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Saturday - September 12th, 2020 - Good Morning!

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Good Morning!

Recently woke up. Again. Plan on staying up this time. 

Was up for a good portion of the night, working on the dance video project. Its completion is close at hand. I'm creating titles for each of the dance sequence. It's a tedious process, actually, ensuring that the titles appear "artfully" to the scene. But it's one of my favorite parts of the process. 

Yesterday. . . Did the yearly "Skills Day" thing, and did it well. Besides demonstrating proper "skills" using several different medical devices. we have to go through three different scenarios, two involving adults and one involving a child. We're all ACLS and PALS "certified", so these scenarios involves these skill sets. Doing the ACLS scenarios is easy, actually. It's the one involving the "kid" that gives me great anxiety. Simply, I (we) don't provide care to kids in our teeny-tiny ICU. Hour hospital does not employ a Pediatric Intensivist. So, all potentially critically ill kids get "shipped" to the larger hospitals. All of them. In fact, our hospital rarely provides Med/Surg care to pediatric patients (anymore). There are only two dedicated Med/Surg rooms for these patients. The only time, in recent history, that  I (we) provided care to pediatric patients is when the go through appendectomies on weekends or at night. As an ICU Nurse, I (we) provide the PACU care for these patients. Usually the pediatric patient leaves the OR to arrive at our "PACU" (which is one of our ICU rooms), already with an Aldrete Score of 9 or 10. This makes the whole "PACU" process more of an (important!) "formality".  Our hospital USED to provide care to pediatric patients more often! Even infants! We even used to have them in our ICU, usually for respiratory issues. (Ironically, PALS certification wasn't even an expectation, back then!!!) Apparently some "Big Wig" in our healthcare system saw a potential problem (not actually employing a Pediatric Intensivist), and put a stop to that! Times sure have changed!!

But. . . Skills Day went well, yesterday. (The pediatric mannequin lived! LOL! 😛 )

I've been employed at my current (teeny-tiny) hospital for 21 years. Besides being keyboardist/choir director at my church, working for my hospital has been my longest time of employment. . . anywhere, at anytime.   I do like where I work. Without a doubt, it has its challenges, especially being so small. But it has its advantages, too. And, it has its charm. (Yes! "Charm"!) On more than one occasion, I've heard our hospital described as a small "Diamond in the Berkshires".

(But I'd happily take retirement today, if possible!)

It looks to be a beautiful day today! Amy and I plan on doing something out-doors-y. Most likely, we'll go for a hike in the woods somewhere. Of course, I'll bring my camera and take lots of artsy-fartsy pictures!

I hope all have a pleasant day. . . and a restful weekend from work. 🙂

Ted

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Morning Ted

Was hoping work would  be calm yesterday, but it got crazy at times.  But at least it was productive, and I did get out on time

After work was quiet, didn't go anywhere, just watched Yes Minister and exercised and worked on a new embroidery project

No birdwatching today as it will rain from the morning until the evening.  Will do the cooking instead and run an errand or two and exercise indoors

Svengoolie has Night of the Lepus, which I haven't seen before.   Might also watch some Three Stooges

Still in the 60s, although temps will increase to the 70s later in the week

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Good Morning!

I'm sure the video is going to turn out well Ted.

When I started where I work we had a very small Peds unit that has since closed.  There's a children's hospital next door and we had an underground pathway to them so it's odd we had our unit.  At the time we had the only peds ER (which is why we had the tunnel to get those patients there when stabilized) until the children's hospital opened one (much to the chagrin of my hospital).  Peds is definitely not my thing.  

Came home to odd looking emesis throughout and dogs that wouldn't eat.  I saw them drink so I'm not worried about dehydration but I can't figure out what they got into.  Waffles ate a bite of canned but Slowbro passed again on food and he loves to eat.  I think this is the first time in three years he's skipped a meal.  And today there's diarrhea even though there's a doggie door for them to go outside.  Ugh...at least I have tile.  I'm just going to have to let it run it's course as they both seem stable and are drinking.

Slept in today.  Slept good probably out of exhaustion more than the melatonin the doc wants me to try but good sleep is good sleep. 

Have a great day.  

 

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Morning-

It's a pretty day here today, sunny and in the high 60s.  I would like the warm weather to stick around, but it seems as though we've switched right to Fall.  

I'm doing ok, some days better than others.  This is going to be a tough weekend.  Tomorrow was supposed to be my wedding day, which we postponed for 11 months due to Covid, and it will be the first time my sisters and I will go back to Mom's house to start dealing with things.  Such is life.  

Ted- I am with you on retirement.  Glad skills day went well.

Joe-What are you cooking today?

Tweety-I hope the dogs are ok.  Glad that you slept.  Melatonin gives me weird dreams.

Hope all are well.  Enjoy your weekend and be safe.

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1 hour ago, BCgradnurse said:

Morning-

It's a pretty day here today, sunny and in the high 60s.  I would like the warm weather to stick around, but it seems as though we've switched right to Fall.  

I'm doing ok, some days better than others.  This is going to be a tough weekend.  Tomorrow was supposed to be my wedding day, which we postponed for 11 months due to Covid, and it will be the first time my sisters and I will go back to Mom's house to start dealing with things.  Such is life.  

Ted- I am with you on retirement.  Glad skills day went well.

Joe-What are you cooking today?

Tweety-I hope the dogs are ok.  Glad that you slept.  Melatonin gives me weird dreams.

Hope all are well.  Enjoy your weekend and be safe.

That can be challenging, to go through all the stuff after someone has passed

Making salmon and spinach for the week

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Good Afternoon, It is cloudy, humid, sprinkling.

Today is Hubby's Happy 70th Birthday. w00t! No plans to celebrate, no money until Wednesday, but anyway, he said, "No presents!" So, I got him two cards, one romantic, one funny; also wrote birthday greetings on the bathroom mirror with bar-soap!!! We are BIG-time hullaballoo-GALA-partiers, cancha tell? Basically, we figure we can get whatever presents-type items when we want/need 'em, through-out the year. Both of us are more inclined to getting practical, useful things, not jewelry or fancy-schmancy stuff. On my birthday and our anniversary, I get flowers and a card.

Hubby doesn't even want to tell Nannie it's his birthday, so she won't feel bad about not getting him something. Usually I buy a card for her to give him, but he nixed that as well. Funny thing is, her birthday (91) is Monday, so you'd think she'd make the connection, since their b'days are only two days apart, but you know how her memory has skewed over the past few years. S'okay, though, because she is still behaving well and that is all that matters to us.

It IS a wee bit tedious when she starts "remembering" things, like the 'formal' living room and dining rooms upstairs; she has to prove to herself to herself, I guess, by listing the different rooms here and pieces of furniture, etc. She says, "A lot of things are coming back to me..." Yessssss, a lot of things, which she doesn't remember that she HAS already remembered ... repeatedly! Oh well, such is her life, and as long as she is happy, the better it is for us.

Her other dgt-in-law came by yesterday to bring a pot-roast and a diced Greek salad, and a birthday cake. (Saves us from having to get a birthday cake! And we got supper, and it has leftovers, so, good deal!) She also dropped off...?pajamas? a robe? ...anyway, a present. She asked me if I minded if she came in to see/visit with Nannie, but I said it probably wasn't a real good idea while the virus is still rising and falling all around us. The very last thing ANY of us need is the least little hint of a speck of exposure to Covid19! 

Guess it's time for Nannie's lunch, so she can take her mid-day keep-'er-calm medicine. 😉

I'm sending good thoughts and prayers to BCg; this might be a tough day all around, but maybe there will be moments of comfort and even laughter in fond remembrances. 

 

 

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Morning Ted, Joe, Tweety, No Stars, BCgradnurse, and all of us. Not much planned for today. It is cool due to thick smoke. 

These fires are so awful. 

Husband and I spent a couple hours enjoying music on YouTube yesterday. One was from 1968 with Donovan, John Sebastian, and David Bromberg.

 

 

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Well, yep, I got ya on this one, herring, because a way long time ago when the Lovin' Spoonful's very first album was just being released, my sister and I went to see them in an underground coffeehouse in Boston. We got to talk with John Sebastian, and all of them, a little, but all I can remember was the drummer (Zolly?) put his hand up on my bangs, which were a little bit longer than his bangs; he smiled widely and said, "I really like your bangs!" What 16 year old wouldn't remember something like that?! I was quietly agog inside, thrilled!

I had to bring this up because of all the famous folks you have met over the years. 😁 I haven't as many stories or famous people to tell about, but I have my few!!!

Not so thrilling, but still of mild interest ... I was at a Greek Restaurant on 21st Street in Nashville, TN, and here comes Minnie Pearl, in her real life, 'civilian' form, and she sits down right next to me. The tables in the restaurant were so close together, our elbows could've bumped each other. But I was mindful of how many folks must just "Have To" talk and/or get an autograph from well-known people in public, so I just made-do with a polite smile and a nod, and she did the same. (Yeah, wow, huh?!)

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PS Appropos of nothing, Nannie and my husband just talk-talk-talk-talk-talk, it feels like half a dozen people are in the room. Then hubby goes out on the front porch and is on the phone, talk-talk-talk! And Nannie talks and talks, among other things about hearing his voice talking to somebody out front. "Who is he talking to?" she asks. I dunno, am I not down here in the den with you? And since my hearing aid died a while back, I can't hear separate words... Besides which, I am not an eavesdropper. Now Nannie, she will go into her bathroom, the window of which is quite close to the front steps, and she tries to see and/or hear what's going on and who is saying what about what. 

I like it a lot when everyone else has gone to bed and I have 2-3 hours of peace and quiet. I'm very outgoing at times, to the point that people can't believe how I used to be so shy and extremely self-conscious in my youth. But I actually like my own company best. I've never talked my own ears off. I may have written my fingers to the bone, but at least it isn't noisy.😂

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Afternoon. We are hunkered down in the house, avoiding the smoke, although it's not as bad as it has been in past years. The air quality index on my phone says 199/unhealthy. I did venture out for a 3 mile jog this morning and it wasn't too bad. It seems more foggy than anything. This supposed to continue until Monday, and rain is predicted for Tuesday. I am so saddened about the devastation of the fires, so a little smoke doesn't seem so bad. I got my flu shot yesterday and my arm isn't all sore for a change. 

Dh is ruminating about downsizing and moving, again. Of course, he will need to part with a lot of stuff (junk) and that just never seems to happen. I did fill half a garbage can this week, but that barely makes a dent. I've been watching episodes of Hoarders which is good motivation, for me. 

Youngest son got fired yesterday, but its actually sort of a good thing. We have been encouraging him for years to do something else, as he is barely making minimum wage and the physicality of his job gives him a lot of back and leg pain. He is talking about truck driving school. 

Take care all, and do a kind deed for someone, okay?

 

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Hello all! 

We are staying indoors.  It is quite hazy out, and temps are in low 90's.  AQI 124, moderately unhealthy. 

I read somewhere that simmering cloves on the stovetop might help keep inside air cleaner.  I figured it can't hurt, and might smell nice -- so I have had some cloves, cinnamon, and ginger simmering for a couple hours.  It DOES smell good. 🙂

We will be participating in the 4pm Jamkazam jam.  Then after supper we will meet a friend at his house (probably outdoors) to learn a song he and his wife wrote, about Ruth (yes, the Ruth in the Bible). 

I ordered some new shoes for dh from Land's End.  On Sale (promo code applied).  His are starting to look quite worn, will be nice for him to have a replacement.

I do miss going camping.  😞  Hoping next year we will be able to attend festivals and go camping! 

Did y'all realize it's 104 days till Christmas??? 

Have a nice afternoon/evening!

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No Stars: I have never met John Sebastian. I have been in the audience twice. Once decades ago and just a few years ago in San Diego or a Lovin' Spoonful reunion outdoor concert.

Here is Mississippi John Hurt doing the song that inspired the name Lovin Spoonful. Too bad Maxwell House didn't use him in advertising. 

 

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BC - good thoughts for you continue. Time will help you with the memories and you have family with you.

herring - I'm spending time again on Youtube.  Just LOOOOOVE listening to all kinds of music. Tonite it was Eagles & Hotel California, Queen, Leann Rimes, Lesley Gore, Toby Keith et al. Rather eclectic! And I can spend hours on those historical biographies of Kings & Queens (Empress Maria Theresa and all her kids, grands, and grand grands are favs0.

nursej22 - I understand watching Hoarders for the inspiration/motivation. I AM a collector (they all say that on the show!!!). But I am different in that I do selectively collect items of value (to me) and I have the hardest time to ever want to part with them. My things are attractively displayed and folk are complimentary about my collections. I also watch the 600 pound show to help me with inspiration and good intentions . The show gives my conscience a tweak to behave.

Received some Amazon purchases and am thrilled that I'm trying a chin strap thingy to help keep my mouth closed when I sleep. As soon as I fall asleep, my jaw slackens & my mouth opens. And then my bipap's blowing soooooo dries out my mouth that I wake up gagging. My mouth mucus membranes sometimes are STUCK TOGETHER. It's taking time to get straps to quite fit right, but it's a work in progress. And I rec'd my biotene mouth spray. That helps when I wake up and during the day. I bought a 4-pack!

I also have a microwave egg thingy that's to soft-boil eggs. I love them but I'm finicky about soft-boiled eggs, and it's taken me several tries - I think I have down now.  Love my crockpot - took out a pork tenderloin to make tomorrow. I can just dump the stuff in and then I've meals for the week. I continue to try & clear out my pantry/freezer. Slow but it's working. It's just difficult for me to try & endure prolonged food prep/cooking and then storage/cleanup.

And I'm planning to sell my car. I haven't driven it for years, but I've kept it somewhat maintained and insured. It's just the money thing now. I long harbored a desire that I would drive again, but the reality is just NOT real. I found a service that will come out to my home, check out the car, issue me check on the spot and then tow the car away! I was thinking a charity donation, like Vietnam Vets or Purple Heart, but I can get some money for it this way. Even if just a little!

Am watching Weather Channel now. I think New Orleans is in for nasty weather again - evacuation orders are being issued. Prayers for them and those of you on the West Coast.

Will continue tomorrow.

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