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BCgradnurse

Allergy and Asthma NP
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    Media behaving badly

    Exactly what I expected from a Fox News clip. At least I wasn't disappointed.
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    Sunday May 19, 2019

    Good morning! Happy Birthday to Tweety! Yes, you are fabulous and don't you forget it! Yesterday was a great day. I spent most of the day planting my veggie garden and doing yard work, then relaxed on the deck reading. It was sunny and 73, and was delightful. Today I will plant some flowers, and then go for a walk or bike ride. I'm off tomorrow for Fiance's daughter's grad school graduation. She's getting her MSW and will be working in a therapeutic school setting. She went to the same school I went to for my MSN. I haven't been back there in 10 years. They built a new building for the Nursing School a few years ago, which I will try to go see. Joe-Hope the weather doesn't ruin your plans today. J22-Hope the headache is better and you can enjoy some of your weekend. Stars-Sounds like you have your work cut out for you. I hope you can get the shed sooner rather than later. Hope Nannie stays upright and leaves you alone today. Siri-Nice to see you! Hope you're having a good weekend. Herring-Hope you're enjoying your trip. Nel-Yes, it was the old Charles St. Jail. They've done a beautiful job converting it, but demolished the old Buzzy's Roast Beef in the process. Steph-More baseball today? Ted-Are you mowing today? Hi Dianah! Hope all have a great day!
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    Saturday May 18, 2019

    Morning- Yesterday was the usual Friday madness at work. We're short staffed with both front desk and medical assistants. Good times. Fiance and I went out last night to celebrate the 5th anniversary of our first date. We went back to the same restaurant we went to 5 years ago, which is in a hotel in Boston that was once a jail. It is ironically called the Liberty Hotel. Traffic was crazy because there was a Red Sox home game. We were a bit late, but they held our reservation for us. It is finally sunny and warm enough to plant. I will be putting in my vegetable garden today. I think we're past all danger of frost, but you never know. The western part of my state had snow last weekend. I also hope to get a long walk in this afternoon. Tweety-hope work goes smoothly today. Strawberry pie sounds good! I hope BF is healing well. Joe-Enjoy your hike and the warmer weather. Hope all have a great day!
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    Domestic Terrorism

    Another type of domestic terrorism occurred near me 2 nights ago. 2 Jewish community centers were set on fire. Fortunately no one was hurt and the damage was minimal. Security cameras caught a white male running from the scene at one of the centers. Not a Mexican, not someone from the Middle East. My synagogue now has a police officer present every Friday night for Sabbath services. Parents hire private security for their childrens' Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies. Members from a mosque in the same town have graciously offered to be present to watch for any suspicious activity during our services. We've done the same for them. Our country is very, very sick.
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    Tuesday May 14, 2019

    Morning- Still cold and rainy here. It was 39 when I got up. Good times. Had my review last night and it went really well. His only criticism was that I need to use spell check when writing my notes. I really can spell, but I can't type that well and hit the wrong keys frequently. I can live with that, . I did get the raise I asked for, and I'm happy about that. Tweety-I'm jealous of your warm humid weather. I hope the appliances arrive in their specified window. I hate waiting around for stuff like that. Joe-I hope you hear something today about the job. These things often take longer than you're told. Ted-Enjoy your restful day. I'm not optimistic you'll be able to get out and walk today. Meh. We need some real spring. Hope all have a good day!
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    As a first generation American..

    Silly me for trying to give someone the benefit of the doubt.
  7. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, whether your children have skin, fur, feathers, or scales. I managed to get moving yesterday and got a lot done. I set up my vertical gardening system on my deck, but only planted lettuce as we are expecting cold weather this week. We mulched several beds and I went for a 3 mile walk. Both DD and DS stopped by, which was lovely. DD stayed over night and brought me beautiful flowers and a baseball cap that she hand embroidered with fruit and flowers. She does beautiful work. My sister came by later in the afternoon and we went plant shopping, which is an annual event for us. Today I will go see my mother. DS will meet me there, along with both of my sisters. I will try to get to the gym before I go. It's pouring rain, so a walk is off the books for this morning. Hope all have a good day!
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    Monday May 13, 2019

    Morning- Pretty cold here, with temps staying in the low 40s. New England allegedly has 13 seasons. Right now we are in "cold mud" season. We're still waiting for true Spring. I had a great Mother's Day. I saw both my kids, my mother, my sister and her kids. Fiance's older DD even called me to wish me a Happy Mother's Day. My mother was very happy to be surrounded by family. Back to work today. I have my review tonight. Fingers crossed I get the raise I asked for. Tweety-enjoy your day off. Joe-I hope you get a job offer today. Hope all have a good day.
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    Seriously flawed thinking.

    On the subject of freebies and handouts: My first job as a NP was in a community health center in a very poor urban area. Health care was free to those who did not have insurance or were underinsured. Medications cost either $1 or $2. Vouchers were available for the bus if people could not afford the fare. .Once in a while we would give grocery store gift cards to those who could not afford food The overwhelming majority of our patients worked. They were part of the large, but often ignored segment of the population known as the working poor. These were not people lying around while taking handouts. The cost of housing, food, childcare, etc. took every cent they had.
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    Thursday May 9, 2019

    Morning- Work continues to be extremely busy, as it is the height of tree pollen season in NE. I am scheduled to meet with my boss Monday night after work to go over my review. It should be fine, considering I wrote it myself, . Ted-Come tell us about your trip! Tweety-It's going to be a good Thursday, right? That's what I keep telling myself, anyway. Joe-Glad your mood lifted a bit. Steph-Sorry to hear about Spidey's mentor. Hi everyone else! Hope all is well in your lives.
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    Domestic Terrorism

    And it's going to keep happening as long as the NRA has a stranglehold on our legislators. Some would prefer we continue to martyr our children rather than take a serious look at gun control.
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    American Values

    What are you talking about? This makes no sense.
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    American Values

    Agree with all of the above. Also, I think it is an American value to show compassion to those less fortunate. It is an erroneous, persistent myth that the poor are lazy. We tend to see people's circumstances as a reflection of their character, but excuse our own foibles as due to "bad luck". Hard work and a good education is no longer a guarantee for an easy life. A large percentage of the poor in our country work, sometimes more than 1 job. Yes, there are some who game the system, but that's the minority. I'd rather lose a few dollars to an undeserving recipient than 1 child go hungry, even if that child isn't mine. Consider yourself very, very fortunate if there is never a time in your life when you need some assistance. A civilized nation is measured by how it treats its most vulnerable.
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    American Values

    So I'm getting the feeling, and I hope I am wrong, that you really only care about what affects you directly. Do you understand that coal mining destroys the land, makes people sick, and the burning of coal contributes to the destruction of the environment? That coal mining in West Virginia can ultimately harm someone far away? Do you not care about the kind of destruction that can harm future generations, or do you not care because you'll be dead anyway? I guess you're just not a big picture kind of guy.
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    Thursday May 2 2019

    Morning- Work has been busy and there seems to be a serious morale problem among the staff. I'm just trying to keep my head down and see my patients, and not get caught up in all the negativity. A lot of it is justified, but the staff need to come together with solutions as opposed to just complaining. I'm looking forward to our quick trip to NYC Sat and Sun. I'm excited to find out which show we got tickets for on Sunday. I am not looking forward to driving back home by myself, as fiance will be staying in the city for a few more days for work. It's a 3 1/2 hour drive, so it's not too bad. Still cold and rainy here, with temps in the high 40s. We don't have Spring anymore. The cold lingers into May, and then it's 85 degrees. Bring on the heat! Hope all have a good day.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    A near-perfect summation of the Trump presidency in contrast to those who served before him. From Charles Pierce, in Esquire: "In my life, I have watched John Kennedy talk on television about missiles in Cuba. I saw Lyndon Johnson look Richard Russell squarely in the eye and and say, "And we shall overcome." I saw Richard Nixon resign and Gerald Ford tell the Congress that our long national nightmare was over. I saw Jimmy Carter talk about malaise and Ronald Reagan talk about a shining city on a hill. I saw George H.W. Bush deliver the eulogy for the Soviet bloc, and Bill Clinton comfort the survivors of Timothy McVeigh's madness in Oklahoma City. I saw George W. Bush struggle to make sense of it all on September 11, 2001, and I saw Barack Obama sing 'Amazing Grace' in the wounded sanctuary of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. "These were the presidents of my lifetime. These were not perfect men. They were not perfect presidents, god knows. Not one of them was that. But they approached the job, and they took to the podium, with all the gravitas they could muster as appropriate to the job. They tried, at least, to reach for something in the presidency that was beyond their grasp as ordinary human beings. They were not all ennobled by the attempt, but they tried nonetheless. "And comes now this hopeless, vicious buffoon, and the audience of equally hopeless and vicious buffoons who laughed and cheered when he made sport of a woman whose lasting memory of the trauma she suffered is the laughter of the perpetrators. Now he comes, a man swathed in scandal, with no interest beyond what he can put in his pocket and what he can put over on a universe of suckers, and he does something like this while occupying an office that we gave him, and while endowed with a public trust that he dishonors every day he wakes up in the White House. "The scion of a multigenerational criminal enterprise, the parameters of which we are only now beginning to comprehend. A vessel for all the worst elements of the American condition. And a cheap, soulless bully besides. We never have had such a cheap counterfeit of a president* as currently occupies the office. We never have had a president* so completely deserving of scorn and yet so small in the office that it almost seems a waste of time and energy to summon up the requisite contempt. "Watch how a republic dies in the empty eyes of an empty man who feels nothing but his own imaginary greatness, and who cannot find in himself the decency simply to shut up even when it is in his best interest to do so. Presidents don't have to be heroes to be good presidents. They just have to realize that their humanity is our common humanity, and that their political commonwealth is our political commonwealth, too. Watch him behind the seal of the President of the United States. Isn't he a funny man? Isn't what happened to that lady hilarious? Watch the assembled morons cheer. This is the only story now." - Charles Pierce Like Comment Share
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    Saturday April 27, 2019

    Morning- Sleepy today. I was supposed to pick up Fiance at the airport at 11 last night, but flight was delayed til 12:30 AM, then they couldn't land due to severe thunderstorms. At 1:30 AM the flight was diverted to New York and I went home. Driving was a little sketchy due to heavy downpours. We are supposed to be in CT (the state, not the procedure) at 11 for his niece's confirmation. He rented a car after getting about 2 hours sleep and I will meet him there. I'm tired, but I got more sleep than he did. J22-I'm sorry your day was so frustrating. Sounds like nothing went right. Hope today is better. Steph-Glad you had fun with your grandkids. The good Chinese food was a bonus! Stars-Hope the pain is less today. Tweety-Hope work goes well today. Joe-I'm jealous that you're seeing Hamilton. Enjoy! We're having the same weather you're having. Where did Spring go? Hope all have a good day.
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    Friday April 26, 2019

    Morning- I'm off work until Wed. I'm supposed to be using this time to clean out the basement, but the dumpster hasn't arrived yet and it's raining. Does that mean I can lie on the couch and read instead of cleaning? I'm currently attempting to make beef jerky in the oven. It's a good high protein low carb snack, but is expensive to buy and I want it to be additive free. I have the oven on convection so I hope that helps dry it out. The cats are very interested. Tweety-Glad you had fun at the concert. I didn't know she was 74, either. She seems to be in great voice. Hope your fog and funk lifts. Joe-Glad that your weight is staying steady. Have fun with J tonight. J22-Sorry to hear about the A-flutter. It does explain the fatigue. When do you see Cardiology? I hope the N-acetyl cysteine is helpful. Hey Nel, Herring, Dianah, Spidey's Mom, Ted (in the UK), NSIME, and everyone else who stops by. Hope today is good for all of us. Ooh, the dumpster is here! My day on the couch is ruined!
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    Thursday April 25 2019

    Hi all, Things have been a bit crazy at work, so I haven't had time to pop in. I didn't start til 10 today, so I had time to take a nice long walk before work. It was a little chilly, but the sun was shining and it's nice to see everything blooming. Joe-good luck with the interview! Nel-I read that book. Scary, but there were no safety rules then. Gotta run. Lots of rx refills and charting to do! Hope all have a good day!
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    Tuesday April 22, 2019

    Hello, all. It's really busy at work, but wanted to say hi. Stay out of trouble!
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    Saturday 4/13

    Morning- Day 3 of insomnia. I've been up since 3 AM. I took melatonin, but it's not keeping me asleep. It's my Saturday to work. I'm glad it's only a 3 hour shift. I see a nap in my future.
  22. Morning- It's cold and gray here. Spring will return tomorrow. I'm tired today. The insomnia bug has been hitting me for the last few nights. I may have to increase the melatonin. Ted-your camera set-up sounds very cool! Can't wait to see your pics from your trip. I know you miss your dad very much, and it's ok to feel that some stress has been lifted with his passing. Take good care of yourself. Joe-Isn't it annoying when you're so close to your weight goal, and you can't lose those last couple of pounds? Hope J's root canal went well. Tweety-I would love the food in Japan! I could eat seafood every day. Your pics have been great. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Herring-Hope you get lots of good stuff at the Farmer's Market. I can't wait til they start up around here for the summer. Take care, all.
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    Thursday April 11 2019

    What a beautiful pic of the cherry trees, J22! I hope all goes well for DS tomorrow.
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    Thursday April 11 2019

    Good morning! Just got to work, as today is my late day. Lowe's delivered my new front door this AM, which will be installed on Saturday. It will be good to have a door that doesn't require Herculean strength to close properly. Other than that, nothing going on. I've been enjoying Tweety's pictures from Japan on FB. It's cold there! Hope all have a good day.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Exactly. All the handwringing and pearl clutching done by conservatives who say the wall will stop these issues is bull****, in my opinion. The bottom line is that they just don't want brown people in the US. White Nationalism, aka "They will not replace us".
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