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herring_RN ASN, BSN

retired registered nurse

I'm a spicy (seasoned) retired hospital nurse with 42 years experience (counting two years as a CNA)

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  1. herring_RN

    Monday September 16 2019

    Good late morning! Husband's birthday party today. It should be a good time.
  2. herring_RN

    Saturday September 14 2019

    Well after the plumber left husband came home. He had vomited at his club and was brought home by a friend. I noticed he was short of breath and was coughing up mucus. I called the doctor's office and got an appointment with a different physician. I brought the rollator walker/wheelchair and pushed him the four blocks to the office. (Usually he walks slow, but can go that far.) Two young female doctors examined him, asked lots of questions, and called paramedics to take him to the ER. I told them I could push him to the car and drive him to the ED, but they said, "NO". I met him there. After waiting four hours for multiple test results he wanted me to go home at 8:30. An hour after I got home the ER RN called me to bring my discharged husband home. No CHF or pneumonia! He still seemed SOB and his O2 sat was 94%. (His usual on room air is 97%) All labs, CT scan, and CXR were normal. He was tired and a bit SOB. This morning he feels great and is looking forward to his 92nd birthday party Monday. I will drive him to his club today because his car is still there. I may have to pay for the ambulance because he was not admitted.
  3. herring_RN

    Friday September 13 2019

    Got here at 12:30. The supervisor and inspector met outside. The work passed inspection. Then a different giant of a plumber just left after fixing the holes in the wall outside and under the sink. was polite, quiet, and fast.
  4. herring_RN

    Friday September 13 2019

    Not here yet. I'm not going anywhere today.
  5. herring_RN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Using Census data, we've figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000. Los Angeles County, CA Cook County, IL Harris County, TX Maricopa County, AZ San Diego County, CA Orange County, CA Miami-Dade County, FL Kings County, NY Dallas County, TX Queens County, NY Riverside County, CA San Bernardino County, CA King County, WA Clark County, NV Tarrant County, TX Santa Clara County, CA Broward County, FL Wayne County, MI Bexar County, TX New York County, NY Alameda County, CA Philadelphia County, PA Middlesex County, MA Suffolk County, NY Sacramento County, CA Bronx County, NY Palm Beach County, FL Nassau County, NY Hillsborough County, FL Cuyahoga County, OH Allegheny County, PA Oakland County, MI Orange County, FL Franklin County, OH Hennepin County, MN Fairfax County, VA Travis County, TX Contra Costa County, CA Salt Lake County, UT Montgomery County, MD St. Louis County, MO Pima County, AZ Fulton County, GA Honolulu County, HI Mecklenburg County, NC Westchester County, NY Milwaukee County, WI Wake County, NC Fresno County, CA Shelby County, TN Fairfield County, CT DuPage County, IL Pinellas County, FL Erie County, NY Marion County, IN Bergen County, NJ Hartford County, CT Prince George's County, MD Duval County, FL New Haven County, CT Kern County, CA Macomb County, MI Gwinnett County, GA Ventura County, CA Collin County, TX El Paso County, TX San Francisco County, CA Middlesex County, NJ Baltimore County, MD Pierce County, WA Montgomery County, PA Hidalgo County, TX Worcester County, MA Hamilton County, OH Essex County, NJ Multnomah County, OR Essex County, MA Jefferson County, KY Monroe County, NY Suffolk County, MA Oklahoma County, OK San Mateo County, CA Snohomish County, WA Cobb County, GA Denton County, TX DeKalb County, GA San Joaquin County, CA Lake County, IL Will County, IL Norfolk County, MA Jackson County, MO Bernalillo County, NM Jefferson County, AL Hudson County, NJ Davidson County, TN Lee County, FL El Paso County, CO Denver County, CO District of Columbia, DC Monmouth County, NJ Providence County, RI Fort Bend County, TX Bucks County, PA Baltimore city, MD Polk County, FL Kent County, MI Tulsa County, OK Arapahoe County, CO Ocean County, NJ Delaware County, PA Johnson County, KS Bristol County, MA Anne Arundel County, MD Washington County, OR Brevard County, FL New Castle County, DE Jefferson County, CO Union County, NJ Summit County, OH Utah County, UT Montgomery County, OH Douglas County, NE Lancaster County, PA Kane County, IL Stanislaus County, CA Ramsey County, MN Camden County, NJ Chester County, PA Sedgwick County, KS Dane County, WI Passaic County, NJ Guilford County, NC Plymouth County, MA Morris County, NJ Volusia County, FL Lake County, IN Sonoma County, CA Montgomery County, TX Spokane County, WA Richmond County, NY Pasco County, FL Greenville County, SC Onondaga County, NY Hampden County, MA Adams County, CO Williamson County, TX https://www.businessinsider.com/half-of-the-united-states-lives-in-these-counties-2013-9
  6. herring_RN

    Friday September 13 2019

    Morning Joe and Tweety! Another plumber adventure today. They said someone and the inspector would be here at ten AM. That is seven minutes way. If the do as promised we should be able to pay and be finished with them.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    On December 12, 2000, the Supreme Court ended a Florida vote recount in the presidential election contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore. The Court’s decision remains debated today. ... In the first part of the decision, seven Justices (including liberals Stephen Breyer and David Souter) agreed with Bush that his Equal Protection rights were violated because there was no existing legal standard to recount the punch-card ballots. Another part of the decision, a 5-4 vote along ideological lines, said that any solution to the recount problem couldn’t be put in place by December 12, the safe-harbor deadline. The Florida Supreme Court of Florida, the majority said, indicated that the Florida state legislature wanted Florida’s electors to “participat[e] fully in the federal electoral process” by honoring the December 12 safe-harbor deadline. The Supreme Court decision, in total, went against the Florida Supreme Court, remanding the case back to it for further action. But since the safe-harbor deadline was passed, Bush remained as the certified winner in Florida, and Gore conceded the next day... https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/on-this-day-bush-v-gore-anniversary
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    The Supreme Court by ONE VOTE stopped the recount giving George W. Bust the 25 Florida electoral College votes. https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/on-this-day-bush-v-gore-anniversary
  9. herring_RN

    Thursday September 12 2019

    My husband's mother had ten kids. He was the oldest of his father's, the first were by her first husband. They were good kind men, who didn't believe their physicians. I'm glad my SIL takes her meds as ordered. Her daughter, a radiology tech AND my kids cousin, goes with her to the doctor. Tomorrow I plan to stay home all day so the plumber can come with the inspector and then fix the hole in the wall. Today I plan to order husband's birthday cake. I already ordered pizza for forty and two kinds of salad. I hope all have the best day possible.
  10. herring_RN

    September 11, 2019

    Hello. Still having plumbers come to the house wanting to fix the hole they put in the walls. This time the guy we'd never met said husband tole him he didn't care about the Building and Safety inspection. They are disorganized, or they are not confident their work will pass. I got them to email rather than call and sent them an email with the days we can be available All except three days for the rest of September. So we have not paid them yet. The man who was to finish ugust 24th doesn't work there anymore. Steph: My husband's 88 year old sister gets science wrong. They all have hypertension and CHF in their old age. She takes her meds just as ordered, but twill argue with anyone who tells her Lasix is not for blood pressure. She takes K+ as ordered and tried to argue that it is Calcium she takes, not potassium. I just let her talk because she is doing wel. Two brothers refused to take their meds. One died at 65 from an MI and the other at age 64 from a second CVA. His wife found the bottles of tablets unopened hidden in his bedside drawer. He used to say, "I don't need pills. I feel fine. I can carry lumber in the hot Arizona sun." Those two good men never got to retire. I am their kids aunt and know how much they miss their dads
  11. herring_RN

    Sunday September 9, 2019

    I've been tapping my feet, got up and danced. Now Roseanne Cash is singing one of my favorite Johnny Cash songs he wrote about breaking up with her Mom. Vince Gill sang "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton and possibly the best love song written. He did well. I was a bit worried he would mess it up and I'd never heard a man sing it before. I'm excited to enjoy the documentary starting a week from tonight.
  12. herring_RN

    Saturday September 7, 2019

    I think all who post on the Daily Diary are interesting. You guys are better writers. No Stars has had me truly laughing out loud. She could write a book about caring for her "Tiny Nineties". We all have interesting lives. I sometimes tell the same stories to different people and it truly bores my husband. He doesn't want to hear about our uncle pretending to pull a long hair out of his bald head. There are now a dozen old people who were there and love to tell it. None of the five adults who were there are still alive. My Grandma used to say, "I'm tired of hearing about your uncles foolishness." I have enjoyed listening to countless old people tell their stories. Now I'm an old lady with stories.
  13. herring_RN

    Saturday September 7, 2019

    long ago I was an LVN working for a registry called Medical Personnel Pool. No Stars worked for them too, and more years than I did. I did staff relief in hospitals and nursing homes and private duty too. Once I did five days a week for two weeks for the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). Mostly I did dressing changes, gave a blind woman her insulin, and other tasks. One client was a retired man with TB. My assignment was to administer three tablets, watch him swallow them, and document. I knocked on his apartment door. A neighbor told me I would find him at the corner bar. I was thirty years old and had never been in a bar. i walked into the dark smokey bar to find a row of old men and women mostly complaining about arthritis pains and discussing and describing their bowel movements. I asked who Mr. ***** was. He showed me his ID and offered to buy me a drink. I went to the pay phone and called the RN supervisor in the office. I was concerned because those meds were metabolized in the liver. She told me that he would be placed in jail if he didn't take his meds because he could become contagious. She told me it was OK to let him take it with beer. So that week and the next I went to the bar and gave him his meds and the old people talked about how young i and pretty I was.
  14. herring_RN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    I fear you are likely correct. It is sad if elected "leaders" are afraid to lead with the truth.
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    The Congressional Thread

    I don't know. If an error it shows a huge lack of awareness in these times. Recently the news showed pictures of elementary school teachers joking with a noose. It had been sent by email to all school employees in an email. The teachers claimed it was not racist. They 'found' the noose on campus and claimed to have been joking that at the end of the school year they were so fatigued they were joking about hanging themselves. I think that even if true it is wrong on many levels for teachers to joke about suicide posing with a noose. These are teachers who should act matire, not young naive innocent children. This article giver more context than the TV news did: https://www.theroot.com/photos-surface-of-teachers-at-a-california-school-laugh-1834671412
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    Saturday September 7, 2019

    No Stars: Three of us Jr. High girls discovered the Library of Congress recordings at a local library. The resource librarian was so helpful as she was a music lover too. Our family had listened to the Grand Ole Oprey on the radio so we heard the greats. But we found my favorite county musician at the library. His 1927 recording by John and Alan Lomax are literally "Music to my Ears.". After recording many great songs Mississippi John Hurt turned down the invitation to go on stage because he didn't want to leave his job at the Avalon, Mississippi hardware store. He had married a woman he met on a trip to New Orleans. She was his "Creole Belle". His wife died before he had his 65th birthday and retired with a Social Security check. Urged by Pete Seeger he agreed to go to New York. He played in coffee houses and folk festivals. In the 80s Tom Paxton and Dave Von Ronk wrote a song in tribute to him and his music. The chorus starts, "Did you hear John Hurt? Did You shake his hand?" WELL! Once I couldn't get my Rock loving friends to go to hear him and Grandma came with me. MY GRANDMA SHOOK HIS HAND! When I told my cousin about Grandma shaking his hand he said, "She didn't go with you because she wanted to hear his music. She went because she loved you." Blinking back tears I answered, "I know" I was so very pleasantly surprised that one of my husband's sisters, who last week hosted our Labor Day BBQ, was a fan of his when she lived in Mississippi with her first husbands parents while he served overseas in the Army. PS: I first heard Jug Band music at that library too:
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    The Congressional Thread

    Arizona GOP says it will stop Democrat Mark Kelly, husband of shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords, ‘dead in his tracks’ Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, said in a fundraising email Friday that the GOP would stop Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly “dead in his tracks.” Ward’s choice wording stands out not only because Kelly is an ardent gun control advocate, but because he took up the cause after his wife, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, survived an assassination attempt in which a gunman killed six people and left Giffords with traumatic brain injuries... https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/arizona-gop-says-it-will-stop-democrat-mark-kelly-husband-of-gun-victim-gabrielle-giffords-dead-in-his-tracks/2019/09/06/67c784c2-d0be-11e9-87fa-8501a456c003_story.html
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    Saturday September 7, 2019

    Morning Tweety and Joe! Not so hot yet. I enjoyed "American Master's about Charlie Pride on PBS. Really enjoyed it. One summer my uncle played and/or sang Charlie Pride singing Hank Williams songs and "Cotton Fields", Johnny Cash's "Because Your mine, I walk the Line", and Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill". My Mom and Aunt had a record of Harry Belafonte then. They really liked him. I did, and still do, but being a kid I didn't pay attention to the grown women saying he was "hot". If you feel like it listen to Harry, who grew up in Jamaica sing the Southern American song. I always thought he was awkward sounding on this song. He sand Calypso SO WELL! (in my opinion) Then if you listen to Charlie Pride, who actually picked cotton as the child of Mississippi share croppers. He sang as well as Harry (Still sings well) For Cotton Fields he sounds good and not awkward like Harry. I was 14, and my sister's younger when our Dad was on a local live TV show called "International Party Time". The excellent band played the music of one country. If they had no children for one segment our Daddy brought us to be on the show. We stood in front of a "Green Screen" and sang one song, like "Sakura" for Japan with Mount Fuji on the screen, or "Alouette" in front of the Eiffel Tower for France. Wearing ill fitting clothes of the country I'm sure we sounded awkward with an American accent.
  19. herring_RN

    Friday September 6, 2019

    I wish you all the happiest Friday possible. I had a migraine yesterday and couldn't even sleep. Slept better last night and feel OK.
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    Domestic Terrorism

    Bills have been passed with bipartisan majorities in the House of Representatives and sent to the Senate for a vote. It is NOT "Government Of, by, or for the people" for Senator McConnell to refuse to allow the Senate to vote for or against them. Should one or more pass any bills President Trump vetoes should be voted on again to hopefully override the veto. Best would be for life saving bills to pass with a veto proof majority. Most nationally elected Republicans are NOT pro-life, in my opinion. Doing NOTHING to prevent more killing is NOT pro-life. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-many-more-names-will-be-added-to-the-list-before-mitch-mcconnell-acts-on-guns/2019/09/03/5c111634-ba07-11e9-b3b4-2bb69e8c4e39_story.html
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    Wednesday September 4, 2019

    I just found out that a family I met a few times were on the dive boat that burned and sank on Labor day. The mother, father, and two daughters were nurses. The other daughter, who I never met, was a teacher. They were active in achieving our safe staffing ratios. https://fox40.com/2019/09/03/5-members-of-same-family-including-nurses-and-teacher-from-stockton-feared-dead-in-dive-boat-tragedy/
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    Wednesday September 4, 2019

    I wear a terry cloth headband to keep from sweating sunscreen into my eyes. Yesterday I mowed and trimmed the lawn. Probably won't do it again until after it rains. When we got home from SIL's Monday it was 99 F in the house. After opening windows and doors it was 85 F in the house and on the porch.
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    Domestic Terrorism

    Walmart to no longer sell certain ammunition, ask customers to stop open carry in stores In the wake of a rash of mass shootings that have left the country reeling, Walmart will stop selling certain forms of ammunition, ask customers to no longer openly carry guns in their stores, and call on President Donald Trump and other lawmakers to pass background checks legislation. The nation's largest retailer, which previously stopped selling handguns, will now stop selling handgun ammunition as well. And it will no longer make available the types of bullets that while used in hunting rifles can also be fired by military-style weapons. Additionally, in the more than two dozen states with open carry laws, Walmart is "respectfully requesting that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores and Sam's Clubs ... unless they are authorized law enforcement officers,'' said Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs.... https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/09/03/walmart-stop-selling-ammunition-call-congress-new-laws/2198475001/
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    Art and Music

    I hadn't heard of this guy until he was just on the radio singing this song. Please post any poetry, visual art, or music about our political situation(s)
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    Art and Music

    Neil Young's "Let's impeach the president for lying"
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