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Saturday - September 19th, 2020 - Good Morning!

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Good Morning!

Recently got home from work, had a quick breakfast. Will be going to bed after I'm done typing here.

Work was "Q" last night, in sharp contrast to the previous night which was "Not-Q". I'm working tonight and tomorrow night. So, it's the usual "Sleep, Eat, Work" thing.

The temperature dipped below freezing this morning. When I left the hospital after work, I found frost on my car's windshield. It quickly went away, though. The sun is out. The weather should warm up later this morning. Although not officially, yet, it's the Fall Season! The color to the trees should be changing soon. That, and the cooler, sunny weather, makes for GREAT hiking! Amy and I are looking forward to our Fall Hikes.

Finally. . . I'm saddened by the loss of Ruth Bader Gingsburg. She was an amazing human-being, to say the least. Her values were my values. She fought the good fight, both with her illness, and for advocating Equality for All (and not for just a few). She represents the best of what society should be for itself. . . for humanity. RBG will be missed.

Peace, folks. . . 

Ted

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Morning Ted

Woke up early, fed the cat, and fell back to sleep a bit and had a dream about church.  I don't think I've ever had a dream about church before.  Vast majority of the time I don't even remember my dreams.  Rather interesting

Work was fairly good yesterday, got done on time, nothing out of the ordinary

Did my usual crafting, exercise, and watching Yes Minister

Today doing the usual birdwatching and getting coffee.  Later will try a new chocolate chip cookie recipe and have lunch with dad for the first time since March.   Will skip Svengoolie as he has Dr Cyclops which I find boring, though before then they will have some good Three Stooges episodes

Getting involved in some more political stuff too.  I used to be skeptical of claims that involvement in politics makes you feel more hopeful and empowered, and did it mainly out of a sense of duty.  But I'm finding that it is indeed true.  It helps to know that, whatever the cause and wherever you are, there are many others working together with you, here and even around the world.  And to see your efforts bear fruit...I once wrote our suburb about police reform and got a response back from the police chief himself!

Weather has turned rather cold, currently in the upper 40s, though should be in the upper 60s later in the day.  Will get in the upper 70s later in the week

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Good morning!

Ted, glad to hear you had a quiet night.  It's exhausting having day after day after day after day of bad shifts.  🙂

Joe, I know when I've done marches like the women's march after Trump was elected it was indeed empowering and inspiring.  I have since become dejected about society, especially seeing the post-covid behavior of both the President and people like the anti-masker and Covid deniers.  Someone on the mayor's FB page called it an "election infection".  WTH does that even mean?  Perhaps you've given some good advice to not feel this way.

We're enjoying lovely weather in the upper 80's still.   It's already 79 and I'm heading out for a walk to walk away yesterday.  

We're gearing up for our takeover on October 1st and have some meetings, signing up for email, and benefits.   It should go well.  Going to be strange having a new owner, but it's pretty universally welcome.  In fact I haven't heard a bad word about it.  Good riddance to the profit-driven banks and stockholders that have driven us into the ground and destroyed us.  Hopefully we can rise from the ashes.  I probably couldn't hang in there without this buyout and some semblance of hope for the future.  Just nine more years until retirement.  I have to hang in there at this point.

 

 

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It is noooooon-time; back in my hometown, the horn on top of the city hall/library building is honking out two blasts, as it has done for many, many years. 

Cool breezes, NO humidity, and hazy sunshine at the present moment, and the temp is in the mid-to-upper sixties. Long sleeve t-shirt weather. 

I wish you could have seen the smashed box the postal deliverer left on my front porch yesterday. Hubby took pictures of it on his phone. It wasn't just the post office's fault; the sender had it taped insufficiently, I mean VERY insufficiently. Most of each side was loose from the tape, it was practically open; I sent it back with a letter saying that it was absolutely unacceptable and they could KEEP it, I didn't want it. 

Yesterday I was domestic plus 5: I washed three loads of laundry, cleaned out the refrigerator and washed all the containers emptied-of-no-longer-edible-leftovers, dried 'em and put them away; cleaned up the rest of the kitchen; went to the post office, also picked up Nannie's requested lunch (Subway's pepper-steak sub), and a few other tasks. 

Not sure of today's itinerary. Would LIKE to be able to spend some time up in my room. Because it is a small room and I haven't got enough places to store things, it is always a mess within two days of cleaning it up. The floor near the closet is where most things land. I admit I am a cluttery person, but this is beyond my usual, and although I am the instigator of the heaps and piles, it is driving me crazy. Oh well. Wun uv theez daze I will be able to figure out how and what I can do to resolve the problem of my messiness. It is partially because I am too busy doing house-hold and Nannie-hold things to be able to do anything besides put stuff down in my room and go back to tending the rest of the things that fall to me to do. As Tweety would say: "BLEH!"

Nannie is confused about the neighbors across the street and next door. What else is new? Hubby and I have both been (uselessly) trying to tell her that NOBODY is "trying to take away the house next door", and the guy across the street had a 1934 truck refurbished to it's original state. SHE insists the truck is yellow, when in fact it is celery green. She is mad at me now for trying to correct her: has pinched lips, closed eyes. Since she is determined she is RIGHT about her mis-perceptions I am trying to remember to just shut up, and NOT correct her, and ...again...just. shut. up. This one last time I tried to say that nobody is trying to "get' the house next door, she said "They are so!" and when I suggested she talk w/ hubby about it, because HE knows (since he is friends with them next door) what is going on, she said "Awww, he don't know anything."  🙄 OY!

Hubby has gone out to get her some lunch, and as I sit here, she is "shut-down", so SKEREW IT! I am going to take this opportunity to go back upstairs to get out of her swampy-minded atmosphere of self-righteousness and misplaced anger. I guess I knew "the nice Nannie" was too good to last. She has also resumed her habit of murmuring, mumbling speech. 

It isn't JUST her, but I really have noticed that my hearing is worse lately. OHHHHHHHH WELL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good afternoon-

I am sad, and honestly scared, by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  What a powerhouse she was!  I hope with all my my heart that a new justice will not appointed until after January.  Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.  It's 2020, after all.  I am wearing my Notorious R.B.G t-shirt in her honor today.

It's a beautiful Fall day here, with temps around 60.  We've had a little haze the past few days from the fires out West, but there's brilliant blue skies today.  I'm hosting just a small gathering of my kids, my nephew, and my younger sister's family to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.  I've made challah, a cinnamon apple cake, and am making roast chicken with red onions and plums for the main course.  Others will bring side dishes.  We can eat outdoors or spread out a bit in the house.  I have the windows open so there's good ventilation.

Ted-No, not frost yet!!!  I want summer back.

Joe-I agree that getting involved in causes can be empowering.  It can make you fell less hopeless.  I do a lot of post card writing for candidates and it makes me feel useful.

Tweety-I hope the takeover goes smoothly.  Are you done with your 8 weeks of overtime?

Herring-Sometimes it just seems like there is sadness after sadness.

NSIME-I guess it was too good to be true that Nannie would stay pleasant.  Is this the end of the line for finding her a placement or are there alternatives?  Please take care.  I hope DH is taking better care of himself, too.  

Take care all.

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I too am very sad about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was an amazing person and responsible for many positive changes in our country. I watched a lovely tribute to her last night on TV. My dd and I saw a documentary about her called "RBG" last year that was very inspiring. 

The smoke is gone! I went for a run this morning and it felt better than it has for 2 weeks. The weather is cool and overcast. 

Dd has been having a rapid heart rate off and on since spring. She mentioned it to her PCP but evaluation was put off during the COVID shut down. She went in to pick up a prescription renewal and her vitals showed a heart rate of 120. Sometimes it gets up to 140. Well, they got her in to see another provider, who listened to her and didn't poo-poo her symptoms, and now she is going to get a monitor similar to a Holter but more up to date, I think its called an MCT. That makes this mama feel a lot better. 

Today is another wash-rinse-repeat: housework, laundry, maybe a nap. 

Peace. 

 

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Ted and Tweety, sorry work was SO busy!  Hope you are able to rest.

Ted, I am expecting (hoping to see, that is!) some beautiful fall colors videos, taken by your drone!

Tweety, beach therapy STAT.

BC, enjoy your get-together. 

No Stars, hope Nannie keeps up her walking and perhaps has a mood change?? 

herring, hope you are enjoying cooler-ish weather.  How are the dogs?

Joe, sounds like you have been busy.  I will check out the Three Stooges tonite! 

I didn't sleep well Thurs nite, as when I got home from work I found the cat lying in the litter box.  She was alert but to lie down in the litter box?  Her back legs are quite wobbly.  I lifted her onto the bed, and slept right by her all night, waking many times to check her. 

After work, and supper, dh and I took her to the emergency vet.  She is still there today, looks like chronic renal failure.  Lytes are all off, and are not responding to fluids and other therapies.  Xrays negative. 

Dh was up and down during the nite, fielding calls from the vet. 

I woke up at 6, briefly, then fell back asleep.  Usually I will wake up in 2 hr from that point.  I woke up this time at 1100!!!  Must have been tired.  dh says he slept late too, tired by the calls. 

So, we missed Zoom Sabbath School, which was going to be preceded by a special message from one of our bereavement pastors (who regularly attends the Sabbath School), re: the musician friend who passed.  We are disappointed we missed it.  I have texted a friend asking about it.

Today we just hang out and wait for updates from the vet.  After hearing what dh reported, however, we don't hold out much hope that treatments will help the situation, and tomorrow we will decide if it's more humane to euthanize her. 

Well, sorry to be such a downer.  That's what's been going on, though. 

I hope you have a good day!

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Afternoon all. Well, its official. I will NOT be having elective robotic TAH surgery. Will need to be doing radiation. Too much cardiac risk issues to warrant safe surgery. Oncologist feels we're good for radiation and megace continuation.

With all my crazy health issues I slipped into CHF mid-August. With all my transportation issues, I finally got to cardiology for a nuclear stress test, but ... C O U L D   N O T, in any way shape or form, even lie down on the table for the preliminary scans. Couldn't breathe laying FLAT!!! Totally caught me off guard, altho I was starting to have little 'things' happen all along for a short while. But this nurse missed the BIG PICTURE S&S. I never suspected CHF and it was the failing to even begin the stress test that floored me, and that I pulled all the little S&S together. DUH ...

At least, I was able to get cardiology intervention immed. Personally, I believe my megace was resp for exacerbation of CHF (per its literature). I deal with multiple providers now, so it was NO surprise when cardiology deferred to oncology and oncology deferred to cardiology for definitive intervention at the time. My primary NP got me over the hump and now with increased Lasix and a beta/ACE I'm feeling better. Took a lot of effort to feel better.  And am only beginning to want to talk about it.

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amoLucia, sorry to hear of the delays getting appropriate dx.  Good, though, that you have ppl paying attention now, and are on appropriate treatment regimen.  I hear ya, too, about not wanting to talk about it till you have it sorted in your own brain.  It's hard to face ppl asking questions, second-guessing, etc.  Most important is that YOU have it figured out.  And that the treatment works. 

And yes, most of the time our pts who are truly sick, "know" there is something going on.  Not sure what it is, but they know something is wrong. 

Hope you continue to improve.  ((((((((((((( amoLucia )))))))))))))

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AmoLucia, wow, I am so glad you were finally diagnosed correctly and am being treated appropriately. Yes, CHF can sneak up on you, especially when the disparate symptoms can be attributed to other things. And unfortunately, women have traditionally been dismissed for reports of fatigue and poor sleep. Thank you for sharing!

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2 hours ago, BCgradnurse said:

Tweety-I hope the takeover goes smoothly.  Are you done with your 8 weeks of overtime?

Yes, I finished a week ago but haven't gotten the bonus check yet, but will next Friday.  Remind me to never do that again.

RBG is a huge loss at this time.  I'm trying to hold on to the hope there isn't enough time and that reasonable republicans (there might be one or two) and democrats will stall long enough but there's unfortunately over three months of this year left and the republicans are very shady in getting their way.  Maybe not shady because it's all legal and good, and they don't mind being hypocrites.  Her death has triggered a lot for me so I apologize for that rant.  😞

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