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Thursday January 14, 2021

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Good Morning!

Joe, glad you had a good night sleep and hope that continues.

Stars, so sorry that covid visited your GD.  Mercifully the young are faring well.  I imagine things would have gone differently had the opposite been true about it being us old folks that are hurting.  All the best.

Ted, hope you're enjoying the vacation.

The National Guard showing up to Washington like it's a war zone instead of a celebration of Democracy.  I'll be so glad when this chapter ends, but something tells me Trump and followers and the "patriots" will not be silent and will continue to plague Biden and our society.  

13,000 covid cases here again yesterday.  Soon all of us will be affected.  My hospital is giving out vaccines to the general public but quickly ran out in only two days and had to stop taking appointments.  I'm happy there's a high demand, but saddened there aren't enough to meet that demand.  There are A LOT of over 65 people here and you don't have to live here (snowbirds can get it).  

Work was actually decent.  I wasn't in charge, our secretary is back from maternity leave, and they didn't float anyone and we were staffed well.  It's so rare I have a good day these days.

 

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Good Morning!

It's a quiet 5:27 AM (EST) in the morning, here in this part of the world. Been us since around 4:00 AM, tidying up music projects (fine tuning instrumental levels and EQ-ing levels) with some "fresh ears". After working on a project for hours and hour, I'll put it away for a break then come back to it days or weeks or even months later for "fine tuning".

Yesterday. . . The morning was spent At Work (during my vacation - Whine!!) Actually, I attended an already scheduled in-service on placing Mid-Lines using ultrasound. Basically, it's using newer technology to put in a fancy-shmancy saline well. Confession time. I'm freakin' "Old School" to when it comes to putting in IVs. I go by feel, as well as knowing where those veins can be found in a patient's arm (anatomy). Using a freakin ultrasound probe to find those veins involved a great deal of eye-hand coordination, especially when looking at the ultrasound screen and placing that needle in a patient's arm - at the Same Time! (Ugh!!) This is actually my THIRD in-service, in about 10 years, in using this newish technology. (The first two in-services were PICC Line placement, using ultrasound, of course, which I never utilized in my practice. Yet.) I gotta admit!! I did much better this time around with the eye-hand coordination thing! (I only blew the dummy vein a few times!! LOL!) Of course, Practice Makes Perfect. So, I'll be using this ultrasound thingy for regular saline well, and Mid-Line placement more often now. If/when I "fail", I'm STILL quite good the "Old School" way. LOL! (Even with the more tough sticks!) THAT in-service took up the whole morning. For the rest of the day, I mostly relaxed. Well, I relaxed until I realized, when I gathered enough ambition to put in an outside mailbox, that I did NOT have all of the equipment! The day before yesterday, I purchased a mailbox and a wooden post to put in the ground. Unfortunately, the mailbox required more equipment than what was sold me (I realized yesterday). So, I drove to HomeDepot and purchased all that I needed to put into the ground a mailbox post with mailbox. Of course, the temperature has been below freezing for weeks, now. So, I actually might need MORE equipment to help get through the frozen ground in order to dig a hole for the post.

I am NOT a handyman.

Amy needs this mailbox for work-related deliveries. Apparently her new employer (the insurance company) won't mail stuff to PO Boxes. We've ALWAYS had PO Boxes. ALWAYS, no matter where we lived!

So. . . Today. . . I attempt to be a handyman and put in a mailbox with post, in frozen ground, for the first time in my 60 years of living. This could take all day!! (Whine!) It'll be a sight to behold, for sure! LOL! 🤣 

Later this evening, Amy and will record hymns for this Sunday's on-line church service. THIS is catering to my abilities! LOL! 😛 

Tomorrow. . . I hope to start the process of composing a new composition. I'm nearly half-way through my vacation and I haven't done that yet. 

All in all, though, life is good.  I recently heard the "Ding!" of the coffee maker. So, life is about to get even better! LOL! 😄

I hope all is well with everyone, and that all have a pleasant day today. Peace! 🙂

Ted

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Hi Tweety! 

I see that we started today's Good Morning thread! LOL! Can some moderator/administrator type person merge our threads together?!?

Tweety. . . Without a doubt, these are surreal times. I'm still feeling stung by last week's events. . . feeling stung and angry! Like you, I'll be very happy when this frightening and dangerous "chapter" comes to an end, in one week's time. Glad that your workday, yesterday, was decent. Keep safe, my friend. 

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Tweety glad work has been better, hope things don't get too crazy with Covid

Ted it takes quite a bit of skill to put in those types of line.  Good luck with the mailbox

Herring that is kind of scary, getting threats like that

Stars hope your granddaughter proves to have a mild case

Hi Amo

Pretty good day at work, productive but not too crazy.  Hope that the trend continues.

Sleep trend has continued too, sleeping through the night, and getting up shortly before the alarm.  I think I can declare this insomnia bout over.

After work stopped by the library and the grocery store.  Had to pick up ant traps as well, this is the time of year I start seeing them indoors

Also had our online Bible study, had a new person there this time

Today should hopefully be another productive but not crazy day at work.  Exercise and cross stitch after work

Has been a bit warmer lately, up to 40.  Some rain expected the next few days, hoping it will dissolve all the ice

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GM threads merged.

Good morning to all!  More another time.  Have a good day!

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Good morning-

Another grey, damp day here.  I'd actually prefer some snow to break up the monotony.

Work is busy.  Interestingly, I haven't seen any cases of flu.  I'm hoping social distancing and masks are keeping the numbers down.  I still have not received my Covid vaccine.  RI seems to be a bit of a mess in allocating the vaccine to health care workers.  The big hospital systems have vaccinated their administrative and executive staff who never see patients, while dentists and outpatient providers/staff that are face to face with patients have been unable to get their shots.  There's a lot of outrage.  Also, the governor just accepted a cabinet position with the Biden and Harris administration, so she has no interest in getting involved.  Good times.

Tweety-I think we are a long way away from seeing the end of the political mess in this country.  I actually think it's going to get worse before it gets better.  I hope I'm wrong.

Ted-Good luck with the mailbox!  Pounding things into frozen ground doesn't sound like fun.  You will deserve a treat afterwards!

Joe-I'm glad the sleep issues have smoothed out.

Stars-Sorry to hear about step-GD.  I hope everyone is ok, and she doesn't give it to her mother.  I'm also glad DH isn't going there to visit right now.

Dianah-So sorry to hear about your friend's passing.  

Herring-That is scary about the threats!  I'm glad they found the person responsible.  

Rose-How is kitty doing?

J22 and Amo-hope things are going well for you.

Take care all.

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Stars - I may be wrong re Medicare and respite. My research shows respite seems to come under the wings of HOSPICE. So if they used hospice criteria, she was prob nullified. But I think they were overly critical in their criteria choice.

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Ted, what is a "saline well?

Work today sucks   🤣

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Afternoon! It’s a busy day of orientee check ins... quite a struggle to get these folks to have people sign off their orientation packets that say they’re competent. Because it’s not like we need that documentation or anything to say yes, they can function independently in the role... blah. And that’s if they even bother to show up for the scheduled meeting- I have 3 no shows so far and closing in on another who’s going to be marked as a no show. Double blah  

Things I celebrated yesterday: a formed(ish) poop from Kit Kat! Yes, I truly did get excited over the fact that it was shaped and not a puddle. He’s not a fan of his kibble and only eats a few pieces at a time, but I’m sure the hunger strike will end when he really gets hungry. Unfortunately, he knows what it means when he hears the bottle being shaken, followed by me coming into “his” room to steal him away to the bathroom for the twice daily fight of take this medicine!

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Ugh, poor kitty. I suppose he can't equate the medicine with less cramping and pain. You are a good cat parent.

I have been to the cardiology office twice today, lucky me. First time was for a pacemaker check, when they check the settings, and download data. It was new person who bumped my pacer whilst placing ecg leads and I yelped. It still burns. Then she didn't think she was allowed to give me a readout, which has always been done in the past. I like to review when I've had my episodes of AFIB and what the rates were. So for my next appointment I specifically asked for my regular nurse. I returned 2 hours later for my sister's follow-up after her cardio version. She is no longer in  atrial flutter, so her cardiologist  stopped her Eliquis, and canceled her appointment with an EP, and said to call if she sensed a slow and or irregular rhythm. So that was good news for her. 

I always liked when my patients had a midline, maybe because of working with cardiac patients who were edematous or on coumadin, and placing their third or fourth IV was challenging. 

Dianah, that is very sad about your friend's passing. I have had many family members pass in the winter time, which adds to my seasonal doldrums. 

Tweety, oh my gosh, a fully staffed shift!?! Amazing! Did your travel nurses arrive? 

Stars, doggone COVID is sneaky. I think the younger set are responsible for a lot of spread around these parts. I hope her illness resolves quickly and doesn't go through the whole house. And your hubby absolutely needs to stay away. I should think he is a higher risk of serious illness than daughter. 

Hi Joe. When my eldest lived in Indianapolis he really despised the ice. I hope your work went better than expected. 

Yes, COVID has nuts around here. Our county has the highest rates in the state. Hospital admissions are climbing and I heard that elective surgeries are being canceled. I volunteered to work an extra shift helping with testing on Saturday. 

Take care all. 

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I woke up at 11 AM to hear hubby's smartphone on some kind of domestic terror-insurrectionist's-site...I heard just the narrator's tone of voice, not the words. I went into hubby's room and said, "What is going on?" and he told me that World War III has or is about to start. 🙄 I considered the source (the site) and thought I'd get dressed and go out to get the newspaper. The headlines were "just" news about the second impeachment. And on-line? A very insipid 'discussion' about the fact that Pelosi wore the same black suit for the first impeachment hearing, 🙄  "on the level of Mob-Boss"... whatever that is supposed to mean. Anyway, if the world is so concerned with Pelosi's "Impeachment Outfit", then it's probably safe to think there's no actual, declared World War going on. I don't guess that hubby is whole-hog with the crazies' theories, not totally on their bandwagon, because he said 'they' were saying to fill your gas tanks, and load up on other survivalist supplies, like any and all ammo you can find. He said he isn't filling his gas tank, as he doesn't plan to go anywhere. He is pretty much disgusted not only with the government and politicians, but also with the various extreme militias...ie,trusts no one, because they ALL are messing up the world, he says.

I try to stay out of that loop, and concentrate on the immediate environs ... the house and us three occupants. Although Nannie still thinks this is a boarding house ..."How many people are there out in front of the house?"... as if we have a dozen or so boarders on the front porch, in rocking chairs. "NO ONE, NOBODY, is 'out front', Nannie. NOT A SOUL!" ...which for some reason (or lack of reason) surprises her. Huh!

Tweety, It is good to hear that once in a blue moon, you'll be a witness to, and participant in, having a sufficiently staffed and "Q" shift. I bet it was a big relief! Too much to hope yet that it sets a precedent, I guess. Also, this area of the country is setting very high records for Covid positive tests and deaths ... for something like the 5th consecutive day. 

Ted, Hope your frozen ground has allowed you to finish the mail-box-planting project. Did you have to use a pick-axe? / Facilities need to understand that mandatory in-services should NEVER be scheduled for a person's day off or vacation time. I believe it's akin to being nibbled to death by ducks, to have to go to your place of employment for ANY reason on one's time off.  

BCg , Glad to hear about Kitty-cat's poop! A patient once said, "Huh! You nurses will applaud anything!" when we cheered a post-op BM that was late and reluctant to make an appearance. But it is true! We nurses, above most (except certain bowel-centric folks), understand the importance of the passage of movements; at least physical ones of the colon.

Joe, every time I am about to, or do, type "Hey, Joe..."  ...I hear the rest of that line from a song -- "where'r you goin' with that gun in your hand?" Though you really don't strike me as an armed and dangerous individual!  I know bits and pieces of many song lyrics, which I would start singing if someone said something that clicked in my brain ... and co-workers used to ask me, "Does everything remind you of a song?!?" I tried hard to stop the habit, but every-so-often it still gets me! I don't purposely set out to bring ear-worms to y'all, I promise.

amoLu, Hospice is a great organization, but it seems that they have different criteria from one state to another. Nannie isn't on her last legs physically, so there's no doctor saying whether she has 6 months-to-a-year left to her life, which seems to be a watermark for Hospice services. And they won't send in an aide if she's able to be independent in her ADL's. OH WELL! We will eventually arrange for a sitter for a few hours a time or two a week, but really, where on Earth can we go, except away to shop for groceries and pharmacy runs and the like? We could sit in a parking lot in the car, I guess, like I did that one time when I sat outside a sheriff's sub-station to feel safe. All the nursing and rest-homes here-abouts are gommed-up with Covid, so there is no Nannie-Camp for respite. Anyway., as my Grampa used to say, "It'll all come out in the wash."

I asked hubby what site he listens to on that smart-phone. He said it was a bunch of MAGA-people. NOW, he tells me, the latest thing he heard was that --- as of Monday, "they" are going to shut down all TV's and phones, and the president (Trump) will be flying around in Air-Force 1, I guess to get the 'h' out of Dodge whilst all this takes place. Anyway, I comfort myself that when we went from 1999 to 2000, none of the dreadful predictions happened. I know "this time it's different", but ... I choose to not become entangled in all that is going around. And anyway, how are all those MAGA's going to communicate if everything is shut down? Pffttt. Enough of that.

So far, step-dgt is feeling better, and her 'appetite' allowed her to be eating M&M chocolate covered peanuts when she was talking on the phone with her daddy this morning. And there's no change in her dgt, who still feels "OK". 

 

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Stars - hate to say this, but choc peanuts are sooooo WRONG for step-dtr. Take it from some one with current GI indiscretions from my radiation.  The nuts are prob the worst. Sounds to me, she is like her own worst enemy?!?!? And could she be self-sabotaging?

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