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  1. BCgradnurse

    Sunday March 29, 2020

    Hello- It's cold, rainy, gloomy, keep me away from the refrigerator kind of day. I was going to go for a drive, just to start my car and get a change of scenery, but it's too crappy to even step outside. I listened to Trevor Noah's interview with Dr. Fauci a little earlier, and felt a little bit better. Dr. Fauci is the voice of reason, and I would rather deal with facts than panic and untruths, even if the facts are ugly. I watched 2 episodes of The House of Windsor on Netflix today. Later I will watch the last 2 episodes of Unorthodox, also on Netflix. I have a family member that is a member of an ultraorthodox Jewish community. I would not want to live that way, especially being a woman. Tweety-did you like the yoga video? Hope you got all your cooking done. Joe-I'm glad you didn't get the awful weather. Herring-Nice that your DH can visit over the fence with his tall friend. I hope you can find what you need at the store tomorrow. Stars-I'm so sorry you are going through all this. It would tough under normal circumstances, but really hard in the present day. Please know we all are thinking of you. J22-Sorry your husband is getting grief from people at work. God luck at Costco tomorrow. Amo-I'm glad you do have some supplies. Take care all.
  2. BCgradnurse

    Thursday March 26, 2020

    Morning- The sun is out. I hope to get out for a walk after my "shift" is over. I am with you with the anxiety. Mine usually is pretty quiet, but it's percolating a bit more these days. I've decided to minimize the media I'm exposed to. I just get anxious and scared, not to mention angry. I'll keep doing what I'm supposed to do, and try to let go of what I have no control over...which is so not me, . I have been using the Zoom app to work, but also to visit with friends and family. It's free and very easy to use. Ted, there is a Zoom app for the iPhone. It does help with making the isolation more bearable. Stars- I hope this latest incident with Nannie speeds up the placement process. I'm glad no one was seriously injured. Tweety-90 in March? Wow-I hope that does help to cook that stupid virus to death. How are Waffles and Slowbro getting along? Joe-Hope you get out for that walk today. Be well, everyone.
  3. BCgradnurse

    Wednesday March 25 2020

    Good morning- The gloomy weather is back and will be here for a few more days. I'm trying to stay busy between my telemedicine appointments. I've got a sourdough starter bubbling away on my kitchen counter, my seeds are sprouting in my greenhouse box, yet my closets and cabinets remain unorganized, . I am reading a lot. Thank goodness for my Kindle. Joe-I'm glad J was able to get a full refund. I hope everyone will be able to travel again soon. Tweety-I'll have to look for the yoga on Amazon Prime. Lord knows I need to relax! Dianah-that toilet paper you got was criminal! Please tell me that at least it was 2 ply! J22-I think of you often, and your work on the front lines swabbing people. I hope you have adequate PPE. Herring, NSIME, Ted, Amo, and everyone else out there-hope you are doing well and staying healthy.
  4. BCgradnurse

    What do you INTENSELY DISLIKE?

    I intensely dislike that our doctors, nurses, and other health care staff do not have the proper PPE to protect themselves while risking their lives in this pandemic. I intensely dislike that the POTUS thinks he know more than epidemiologists.
  5. BCgradnurse

    President Trump National Scandal

    Nope-we don't need platitudes. We need action to stem the spread and provide resources to hospitals, acceptance of responsibility, and real help for those economically affected by this virus. The rest is just blowing smoke.
  6. BCgradnurse

    Monday March 23 2020

    Morning- We used Zoom last night to have a game night with some friends. It worked pretty well. I have to "work" today. I have 5 telemedicine appointments and a Zoom practice meeting. We are closed til April 1st, but I'm not sure what we'll do beyond that. I would prefer to stay 100% telemed, but I also have to work no matter what they want me to do. Joe-I'm glad you still have work. I am hearing of a lot of layoffs across various industries. It's scary. Looking at some snow for later today and tonight. I hope I have a little time to get out for a walk, although it might be nice to walk in the snow. Everyone-stay well, stay sane, and stay away from everyone!
  7. Morning- I'm still isolating and will be until Wed. My friend is doing ok-no worse, but not a lot better, either. I am dismayed to hear of people who are just not taking this social distancing thing seriously. People continue to have family gatherings, go to visit friends, hold parties on their lawns with 30-40 guests etc. I get that this is hard, but it's not going to be forever. Better to suffer a little now and live to tell about it. Off my soapbox now. Yesterday I got some cleaning done, started some veggie seeds in my little grow box, and made some pizza. I think my next purchase will be a pizza stone. Today I will maybe clean out a closet. Or maybe I won't. I have several books on my Kindle I want to read. J22-I'm sorry someone is sowing dissent in your community. You must be exhausted. Please take care of your self. Joe-Hope the Zoom service works out ok. Take care all.
  8. BCgradnurse

    Saturday March 21 2020

    Good morning- It's cooler here today, too. I did some yard work yesterday and it was nice to feel the sun on my face. It got up to the mid 60s. Today I will start some veggie seeds indoors. I have a gro-light and an incubation chamber to keep the seeds warm and hydrated. I talked to my sick friend this AM and she is hanging in there. She is no worse, and her fever is down a bit. I hope she continues in that manner. I have to admit, I'm feeling guilty about not being on the front lines in a hospital. I can't imagine what hospital nurses must be going through. I read about them not having PPE and I am scared for them. But, I will admit I am grateful I am not there. I would likely be a hindrance rather than a help in anything other than triage. My only hospital experience is in post partum, and that was a long time ago. Meanwhile I'm sitting on my couch doing tele-visits. Maybe I'm helping to keep people out of the hospital, and thus decreasing the burden on hospital staff. It's surreal. I pray for all hospital staff to be safe and well. Sorry for the vent. Joe-so you'll be under a shelter in place order soon. I hope you have everything you need. I'm glad you were not laid off from your job. Take care all. Please take care of yourselves.
  9. BCgradnurse

    Thursday March 19 2020

    Afternoon- It's cold and rainy on this first day of Spring. The Vernal equinox was a day early this year, thus Spring is a day early. I'm at home, doing video visits as patients request them. Plan is to re-open the office as of 4/1, but we all can't agree on what services we should be providing. We have a conference call Monday to hash it out. Tweety-Glad waffles is adjusting. I hope your vulnerable staff are not exposed. Joe- I hope J somehow gets to say goodbye to his friend's mother. NSIME-Sorry to hear about the car. That's a pain. Herring-Enjoy your Mexican food. J22-I hope DH doesn't improvise to much on dinner! Hope all are doing ok. These are challenging times, and I'm glad I have my friends here to stay in touch with. Please stay safe.
  10. BCgradnurse

    St Patrick's Day Tuesday March 17 2020

    Good afternoon- I did bring Sophie back to the rescue today. They were very nice and understanding. I am still waiting for Niko to come out from under the bed. It will be nice to have my snuggly happy cat back again. Today was day 1 from working at home. I checked portal messages, emails, and did prescription refills. I am on the schedule for telemedicine consults on Thursday for my full time job. Tomorrow I start doing COVID screening via chat for the company I do telehealth for (my side gig), to see if people should get tested. We are not on lockdown in MA, but it may be coming soon. I still see groups of kids hanging around together, and people clustered in tight bunches at the grocery store (I ran out of trash bags and had to go!). All bars and restaurants are closed for eat in service. Schools are closed for 3 weeks. And yes, some people are acting like spoiled children on my town's FB page because they can't go to a restaurant. I understand the concern about people being out of work because of these bans, but whining because you have to cook for yourself or heat up your take out at home? Please. Personally, I wouldn't go to a restaurant now anyway. I don't want to be near anyone at all, which isn't much of a change for me, . Joe-Have you tried intermittent fasting before? I know people who have lost weight doing that. I tried it, but had a hard time getting the timing right. Enjoy your new-to-you recliner! Tweety- How are Slowbro and Waffles doing together? Dianah-You are off work because of your cancelled vacation, correct? Has your hospital made any changes, like cancelling elective procedures? Hope all are healthy and safe. Please take care of yourselves.
  11. Tweety- Congrats on getting Waffles! Can't wait to see pics!
  12. Morning- Happy Birthday to Dianah! I have been getting angry and aggravated at people who refuse to "social distance", and refuse to deal with any inconvenience in their lives. My town FB page is full of people who say they will continue to go out, gather in groups, etc. Schools are closed and some people are planning play dates!! Really??? I had to leave the group because I was feeling so anxious and angry. I did go see my mother yesterday, to make sure she has everything she needs and is doing well. She is scared-she's 87 and only has 1 1/2 lungs. She did agree to stay in, and not do any errands or go to friends' homes. I gave her my Netflix password and showed her how to download books from the local library. I'm not going anywhere but to work for the time being. COVID 19 cases are growing exponentially in my state, and I want to do what I can to help slow the spread. Tomorrow at work we will discuss cancelling all allergy shots for a period of time. The waiting room gets very crowded on shot days, and people are on top of each other. I think it's the right thing to do. Ted-Bears on your back porch?? Wow, scary, but very cool. I don't know what to wish for you in regards to Sedona. I hate that your vacation plans were disrupted, but I also want you and Amy to be safe. I hope all are well today, and in the days going forward.
  13. BCgradnurse

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Yeah. @maganurse-please clarify for us what or who you are referring to as black slime?
  14. BCgradnurse

    Wednesday March 11, 2020

    Morning- I think it's just a matter of time before anyone who works in health care is exposed to Covid. I don't know how things are going to run if many staff have to be quarantined. We are looking into a telemedicine platform that will allow us to work from home if need be. That's doable for an outpatient practice, but not inpatient. I don't know if I've said this here, but I suspect Covid has been around since early winter. We saw a lot of mild viral illness fitting the bill, where patients tested negative for the flu. I do have lots of toilet paper , but should stock my freezer. There's lots of grocery home delivery services I could use if need be. I already get cat food and litter delivered. Tweety-Doesn't it suck to be considered in the "geriatric" category for risk? I'm a couple of years away from 60, but it feels awfully close. I hope you sleep better tonight. Ted-I'm sorry about Italy. Is Sedona a definite replacement? Hi Joe-Hope all is well with you. Time to get ready for work. Stay healthy, everyone!
  15. BCgradnurse

    Monday March 9 2020

    Hello all- It's 65 degrees here and I just got back from a lovely 30 minute walk at lunch. It looks like it's going to stay above 50 all week. I do hope the groundhog was right. I'm itching to plant some pansies, but I'll likely regret it. It's still a bit too early. Niko was back to himself yesterday after a day of hiding after Sophie attacked him. I was really upset and did not sleep well the night before, worried that I ruined his life, . I can catastrophize at 3 AM with the best of them. I will keep her in solitary til the weekend. I did get some Feliway calming diffusers, and will put a calming collar on Sophie before I try the re-introduction again. Fiance is in Florida for training for his new job. I hope it works out. Joe-Sorry you had to cancel brunch. Is J receptive to any dietary advice? I often recommend a 3 week elimination to patients who have GI issues. Tweety-I hope you can recharge a bit today. Being chronically short staffed is so stressful. Did that witch of a patient go home? J22-Hope the sinus stuff improves. I agree that mindfulness is tough. I have too much of a squirrel brain to be able to turn it off for meditation. I listen to white noise or water sounds on an app on my phone if I can't unwind enough to sleep. Good for you for running! Hope all have a good day, and something happens to make you smile.

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