live in NW Washington State. We did not experience the vortex in the same way that you all on the east side of the country did. However, this week it got pretty cold and windy, which is not unusual this time year. Up until this week, it has been unusually mild.
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    Government Shutdown

    I saw a story about this little church on the Rio Grande which would be effectively cut off by the border wall. https://www.texastribune.org/2018/12/19/church-and-state-fight-mission-texas-border-wall/ Our self-professed Christian president doesn't care who he hurts, as long as he gets his way.
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    Tuesday January 29, 2019

    NSIME, So good to read that you are feeling better, aside from incisional pain. One year I got on the roof to shovel snow. I kinda of shamed dh into helping me, because I was 8 months pregnant at the time. Then next time it got bad, the landlord paid someone to do it. I'll bet Nel and Biggy are glad for water bucket heaters! Stay warm, you easterners!