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Thursday March 26, 2020

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Good morning!

Stars, so sorry to hear about Nannie's episode.  

Herring, glad to hear the gang is doing well bowl movement wise and keeping up with one another.  

Ted, sounds like you're making the best of a staycation.  Loved the music.

BC, there's a box at the top of your post and not sure if you were saying anything there, hope you're hanging in there.J22, doesn't sound acceptable that you don't know what you're working.  I understand these are strange times, but hopefully they'll be better organized.  

Not much to report here.  Got a lot of housework done yesterday.  I enjoyed the quick yoga class and I know enough poses to not have to look up at the screen all that much, but the instructor is some eye candy.  

The city and county issued a stay-at-home order.  We don't have many cases but people are not social distancing properly.  It's going to be 90 this weekend and I read on WaPo that heat and humidity may be an unfavorable environment for Covid.  Not enough evidence out there but hooray for global warming.  90 is really not the norm for late March.

I told best friend that with the stay at home order and me working in a hospital that I would see him on the other side of this.  He's such a good influence on me and I'll miss our talks and hope that in solitary my anxiety doesn't get the best of me.  

Hope everyone has a great day.

 

 

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Good Morning -

Tweety - I can't imagine being alone & single and being issued a stay-at-home order. This might sound corny, but how about long phone conversations with your best friends, and family? There is, of course, the internet and the whole "social media" thing. But these are no substitute for human to human contact. Feel free to "Facebook Message" me and others anytime if being alone at home becomes too much.

We're still practicing Social Distancing, verses being issued a Stay-at-Home order. Luckily for us, living in a rural, well-wooded area, it's easy for us to go outside for walks. Yesterday, Amy and I did just that. We did our usual power-walk thing, which is exactly 2 miles long (which includes a steep hill that's about 3/10ths of a mile long, including our 1/10 mile long driveway). The walk makes for a good work-out, especially as we trudge up the hill on our way back to the house. Of course, I balanced the whole work-out thing with spending a good amount of time on my fat butt in front of my computer. Yep. I probably spent about a total of 3 to 4 hours farting around on the internet doing that "social media" thing (punning around on Facebook, sharing photos and music, debating politics, etc.) (Speaking of puns, I do consider myself a great Master Debater, especially to when it comes to politics! L O L! 😄 ) (Sorry for the off-colored humor. All of this "social distancing" is making me a little wacky. 😄 )

As I mentioned yesterday, with all of this extra time that I have being on vacation and "social distancing", I set a goal to do creative things like write music, take photos, and do videography stuff.  So, over the next few days, Amy and I decided to video-record one Too Live Nurse bit. We decided to do "Foley Catheter Insertion: Male", which is one of the bits on our humor album, "Ineffective Individual Coping".  So, last night, we turned our dining room into a video-recording studio, complete with a green screen. This "creative project" might end up looking terrible. But, at the very least, it'll be a fun project to do together. I might take pictures of our green-screened video studio and share them. It took a few hours to transform our room, and it looks pretty cool!

I received an email from my Pastor that "regular" church services will not resume until May. This means no "regular" church service for the first Sunday of Easter.  However, the church services will be broadcasted via the internet using the ZOOM program/App. I'm still reluctant to download the program onto my aging computer (which has sensitive audio/video editing programs loaded in it). However, I'm going to see if a ZOOM app exists for my iPhone, and load it onto the smartphone is possible.


Plans for today will include more farting around on the internet, a walk outside with Amy (possible on a nice near-by nature trail if the weather is nice), and possibly compose a new rock-jazz instrumental, and even possibly start video-recording something fun and funny with Amy (as mentioned above). 

Take care, folks! 🙂

Ted

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Morning Tweety and Ted 

Stars that sounds like a crazy day.  Hopefully placement will happen soon

After remaining calm despite all that's going on, my anxiety has shot up.  Gonna have to make a better effort at controlling it

Did finally cancel my Madison trip

Work was fine yesterday, fairly quiet

After work went out for groceries and to the bakery, came home and went for a walk and worked on embroidery 

Nothing much going on tonight, just the usual walk, exercise, and embroidery

Weather has been warmer lately, though next few days will be rainy

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Morning-

The sun is out.  I hope to get out for a walk after my "shift" is over.  I am with you with the anxiety.  Mine usually is pretty quiet, but it's percolating a bit more these days.  I've decided to minimize the media I'm exposed to.  I just get anxious and scared, not to mention angry.  I'll keep doing what I'm supposed to do, and try to let go of what I have no control over...which is so not me, 😂.

I have been using the Zoom app to work, but also to visit with friends and family.  It's free and very easy to use. 

Ted, there is a Zoom app for the iPhone.  It does help with making the isolation more bearable.

Stars- I hope this latest incident with Nannie speeds up the placement process.  I'm glad no one was seriously injured.  

Tweety-90 in March?  Wow-I hope that does help to cook that stupid virus to death.  How are Waffles and Slowbro getting along?

Joe-Hope you get out for that walk today.

Be well, everyone.

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Last evening my husband answered his phone and soon handed it to me. His friend's wife said, "Herring, are you OK?' I've been so worried." She began sobbing. Then her husband came on the like and told me, "We were bored so we made a pitcher of Margaritas. We've had seven each."

He was loudly apologizing repeatedly. Husband took the phone and let him go on and finally said, "Hang up and charge your phone." He hung up.

Praying that social worker helps fine a place for Nannie soon.

Tweety: for people who live alone this must be lonely. Telephone visits can help. The recent past president on husband's lodge is an 80 something gay man whose partner died a couple years ago. He lives with his granddaughter and her kids. I'm glad they have each other. 

Ted: It's good you will have services on the internet.

Joe: I've long been impressed by your planning.

I should do something with my hands. It keeps me from snacking. My sister does art on her fingernails to keep from eating when she's not hungry too.

BCgradnurse. I find I stay wound up longer after getting upset recently.

What a time this is, even for us, who are doing OK.

 

 

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Just after 1:30 PM. Nannie is still snoring away. I slept on the sofa most of the night, just in case. She got up twice to the bathroom and hardly said anything about her fall. Wanted to know why the bandage was on her arm, and I told her, and her half-awake answer was "Oh."  I'm wondering now if she has taken it off since then ...so we'll see about that later when she gets up.

Someone from the hospital called and they want to send over a Nurse, Physical and Occupational Therapists, and Home Health Aides. Pretty useless, if you ask me, but as a prelude to a social worker's visit, we will roll with it. Because, really, I mean, giving her a bath is the EASIEST thing I do with/for her. She bows up with a million excuses of why she can't do any of the exercises the Phys Th gave her last time she had one come here. Disobeys all her don't's and shouldn't's ... not because she forgets, but because it makes her mad to be told she can't do something. And she won't do what she should. She's a lot worse now, about complying with things, so good luck there. If they want to pay someone to listen to her jabbering for four or five hours, now THAT would be helpful. 

Our good neighbors offered to go pick up our EIGHT med refills at Walmart. At first I said, Naw, not necessary. But then I thought ... why pass up the option to NOT be exposed? So I said, Yes, please, thank-you. We gave them a check and a list of our birth-dates (required). They were doing errands for a BUNCH of people. I told hubby that maybe this is coming back to us from all the times we have helped other people in their times of need. Anyway, I feel better about not chancing the possibility of bringing 'it' home to hubby.

Tomorrow we go to the Imaging place for the C-scan, even if I have to sit in the car. (not sure of their 'other-than-patients' policy) I would like to be there when he talks with the doc, but not sure if that will happen tomorrow or not. He IS coughing less AND less vigorously. I told him I am not keeping count of how many cigts he smokes now, but if he is still experiencing shortness of breath, that might be a clue that he is still smoking too much! Anyway, the same lady who sat with Nannie before will be coming again tomorrow. Even though there's no place for us to go due to the shut-downs, we want to stay gone for 3-4 hours. Not sure if I can convince him to walk in whichever public park may still be open. We may get take-out and just sit in the car, who knows! 

And as my 8th grade Wisconson-born and bred "Home-making" teacher used to say, "Warsh yor hanz!"

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We have now done got us (in English, that is we've been assigned) our very own case manager from the hospital (...not named Joe Nightingmale! 😉) who just called and said she will email me a list of facilities to check out. Apparently Nannie can be placed for 90 days, 'to see how she progresses', and Medicare will pay for it. There will be another case manager who will be covering for the weekend, she said, though what we could possibly need over the weekend beats me! 

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I see where sleeping issues have been a problem for some recently. Me too. So when I have absolutely have to 'shut down' my brain, I find it works if I turn my TV to a channel that plays contemporary music INSTRUMENTAL only. (I HAVE TO have the TV on - it's like a nitelite for me.)  It's odd to hear some contemporary POP music songs as instrumental, like "She Loves You", "Hakuna Matata". I like when they play 40's & 50's stuff - before my time, but my Mom always bought records that I grew up on. I think I know the words to every Andrew sisters. And Big Band.

Anyway, they played a tune I had to YouTube - Roger Whittaker's "Last Farewell". The words were just gorgeous!!! Never really listened/liked it (1970s ish, my time). But now it was really pleasing to follow the lyrics. Only  problem I have with that music channel is that I tend to sing along in my mind when I want to 'wind down'.

Tweety - I live alone; NO mr amo, NO little amos. My family isn't local, but only 1/2 hour or so away. It was an adjustment when I retired, but I do have neighbors (altho no real socializing). So this stay-in-place isn't too bad for me. It's not like strict prison solitary confinement/isolation. But it can be 'alone', not lonely to me.

Stars - I'm not telling you what to do except to go with your gut re Therapy. Not because Nan will be resistive & uncoop, but rather I'd be more afraid to bring strangers into your house & poss exposing her, hubs  you. YOU DON'T NEED THAT RISK. YOU'RE ALL AT RISK. Everything I'm seeing on TV seems to focus on the person spreading 'OUT' more than getting 'in'. That's my concern - I think about what's potentially coming in!! And those SN/Therapy folk are hi-risk bringer in-ers. Let the nurse come in to assess and then decide. But the CNA/HHA can be iffy.

Considering the current times, I think the nurse CM could understand your concern for in-coming risk factors. But by all means, coop with them for a placement for Nan. Be careful about Medicare - maybe it's a new benefit?

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I just got back from a jog in the park and I was relieved that the parking lot was open. Some parks in Seattle are closing the parking lots to discourage large crowds. I did pass other walkers and dog folk, but we all keep our distance and just give a friendly nod. I did the equivalent of a 5 K!

I talked to the crazy one who is at work and is almost as disgusted as me about this bizarro schedule. We keep getting mixed messages about assignments. The state union rep called last night because someone else complained, and union is going to investigate and strongly encourage the powers that be to not just mess up peoples' work schedules because of poor management skills. 

Stars, I am so glad that you and your hubby are safe. It looks like someone other than you has finally recognized that Nannie is a danger to herself and others. She could have pulled hubby over and down the stairs! I think also that Amo has a good point about limiting the amount of others into your home. 

I don't really mind the social distancing thing, either, and Face Time has been fun. Not eating out has been a drag though, and not too many places in our little town have take out. Sometimes I enjoy cooking, but I hate the clean up. I made some spicy Thai chicken with rice last night, and tonight may be a shepherds pie. But for now, I need to get the front grass cut before the rain starts. 

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To tell you the truth, I hadn't even THOUGHT about other people coming in and the dangers of transmission of "the" virus!!!! Well, DUH, Stars! So thanks to amoLu and j22 for that warning! We were going to nix everything anyway, except for the nurse to assess her, and the social worker ... mostly for US! 

Hubby is friends with Nannie's previous PCP, and he talked with her today; she said she would help guide us through this. She knew which homes (on the list the social worker will email me) are good, in other words, good enough that she wouldn't mind putting any of her folks in there. She named the same places that the hairdresser mentioned as being 'good'. The hairdresser has had both parents with Alzheimer's and said she has been to ALL of the facilities and can speak from experience, and knows the worst ones which she says we shouldn't even bother with checking out. 

BTW, Nannie got up at 3:15 PM, said she slept wonderfully well, doesn't hurt a bit anywhere, has no trouble ambulating her usual wobbly way. She said, "I feel like a teenager!" I told her she better not act like one, at the risk of making my hubby APOPLECTIC!

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Facilities are loathe to take anyone new around here.  At first they were asking for two negative covid-19 tests but hospitals had to report them to the state to stop this practice.  Still others are are just saying no to any new admissions.  

LTCs and ALFs are like a fortress now and probably one of the safest places to be.  They all are on lockdown, no visitors, no dining rooms, and staff has to change when they arrive and have their temperature taken.  

We had a patient on our floor that I cared for over the weekend that we sent to the "Carona Floor" as we call it to rule out Covid today.  I'm really sure she's negative, but if she is a whole lot of us have been in contact with her without PPE.  

Currently our burden is relatively light.  We were able to discharge 30 patients from the "Corona Floor" but always a steady amount going in.  I hate to say "thankfully", but thankful in a way that we're unlike New York, that we have only four positive patients.  Three of whom are on vents.

On a positive note a friend of a friend who was on a vent for Covid was successfully taken off today.  

Florida is starting to get a resentment against New Yorkers that are coming down to Florida to escape the virus instead of staying indoors where they are.  Had one that drove his motorcycle down and got in a wreck.  But hopefully it's an overblown myth.  The governor says they all have to self-quarantine for two weeks if they fly in from New York.  Yeah right.  

Sorry for all of this but I have to get it off my mind so I can sleep.

Edited by Tweety

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Tweety, This is such a good place to come and vent; no need at all to say "sorry" about anything you've posted; just get it all out. We each are quite familiar with one or more of the frustrations inherent in our chosen work and maybe in parts of our private lives.

I know I feel better after I spill the insanity of what/who I take care of, what I am living through! What it seems to me is that we all have different circumstances and situations, but we all meet on common ground when we say what we have to, and KNOW there are some folks out there --ie HERE --who  LISTEN and HEAR US, and who understand what we have to put up with just taking care of and being thwarted while trying to take care of our patients, whatever the work-place, by the ever-changing changes and accommodating or protesting the administration,'s latest flight of fancy, and also some of our co-workers, COVID19 , the whole shebang.

There is a justified, very real Love/Hate relationship in the world of nursing careers. 

 

Well, sooo, anyway....

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