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Good Morning!

Happy Father's Day to the father of your children, the father's reading this,  and your father whether here in person or not.  

Stars keep venting.  It's not ever going to get better.

Working today.  I requested not to have the freeloading complaining patient that I gave a lunch to at supper (yeah I was wrong for that, but it was an honest mistake and he didn't die).  My empathy for him sucking up the resources of the good taxers is at it's end.  I'm all for healthcare for all but just don't take advantage, and show some gratitude.  

Anyway, that sounds judgmental, and I hope I'm not like that. 

Hope everyone has a great day.

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Morning Tweety

Yesterday was pretty productive.  Met with the environmental group in the morning, ran some errands, did the cooking, exercised, and then relaxed for the rest of the day.   Didn't go out a lot as it was a pretty rainy day

Today have church then J and I are taking my dad out to brunch for Father's Day.  Will probably spend some time outside after that as the rains have finally stopped.  Will do some more cooking today too, want to try the custard pie recipe again with a few modifications

Not even going to reach 70 the next 2 days.  Has been quite an odd June, lots of rain but no 90s yet

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Morning-

Had a great day yesterday with DS and his GF, and her parents.  Their new place is nice, and it really hit me that he is grown up and launched.  GF's parents are really nice and we all had a great time hanging out in town.  DS and GF live in Portsmouth, NH, which is a beautiful seaside little city.  The weather was perfect, and we had lunch and a drink sitting by the water.  Fiance and I then made our way south as we had tickets to see David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young). We had dinner at a funky little place that recently had a bit of local infamy.  The owners displayed a rainbow flag for Pride month, and a now former patron vocally and publicly expressed his extreme displeasure over the restaurant allegedly "promoting poor morals and a sinful life style".  The restaurant owners told him they would not remove the flag and could take his business elsewhere.  Of course, that made me want to give this this place my business!  The food was sooooo good.  Fiance talked me into sharing a scorpion bowl with him.  I'm not a big drinker, and this was a lethal combination of rum and fruit juices.  I had a couple of tacos (shrimp and crispy pork belly) for dinner, but lost all my will power and split a deep fried Fluffernutter sandwich with Fiance for dessert.  It was heavenly.  I'll be eating lettuce for a week to repent for that.  The concert started out well, but David Crosby had only played 6 songs when he said he was not feeling well and intermission would be early.  He never came back on stage and it was announced that the rest of the concert was canceled.  He's had a lot of wear and tear on that body, and I hope he's ok.

Tweety-Hope today is better, and you don't get that patient again.  

Joe-Enjoy your time with your dad.  Hope the pie turns out well.

Happy Father's Day to all the men who have been important in the life of a child.  That goes for pet dads, too.

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Tweety: At least you didn't have to take care of that rude guy.

Joe: your Dad is fortunate to have you as his son! What a productive weekend you are having! Husband and I plan to meet son, DIL, and her father at a restaurant called "Killer Shrimp" for brunch today.

BC: In 2014 our daughter and I attended a concert with Steven Stills, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, and others where they announced that David Crosby was too sick to perform. He has been through a lot healthwise.

Yesterday we had a good time at the Star Trek Discovery exhibit. We say the costumes and props from the show. There were many VR headsets to try. It is very disorienting. Turn around or look up or down and it is just like being on the bridge of a starship or on another planet. I didn't take a step because it would be too easy to bump into someone.

I had parked early so took a long walk. I was wearing the long sleeve tee shirt version of the Discovery uniform. A tall young man with beautiful wavy turquoise hair said to me, "Do you know that is a Star Trek shirt you have on?"

I said, "Yes, I'm going the an exhibit at the museum at noon."

He said, "If you start watching you will get hooked."

I said, "I was "hooked" a long time ago."

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Good morning!

Not sure what the day will bring.  Husband is out on a tractor, which is his idea of heaven.  He retires this year from being the Mosquito District Manager and will do farm work for a local farmer.  The farmer is grateful for someone who actually knows what they are doing.  Farming CAN be a lost art.  

herring - I love Star Trek and Star Wars.  As you know.  Glad you had fun.  

BC - that dinner sounds wonderful.  I almost. . . almost fell off the low carb wagon when my son brought home a watermelon for his dad.  But . . . it ended up looking kinda mushy so I didn't succumb.  

Headed to church shortly.  Not sure what the day will bring.  Hope you all have a wonderful day. 

Happy Father's Day!

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Yes Nel, that is me. At the time my laptop crashed I hadn't backed up my files in about 1 year so I lost a lot of user names and passwords. I don't even remember what my screen name used to be. I lost all my bookmarks too--it makes me sick every time I think about it. I had hundreds and hundreds. I was sick in 2017 and 2018 and the loss of all the saved sites about things related to my illness is what really gets me. 

I got my tire and got that out of the way. All I have left to do chores-wise is vacuum the inside of my car--it's a mess. I may watch a movie tonight. I was thinking I would go to one in a theater but decided to be lazy instead. The one I wanted to go to was the Biggest Little Farm. I know several people on here like to go to farmer's markets. It's probably your kind of movie. It's a documentary about a husband and wife who decide to buy land and create a farm.

Of to my car vacuuming.

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I hope the new job works out for you, nursesae.

I saw a preview for "The Biggest Little Farm," and thought it would probably be too sad a movie for me to watch.

Yes, Happy Father's Day to all the men who nurture, in this life.

Didn't David Crosby have a liver transplant, years ago? Gosh, he has got to be well into his 70s, by now. No wonder he is tired.

Sorry your concert was cut short, BC.

Glad that restaurant owner won't let bigots dictate their business model.

Yeah, working will adults will wipe out your capacity for compassion, Tweety.

One of my developmentally delayed patients, is as sweet and polite as anyone can possibly be.

The other, the one that required the two units of blood, is rude and ungrateful.

My formerly 600 pounder, who is now probably a mere 350+, is also ungrateful, and literally doesn't attempt to help facilitate any movement.

This guy is under the age of 30, and has two gaping wounds on one of his thighs, from skin breakdown caused by the tremendous amount of fat.

I am still stunned, that I worked so hard, in order to have a job that is soul sucking in nearly every way.

A cage I built myself.

Of my eight core patients last night, two are "normal," in that you treat them respectfully, and they treat you respectfully back.

And our entire unit is that way! It is not that I have "bad" patients.

My patients are very typical.

Stars has Nannie.

I have work.

Looking forward to four days away from the place!!!

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Nel, have you considered something other than direct patient care? I went to nursing school at age 43. I didn't know anyone who was a nurse but did a lot of research beforehand and knew there were lots of options for types of places to work. I'm glad I did it but I never dreamed direct patient care would be what it is. I despised it. Many times when reading on this board I lightly skim over parts where people talk about their shift because I dislike reading it so much--it's like I have mild PTSD or something. It just confirms for me that nothing has changed. I got my minimum 3 years experience in the hospital that everyone seems to want and then got out. I can't imagine ever working in-patient again. Although there were bad patients here and there for me it was the disregard for patients by management, the lack of staff one day and being called off the next due to a lack of patients and the 12 hour shifts. I could go on and on. I think if I had become a nurse back when there was paper charting and 8 hour shifts I may have been better able to handle how things are today.

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55 minutes ago, nursesae said:

Nel, have you considered something other than direct patient care? I went to nursing school at age 43. I didn't know anyone who was a nurse but did a lot of research beforehand and knew there were lots of options for types of places to work. I'm glad I did it but I never dreamed direct patient care would be what it is. I despised it. Many times when reading on this board I lightly skim over parts where people talk about their shift because I dislike reading it so much--it's like I have mild PTSD or something. It just confirms for me that nothing has changed. I got my minimum 3 years experience in the hospital that everyone seems to want and then got out. I can't imagine ever working in-patient again. Although there were bad patients here and there for me it was the disregard for patients by management, the lack of staff one day and being called off the next due to a lack of patients and the 12 hour shifts. I could go on and on. I think if I had become a nurse back when there was paper charting and 8 hour shifts I may have been better able to handle how things are today.

So what kind of nursing are you doing nursea?  

I was around when there was paper charting and 8 hour shifts, and things were no better then.  At least at the facility I've worked at the last...cough...cough...27 years....It was bad then and it's bad now. 

Here I sit at 10pm having dinner after a long 14 hour shift.  Nothing horrible, just a busy group of five, discharged two and got one in, plus I was charge.  They floated two nurses off to another unit and left me short a nurse so I had to take a full load.  Guess that's why I make the big bucks.

My problem is, I don't hate it, and can't imagine a job where I don't have 4 days off a week and am not in motion.  Maybe when I age, but I just turned 60 and am not ready to leave the bedside just yet.  But it is a bit demoralizing to have so few "good days", and see what the baby boomers have become...a bunch of whiny, cry baby entitled, opiod tolerate sick folks.   The boomer aged guy that refused to leave was saying "you guys take an oath to take care of people, and you don't even do it".  Forget you.

My two best patients were millennials.  One was a 26 year old with a kidney stone that said as she was leaving how wonderful everyone was and this was now her hospital of choice.  Another was a 36 year old that was a nurse, but the sweetest patient I've had in a long time.  The elderly I can stand, but my own generation...forget you.

BC, sorry to hear the concert was cut short.  He he's okay.  Like you said, he's put in a lot of miles on that body.  He hasn't looked healthy for a long time.  Guess you remember he's the father of Melissa Etheridges ex-wife's children when they were married back in the day.

Happy to be off for three days.

Steph, hope the day brought you good times.

Joe, hope you enjoyed Father's Day with your dad.  I think it's cool that you guys meet up so often.   

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Yeah, Habby Fahddeh's Day, to those whom it may concern. 

Was p.o.'d, dismayed and depressed to wake up with much of the former pain(s) that I had prior to L3-L4 laminectomy. Not really as bad as before, but for many of them to even be there at all was horrible. 

[Gasp, Limp, Hobble, Wince, Grunt.]   GADS!

So,  I contemplated consulting with the Spine guy's PA, for maybe a PT referral to their own PT dept. I would want to go very slowly and gently and avoid pushing too far too soon.

Heck maybe I need an arthritic specialist; nah, don't want any more drugs that prolly wouldn't work and or would put me in another episode of Serotonin Syndrome.

Maybe I need a psychologist to help me learn to just suck it up and tolerate pain for the rest of my life, 'cause I'm not the only one in the world who must do so. I met a pt briefly one time who had SEVEN kinds of arthritis! God Forbid!

 It seems there are normal-activity things I do which sets my lower back hurting...grocery shopping,  pushing the cart, carrying shopping bags, taking laundry baskets up and down stairs. Doing hubby's and my laundry, emptying all of the trash bags and pup-pee-pads, wastebaskets....

It is not horribly hard work, but the subsequent effects are discouraging. And what's the difference between hubby pushing himself too much and his physical problems getting worse, and me doing the best I can, but not being easy enough on myself as I might should be. Two 'retired people' with their own health problems standing by in the wings while this crazy lady.... well, you KNOW about HER!

If I sleep on my left side, the pains are decreased from the way they are when I roll over on my right side to give my left side a rest. My shoulders hurt, sometimes I get kind of a sharp, hot jab on the top of the right shoulder; the upper-arm muscles hurt and have hurt for a l-o-n-g time, the right elbow, wrist complain, and I think I have a small ganglion cyst in the middle of my right palm which makes the tendons on the back of my right hand go TWANG! PINCH!  The thigh muscles, knees...especially the right one, shins and ankles ache-ache-ache-ache.  Erratic Spasmazools of the hip and lower back.... *sigh*-----OW!----OW! ----ow, dammit.

It strikes me as very odd that 1300 mg of generic Tylenol gelcaps take 4-5 hours before I start to feel things ease off, but that's how it works on me. Go figure. I know the pain is from a degenerative disease process and won't improve, but I sure would like to be able to tone it down, y'know? I am too young to be falling apart yet! I hate whimpering, whiny old lady patients and I am starting to sound like one. 

When hubby, Nannie and I were out of the patio having our afternoon coffee and watching all the birds at the bird-feeders.....Ozzie was barking, so I went in to see what his problem was. Hubby says that after I went inside, Nannie then said to him, "R___, who was that woman who was just sitting there?" 

He tells her, "I'm not R___, I'm your son B____. That woman is my wife, S_____."

"Your wife?

Uh, yeah, we will have been married 30 years in December...

So, I really DO know it won't get any better. I am much better at letting so much of it slide now, not feeling the urge to explain or straighten ideas out or any of that. 

I still want to get hubby a t-shirt that says "I'M RIGHT HERE." because of how many times I am daily asked by Nannie, "Where's B_______?"  -or- "Who is he talking to?"

It's quite usual for him to be talking to one or both of the dogs, or he's on his phone. She's afraid someone is outside or upstairs talking with him and she is missing out on something. I do a lot of "I dunno" shrugging. 

Tonight she did a 'quick' laundry at 10:40 PM....in which 3 pull-ups had been washed and shredded....cotton blobs everywhere. And she wanted my hubby to clean it all up. Tonight! Now!

She had a cow when he said no, it can wait until morning. Ppffttt. Reckon I may be taking on another laundry client one of these daze.

Oh gawd, hush my puppies! It's midnight. 

 

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes

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Just FYI - David Crosby was sperm donor for Melissa Etheridge a few years ago. I recognized his name but couldn't remember for what. I knew him from the hippy dippy days with S N & Y. But I googled him for whatever else it was that I remembered he did. I think he did some other 'donation' for which there was a real big woopie when it was determined that he donated for someone elso.

To my sistah,  NSIME. I just want to reach out & give you (((hug))) . Your trials & tribulations re Nan's care are close to heart breaking because sadly, more is yet to come. Please do what you have to give yourself some respite time. And for your Hubs too.

Personally, I find Tylenol doesn't really help me much. I used to use motrin, but had to switch off permanently due to kidney issues. Boy, do I feel the difference! I find now a little flexeril really helps for anything I think is muscular.

 

 

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So good to see you amoLucia!  I mentioned the sperm donor for Mellissa Etheridge the other day as well.  I'm not necessary a huge fan of his music, but remembered that.  

Stars, so sorry you're hurting again.  Ugh.....

I've had a good day, that included a nice long nap and feel great now.  I'm settling down for dinner (a brown rice noodle Asian dish I made with tofu and mushrooms.  So happy I get to eat carbs and stay relatively stable weight.), will walk SlowBro and then read for a while.  The nap will probably ruin my sleeping well tonight but it felt good.

 

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