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Good Morning!

It's the "dreaded Thursday" and the OR is full of many admissions coming to us.  The other floor left us.  Apparently, a few grumbled our unwelcoming and unfriendly we were.  Which is baffling because we are the nicest crew.  We had to be inconvenienced by moving our patients and around, getting their whole floor and crew and have them act like they owned they place.  Apparently the big bone of contention was their charge nurses had to work the floor and not be in charge.  We stayed in charge.  It's our floor and we have two wings they aren't used to having two wings.  Why wouldn't we still be in charge?  When we close down for low census in the holidays I expect to work the floor wherever I go and not be in charge.  Sheesh.  Snowflakes.

I had a patient fall right at 18:45 as shift was ending.  I was straight cathing another patient and my coworkers found him.  He was 80 and getting some post anesthesia confusion I'm afraid.  It was escalating as I was leaving.  Poor fellow.  I called his wife and she was distraught "did he have a stroke or heart attack??  Is he dying???"  sigh..... got home after 9pm and a friend wanted to chat and I just couldn't.  Ate and went to bed.  I feel asleep with a book on my chest and the lights on.

We got a new CEO.  She's had a multitude of jobs but her first job was a nurse.  Never knew a nurse work up the ranks to CEO like that.  

Have a great day.   Sorry for the vent but thanks for listening.

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Morning Tweety hope this Thursday doesn't prove crazy

Yesterday was an ordinary day at work, hardly anyone answered my calls except for one person

Met J for dinner at one of our usual places afterwards

Today we have a meeting and the manager is bringing pizza, which is nice.  Will do the grocery shopping afterwards

Was watching a video on embroidery borders, looks interesting maybe I'll give that a try once I"m done with the cross stitch project.

Rain held off yesterday, and should hold off for the rest of the week.  Today will be cooler but it will warm up again the rest of the week

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Morning-

Yesterday was kind of annoying at work.  I had one patient call screaming because she was discharged from the practice for frequent no shows.  Insisted she "would die" if we didn't see her.  Um, she has ragweed and cat allergies.  Hardly a terminal diagnosis.  I stood my ground, the practice manager stood her ground, and she threatened to report us to the state for patient abandonment.  Have at it, lady.  I had another 2 patients who had called in the morning for sick visit appointments, then changed their minds about coming in, but wanted me to call them so we could just do the visit over the phone.  Another big no.  I didn't know either of the patients and we can't bill insurance for "phone visits".  I don't mind answering a question over the phone or preferably, through our patient portal, but I'm not going to spend 20 minutes trying to diagnose someone I have never seen before.  Rant over.  Today will be better.

Tweety-I hope today goes well for you.  I hope your new CEO remembers her roots and advocates for the nurses.

Joe-It's always nice when you're fed at meetings!  My DD is really into embroidery.  Right now she's embroidering nautical and seashore designs on cotton ball caps and she sells them at a weekly artisan market on the island where she's working.  People snap them up.  I hope you enjoy it.

Off for a walk before I head into work.  Hope all have a good day!

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Good Morning -

Tweety - Sounds like you had some weird work shifts, these past couple of days. Hope today is kind to you today. Sad to read about the patient falling at the end of your shift. Glad the patient is OK, though. It's always the end of the shift when crap like that happens, it seems.

Joe - Wow! Having pizza during a meeting! Sounds nice! L O L! Glad that you had a nice dinner with J, last evening. 

BCgradnurse - People need to be responsible for their health issues. They need to take care of themselves, which includes seeing the Practioner as scheduled. Good for you and your office for standing your ground for that habitually "no-show" patient. Geeze! Hope today is kinder to you.

I start my first of three nights in a row. I'm still in a funk over losing Mayson. The house is just so empty and quiet. I'm actually kind of looking forward to going to work tonight. At the very least, it'll take my mind off things.

Yesterday, I got my hair cut. Finally. It looks nice. Wife is pleased. 

Nothing much else going on. 

Peace. . . 

Ted

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Good morning.  

Woke up at 0130, 04, and then finally got OOB at 0523.  I've had my two cups of coffee and am wide awake. 

I am on call until 07.  No calls (so far) overnight.  I'll be helping out my manager who is seeing patients today (my day off) and we are pretty busy so don't want it all to land on her shoulders.  We have no bites on the internal posting for an LVN and/or RN to replace the one who is on disability.  

Loved the video of the two young singers.  Turned it up here in the kitchen. With the door shut so I don't wake up the two men.  (Spidey turns 18 on July 22). 

Tweety - wow, what a shift.  Glad you fell asleep with the book on your chest!  

That's about it.  Hope you all have a better day.

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Morning Tweety. Hope you have better days at work this week.

Glad work is going well Joe.

Sorry those former patients were upset. 

Hi Steph! Hope you find a good nurse to work with.

Today I take husband to the dentist. Yesterday afternoon I took pictures of our nice looking street. We and the city had been filling the same potholes for 50 years. Really!

Here is our house from across the street:

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Here is our street from our yard:

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herring, your newly paved street looks smooth with a capital SMOO. Nice! Any more encounters with the big-dog people? I reckon they've not gotten their invite to come in for coffee...🤣  Hope your hubby gets a good report from the dentist: "Look Ma, No Cavities!" I always hated people who never got cavities, because I had about a million, and I had the World's Worst Dentists who seemed to hate working on kids just as much as I hated going to them. 

Tweety, Here's what my hubby used to say to his co-workers who used to complain about the delivery routes they were given for the chain of supermarkets that covered five states...routes were chosen by seniority. (He was 15th in line to choose his routes): "WAAH-WAH-WAH! CRY-BABY TRUCK-DRIVERS!" So next time your co-workers from the other unit start fussing, say "WAAAH-WAH-WAH! CRY-BABY NURSES!" I'm sure that will go over well.  😡  Yuh, riiiight!  🙄

Oh Ted, I know the 'empty nest' feeling when our pet(s) pass on. I used to take my dog to work with me (home health visits) for 9 years of the 10 years I had him. I STILL have "empty car syndrome". I still cannot drive past a field of cows without thinking of him....he LOVED cows! 

Joe, I think I have mentioned this before, but years ago I worked at a small suburban hospital where my 3-11 charge nurse embroidered a 3 &1/2 foot by 1 & 1/2 foot 'picture' of The Last Supper. I watched it from the first inch by 1 & 1/2 foot strip, and it took her several months to complete. She mounted it on a pale blue background and framed it under glass....and won first prize at the Topsfield (Mass) Fair. It really was something beautiful to see! 

BCg, That cranky no-show patient could always go to the ER if she's a'dyin' from ragweed and cat fur; I hear there is a new use for an old medication that is just the ticket: it's called PLACEBO, or if it is in shot form, Normal Saline. She could have a drive-by appointment, just toss the syringe at her like a dart, as she hangs her upper arm out the window!  And as you aim the syringe, yell, "WHAA-WHA-WHA! CRY-BABY NO-SHOW!"

Steph, I had forgotten that Spidey and I share the same birthday, with just a few years age difference. Happy Birthday to US!

So, yesterday the doc changed Nannie's PM Celexa to an AM Lexipro. We'll see. She had one this morning and got even more chattychattychatty than usual. Still confused though...referred to my hubby's dgt as her (Nannie's) cousin,  from a different town and state entirely.  Okay then!

Weather reports are still telling us we'll be having thunderstorms for the next three days, as was supposed to happen in the past 3-5 days, but I doubt it will happen. One thing is for sure....no more Xanax for Ozzie!

Have to start pre-treating the laundry stains and go load the machine. Wheee! ain't we got phunn?!!!

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When I see the Big Dog people I wave and say, "Hi" without stopping. I heard the guy, who takes turns smoking and speaking Italian on the balcony singing Greensleeves in Italian. I saw all three of them, baby in stroller, and told him I like his voice. He was very happy.

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Hello all!  

herring, your street looks very nice!  And I'm sure the neighbors appreciate your friendliness!

Tweety, hope today wasn't too bad (no getting off at nine pm, and you got your breaks in a timely manner and maybe -- just MAYBE!!  -- had a couple appreciative patients and cooperative co-workers.  Or is it the other way around???)

amoLucia, did you ever start that new topic on the yellow side??  I wasn't able to answer you at the time you asked...

I got off early today to make a 3pm dental appointment.  The hygienist and I discussed this years' vacations, and it turns out she has been on the Alaska Inside Passage cruise, in 2014!  Dh and I and some other musicians are going in Sept, so I got to hear about all the beautiful places and what side trips to take!  Now to talk with dh about what we will do!

After my dental appointment, dh and I met the ds's and dil for Mediterranean food before they plunge back into the mess of packing.  Youngest and his wife are moving to Ohio, so are packing/sending most things via Pod.  We will be helping drive them to the airport tomorrow.  We had a lively chat about TV shows (old: Seinfeld, Frasier, etc; and new: Galavant, Good Omens, The Orville, etc), animals, and whatever.  Driven in a large part by nerves but at least they could be silly, and now they have full tummies to pack with!  Dh and I offered to help but their apartment is so small that two other ppl would hinder rather than help.  We will see them before they fly out tomorrow.  I am a bit down, thinking of their moving so far away, but they must make their decisions and do what is best for them.  Again, I'm sure her family is thrilled they are moving back "home."  😄 😄

Of course, in our dinner discussion popped up the subject of earthquakes.  Dh and I have some emergency food stored, and dh mentioned he would like to get a generator, to run the fridge.  Wouldn't you know, youngest had a generator he would like to re-home???  So we now have a small generator to read up on and for which to procure the requisite gas and oil.  Now, maybe a portable solar cell would be a smart thing to have...  and extra water, and a way to treat water so it is drinkable.  All in good time.

Y'all have a good evening!

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Dianah - due to all the fires last year and the fact the PG&E will be shutting off power in times of extreme fire danger.  They advised us all to get generators.

Initially, they all sold quickly at all the local Home Depot, Lowes, etc. 

We haven't purchased one.  Last year we did fine with 4 days of no power.  We still have water just no hot water heater.  

I'm so glad to have a night off call.  Headed to bed shortly.  I need a full night's sleep. 

 

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