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  1. BCgradnurse

    Friday January 17, 2020

    Stars-So sorry you are going through this. Good that you have your room to escape to. I hope tomorrow is better.
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    Tuesday January 14 2020

    Morning, all- Back to cold and cloudy. Last weekend was such a tease. I'll be getting out of Dodge next week for 5 days down to the Naples, FL area. I hope the weather is decent. I just want to sit outside with a book and relax. We had a patient yesterday who made me want to bang my head against the wall. Severe COPD, will not take inhalers because they "contaminate her lungs". Wait for it...she smokes 2 packs a day, but tobacco is "natural". Talk about denial. Her lung function is terrible and she has SOB without exertion. I pretty much told her there was nothing I could do for her if she wouldn't take medications or stop smoking. I had no magic. Then she asked for her co-pay back. Um...no. Joe-Hope your day goes well. Ordinary is often very good! Tweety-Enjoy your stretch of days off. Glad you survived the 3 12s! Ted-Sweet dreams to you. Gladd you have some time off, too. J22-Ugh-keep your weather out West please. I looked up the hummingbird. They are gorgeous little things! Hi to everyone else. Did we have a Davey Do sighting yesterday??? Now, that's a rare bird!
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    Saturday January 11, 2020

    Morning-Still feeling craptastic. The cough is better, but I'm congested with no energy at all. I'm on day 6 of work, but it's 5 8 hour days and 1 3 hour shift this AM. I've done nothing this week except go to work, and come home and go to bed. I will be happy to have the whole day tomorrow to recharge. It's unseasonably warm here, with temps around 60. I opened all the windows in the house this AM, hoping to get rid of all the germy recycled air. Niko is quite happy to have an open window to sit in. I'm crossing my fingers I have enough zip tomorrow to do a beach walk. Tweety-Good for you for keeping the weight off and eating mostly healthy. The treats at work are a temptation. Joe-I hope J feels better soon. Be safe if you're out driving around. Hope all have a good day.
  4. Hi- I've been hiding under the covers the last few days with bronchitis. I made it to work today, but have zero energy. At least it's not the flu. It's rampant here, and I'll be happy to avoid it. Hope all are ok.
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    Presidential Election 2020

    I drove by a US Armed Forces recruitment office this morning. Funny, I didn't see anyone lined up to volunteer, let alone anyone wearing a MAGA hat. I wonder if Don Jr., Eric, and Jared will be headed to boot camp. . Trump is only too happy to send other people's sons and daughters to war, while he golfs.
  6. BCgradnurse

    Wednesday January 1, 2020

    Happy New Year! We had a nice time out last night with friends. We had a good dinner, I had a pretty blue drink with blueberry vodka, and then we went back to their house to watch the ball drop. I slept in til 8:30 today, and then went to visit my mother. My older sister and niece were there, too. It's back to work tomorrow, and then I'm off on Friday. I will be going with my friend to the oncologist for her first appt. on Friday. Her goal is get a formal diagnosis of CLL and confirmatory testing, and then referral to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. I guess you can't be seen there without a referral from another oncologist. Tweety-Sadly, I agree 2020 is going to be challenging on many levels. I'm glad you enjoyed the movie and dinner. I hope Slo Bro has recovered from the fireworks. Grumpy-I hope your chimney keeps smoking, too!! Joe-Happy 2020! Were you able to get outside today? Stars-Happy New Year! I hope 2020 brings good things to you and DH. Ted-How was the walk? It was pretty windy here-did you have the same. Dianah-The scrolls must have been so interesting! I would also welcome a better year and Peace on Earth! Herring-I hope your First Footin' brings you and your neighbors luck for the coming year. J22-You're a brave woman for doing the Polar Plunge. I hope your knee is ok. Back to work tomorrow. Today feels like Sunday.
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    Tuesday December 31, 2019

    Good afternoon- It's been kind of crazy here at work. Lots of Flu B in my neck of the woods. I'm a bit aggravated because the majority of patients have been late for their appointments today. The weather is fine, there's no traffic issues in the area. I've turned a few away, because they were significantly late (20-30 minutes). It's not fair to the patients that do show up on time. Ugh-it's my pet peeve and fortunately, our new practice manager feels the same way I do. Off my soap box now. We're meeting friends for dinner tonight and then will go back to their house. I will most likely want to go home right after midnight. I'm not a late night person. Tweety-I liked Knives Out, except I thought it was about 20 minutes too long. The cast was great. I hope you enjoy it. Joe-Enjoy the mojitos. I, too need to get re-focused on diet and exercise. Take the vacation days!!! Happy New Year to all. I hope 2020 brings good health, good friends, and peace to all of our lives.
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    Wednesday December 25, 2019

    Good morning and Merry Christmas to all!! Our office was closed yesterday and today, so I was able to catch up on some sleep. We had a quiet evening at home last night. Today we will go to the movies and out for Chinese food. Tweety-Glad you had a nice time at your niece's. I hope your sister can get her car situation straightened out. Ted-Enjoy your day and I hope you get some sleep before work. Wishing everyone a peaceful day.
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    Saturday December 21 2019

    Morning- I just got back from the gym, and will shortly start my baking marathon. I'm having my family over for Hanukkah tomorrow, and want to give everyone a mini chocolate babka to take home. Last night I made a batch of chocolate truffles. I put Pop Rocks candy in them just to be silly. Pop Rocks are hard to find. Fortunately, there's a big candy store in the next town over that carries all the old school favorites. I got the Pop Rocks, plus some other childhood favorites like Squirrel Nut Zippers. Joe-Sorry you missed the party. I hope both J and the puppy are better soon. Tweety-Hope you're able to enjoy some of the weekend. I remember seeing Lion in Winter years ago. I think I saw it with my grandmother at a small community movie theater in the late 70s, about 10 years after it was released. I hope you feel well enough to go. Hope all have a good weekend.
  10. BCgradnurse

    Friday December 20th 2019

    Hi Joe, and all who follow. It's another cold one here. Temperatures should moderate over the weekend. My office has big windows and is very drafty, and I wear fingerless gloves when I'm not seeing a patient. I need a Snuggie to keep warm. Joe-enjoy the party tonight! Tweety-sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I hope today is better. Hi to J22, Stars, Herring, Ted, Nurseblaq (yay! NP school!), and all others who stop by. Stay warm!
  11. BCgradnurse

    Thursday December 19, 2019

    Hello- It's very cold here today. My face hurt when I went outside this morning. Lucy Fur (my rabbit) is happily ensconced in the basement, as it is too cold outside for her. Her hutch is wrapped in plastic and she has plenty of hay to burrow in, but once it gets below 20 it's too cold for her. Niko is keeping an eye on her to make sure she's not getting into any trouble. My younger sister called me yesterday to tell she had been laid off from her job of 10 years. Now neither she nor her DH are working. He's been out of work for over a year. Both of them had executive level positions, and there's just not a lot of opportunities for them in the area. My sister will likely go back to consulting, but my BIL is not having any luck. Fiance has a bunch of things in progress, and some are promising, but nothing will likely happen until after the New Year. Tweety-I hear ya about the weight. I'm trying to keep it in check, but I'm not going to stress too much until after the holidays are over. I think an orchid is a perfect gift to bring to your niece for Christmas. Joe-Glad you are feeling better, and that you don;t have to push too hard at work today and tomorrow. Herring-I'm meh about kale. I like it in a salad, but not cooked. I think it's overrated, . Hope all are well today, and having a good day.
  12. BCgradnurse

    Saturday December 14, 2019

    I'm still in a bit of a funk here, being sullen and irritable. So no worries, Tweety-we've all been there. It's warm and very rainy here. It hit 63 degrees today. I opened my sunroof in my car for a bit. I didn't mind getting a little wet. Tonight we are going to Fiance's former neighbor's holiday party. Grinchy me would rather stay home, but he wants to go, so I'll put on a smile and go along. He's still doing a lot of outreach and has had several interviews, but no job offers yet. I am looking into a side gig doing telemedicine. I had an interview yesterday and am going forward with credentialing. I can do a couple of 6p-10p shifts, and maybe another 4 hour shift on a weekend day. It will be doing urgent care kind of stuff. Tweety-I hope work went well today, and everyone showed up. Joe-Sorry about the anxiety. Is your environmental group working on any specific projects. Ted-that's fun that you got to work in maternity. I loved maternity when I was in nursing school. I always cried when when the babies were born, . I wouldn't make a good L&D nurse with wet eyes. J22-So sorry about the pain issues. That really stinks. I'm glad you had fun at dinner. I hope DH is feeling better. Hope all have a good night.
  13. BCgradnurse

    Thursday December 12 2019

    Good afternoon, I've been down in the dumps, so haven't been posting. I hate winter, with cold and darkness. I am using a light box in the morning, and I think it's helping a bit. Nothing is new. Fiance is actively job hunting and doing all he can to find something. It's frustrating that the process is so long and drawn out in his field. It can take a couple of months to get through all the interviews. I'm impatient, and I have to trust the process and not get worked up. Joe-You seem to be very productive at work! I'm sure your manager is pleased. Ted-That's nice that you spoke with your Dad's wife. I hope she's doing ok. It's a gift that you were able to be with your Dad until the end. I had the same experience with my Dad, and it gives me peace that I was able to be there. Herring-Were you able to get your car yet? Stars-How are the gypsies? J22-Is the pacemaker site more comfortable now? I hope going out tonight cheers up DH and MIL. Hope all are doing well.
  14. Morning- It's still snowing here. We have about 8" so far. Work was delayed til 11. So far no patients have shown up. I think there will be a lot of no shows today. The main roads are ok, but the secondary roads are pretty slippery. I had fun this morning watching Niko watch the birds at the feeders. He chatters his teeth at them. They don't seem to care. Ted-I'm sorry about the car. That stinks. I'm glad you don't have to go anywhere today. Joe-It seems that you're doing just fine at work. Dianah-I hope you're able to get some better sleep tonight. Sounds like you had a great time at Disney! Stars-You did not offend me in the least. Being a caregiver for someone with dementia is so difficult. I care more that you find a way for you and DH and to cope and deal with the very understandable frustration and anger. I hope your psychologist and the Council on Aging are able to help. Everyone stay safe today!
  15. BCgradnurse

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    That blows my mind. They must not care about that anymore.

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