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Good Morning!

Joe, what's your cross stitch project?  I think I might have mentioned that when I quit smoking in 1988, I took up cross stitching to do something with my hands.  I still have a couple of the simple things I did back then.  

Ted, glad the new pastor passed.  Hope she works out well for you.

J22, hope you enjoyed the grilling and the grandsons today.  

Herring, your grandmother did very well indeed.  I never got to meet my mother's mother in Germany.  They were estranged for many years and when they finally got together my sister went with my mother.  My dad's mother died young of heart disease when I was six.  She was a housewife and I always felt her love for us.  Grandpa was never the same.  My mother's father died before I was born in WWII.  

SlowBro was a bit nervous at first and the dog beach, but eventually relaxed and seemed okay.  There were only about five people with dogs there so it wasn't busy like it can be on weekends and when it isn't so hot.  

Went to best friend's to vacuum, take out litter and trash, and do laundry.  He was down in the dumps which is not his usual state at all.  But I listened and let him get it all out and hopefully cheered him up some.  He's bumped because he doesn't think his heel is better and it hurts to full weight bear.  He has an appointment on Wednesday and they'll probably schedule an MRI and back to square one.  To make matters worse his other heel is hurting a bit and he spiraled into a "what if" both feet were in casts and non-weight bearing.   That would not be good as he lives alone and I work and wouldn't be able to help him full time.    The course of steroids for possible plantar fasciitis doesn't seem to be helping.  Bummer.

Woke up at 3:30and took a while to fall back asleep.  When I did, I dreamt I was smoking some recreational marijuana with some friends, had a meeting with people to come up with ideas about how to increase business at the hospital I work, and couldn't get back into a play I was attending somewhere in Asia with best friend because I didn't have my ticket.  All this in a matter of a couple of hours.  Sheesh.....

 

 

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Tweety it's a little wall hanging of a fox.  I've never done cross stitch before so I'm still getting the hang of it and trying to figure things out.  I hope your friend does not suffer a significant setback with his leg

Fairly ordinary day at work.  No special projects.  At least not yet

Found out we have the day after 4th of July off as well.  Which will be nice, a 4 day weekend

Fairly ordinary day otherwise.  Ran errands and exercised

Tonight mostly the same I think

Weather is finally turning warmer.  Rain will probably hold off for most of the week, although there might be severe storms today

 

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Good morning all. 

For some reason I woke up at 5:33 a.m. and stayed up.  First coffee almost finished and then second coffee, coming up. 

Tweety - that's so funny.  It seems like the dreams I remember are the ones I have after awakening in the night and then going back to sleep.  And they are odd.  Initially, I remember pretty clearly so if I write it down it won't go away and some are so funny I have to email it to my best friend.  If I don't write it down, it is soon gone.

I had a great 4 day break from here while attending a baseball tournament.  Spidey of course stayed with teammates and dh and I had a nice room overlooking the pool.  I didn't go in the pool of course - too old for wearing a bathing suit in public.  

The weather here  is cooler than last week as some of the cooler breezes from the Pacific Ocean are wafting their way up into the mountains; will make it into the mid-70's instead of 90's. 

I saw patients yesterday.  Today I will mow the lawn and help out the hospice nurse on duty today with a transfer of a patient from home to LTC. 

The young mom who died a couple of weeks ago had a lovely service on her family's ranch on Sunday while I was gone.  My manager attended and told me about it.  Her two daughters are the ones I'm concerned about; especially the 13 year old.  This isn't the youngest patient we've had on service who died but it is one of the most heartbreaking.  

Somehow I came across a FB page for hospice nurses; it is a private group and lots of sharing there.  It has become a pretty great resource as the person who started it has links to all kinds of information and CEU info.  

Ok - that 2nd cup of coffee is calling.  You all have a great day!

🍒 (P.S.  I stopped at a roadside stand yesterday and bought some cherries.  Oh my goodness . . . so sweet and very hard to stop eating.  Love this time of year with fresh fruit and veggies from local farms.  Oh and he also sells pistachios. I got salt and pepper flavored but sometimes get the chili lime; walnuts, pecans, etc.)☕

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Afternoon, all...

I had been going back and forth with Joe V. and sirI about AN emails not coming to my inbox, even though it was 'fixed'....and this morning discovered that for some reason all of them (174 of 'em, dating back 5 weeks!) had gone to Spam! I went through all of them, marked them NOT Spam, so they went to my inbox, and I deleted most of those already read messages from there. Now I am trying to figure out, under "new contacts" what's the name and what's the email address for the AN Breakroom. But, OH! Since I see that now I have 7 new messages in the inbox, I'm a'thinkin' it's working correctly. w00t!

I had to get up at 9 AM; apparently everyone's bladder woke us all up around that time. I've heard of women's cycles aligning when they live together, but THIS? Between 2 women, one man, and two dogs, ALL having to pee at the same time?

I really do hate to listen to Nannie's high-pitched baby-talk voice she uses to greet and communicate (if you can call it that) with the Pups, the very first thing in the morning ... so I took my coffee and newspaper out to the patio for peace and quiet while I was waking up. Then I noticed Nannie had dropped off to sleep in her recliner, so I crept in past her and upstairs to my room. Hubby is resting and said to wake him up at 1:30PM if he wasn't up by then. I set the alarm clock, since MY short-term memory seems to be, well, let's just say ...  I am easily distracted.

I have had to start writing down the times at which I take routine meds, and the important PRN which I take routinely,  ie the q8 hrs Arthritis Strength Acetaminophen. I get up whenever, it's different every day, so that's when I take my AM meds and the 1st dose of the PRN , but then I have to remember 8 hours later to take 'em again. I thought briefly of making my own medicine sheet, but that's too much, too much like working at a nursing home, so I just scrawl down the date and time on a pad of free notepaper from one of those GIMME letters that send you "free gifts" so you will donate.

I just collect those pads of paper for scrap and notes, put the nickel (glued to the plea-letter) into the piggy bank (no guilt, either), and I have a method for destroying all the address stickers they send. I have written to many of them, begging them to STOP with the address labels, but it does no good. I couldn't use them all up even if I lived to be 500 years old, because who does the snail-mail route anymore? I wish more people would, because it is fun to get things in the mail, and I like to send notes, clippings, cartoons, and odds and ends via USPS. Heck, when I was a kid, we went to the P.O. twice a day to pick up mail. TWICE A DAY!!!!  GADS!

I am the only one here that gets mail, I guess because I am on EVERY mailing list after all these years. Lots of it just gets my name/address removed to be shredded and the rest goes in recycling. And, of course, the bills get paid via mail as I don't much like to do business on computers. Every so often I get a real-person-sent / personal-bit'o'mail addressed to me. I am sad it's gone by the wayside, but at least there's email.

Some stupid mail that I get, if they enclose a no-postage-needed envelope, they get their letter back with my scrawling all over it. An example is those silly 'warranty-for-your-car-is-about-to-expire' letters. I like to write in big letters with a marker...."I don't OWN a vehicle and have not owned a vehicle for TWO YEARS. Remove this name and address from your mailing list immediately." Of course, I KNOW it won't do any good, given the fact that mailing lists get sold/traded between many companies.

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to fill in and send back questionnaires from political parties, or any other 'surveys' that are just excuses for the GIMME letters to beg. Oh yeah, I tell 'em the truth from MY viewpoint. I figure it'll break up the dull routine for the letter-openers, at the very least, IF they read my responses. Or, even if it gets shredded at their end, at least they had to cover the postage. 

They send out all that crap blindly, and say it's "the cost of doing business". One company DID take my name off their list, but now they send the same stuff, but addressed to "Current Resident."  STOOOOOPIT!

Called the neuro/spine place to reiterate that if some patient cancels an appt, please call me. I can be there in 20 minutes from their call. The receptionist told me that the appts are not as readily available because this is summer, and prime time for everyone wanting to be out on vacation. I don't get any vacation from my 'condition' and if it were not for the fact that I'd cause myself more pain, I would stamp my foot in a fit of frustration.

Nannie's other dgt-in-law, grand-dgt and the great grand-dgt are here, so I have to go do dog-patrol.

Later!

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10 minutes ago, No Stars In My Eyes said:

Afternoon, all...

I had been going back and forth with Joe V. and sirI about AN emails not coming to my inbox, even though it was 'fixed'....and this morning discovered that for some reason all of them (174 of 'em, dating back 5 weeks!) had gone to Spam! I went through all of them, marked them NOT Spam, so they went to my inbox, and I deleted most of those already read messages from there. Now I am trying to figure out, under "new contacts" what's the name and what's the email address for the AN Breakroom. But, OH! Since I see that now I have 7 new messages in the inbox, I'm a'thinkin' it's working correctly. w00t!

 

Yes, even if we accidentally mark an email SPAM, our carrier will then think EVERYTHING from that website is spam.

Glad it's all fixed for you NSIME. 😉

 

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Good Afternoon -

Woke up a while ago. Still feel a bit groggy, even after two very delicious cups of coffee. 

Work was a nice busy, last night. For the first 5 hours of my 12-hour shift, I "only" monitored two telemetry patients. (The hearts of both patients worked just fine!) At around 0030, I had one "ICU" admission for someone on a diltiazem drip for rapid a-fib. Actually, by the time he got up to me, his a-fib was far from rapid. And, 1 1/2 hours into his "ICU" admission, he converted to NSR. (It's only by policy that such a patient is admitted to our ICU. I know that for other hospitals, such a patient would have been admitted to a telemetry floor or some level of step-down unit.) (But such admissions keeps us busy.) I believe that this individual will be discharged home today. L O L! 😄

Today starts the first of three nights off from work. It's been raining all day long! No mowing for me, today! (But the grass grows!) Will be working on the dance video today. 

We concerned about our canine-family-member, Mayson. We adopted him when he was about 3 1/2 years old. That was about 13 years ago. So, Mayson is well into geriatric doggy age. Although the process has been fairly slow, these past few weeks Mayson has been showing his age. The signs of his aging seem to be more involved with this "mentation". He seems to have doggie dementia, especially at night. Amy has been doing on-line research into this. According to what Amy found on-line, it seems that old dogs can come down with "sun downers". He goes nuts, pacing back and forth throughout much of the night. (This is new behavior for him.) Because, physically, Mayson has been showing signs of weakness in his hind legs, we've blocked off the stairs to our home's second floor. The stairs are long and steep, and he has fallen down them in recent weeks. Well, apparently, Mayson somehow managed to get past this barrier and climbed up the stairs. Apparently, during his trip up, he fell down. This woke Amy up, and she helped Mayson safely walk up the rest of the stairway. He proceeded to go into my studio room, where he's spent many-a-night with me throughout the years. However, this time, Mayson started digging at the rug as if he was digging a hole outside (which is one of his favorite things to do). THIS kept Amy awake (which is not a good thing)! Apparently, she helped him back downstairs where he remained for the rest of the night, still awake, and still pacing back and forth. Today, Mayson seems very fatigued. He's been lying (resting??) almost motionless throughout much of the day. Amy contributes this to him being up all night long. I think it's more than that. Only with much coaching does he get himself up and walk around. Now, he seems to be walking around with a little limp. Maybe he hurt himself going up the stairway last night??? He's walking, though, and still going outside to go to the bathroom. (Mayson is still continent, thank goodness!) Our goal with Mayson, now, is to ensure his comfort and safety. He's allowed to roam ANYWHERE he wants to, when he's outside. There's a real possibility that he might not return one day. Mayson maintains a healthy appetite fit for a black-lab mix. He also maintains a puppy-like heart most of the time. But his body, and now his mind, seem to be showing real signs of "advanced doggie years". Again, our plan is to keep Mayson comfortable and "safe" (although the "safe" thing seems to be a challenge). He's with us until his last day on Earth. It's just sad to see him make these somewhat significant changes.  😧

Well. . . enough venting. . . 

Gonna take a shower and get ready for the rest of the day and evening. . . 

Peace, folks. . . 

Ted

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Ted I have heard of older pets developing dementia.  Might be something to discuss with the vet

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Joe - We're thinking about taking Mayson to the vets. If he continues to show signs of discomfort, we WILL be taking him there just so that we can get doggie ibuprofen for him (I forget the name of it). We've used this drug for our other canine-family-members in past years. To be honest, though, I don't know what else a vet can do. We're very concerned about giving Mayson some kind of anti-dementia medication, if such drugs exists for dogs. Currently, Mayson seems more himself, walking around, pacing (although somewhat wearily). 

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Hi, 

Grandsons are here. We played a rousing 3 hands of Uno, then a snack of buttered toast (second breakfast). They have migrated to their stash of games and toys they keep here: hot wheels and a Trouble game. The weather is decent but it may rain, so we may or may not go to a park. Angus is keeping a close eye on them. He likes them, but he is terribly jealous. I think he may have the beginnings of doggie dementia. He does get restless at night, and will hide in my closet and bark at an invisible boogie man. At times he will look at me like he doesn't recognize me. But he seems comfortable. 

Perhaps Mayson has a subluxation? But, yeah, the doggy NSAIDS can help. I think dd's old dog was on Rimadyl (sp?).  I have heard of doggies getting benzos or SSRIs. 

Tweety, that is too bad about your bestie. I can kinda see why he might feel discouraged. He is lucky to have your help, and I know you will do what you can. Hopefully, he can get some answers and get to healing! 

Joe, your new job seems to fit you, and you seem to like the variety. Plus it is always nice when people call back. What with robocalls and spoofing I know I don't answer my phone if I don't recognize the number. Did you read the article on the yellow side about a hospital having their phone system jammed? 

Steph, that is cool to find a Facebook group to connect with about your work. I imagine hospices tend to be small and spread out but networking with your herd is nice. 

Stars, I have that issue with extended release stuff. When did I take it last? And as another sign of approaching geezerhood, I have a weekly pill organizer, for the daily in the am with food, daily in the pm, twice a day, daily on an empty stomach, and sublingual. 

And mail?, most of it doesn't even come in the house, but into the recycle on the front porch. 

Anyway, off to the park, ta

Edited by nursej22

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Yeah, our dogs are getting up in years...Pip's cataracts are worse than Ozzie's; they both have front knee problems and hip aches, lack of strength, and terrible teeth. Pippy has had 'reverse sneezes' for most of her life and I think at some point in time she aspirated; she has a wheezy snore. I think sometimes when she is so sound asleep she is motionless, that she has died...but after a minute she 'comes to' , like, "WHA?"  Since she always sleeps with me, I wonder if I will wake up one morning and find she's passed. That would be hard, but it would be harder to see her suffering.

I hope both Mayson and Angus do not get any worse (and Ted and j22, as well)!!! My husband will take it very hard when ours pass, but as far as I can tell, they aren't at the doorstep yet.

Nannie, of course, will live forever. But then, she's hardly a 'pet'.

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Forgot to mention, Nannie came around the corner of the house, to where hubby and I were sitting with our coffee and just having idle talk about some plant/flower he'd transplanted from a neighbor's yard (they were going to destroy in to make a better play area for their young kids). Anyway, when Nannie came around the corner, she said, brightly smiling, "Are y'all talking about me?"

Hubby said, "Tell her what you just said to me..."

What I had said was, "I am unfamiliar with the agricultural needs and physiology of that plant, so I cannot help you resolve your botanical dilemma."

Nannie's mouth dropped open and she said, a prolonged word, starting with a hard "G"...."Geeeeeoooooooddd!"

Hubby likes it when I fling around those "50-cent words".

Hope it's not to late to edit....I wanted to tell sirI that the ONLY thread I got in my inbox was ...oh gosh....one of the political threads from which I had decided to unsubscribe . I'll go back and put it in the other thread about my online problems.

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes

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Our dogs are old too. Pearl still runs and jumps like she did when we first got her. She barks at planes, helicopters, and fireworks, Someone always gets away with setting off fireworks after dark around July 4th and New Years Eve.

Duke has a stiff hip. When he first gets up he goes on three legs before walking or running. He does charge the fence barking and running when anyone walks a dog in the alley.

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