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    Wednesday May 27th 2020

    Morning, Joe and all who follow: I had a nice long weekend. I did a ton of yard work and I'm happy with how things look. We bought a new umbrella for the deck, so that is where I will be whenever I am home. I worked at home yesterday, and worked from my deck all day. I could get used to this. I bought Niko a small Kittywalk system, so now he can safely hang out on the deck with me. He was nervous at first, but now he loves it. I'm in the office today and tomorrow. I treated myself to a pizza stone, and made really good pizza yesterday. My DD gifted me with some Italian pizza flour. It makes a huge difference in the crust. I do need to lower my carb intake, but I haven't found the inspiration yet. I definitely gained weight during the last 2 months. Joe-I think the rubber boots are a good idea. It will be nice to have new binoculars, too. Hope all are well. Have a great day!
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    Wednesday May 20 2020

    Good afternoon- I'm in the office today, seeing patients face to face. It's the first time since we closed on St. Patrick's Day. It's good to be back. For the foreseeable future I'll be working 2 days in the office and 3 at home. I like that mix. We've had a sunny week, with temperatures now in the 60s. It will get warmer as the week progresses. I can't believe this weekend is Memorial Day weekend. I've lost track of time. I have a lot of mulch to spread this weekend and more veggies to plant. Joe-I hope you can get your reunion scheduled. Hope work goes well. Tweety-I'm glad you to got to celebrate your birthday with your BFF and have a nice meal outdoors. Gelato is a wonderful way to end the day. Ted-I hope you get to be on call tonight. Herring-I hope all is well for your DH's surgery. I'm sure you were very happy to see the "child" you used to care for. He sounds like a lovely person. Hi to NSIME, Dianah, Amo, Rose, and anyone else who stops by. Have a great day!
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    Friday May 15 2020

    Afternoon, all- Add me to the list of those irritated. Mine is all work related. I asked my boss when he felt he could restore my salary, even if it's incremental, and I got the run around. Then I found out he spent $$$ on some stupid team building consultant. That is pretty dang low on the list of priorities right now, in my opinion. That also seems to be the opinion among the rest of the staff. So, the resume is updated and ready to go. I'd have my pick of jobs if I was a psych NP, but that's not my cup of tea, nor my certification. I will keep looking and hopefully something good will come along. Weather's nice, anyway. It's about 70 and sunny. My last telemed visit is at 2:00 and then I'll go sit on the deck for a bit. I planted 2 new rosebushes yesterday and ordered some mulch to be delivered Monday. Joe-Hope the bike rack works out and you get to use it this weekend. Tweety-Sorry to hear that your mood is not so great. Maybe a walk on the beach is in order. Vitamin Sea is so therapeutic. Stars-Congrats on the new car! It will be nice not to have to worry about check engine lights. I hope you start getting your paper again. J22- Your job sounds interesting, despite the crazy one. I like the public health /epidemiology realm. Ted-Please keep those thunderstorms out your way! I hope they've passed by the time you have to run into work! Herring-I hope you have a wonderful day. Take care all.
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  5. Happy Mothers Day to all the moms! My kids sent me flowers, and I will "see" my whole family at 4 via Zoom. Fiance made me blueberry pancakes for breakfast, and then I took a walk. I plan on relaxing and reading the rest of the day. Hope all are having a good day!
  6. Morning- Windy, cold, and snowy here. As one of my friends said this AM, "We have Covid, murder hornets, and May snow. What's next-unleashing the flying monkeys?" I slept well last night for the first time in about 5 days. I had energy, so I did a bunch of cleaning, and now I can relax and read for the rest of the day if I want. DD and her BF are going to stop by later. I haven't seen her since February. She and her BF have been very good about social distancing and staying at home, so they will come in for a bit. Still, the 6 foot distance will apply. We're going to do a big Zoom meeting for Mother's Day tomorrow with my siblings, a cousin, and all our kids. I caved on my no take-out rule last night and ordered from a Greek restaurant we love. We ordered on line, and you have to wait in your car until they text you it's ready. All of the staff had on masks and gloves, so I felt pretty safe getting food from there. The spinach pie and baklava tasted like heaven. Ted-I hated switching shifts. I hope it goes well and things get better for the Full Time shift director. Are you having fun with your green room? Joe-I'm not surprised your a top performer. Do you have to physically go into the office for these meetings or can you do it remotely? Tweety-Enjoy the sunset tonight. You were right to speak up to the nurse who kept interrupting you. It is rude and unprofessional. Hope all are enjoying their Saturday.
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    Friday May 8 2020

    Love the Covidian Rhapsody! It's been a busy week for me. Work is busy with a lot of paperwork that I don't ordinarily do. Next week I will be in the office on Monday and Wednesday. I'm still only doing telemedicine visits, but we're starting allergy shots again and a provider needs to be present. We are only letting one patient in at a time to the office, and they have to wait their required 30 minutes post shot in their car. We will have a medical assistant outside to do pre-screening, take temperatures, and then let people into the office. I baked a loaf of bread this morning that I started yesterday. I think I'm getting addicted to the smell of fresh bread, but I will need to lay off of this sooner rather than later. Fiance has had some interviews this week, and has already been called back for round 2 on 2 positions. Keep your fingers crossed for him, please. Joe-Hope the meeting wasn't a waste of your time. Stay warm! Dianah and Herring-hope you are having good days. Take care, all.
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    Friday - May 1st, 2020 - Good Morning!

    Hello- I'm off today, which means I'm still at home, but not doing any telemedicine visits. It rained heavily this AM but seems to be clearing now. I decided to go to Trader Joe's this AM as I have not been happy with the grocery delivery services. I've been very leery of going to stores, as I am in a Covid "hot spot". But, Trader Joe's takes every precaution. I waited in line outside for about 45 minutes, as they only let in a few people at a time. The person behind me kept creeping up a little too close, and I had to ask her nicely several times to maintain some distance. I was like a kid in the candy store when I did get in. I had my list, but ended up buying more. A whole lot more, . We should be set for several weeks now. I got some hopeful news this AM. A former co-worker had been very ill with Covid and on a vent. He was treated with convalescent plasma and is doing well. He is off the vent and hopefully will make a full recovery. We need these bits of good news. Ted- The room looks great and I loved the video. You two are so talented. Joe-Glad no migraine last night. Hope you are able to get out this weekend. Tweety-I hope you have a good 6 days off. I don't think any of us are going to be going to any concerts for a while. We had tickets for a music festival in July, but it was cancelled already. Oh well, better to be safe. Hope all are well today. Take care.
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    Tuesday April 28 2020

    Hello- The sun is out after a horrible cold and windy day yesterday. Once I'm off the clock at 5 I will go for a walk. I went out at lunch today to have my blood drawn for Covid antibodies. Several people in my office had a flu like illness in Feb. with negative flu test. I had very minor symptoms at the time, but our boss feels we should be tested to see our antibody status. I also stopped by the post office to mail some headbands I made for my coworkers. I just drove up and dropped them in the mailbox. This felt like a big day out for me, . Our governor has extended the stay at home order until May 18th. We continue to have over 1000 new cases per day, although they have dropped the last few days. Joe-Glad the transportation issues were resolved and you got out for a walk. Tweety- I am so envious of your beach walks. I hope to get to the beach Saturday, even though it will only be 60. Enjoy yoga. Herring-How nice of you to send pulse oximeters to family. Stars-I hope you can get a new car soon. One of my friend's mother's, who is 93, is in a SNF with a 90% COVID positive rate. She is totally asymptomatic, although she's tested positive. This virus is crazy. Hope all are doing well. Have a good evening.
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    Thursday April 23 2020

    Good afternoon all, I just finished my last telemedicine appointment for the day. We still don't know when we'll be able to re-open. We've had over 3000 new cases of Covid reported in my state in the last 24 hours, with 178 new deaths. The hospitals so far have been able to handle things, but they're stretched to the limit in the eastern part of the state. Things are much quieter in the western part, where it is more rural. I am sticking to strict social distancing and isolation, but it doesn't seem that others in my area are. I would not be surprised if we go on a true lockdown here. It's discouraging. Joe-glad you had a productive day. Tweety-I loved the pic of the dogs on FB. I'm glad they've bonded. Herring-I believe my lawn will be ready for mowing in about a month. Stars-Fingers crossed you can find a placement for Nannie sooner rather than later. I do worry about you and DH. J22-I hope you're not in afib. Burgers in the park sound so good! Hi Amo, Ted, Dianah, and anyone else who stops by.
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    Wednesday April 22 2020. Earth Day

    Hey all- It's cold and windy, and spitting snow here. Meh. I'm annoyed today. Apparently my boss thinks we (the other providers) are sitting on the couch all day, watching Netflix and eating bon bons. I'm not seeing the same number of patients I see in the office, but I'm also doing a lot of admin stuff like prior authorizations, refills, work excuses, checking the practice voicemail, etc, that I normally don't do when I have a medical assistant to do them. We have a Zoom meeting tonight and believe me, I'm bringing this up. I'm also going to bring up the $$ I'm spending on toner and paper to do all this paperwork. I need to be reimbursed for all that. Rant over. Tweety-I am hitting the carbs hard these days. Baking is therapeutic to me, and it's a love I share with my sisters and daughter. We're all trying each other's recipes and maybe competing just a little, . I will have to go back on low carb once things normalize a bit. I'm glad you are working some, and I think it's a good idea to distance yourself from the negativity at work. I have been baking with sourdough. The starter is really easy to make and maintain. Joe-I hope today has been calm and productive for you. Ted-I hope the next couple of nights go smoothly. I agree; I'd be more nervous of the "unknowns" than of the known positive patients. J22-I'm glad you take some time off today. You need to step away and recharge a bit. Sorry the weather isn't cooperating. Finding a good movie sounds wonderful to me. Hope all have a good rest of the day!
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    April 18, 2020 / Good Saturday Morning!

    Morning- Joe, we're getting the snow today. My daffodils are not amused. I had a very busy day yesterday, workwise. Lots of patients and admin work to do. I am taking the weekend off. I'm not going to look at work email, or even log into the EMR. I'm going to have a couch day today. I have several books waiting for me on the Kindle. It's supposed to be in the 60s tomorrow, so I'll see if I can get some yard work done. I had a Zoom meeting with my kids last night. It was wonderful to see their faces and chat for a while. We text all the time, but I needed to see their faces. DS has a quarantine beard and DD is perfecting her bread baking skills. NSIME-That's for keeping Tweety on track. Hope you were able to go back to sleep. Joe-Enjoy your day off Monday. You've been working hard and you deserve it. Hope all are well and have a good day day today. Stay safe!
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    Thursday April 16, 2020

    Good afternoon! Yup, it is the 16th. I only know that from looking at my computer. We also woke up to a bit of snow today, but it didn't stay around. It was raw and windy all day, and I didn't feel like walking outside. I've been fairly busy with work. I find working from home tiring. I think it's because I'm also doing a lot of administrative things I don't normally do, like fighting with insurance companies for prior authorizations. I certainly appreciate our support staff a lot more now. We have tentative plans to re-open the office for limited visits on May 11th. We'll have to see how things go. I live in MA and work in RI. RI hasn't been hit too badly, but MA is #3 in cases right behind NY and NJ. There are more and more cases and deaths every day. I don't think we've hit our peak yet. My BFF buried her mother yesterday. I felt very badly that no one but she and her husband and kids could be there. We are under a shelter in place recommendation, but not an order. I don't leave my house, other than to take a walk by myself. I did go for a short car ride today just to keep the battery charged. I also feel bad for all the seniors. I hope that some of the schools will have celebrations or ceremonies later in the summer when things are safe. Tweety-Glad you got some hours. Joe-Hope winter stays away from your area. Ted-NYC is a scary and sad place right now. Have fun arranging your studio! Herring-Hope the mowing goes well. Do you have any issues with ticks in your area? NSIME-Glad the cars seem to have recovered with their miracle treatment. How's DH feeling? Hi Amo-hope you're having a good day. Time to make dinner. See you tomorrow!
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    Tuesday April 14, 2020

    Morning- I am alive and well, thank you for asking, Tweety. Not much going on here. Working from home, trying to keep busy otherwise. Keeping busy usually means eating these days, . We had some bad storms yesterday, but didn't lose power, although many did. My life seems to be filled with Zoom meetings-I attended a Zoom funeral on Sunday, I do Zoom meetings with patients all day long, I have a Zoom meeting with my sisters and mother tonight, and one with my kids tomorrow. Again, I'm fortunate I can work from home and I'm glad there's a way to stay in touch with people. I've started a bunch of veggie seeds in my little greenhouse box, and everything is sprouting nicely. I'm looking forward to some steady warm weather so I can plant them outside. That's about 4-6 weeks away. Tweety-I don't know what to wish for you-work or no work. I hope all goes well and you don't have to use too much PTO. Joe-hope the calls go well today. Back to work. Stay safe, everyone.
  15. Morning- It's been a difficult week. 3 friends have lost a parent this week to Covid. All were in nursing homes. None of them could say goodbye to their father or mother. I hate not being able to comfort them in person, or pay respects at a funeral or wake. There's no closure. I'm very thankful that my mother lives independently and is staying in her house 100% of the time. Work is busy, which is good. I don't mind doing telemedicine, but I am looking forward to getting back in the office. I don't think we'll be back til mid-May at the earliest. Ted-I'm glad you got to stay home last night. Hope you do get out for a hike today. Joe-60 degrees sounds nice. What is your new project? Hope all have a good day. Be well, and stay home.
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    Monday April 6 2020

    Morning- The sun is shining today, which is a nice change. It does lift my spirits a bit. These are strange times. My state is thinking about banning take out food, which I think is a good idea. Too many people congregating in front of restaurants, which defeats the whole purpose of closing them. We have a lot of Covid cases, but thankfully, a lower proportion of deaths than other states with fewer cases. Nursing homes have been hit hard. I've become a hermit. I only leave my house to take walks. I feel safe inside my house. I'm very fortunate that I can work from home. I do feel for those who can't, and pry that they will be safe.. Last night I was in a Google hangout meeting with former co-workers, 2 of whom are recovering from Covid. One had traveled to the UK at the beginning of March, and the other is a home care nurse who did not have proper PPE. Thankfully, both are on the mend, but say it has been the worst illness of their lives. 2 others on the call work for the VA, in non-clinical roles. Both have been assigned to the float pool, starting today. Neither of them have worked the floor in over 5 years. Joe-I think it's very normal to feel more anxiety in these times. It's good that you were able to do your church service by Zoom. It's helps to stay connected and not feel isolated. Ted-Nice composition. You are very talented. Stars-How are you today? I hope DH is doing better, and doing his best to stay off the cigarettes. I think of you every day and hope something can ease your situation. J22-How is DS doing? It's hard to get news about genetic conditions. Hope you and fam are doing well otherwise. Hi to Herring, Dianah, Tweety, Amo, Rose, and everyone else. Please take care.
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    Friday April 3 2020

    It's cold rainy here, too. I'm actually glad-maybe it will keep people at home and help with the social distancing thing. I don't understand why people won't take it seriously. I quickly ran into the office early this AM to fax some prior authorizations I couldn't do by email or over the phone. It was eerie to be in there with no one else. I got everything faxed and was out in 10 minutes. I"m technically off today, as I am off on the first Friday of the month. I don't have any patient visits, but there's still lots of paperwork and people asking for work excuses due to asthma, although all non-essential businesses are shut down. I will bake another loaf of bread today. I've managed to keep my sourdough starter alive so far. Tweety-Sorry about the drama. People shouldn't volunteer if they're going to make a fuss about it. Ted-Hope the hot water heater is ok. Please be careful if you venture out to a big store. Joe-Good luck with the blanket stitch. Hey to everyone else. Hope you all have a good day.
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    Tuesday March 31, 2020

    Hi everyone- The boss made the decision to keep the office closed until May. We will still be doing telemedicine visits, but people are not as receptive to those as we had hoped, even though they are fully covered by insurance. So, in light of that, we are all taking a 20% pay cut until we're open again and things pick up. It's unfortunate, but we can manage short term and I'm still better off than many. Seriously, I'm happy not to have to go in and risk exposure. I'm grateful to be healthy. I did a yoga class today from Youtube, and did some weight work. Then I ate a big chunk of the bread I baked this morning, . I wanted to go for a walk, but it's in the 30s and windy. I have a few appointments this afternoon and we'll call it a day. Joe-I loved your embroidery. Pansies are one of my favorite flowers. Tweety-Glad you can get back on the beach. That was nice of you to get BFF some groceries. How is his foot feeling? NSIME-I'm glad DH came through his procedure fine. Any idea of when he can come home? Dianah-I'm a little concerned about your sore throat. Maybe you should check with your PCP to see if you should get tested. Hey to Ted, Herring, J22, Amo, and anyone else who's around. Please take care of yourselves.
  19. Happy, Happy Birthday, Ted!!! I hope you have a wonderful day today! Never got the yardwork started yesterday. I went for a long walk, and ended up talking to a neighbor (with proper social distancing) for over an hour. It was nice to catch up. I'll try again today. I need to clean the bathrooms, too. I went off on a rant yesterday after going to the grocery store and seeing more than a few people with N95 masks on. If you need an N95 to go to the store, then you shouldn't be in the store, IMHO. Give them to the people on the front lines! Then I saw several shopping carts with discarded gloves in them. It really made me angry. Right now I'm about to bake my first loaf of sourdough bread from the starter I've been cultivating all week. It's the most excitement I've had in a while, . NSIME-How is DH doing? I hope you were able to get some rest. Amo-I've always wanted a Meyer lemon tree, but I'm afraid my cat will destroy it. Dianah-I'm glad you have the N95 masks to work with. Stay safe. Hello to the rest of the crew. I hope today is a good one for all of us.
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    Friday March 27, 2020

    ((((Stars))))-I hope hubby improves quickly. Take care of yourself.
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    Friday March 27, 2020

    Good morning- I'm in my office, aka the dining room table. I'm not on the schedule to do telemedicine today, but will remain available in case someone needs something. I'm hoping to do some yard work today. I find that doing something physical helps with the anxiety, but it's often hard to get started. I have been walking most days. We have another virtual game night planned with friends tomorrow night. Zoom really makes this easy. I've been doing Zoom meetings with my kids, too. I need to get a look at them to make sure they're ok. Tweety-That is so frustrating that you can't get the testing done on site. I hope the weekend does not drag for you. Joe-I'm glad your anxiety is down. I did read everyone from yesterday. Please continue to check in and let us know you're ok.
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    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.
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    Tuesday March 24 2020

    I have to be honest here, and if it gets everyone mad at me, so be it. It really upsets me to read that people here are still going to friend's houses, sneaking out to get a haircut, and thinking about travel. We have no idea who is a carrier or if even we are. We could unknowingly infect someone, or get infected ourselves by these little cheats. Meanwhile hospital staff are working their tails off and putting themselves at risk all day, every day. Can we please not make it harder for them by not strictly adhering to social distancing? I get it. I miss my kids like crazy but I'm not going to see them right now. I love you all, and don't want to see you or any of your loved ones getting sick. I'm sorry if I've offended anyone. My response here comes from a place of love and concern.
  24. Morning- Yesterday was a difficult day. Fiance was "furloughed" from his new job, as they lost a major investor due to market uncertainty from COVID. He's hoping to consult for them a few hours a week plus collect some unemployment. We won't starve or lose the house, but it's disconcerting. I also found out I was likely exposed to COVID on 3/11. I had dinner with a friend who now has all the classic signs-fever, cough, body aches. Flu test negative, but she is not a priority for COVID test. She was sent home to watch and wait. I am worried for her. She has severe asthma. So far her breathing is ok and her sats are good. She is a nurse and knows when to get alarmed. I will stay in the house, except for my deck and back yard until the 25th. And to top it all off, I was told yesterday that an acquaintance took her own life last month. We had not been in touch recently, but I was very saddened at hearing this. I hope she is at peace now. Aren't I just a ray of sunshine? I hope everyone else is ok. Please take care of yourselves and stay safe.
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