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Thursday April 16, 2020

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Good morning!

Steph, good to hear from you.  Sorry Spidey is so bummed but glad you live in a low hit area and he can at least work and get together with friends and get out that energy.  Here kids are stuck indoors or just are just defiant.  

I had a decent day off.  DIdn't have much to do.  My unit is closed but we're getting work.  Apparently other units have people that want to take a day off here and there.  Especially mothers homeschooling and we're taking their hours.  Today I'm working the trauma unit.

Things continue to look grim overall here in Florida with another near 1,000 positives and the death rate climbing.  A local nursing home had to send all their residents to the hospital and close due to getting hard.  The many long term care facilities are more of a battle ground than hospitals right now.  Not sure what the hospitals they sent them too can do, other than try to place them elsewhere but it's probably the best idea for now.  Hope that doesn't over run the hospitals with not-so-sick but positive patients, but those patients can turn in a minute so the hospital is safer.

Working the med-surg trauma unit today.  So far used only about 15 PTO hours due to low census.  

Hope everyone has a great day.

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Morning Tweety, glad you're getting some hours

Work was good, I had time to do some online education.  Thinking today willl be similar 

Did some grocery shopping and exercised

Was glad to hear our local bookstore not only had success with their Go Fund Me but got so many online orders that their system crashed.  Wouldn't want them to close

Rain and possible snow late tonight

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Good Morning -

Tweety - Thank you for starting off today's "Good Morning" thread. By the way, the date is Thursday, April 16, 2020 (not April 15th). My good friend, it seems that we must all give you a really big calendar with large lettering to display in your home. L O L! 😄  Hopefully, a moderator-type of individual can "fix" the date on today's thread?!? However, it is really sad to hear about the number of Covid-19 related deaths that Florida is experiencing. It's sad and wildly profound.  Our state's governor has been giving us a daily account to the dreadful impact of this virus to our state's citizenry. The daily deaths in NYC is sobering. It continues to be high. As our governor says each day, hopefully we all can learn from this so that, if/when it happens again, we're better prepared (and not repeat the deadly mistakes taken this time around). 😞

Joe - Nice to read that work was good to you, yesterday. Hopefully it's kind to you today. And, hopefully you WON'T get snow tonight. It is Spring Time, after all!

Steph - It was so good to hear (read) from you last evening! Sad to read about "Spidey", though. He deserves to experience the graduation ceremony. (Maybe his school can do something at a later, safer date??) But as you know, these are extraordinary times. I was struck to read that Spidey will be graduating. For some reason, I still think of him as a little kid, when you first shared about him soooooo many years ago. It struck me that many of us have been members of this bulletin board for sooooo long! Although you're probably more active on a daily basis to other parts of this huge bulletin board, I do hope you come back to the "Good Morning" thread more often. Peace to you and your beautiful family, Steph!

Well. . . It SNOWED last night!! When I woke up and looked outside the bedroom window, it was hard NOT to notice the damned white stuff on the trees and ground. Looks like we got between 1 to 2 inches of this white stuff! Doesn't the weather know that it is supposed to be Spring and NOT Winter?!? (Whine!!) At least the sun is out. Hopefully the temperature will increase and melt the snow.  Amy's flowers were (are) beginning to sprout, and the brown-looking grass of Winter Time was (is) turning green. (Yesterday, I told Amy that I'll be mowing the lawn soon!! Whine!) It does look pretty outside, though, especially with the sun out.

Yesterday, Amy and I took a lovely hike in the woods, starting just behind our house. As shared here before, we live in a rural area where the woods can go on for miles and miles. Well, we didn't hike for miles in the woods. But we hiked long enough to come across a really lovely vista that showcased near-by hills. Actually, I've been to that spot before. However, it was Amy's first time. She was as impressed as I was when I first saw such a lovely landscape. Getting to that spot wasn't far, at all. It was about 1/2 hike in the woods. And, the hike started, literally, from our back yard. 🙂


Today. . . Amy and I are re-arranging the second floor of our house. (The things one can do during these "stay-at-home" times!!) We have a four-bedroom home. We decided to make one of the rooms a dedicated video-studio!! (I honestly don't remember if I shared this to you all, here, before. Please forgive me if this is "old news".) In order to do this, we'll be switching bedrooms, and moving my current audio-video editing studio into a small room. This will free up this larger space to become the dedicated video studio. We're even going to paint the the video studio walls "Chroma-Key Green" so that we can do special video effects. Cool, ain't it?!?!? We think so! L O L! 😄 So, we'll be busy all day, today.

Tomorrow. . . starts the 1st of working three nights in a row. I'll probably be floated down to the ER again, at some point. It's not my favorite place to work. (If I wanted to be an ER Nurse, I'd be an ER Nurse!) But, such is life, working for my teeny-tiny hospital. The ICU Nurses, especially, are the Float Pool. (Just pay me Thursday!!)

Be safe, folks! And, Peace! 🙂

Ted

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I can't believe I messed it up again.  That's three times out of four, so in lieu of that incompetence I will no longer be starting the thread.  Yeah, I'm sure you're broken up about it.  😂

I'm in med-surg hell.  They switched me at the last minute because a coworker had car trouble and couldn't come in.  I am getting a lunch break right now, but I am really far behind in charting.  It's just one thing after another after another after another and unable.  Plus I have one coming from OR which will make 6:1 ratio.  Really?

 

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Today I plan to mow the back yard again. It is now almost five ft. of pig weed in places. Rain is predicted for tomorrow. The front can wait. 

Husband was just on the phone with his friend bragging that the steel cut oatmeal with dried fruit is so good he hasn't needed prune juice for almost a week. 

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We put the "magic blanket" on Nannie after she had her breakfast, and she slept for almost two hours; that's why we call it 'magic'!!!

I read today's entries and am struck by how ambitious some of y'all are; feeling sluggish, myself. But my mood has picked up a bit since we got our gov't checks for $1,200/each.  So, I think tomorrow I will clean out my van. Some of the stuff in it has been there since we moved, nearly two years ago, so obviously there's nothing too important in there...but it's gotta be cleaned out. Don't know if we will be trading it, or selling it to the car-crushing junk yard, or what. Hubby suggested selling it for $800, but I would not feel right about selling it if it needs transmission work, unless someone would WANT to buy it in that condition. It still drives and handles really nicely, a smooth ride. But it'll need new tires soon, and the ceiling-lining is drooping, the dashboard has a long crack in it; I mean it is a 2004, so it has a bunch of stuff that is not in sterling condition. Also, I think it has something like 168,000+ miles on it. And transmission work, especially a replacement, can be very expensive, and my conscience would bother me if we just unloaded it on someone.

Nannie's car is still running without the check engine light coming on! Hubby took his Toyota truck out and put that sea-foam stuff in the gas tank with some high-test gas, and changed the air filter, and now IT is a happy vehicle, too, and is not showing that dern check engine light either!

After I get through eating lunch I will call the CU up in the mountains and talk to them about how to go about closing out my accts there.  I don't know if they will transfer the $ in my acct to our 'new' bank, or send me a check for the balance; we'll see what they say. Then, after all that is done and we get our new bank's checks delivered to us (5-7 business days), we can begin seeing about getting me a NEW (ish?) auto...so, as hubby puts it, "at least we will have ONE non-junker car to drive, that will be covered under a warranty."

That's all for now....

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NSIME - you might want to try contacting those "Donate to ..." organizations.

Sometimes they fix them up for resale to auctions who then resell again.

They provide pickup and handle all the details of a sale.

They gave me a check and then when my car was sold, I got the difference.

Might be something to look into.

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Hey folks! Isn't today the 16th???

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Good afternoon!

Yup, it is the 16th.  I only know that from looking at my computer.  We also woke up to a bit of snow today, but it didn't stay around.  It was raw and windy all day, and I didn't feel like walking outside.

I've been fairly busy with work.  I find working from home tiring.  I think it's because I'm also doing a lot of administrative things I don't normally do, like fighting with insurance companies for prior authorizations.  I certainly appreciate our support staff a lot more now.  We have tentative plans to re-open the office for limited visits on May 11th.  We'll have to see how things go.  I live in MA and work in RI.  RI hasn't been hit too badly, but MA is #3 in cases right behind NY and NJ. There are more and more cases and deaths every day. I don't think we've hit our peak yet.  My BFF buried her mother yesterday.  I felt very badly that no one but she and her husband and kids could be there.  We are under a shelter in place recommendation, but not an order.  I don't leave my house, other than to take a walk by myself.  I did go for a short car ride today just to keep the battery charged.  

I also feel bad for all the seniors.  I hope that some of the schools will have celebrations or ceremonies later in the summer when things are safe.

Tweety-Glad you got  some hours.

Joe-Hope winter stays away from your area.

Ted-NYC is a scary and sad place right now.  Have fun arranging your studio!

Herring-Hope the mowing goes well.  Do you have any issues with ticks in your area?

NSIME-Glad the cars seem to have recovered with their miracle treatment.  How's DH feeling?

Hi Amo-hope you're having a good day.

Time to make dinner.  See you tomorrow!

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1 hour ago, amoLucia said:

Hey folks! Isn't today the 16th???

Yes it is. Sorry, today's time traveling has now ended- I fixed it for ya!

It's been busy but not busy at work if that makes sense. We're seeing the COVID patients but with no elective surgeries, it's not like the OR is hopping. I find this more exhausting than busy for my department days! It's also an eerie ghost town- nurses who have critical experience are MIA (because they're in critical care shadowing or taking patients) and many others are still low censused. I just want to sleep when I get home from work and lack the energy to do what I should be doing. I haven't cooked a real meal all week, but frozen French bread pizza is delicious and minimal effort soooo... I can live with that.

Hit the 6 month mark of losing my mom on Tuesday. That was not an easy day. For the most part I've been dealing pretty well, but not that day. I still have voicemails on my phone that I just can't delete.

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Ugh, another bizarro day at work. We have a Go-to-Meeting virtual huddle twice each day to find out our assignments. I was supposed to be on testing, but with no tests to do, I was oriented to "Nurse Consultant". This is the person that gets all calls regarding testing. Many of them were turfed to providers because we are trying to get them to evaluate and make the decision to treat. They have a form they are to complete and fax to us, but many continue to tell the patient to call us to arrange testing. Many are calling to get results, but another person has the giant stack on their desk who is going through them and calling. We got at least 2 calls from people wanting testing to demonstrate they are not infectious, but for now, the state Department of Health is not recommending that. And one person wants antibody testing, but our little health department isn't doing that either. I had a doctor appointment this afternoon, that I told my manager about last week, and then I brought it up in the huddle both times, but when I returned 3 people were up in arms because I wasn't at my desk, saying they didn't know where I was. Did anyone check my Outlook calendar? I was gone a WHOLE HOUR, OMG, the world is going to collapse! 

Anyway, it's been a beautiful day, I took a quick stroll around the block with my mask on. Time to go home and unwind, without this bloody mask on. 

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Big TV news concerning a NH in Andover,  New Jersey. I've been there. Heartbreaking story - but there needs to be information made public before casting stones.

My sister was trying to sew some face masks - CANNOT find elastic for the earloops. She wound up going to Amazon - backlogged and products all coming from China and expensive.

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