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Thursday September 23, 2021

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Good morning!

Stars, chronic bronchitis is no joke.  Do you have convenient care clinics other than an ER he could go to if he can't wait?  If he needs steroids and/or antibodies he shouldn't wait.  These days of course the first thing they will do is test for covid.  If you haven't sent the cards to Herring yet, please give her my best.  Thanks for the advice on the patches.

Joe, never heard of Hobbit Day.  For some reason I wasn't a fan of his work.  I should get into it or at least the movies.  Good luck with the weight loss.   I can't fast.  Congrats on completing that.  Good luck at your new job.

J22, sorry you're down in the dumps.  Hope your husband's work stress lessens.  With places being short staffed, and with them getting sick with covid, it seems management is under a lot of strain these days.  

My back felt okay without any ibuprofen or creams. Some minor twitches here and there but I'm very stiff.  We'll see how I do at work, but I'll make sure I bring my ibuprofen.  I think I have some Volteran cream.  I used it on my neck years ago and got some earlier in the year that my doc recommended for my hand problem.  Which by the way is greatly improved.  My hand is sore and stiff in the morning but the rest of the day I don't notice it.  I continue to exercise it.

It's back to work for me.  I've been off since Sept. 6th.  A nice stretch of days off.  I didn't sleep well and am exhausted.  Nothing like coming back from a vacation tired.   Felt like I couldn't sleep anymore so got up thinking the alarm was about to ring and it was 3:30 so I made myself lie down.  Finally dozed a bit and got up around 4:40.  This even with a klonopin and muscle relaxer.  Going to wean myself from taking so much klonopin.  It's more effective when I need it if I haven't been taking a lot.  

I'm making progress on a mammoth (for me) 575 page novel called "Florwer of Iowa" about a young homosexual in World War I.  It's not a page turner but interesting enough to keep me at it.  Have about 100 more pages to go.  I've been reading it since early July.  I used to read a lot more than I do.  Lately I've preferred watching movies.

I got an Amazon order and opened it and found some sort of mayonnaise salad dressing and noticed three packages addressed to my neighbor so I brought it over to them.  They weren't home to ask if they got my oder which Amazon says I got.  So I left it on their step.  Ugh......

Found out a woman I went to high school went died of Covid.  She was still living in my hometown, where my parents are.  They are seeing a rise in cases.  

The news is better here in Florida with cases dropping but we'll find out tomorrow with our weekly report how it's going.

 

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Tweety hope you sleep better tonight, glad the back is better

Stars good idea to have something to hold onto in the shower

NJ22 hope you feel better.  Likely the wedding will help

Amo I have heard that OTC Voltaren can help

Another fairly slow day at work.  Finally we're going to begin today the training specfic to our jobs.  Next week we'll have formal classes too.  Will be good to get started with that

Disappointed that since the end of  April I've apparently gained about 14lb, a third of the weight I had lost.  Probably related to the fact that I haven't weighed myself since the end of April, and have not been as faithful to the diet in recent months.  Will restart the diet and make a few improvements, will also start weekly weights.  Hope to get rid of the extra weight by the end of the year

Yesterday was busy.  After work went to the grocery store and the library.  Would've gone to the bakery but apparently they've closed.  Disappointing, though I can still get bakery stuff from Trader Joe's and Jewel.  Had our bell choir and regular choir practice.  For some reason I was struggling a bit with bell choir, perhaps my hands need more practice.  Regular choir is mostly helping the congregation with some new hymns

With one exception.  Our interim minister leaves after this Sunday, and is a big Disney fan, so just before the postlude the choir is going to sing When You Wish Upon a Star

Cool this morning, in the 50s and only getting up to the 60s.  Have to have the electric radiators out as I don't think the building heat is on, or perhaps I don't have it set quite right

 

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Am interested to follow how all you others sleep of (or not). For some time, I've been sleeping in spurts, but OK. Well, this morning my O2 concentrator just pooped out. Nothing to revive it. Had to switch over to the big cylinder which seemed 'low' on PSI. So I could just snooze off right now, but I'm awaiting Meals-on-Wheels. Then Lasix Time.

Joe - I know your weight struggle. Been fighting that battle myself for some time.

stars - be careful re those 'suction' grab bars. I believe the box will warn against holding for too much support as the suction may give way (and down you'll go). How's Nan's foot? I'm mailing you (&her) another card. Hope it'll be calm.

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Good Morning! Well, it WAS morning when I woke up at 10:30 anyway. Even though I really wanted to go back to sleep, I am going to try NOT sleeping until noon every day. Now it is almost 1 PM. Time flies. It is a beautiful, gorgeous day of blue skies and not one single cloud anywhere. In the shade it is chilly, but in the sun it is hot. Not sure what the 'ultimate' temp will be, but it will be reasonable if only because IT ISN'T HUMID!!!! YAY!

I did find herring's address. In my sleep I remembered that I have saved addresses in a very old, brown, cardboard cigar box. When I got up, I went straight to the box, and there was herring's envelope (to me) right on top of the rest of the addresses I saved. For some reason I haven't used my address book. Well, I think that's because at one point in time, I didn't have enough personal mail in the SnailMail box to make saving addresses worth it; in other words I was embarrassed to have an address book with only four entries in it! Imagine feeling embarrassed by yourself, because who else would know my lack of correspondents? I am one of the very, very few who enjoys writing letters. I guess you can tell that by the length of many of my posts here.

Tweety, I think the PCP's office has an urgent care type facility somewhere, but since they have changed to a different group name (as has the hospital it is grouped under) I'm not sure if they have one or not. The office never mentioned that option to hubby when he was trying to get in to see someone. Anyway, I found out he was out of his ...Respimat?...inhaler, and once I brought him the refill from the pharmacy yesterday, voila! Easier breathing and reduced coughing. DUH!  But he is still going to the appt he made and if he gets someones cancelled appt time, he is going to go then... IF I have anything to say about it, that is. (Goes along w/ him telling people he is so glad that his wife is a nurse. Fat lot of good that is when he doesn't pay attention to what I say and seldom does what I recommend!) // I alternate between reading only books, with only reading magazines. Watching movies, we found out, is VERY difficult for Nannie, and since she is ALWAYS in the den with the TV, there is no sense (or pleasure) in trying to watch a movie. For instance, when we watch the news or weather, we always have to explain to her that the particular new story or weather report does not mean it is happening here in our neck of the woods. And she has started getting news reports on crime confused with the detective/real crime shows she likes to watch. She does seem to enjoy the sequence of how the detectives follow their clues to solve the case and when/if/how they find the "PERP"! She'll say, "Boy, they are really smart, and they don't give up, do they!"

I think I read that this county had, um, 30,655 cases of COVID, but don't know the period of time that number covers, so I don't know if it's up or down. They have said that most all of the hospitalized patients with COVID are (heavy, threatening music goes with this part:) THE UNVACCINATED!  That sounds like a horror movie title, instead of just the horrible truth.

I read this morning on a news feed that UPS has a severe lack of personnel to sort and deliver packages, and they are expecting things to be much worse with the coming onslaught of Christmas deliveries. (Send your packages NOW, I say! Maybe they will arrive by Easter!)

For some reason I can't get the little black bar on the right of my post to allow me to go back up in this post I am writing right now. So if I repeat myself more than usual, go with it, okay?

Joe, I am watching my serving sizes and trying consciously to ease way back on the simple carbs, and hoping the last few 3 & 1/2 lbs will melt away, and THEN I pray that I can continue to lose a little at a time until 10 more lbs are gone. Would be nice. We'll see.

Thanks, amoLu, I have bought those suction-cup bars for many of my patients, and am well-versed in their 'issues'. F'rinstance, you DON'T put them of a wet surface, like after the shower has been running; if so they will not get good suction and will slide right down the wall. I did try once at a patient's house, when I put the thing on the dry shower wall, to tug heavily and then pull down, and it took a good bit of weight before one of the two suction cups started to give it up. I just want to have something to hold on to to steady myself if I start to get dizzy when I tip my head back to rinse my hair. I wouldn't expect it to hold my weight. Besides which I will have taken my diz-pill and waited for it to work well. I have already learned to move more carefully, NOT do certain 'automatic' head motions, and I do, now, STOP immediately what I am doing, if the diz even thinks of starting. Of course, it does still catch me by surprise every once in a while, at which time I softly say oooow! .....And come to a full and complete stop, and 'put my tray in an upright position.'🙂

Okay, it has been maybe three hours since I started this post, and I still can't go back up to see if I made any horrendous spelling errors or repeated myself un-necessarily, so I will go UN-henceforth and 'pluck' the Submit Reply Indicator (smirk) to send it along to y'all.

I'm sure I will stop by later-----

 

 

Joe, If I had known it was Hobbit Day, I could have removed my shoes to reveal my large hairy feet! (No, I don't really have hairy feet!

 

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stars - what about one of those shower benches? I took the arms & back off mine. Only the seat, so it's not BIG taking up too much room in my shower. The trick to those grab bars is to mount it LOW, just low/high enough to easily finger/palm touch it to steady yourself. Higher and you'll grab it for support.

I get anxious when my normal oxygen stuff goes kaflueey. So I needed my rescue inhaler this morning. Funny how you get used to the noise concentrators make when you use one every nite. Like the quiet was DEFEANING!!! I could never figure how my pts could sleep thru all the rattling racket.

There's also a gel, Arnicare, that some just love. Me, ehhh...

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Hate to use the shower bench. I have had to before...when I broke my ankle ~way long time ago. If I can get away without it, I would be happier. But if I have to use it, I will, and it won't be a fall in the tub that will convince me. An hour after I take the diz-med would be the time to shower. We do have a shower bench. Hubby uses it to sit in his bedroom window (screen and storm-window up)  leaning on the sill, while he is watching the night/weather/etc. We haven't been feeding the deer for a long while, as it gets expensive long term, so he doesn't watch for them because they mostly have quit coming. But, there at the window is still his "spot" where he goes when he wants or needs to cool his jets. 

He'll just have to share the bench; but I would take a mid-day shower. No sense in washing and drying my hair and then going to sleep. It mashes the back of my hair flat, leaves my bangs sticking up toward whatever side I'm sleeping on, looking like a surfer's wave about to break, and also gives me the "Cindi-Debbi Flips" (named after some cheerleaders when I was in high school, who attempted Farrah Fawcett swoops.) I have always been severely allergic to Cindi-Debbi Flips. Even my hair hates them! 

amoLu, Can you get the 02 company to bring you a new oxygen concentrator? Can't get along for too long without it if you need one. There have been times when sitting w/ PD patients that I have caught myself trying to fall asleep due to the constant droning of the concentrator. 

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Hey ho, another ho hum day at the office. It is almost eerily Q. I got a call from very nice OCD nurse who about had a cow when my phone didn't go to voice mail after 4 rings. I was around the corner fighting with the fax machine and didn't hear it ring. She also gets annoyed with me that I don't take my work cell phone home with me. If I'm not getting paid to be on call, then I'm not on call. Anyway, got that fixed with phone guy Chris. I think. I got to drive out to do a home visit, past various fields: corn some cut, some waiting to be cut, blueberries with their brilliant fall foliage, raspberries that look all beat up from the mechanical pickers, and freshly dug potatoes. And a bunch of cows. Moo. I'm going to stop at Port 'o Subs for sandwiches for dinner. Weather has been nice again, sunny, temp up to 68. 

Yeah, I hear the "my wife's a nurse" song from time to time, but it doesn't seem to influence certain behaviors. Could be worse, I guess. 

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Speaking of 'a bunch of cows'.... If we drove past cows, we begged Mom to slow down a little and 'talk' to them, especially if a friend was with us. So, she would slow a bit and she would 'moo' out the driver's window, and EVERY TIME one or two of them would 'moo' in reply. We would laugh quite  hysterically. We were proud because nobody else had a mother who could talk with cows!

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