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Tuesday April 16 2019

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Fairly ordinary day at work for me thankfully.  Didn't do much else yesterday except exercise

Still doing the fast, seeing if I can make it to tonight.  Am a bit tired but not feeling bad.

One of J's elderly friends is in the hospital.  Hopefully she'll be released soon, he doesn't have a lot of info but has heard she is doing better

Today will be warmer than yesterday, planning to get out for a walk as long as it doens't rain.  The snow from Sunday has all melted

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Hello all.

After a nice Friday night, work was not nice Saturday or Sunday night's.

I got a new patient Saturday night, whom I think her family dumped. One of the day shift nurses, thinks her family drugged her, to get her to our facility on Saturday.

I am sticking with dumped, as her family never came to see her on Sunday, and left ASAP, Saturday.

She spiked a fever of 102, Sunday night, with rhonchi lung sounds. She does have COPD, after years spent smoking.

She can't stand. She is not fully cognitive aware.

Resident ordered blood cultures, IV antibiotic and chest x-ray.

Because we don't have a full-time lab, it took our best nurses an HOUR to get those blood cultures and get IV access.

She is dehydrated.

I am not good with sticking folks. I didn't even try.

Rehab patient??? 

And then, the powers that be, handed us a "time study," to be completed only by weekend shift nurses.

The DON actually wrote that she wanted to know what nurses do on their 12 hour shift.

I wrote: How would you not know what we do?

I also included the 30 minutes I spend working off the clock, organizing my shift.

And I included time doing "stupid stuff," such as going to another unit for supplies such as OJ, ginger ale, spoons.

Yeah, I'll tell you how I really feel!

I didn't bother with the exercise Sunday night.

I simply told House: No, I'm not doing it.

Mani-pedi today.

Book club tonight.

Have a great day!

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Hi Joe. I hope J's friend recovers fast. Congratulations on losing weight!

Nel: It is awful that patient was dumped like that. Maybe that was the best the family could do. 

Still slowly cleaning the yard and dog's room. 

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Good afternoon

I went to sleep at 1:30 AM, and I slept until noon! Musta been TIRED! Dog's, too, as neither of them stirred until I started getting dressed.

More sunny blue skies today; hot sun, cooling breeze.

Joe, Why does a fast seem to go so slowly? 🤦‍♀️ Hope J's friend recuperates enough for discharge today...'cause who likes to be in the hospital? Not even most of us!!!!

Nel, good for you for nixing the survey. Busy work, IMHO. Useless, too. Like you said, what do they THINK you are doing? DUH! 

Nothing much going on today. Think I will lounge around. Need stuff from the store, but there's no sense in going shopping, since hubby's SS check doesn't arrive 'til tomorrow. Can't go through the check-out line with nothing but a smile and a "thanks" for bagging the groceries!

Well, nothing calls, so I'm going to go do just that: nothing.

Have a good'un, y'all!



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A fellow came over yesterday to give an estimate on installing a patio in the back. Dh got a small yearly bonus and its just burning a hole in his pocket. However, the estimate is about twice what the bonus was. I think a couple more people are going to bid, but I doubt any bids will be less. 

I decluttered a bit yesterday and, and poked around in the yard, but it is still pretty muddy; will try  yard work again today before the rain starts.  And then I got caught up watching Hoarders online. And looking at the reports of the Notre Dame fire. Very sad. And I got a call from HR about my health insurance. Somehow I got signed up for a spending account that doesn't go with my insurance plan. I thought something was funny about the enrollment last fall, but I am pretty sure I followed the instructions. Now that I have been to see an ophthalmologist and a retinal specialist this year, the plan I am switching to will give better coverage. This made me think that a single payer plan could have advantages...

Looks like we are going to Sonoma to assist with a JDRF bike ride in August. I will have to forgo our usual trip to Las Vegas, but that's okay. Old coworkers and I are talking about a girls weekend later this fall, and truthfully, they are more fun than dh, in Vegas, anyway. He doesn't gamble, doesn't drink, and doesn't like the heat. 

Speaking of convos with people who aren't there: dh has this truly annoying habit of speaking as he is walking away. And then he gets annoyed when I can't understand. I will grant you that my hearing may not be tiptop, but its not always my fault when the speaker is moving away and another bit of noise, like a fan. Grrrr. 

Okay, I better move, 

cheers, j22


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Stars, I am contemplating sending an email to our CEO, to let her know how alarmed I was discover that our DON, apparently doesn't know what nurses at the facility do, during a 12-hour shift.


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In Frisco for a short layover.   It's noon and earlier than when we left at 5pm.   Now to get to Florida we will jump ahead 3 hours.  Hopefully will go smoothly.  I'm struggling to stay awake.  

Anyway it was a great trip!   

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Weird to experience the time changes flying "this" direction, Tweety.

I think the transatlantic crossing ppl took before there was airline travel, took 5-7 days.  I assume one adjusted slowly, and perhaps experienced no "jet lag" (hence the origin of the term!  only from riding in a "jet"!!) upon arrival to port.  I would like to do a transatlantic crossing sometime.  Just 'cuz.

Today I did case mgmt.  It was steady all day, and I didn't have time to clear all my view alerts from my five days off.  Will work on that tomorrow.

Dh will likely go to a jam tonight.  He and the jazz band (guitar, banjo, bass) play tomorrow night at a local bar, for 30 min or so.  I may go listen.

It has sprinkled on and off today, which surprised me.  Wasn't expecting precipitation.  It's nice to be home.

As dh and I have aged, we have become poster "children" for that meme that says marriage is just two people who live in the same house and shout "What???" to each other from within the house.  Yup, that's us.  We both are asked to repeat ourselves, frequently.  We both have tinnitus.  Mine, I think, has more than one cause.  Latest is allergies, as I hear crackling noises if I massage below the right pinna, and I can hear sloshing when I walk.  I take a nondrowsy antihistamine daily, but I think it's time to break out the two nasal sprays and administer.

We will help with music this Friday night, at the Hymn Sing at Oak Glen.  Then, our youngest ds texted today he would like to return to the RenFaire on the weekend, with his wife and with oldest ds.  Seems Saturday is best for oldest ds (he doesn't have to be to work till 7pm), so we will go then (Sat).  Can rest up on Sunday before hitting the work week again.  Time to wash the garb!

I washed all the RV linens and took them back out.  Yesterday had already cleaned the floor and surfaces.  Not that it will last; it will be dirty when we break it out again (sometime in late May, I believe), but at least I have cleaned the dirt from THIS outing.  It was quite dusty at the horse ranch (to be expected!).

Nel, I agree: pt was not rehab material, needed to be in an ED!  And shame on that family.  Though perhaps they had caregiver fatigue, or some component of it.  Hope things are better this weekend when you work.  For now, enjoy the horses and cats and barn chores and etc!

Joe, me too: hope J's friend improves quickly.  And congrats on your weight loss! 

Re: Notre Dame: seems the organ survived (though how play-able it is, remains to be seen.  It may need some renovating), and the huge rose window.  France's president has promised to rebuild, and money from many sources, both in France (private) and from other countries, has been pledged.  The history of this work of art has been interesting to review.  It is truly a beautiful sight to behold, and it seems it is dear to the French (not a sign of any religion, but just that the building has been part of Paris for so long, damages to it are like hurting one's dear friend).  I am not as eloquent as others, though, for describing this way of viewing Notre Dame.

'Nuff for now.  Have a good evening!

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Dianah, I say shame on our doctors for admitting that patient.

It took 3 people to get her from wheelchair, into bed.

How was her family caring for her?

She has been undergoing outpatient PT for a year with no results.

Why do they think she will fare better inpatient, after a year with no results?

Our doctors will take anybody.

Our next book is The Radium Girls. Non-fiction.


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Hi all - headed to bed and hopefully to sleep.  Stay away from me insomnia monster, if you please. 

Challenging day in sort of the same fashion as Nel.  Honesty is the best policy but I found a saying online that sorta sums up my thoughts tonight. 

Everyone appreciates your honesty.  Until you are honest with them. Then they think you an . . . 


Safe travels and a good night's sleep to you Tweety. 




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