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Saturday February 8, 2020

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Good morning!

Stars, I do know about beet juice and eat beets regularly because of that knowledge.  I have a juicer and make beet and carrot juice but lately have been roasting them to lower the glycemic index.  I don't think it makes a huge difference but apparently a bit as it dilates blood vessels (nature's viagra is what some call it..😂).  There are some foods like high potassium foods, flax seeds, and hibiscus tea that I've also tried to stay off medicine.  I still don't have a handle on job stress and sleep issue that I think contribute.  Last night's BP was 122/79.  I've also read that doctors offices shouldn't take just one blood pressure but three, about three minutes apart and take the average.  I've noticed sometimes big differences that way, but don't do that on myself, and I know doctor's offices won't do that.  

Ted, hope your heart healthy day went well.  Don't you love being the middle man?  Why couldn't that person have called the contractor who sands the road themself?  Or is it your job to.  I hate when someone from pharmacy makes us call the doctor when they are PharmDs and perfectly capable of clarifying a medication.  It's what pharmacists in free standing pharmacy's do.  Same with radiology.  You call the nurse, the nurse calls the doctor, and the nurse calls you back.  Bugs me.

I had a pleasant day off.  Didn't do much.  

Working today and tomorrow.  Hope everyone has a good day.

 

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Morning Tweety

Another frustrating work day, this time scrambling to get some stats that haven't been needed in months but now are needed again.  At least the day ended calm

Met J for dinner at one of our usual places

Today the environmental group meets, then I'm meeting dad for lunch

Instead of making coffee this weekend, I'm going to get some from the local coffeehouse and store it in a thermos.  My dad will often do that.  Hopefully the delay in caffeine won't give me a headache 

Will probably watch Svengoolie since he has Son of Kong, which I haven't seen before

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Good Morning -

Tweety - Normally, I'm not a fan of beets (and certainly never tried beet juice). But, given the information that you shared about beets and its ability to "dilate blood vessels", I might give 'em a try. L O L! 😜 Regarding being the "middleman", I don't like being in that position either, especially at work!! And, no. It is not my job to be the contact person for the person who plows and maintains our road. It's actually the job of the President of our happy little HOA to be that contact person. (Years ago, it was decided to have only one person contact the road-maintenance contractor in order to avoid having LOTS of HOA members calling the company for plowing.)

Joe - Nice to read that you had dinner with J. Hope you don't get a headache from the delay in caffeine-intake! They're no fun! Hope the cross-stitching is coming along for you. 🙂

Had a really nice time at the Healthy Heart Night event, last night. Our happy teeny-tiny ICU has been organizing this yearly event since 2006! It remains well-attended by the community, which is nice to see. It snowed last night, and we weren't expecting to see too many people come to this event, Yet, they came!! I video-recorded the two lectures. Both lectures were interesting and well-received by the people who attended them. The lectures provided an opportunity for members of the community to ask questions. Many questions were asked and answered. After the event, a few of us went out for a late dinner at a local restaurant specializing in "Eastern Cuisine" (offering both "Americanized Chinese and Japanese" food). It was nice being with fellow ICU nurses outside the work environment. Of course, I had me some Sushi, which was delicious! (YUM!)

It looks pretty outside. The sky is clear and everything is covered in a layer of new snow. It's also cold. The coldness??? NOT so pretty. But the outside is nice to look at from the comfortable confines of our warm and toasty home.

Working tonight and tomorrow night. Of course, tomorrow is the usual church choir, church, sleep, and go-to-work thing.

Nothing much else to share. Think I'll go downstairs and spend some time with the wife, then go back to bed for Second Sleep.

Cheers! 🙂

Ted

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herring_RN - Hope your husband comes home today, to the comfort of his home and loving wife.

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See that? I blinked and it's Saturday again. Huh, funny how that happens.

Herring, hope your hubby gets to come home today. I had to go back through a couple of days' posts to remind myself about why he was in the hospital. OUCH!

Tweety, Well, so much for 'new' information about beets and blood pressure ... I'm still going to try it on the morning of the 18th, before my Dr's appointment to see how it works for my BP. I sure don't need it for the Viagra-type results; it'd be hard (hardy-har-har!) to explain a boner to the doctor, since I wasn't 'born that way'. Tee-hee-hee (not "HE")...

So, I got up to pee around 4:20 AM and noticed the den light was on. There was Nannie, sitting on the edge of her recliner, head in hands. She said she had heartburn. Well, she gave me this very long explanation that led me to believe she had heartburn. I got her a pepcid and a gas-x, told her it'd work in 20-30 minutes, and then she should go back to bed. Then *I* went back to bed. At 5 AM I went to the top of the stairs and saw the den light was still on, so went down to check on her. There she was, sitting on the hassock and straightening out the sofa cover. I said, "At 5 AM, you're straightening out the sofa???"  Then I told her when she had it done to her standard of perfection, go. back. to. bed! And I went back to bed, so I guess she did also.

Ozzie barked me awake at 10 AM, so I got dressed and took him out; he did his business, I got the newspaper, and then we both went back to bed. It's COLD out there today. 

Woke up again at noon, and fought the urge to just turn over and go back to sleep. Hubby was getting ready to go pick up some MORE med refills (I tell ya, between the three of us, we are just constantly doing refill-runs.)

Nannie got up, so I gave her the usual AM fare. Was going to sit outside to drink coffee as we usually do, however it is still tooooo cold for that. So I am stuck here on the sofa listening to Nannie's me-me-me-me 'conversations' which I could recite verbatim right along with her. ANYTHING you say to her, she has to one-up you with her sad, pitiful life's stories.

She never turns it around to say how lucky she was to have surgeons who did such a good job on her feet, and how she went on to have a NORMAL, happy, full life. Nope. It's always how she's been a cripple all her life. But, I guess she is right, it was reinforced by her parents, aunts and uncles who constantly petted her and spoiled her, so that her being 'born crippled' was essentially reinforced and 'rewarded'. Her cripple-ness became her identity . Too bad.

I see herring has posted, so I'll see what's going on in her side of the country this morning ...oops, it is afternoon! 

Everyone behave and have a gooo-oood day!

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Ha! Hubby came home and said "It's snowing..."  Ozzie got all excited and wagged around in circles, wanting to go outside, so I put him on his leash, and out we went.

Now, if you're from New England, you would have to laugh about this so-called 'snow'. The flakes are tiny and kind of puny and lazy/intermittent. Hubby promised Ozzie that if we get a little bit more snow, he will take him outside to build a snowman. I think, with this 'amount' of snow, it would be hard to build even an imaginary snowman. When we came back inside, Ozzie settled in front of the glass door in the den and looked outside. Heck, with his glaucoma, I suppose everything looks pretty 'snowy'.

Then Nannie hollered out to my hubby, yes, she really did, ~~"Do we have enough bread and milk?" OMG. 🤣 And being the wise-arse that I am, I repeated a line from Gabby Hayes in a very old John Wayne movie: "H'it's a blowin' up a 'lizzard out there!" 

Good grief! We must be in the throes of WINTER!!!!

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Thought I'd chime in about beets. As a kid, I hated them! Still don't like CANNED beets (they taste like dirt to me. But my Mom ate them that way, straight from the can and drank the beet juice. Skip ahead 50 - 60 years and I really like them - like in ROASTED on an oven sheet pan with other winter root vegs like parsnips, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes. They all come out soooo sweet . And after all, beets ARE used in production of cane sugar.

Funny thing about some foods - I HATE, as in HATE with a Passion, POPEYE spinach. The kind in a can; again my Mom ate it straight out and with the spinach water. PASSIONATE UGH!!! Now fresh leaf spinach in a salad, soup, a sandwich, or wilted with pasta is great. But canned POPEYE spinach - ugh!

Stars - as I read you to say that Gran was downstairs, I was almost expecting you to say that she fell & really did it to herself this time and was hospitalized. I doubt that she'd be very coop with Therapy so I guess there would be a quick Rehab/SNF stay and then to ??? I think the decision re her future placement will have to be made REGARDLESS of hubs' planning.

 

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Beets, I can take them or leave them. Growing up we grew them in the vegetable garden and canned them and made beet pickles. My mother would cook beet greens and yuck, I would have to choke them down, because of course you had to try everything. Learned to swallow pieces whole without chewing to avoid the taste. The same with canned spinach. 

A picture popped up on facebook today of my old unit posing for "Go Red for Women's Heart Health" day. Each year there would be a contest between units to see who could get the most staff to wear red, and us being the Cardiovascular Unit took it as a matter of pride that we would win. The winner was decided by photo submission. One year the night shift used red garbage bags to craft garb. It was pretty hilarious. 

The sun did peek out eventually today. South of us near Seattle got a lot of flooding and landslides, but we were spared. My favorite running trail is still closed though, the flooding from last week must have damaged the levee. I fell so deeply asleep last night that I forgot where I was when I awoke. Then I realized that "noise" was the TV that I left on, and only 1 hour had passed. I did get back to sleep, by my watch said it was mostly "light" sleep, whatever the significance of that is. 

Herring, hopefully your dh is home by now, resting in his own bed. I know the ordeal of discharge can really wipe a person out. 

 

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amoLu, Yeh, I know. I worked with Nannie's age-and-disease-population-of-patients a great deal of my career. I've seen it up close under many family and living conditions. I think it's a good possibility that hubby is hoping 'something' will happen so that he won't have to make a decision, the circumstance will in essence will be what makes the decision for him. 

j22, I LOVE beet greens, with butter, lemon juice, and salt. When you buy fresh beets with stems and greens still on, it is sometimes hard to find the greens still intact after being boxed and shipped and stocked on the shelves. Every so often, I luck out and find a 'good' bunch. Fortunately no one here likes greens of any kind as much as I do, so I don't have to share. And beets are supposed to taste like dirt! Good sweet dirt!

I know I've told here before, of the time I ate 4 fresh beets for supper, and well, eventually I was honestly convinced I'd filled the toilet bowl with blood. I stood there assessing my lack of any kind of indicative symptoms; decided the usual nurse's idea to 'wait and see'... Thankfully within an hour I remember my beet feast. WHEW!

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