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Saturday March 14, 2020

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Good Morning!  

Stay well and have a great day.

Work was a bit tough being short staffed a nurse.  We've had a lot of call ins for some reason. Maybe people are stressed.   

Heading to the market soon to and to the gym later.  Slept in a bit.  But not doing much.  

Unsurprisingly the concert I was going to Monday was canceled.  No word about bowling.   If it doesn't shut down, I'll go ahead and go.  Will wait and see.  

We have three patients in isolation awaiting test results because they met the algorithm for Corona Virus and a few that were well enough to go home. There were three in ambulances on the way that also met.  We're going to run out of hand sanitizer soon and go back to using just soap and water.  Masks are under lock and key.  Things are going to get worse the next few weeks, but hopefully will stop soon.

 

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Morning Tweety 

Schools are closed here until the end of the month. Except in Chicago as many provide social services to students.  Although that may have changed

Our local library is closing for a few weeks. As is the dinner theater J and I attend,  we were supposed to see An American in Paris this Sunday.  After this Sunday our church will close, at least for the near future 

Met J for dinner for the first time in a week and a half.  His internet is fine, and he's working on getting the fraud stuff resolved.  I think the credit card company is making him jump through extra hoops to avoid paying

The environmental group was supposed to meet but with the library closing we're going to have a virtual meeting next week

Am meeting dad for lunch.  Will probably do taxes today...was waiting for paperwork for my flexible spending account but just found out I don't need any

Weather has a possibility of snow and rain, will likely be in the 30s but I think it gets warmer after thatk

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Why should you never talk to pi?   Because he’ll just go on forever.

Last time I was at the store I bought a small two serving frozen peach pie. I plan to serve it to my husband after dinner.

We've had days of rain a that is expected for at least four more days. I plan to take each dog for a walk. Doubt the usual old men in the park will be there. Pearl looks so sad lying in her bed.

 

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Good morning all!

Slept in, even after taking a nap when I got home yesterday!  Must have been tired.

This is the beginning of a week off, with no plans!  There are several home projects I could get done and will likely do some of them. 

I hope youngest ds is getting over his flu.  They cancelled their plans to fly out, obviously. 

It is cloudy today, rain forecast today and tomorrow, with a short two-day break then more rain through next week.  We do need the rain, and the mountains need the snow and rain.

Have a good day!

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Good Afternoon -

These are, indeed, very surreal times. . . . 

Spent the last two nights working in our teeny-tiny hospital's ER. Long story short, ALL full-time ER Night Staff have been furloughed due to exposure to the Coronavirus. Our sister-hospital has furloughed staff as well. Last night, I received an email from our Pastor that church services have been suspended at least for the remainder of March. This is all in addition to the measure that our country is making in attempts to quell the spread of the virus.

I feel stunned. . . perplexed. . . vulnerable. . . sad. . . angry. . . amazed.

We have "Greeters" at our hospital's front door, from 7AM to 7PM, that screens EVERY Individual who walks in. Although I'm not sure about this, I do believe the screening process includes all employees.  I did not know that we were doing this until I walked out our hospital's front door this morning. The hospital where Amy works only has one entrance for EVERYONE, apparently. Her hospital has "Greeters", too. (Amy's hospital is LARGE. My hospital is teeny-tiny.)

Amy is on the phone planning our vacation(s). It appears that if/when we go to Sedona, in about 8 days, there are homes to rent at greatly discounted prices. Everyone is cancelling their travel/vacation plans. (At this point, we still plan on going to Sedona. The only way we don't go is if some kind of travel ban goes into effect.) She's been in communication with the individuals in Italy, especially with the person we are (were) renting a villa from. As one can imagine, things are, indeed, surreal for those folk, too. (At this time, we plan on doing our Italy vacation at the end of September into October. Everything is already booked, thanks to Amy's vacation-planning.)

Happily, I am off from work tonight. These past two nights working in our ER have been weird. ("Damn it, Jim, I'm an ICU Nurse, not an ER Nurse!") I've been floating to the ER since I've been working at my teeny-tiny hospital, for about nearly 21 years. But I'm STILL not used to dealing with all of the situations that walk through that ER door. It's all of the "weird" stuff like bones and lacerations and little kids. Thankfully, it hasn't bee crazy-busy during these past couple of nights. Still, the more "weird stuff" presented itself. (I had a 2 year-old patient who came in because the parent were worried that she vomited a few times at home. The kid was fine. A little Zofran perked her right up!  Once the Zofran took effect, she was drinking water, eating popsicles, and all smiles and giggles. The parents, on the other hand??? Worried, worried, worried. They're not even first-time parents. (Ugh!) Then there are the little lacerations. ("You want WHAT, Doctor??? Where do I get the Dermabond???") Interestingly, I'm getting used to the ER Way of Charting! I'm even more comfortable with that than the ER Nurse who worked with me last night! (He's a GREAT ER Nurse, but he stumbles with the new Meditech Expanse which was recently implemented healthsystem-wide.)

Tonight is a night of rest and recovery from me. Because there is not church tomorrow, the rest and recovery will last a little longer. Still, there's a choir that needs rehearsing for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. I gotta figure out how to deal with three Sundays of No Church and No Choir Rehearsals. So, I'm gonna start problem-solving this later today.

In the meanwhile. . . Be Safe, folks. Be kind to yourselves as we all go on this wild and surreal ride together. 

Peace! 🙂

Ted

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Surreal times indeed, Ted. Our governor has cancelled all public schools K12 until the end of April. I believe all colleges have gone to online instruction. Nursing homes are severely restricting visitors and the hospital starting restricting last week. I don't doubt that they would be screening all who enter. Our county depends on shoppers from Canada, but if they cross into the US, they are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Dd, who works for the local blood procurement organization is worrying about a critical blood shortage. Many donations come from high school and college drives and they are all cancelling, as are senior groups. 

There a second positive case in the county and they may have exposed others at a local casino. Ugh. The state count is up to 568 with 37 deaths, and yet I still see people posting on social media that it's no big deal. 

Its sunny here but the ding-dang wind is still blowing, and gusting to 40 mph. And the wind chill says 17 degrees. Luckily we did not lose power, although much of our town did. 

My running program wants me to run today, but I want the wind to die down. I made banana bread this morning, and normally I would be out in the garden, but it looks to be a stay in and work on a jig saw puzzle sort of day. Perhaps dh and I will go for a drive to the bay and look at the waves whipped up by the wind. 

Take care all!

Elbow bumps are friendly, welcoming, polite, correct, pragmatic, responsible, considerate and cool !

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I'm not sure about what's going on or rather NOT going on around here, d/t "THE" virus. Of course, we hardly go anywhere anyway: Dr's appts, grocery shopping, pharmacy runs. No social circles to speak of. Don't know about the schools, but I am sure there must be strict rules being observed at the hospitals, urgent care centers and nursing homes. 

Was reading a long article on line about the effect being shut down is having on Italy -- creepy/weird.

We don't talk about it much because Nannie is so confused, and since she is always planted in her recliner in the den where our only TV is ... we don't watch much news if we can help it. The TV shows make her think she is on a baseball team, she's a detective, etc, etc, and that's hard enough to deal with! Hubby and I both look at our 'devices' instead. And, since our city newspaper has quit publishing the Saturday paper, I have to wait a day to see what they have printed. Nannie's local paper only is published three days a week, on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and mostly has news about school sports teams, honor students, birthdays, and obituaries.

Nannie's p.o'd because we are always telling her we can't HEAR her. "I don't know what's wrong with everybody, they keep saying they can't hear what I say>" WELLLLL, Nannie, it is BECAUSE you speak neither loud enough, nor clearly. All her words run together and there is NO vocal projection, plus she needs to clear her darn throat. She says it's "always" been that way. It has not. I've known her 32 years, so I've had just a little bit of experience listening to her talk. And by gorry, if sh'e mad, she is PLENTY audible. I suggested ROTOR ROOTER to clear out her throat; that did not go over too well. Pffttt. If she speaks I'll not say ""WHAT?" anymore ... sometimes she is just talking to or about Ozzie, and speaks frequently about him, the weather, or the state of the unmowed lawn littered with branches and dead leaves in the back yard and on the patio. She'll say something like  "blrgspnmcistherksz" so that we WILL ask 'what?' She is , as hubby says, "playing her little games". I just continue with what I'm doing and don't look her way.

This morning, I've started laundry loads, dusted the den, and vacuumed the den and the stairs with carpet on them. Hubby has swept the kitchen and the entry hall, and is washing/waxing them, also. So Nannie thinks she has to 'do something', and that something has become rearranging the shelves where she has pj's, socks, bras...NOW in shoe-boxes with their lids on them, so we can't see what is where anymore. She has made her bed three different times, and just came in to tell me (again, ie, for the third time) that she really likes the way she has it this time. I was kind of short with her and told her it was her bed, she could do whatever she wants to with it, I don't look at it, and I don't care. 

Neighbor just brought us a gallon of hand-sanitizer and a gallon of rubbing alcohol. The alcohol is for hubby because her has to test his blood and give himself shots. That gallon of rubbing alcohol would take him 3-4 months to use up, and it probably would last longer. The neighbor said they had to go to 4 different stores for various supplies and that people are SHOVING one another to get to things that are still on the shelf. Good Lord!

Anyway, at least Ozzie is not revved up about all of this. He has the sensible response ... napping.

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes

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NSIME, I am surprised to read your hubby uses rubbing alcohol. My hubby tests daily and has 2 injections, and eldest ds used to test several times a day (less now with his continuous monitor) and several shots a day. Neither use alcohol, just clean dry skin. When in public, son will sometimes inject through clothes. 

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j22,  🎶You can tell a husband something for his benefit, and then he goes and does what he thinks he needs to do... YOU know that song from what I gather from your posts! Well, it's not really an actual song, but ...😉

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I just took Ozzie out for his early evening ramble,

and found a 4-leaf clover!  🍀

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NSIME - I thought 4 leaf clovers were a myth.

And TA DAH! Another chapter in the Collective Novella. Have plans for more story, but I didn't want to risk losing my 'manuscript' when my computer becomes  petulant.

I miss TV sports. Esp March Madness. It's weird to see 'TBA' when checking for shows on ESPN.

And the casinos are now taking a hit. That's BIG for NJ.

To our health, all.

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We have spent a quiet day inside.  Ate leftovers. 

I received my Medicare card in the mail.  Today I turned 65.  Nothing big done nor planned. 🙂

I need to work on some music we promised to do on Friday at a memorial service for a friend who died last week.   His brother and family (we don't know them) requested 5 min of music before the memorial service, and 5 min of music after.  We can do our usual gospel music, as it's at a Methodist church.  Then, as Sweet Baby James and Vincent were two of our friend's favorite songs, could we do one of them during the service?  I just printed the lyrics and chords to Vincent, will see if it will come together enough to do for the service.  I have always liked the song myself as well.

This friend we met some years ago, while we listened to the bluegrass band at California Adventure.  We had noticed him listening to the music as well, other times when we went to the parks.  His doctor had told him to start walking to help lower his blood pressure.  So he bought an annual pass to the parks and came every day, to walk.  Met the musicians.  Ended up applying for a host job and was hired.  He hosted at the Big Thunder Mountain BBQ (which is now re-done into Galaxy's Edge.  We were all sad to see the BBQ close).  Then when that closed, he hosted at the Blue Bayou.  Trained many new servers and hosts.  Always smiling.  Will always be remembered as Cowboy Jim.   

Tomorrow I will see what the grocery store has in stock.  Again, we don't have much planned for the next week.  I'm sure I will find projects to occupy my time. 🙂

Have a good evening.

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