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Tuesday - June 16th, 2020 - Good Morning!

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Good Morning!

Recently woke up. Already drank First Coffee. Already been outside. . . 

It looks to be another lovely day, today. The sun is out, and the weather is a refreshing cool with the low-humid temperature in the low-60s. 

Yesterday was a day of rest. Work, Sunday night into Monday, was a steady-busy. For some reason, I felt wiped out after work. Didn't do anything, yesterday, except rest and relax. 

Have no real plans for today. If the nice weather holds out, Amy and I might go for a short hike at one of our favorite locations. There's a near-by trail on an open field (which used to be old farm land) that provides nice exercise and scenery.  Actually there is one thing I plan on doing today. Many of the flowers in Amy's garden are blooming. Her rose bushes, especially, look really nice this year. If it remains sunny out, I plan on taking some artsy-fartsy photos (and maybe some video) of Amy's lovely gardens.

Working Wednesday and Thursday nights. Off from work Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Looking forward to the weekend, of course.

Hope all have a nice day today. Peace. . . 🙂

Ted

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Morning Ted

Stars glad you finally got some relief 

Yesterday was fairly quiet at work.  In addition to the T Mobile outage we had some intermittent phone issues so I didn't get hold of many people.  Which was fine, the previous two weeks were quite productive 

Got my first haircut in more than 3 months.  Was a bit different, wearing a mask and waiting and paying outside.  Feels odd now that my hair is shorter

Was fairly cool yesterday but should be warmer today.  Thankfully the rain should hold off for a few more days

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Good Morning!

Stars, glad that you got some relief.  All the best.

Ted, glad you were able to recharge.  

I have T-Mobile and was part of the shutdown, but was able to get wireless on my phone for internet and messaging but I don't use my phone much anyway.

My overtime shift was 10:30 to 19:45 and went well.  I had three post op admissions.  One was canceled and a couple went home so it could have been worse.  I was called in because a co-worker called in and a nurse floating from another floor failed her entry screening by saying she had a headache (she has a history of headaches and funny she has one on a float day...hmmmm) and she has to be tested for Covid now.

We now have 25 employees total that have tested Covid positive.  One of our techs tested positive for Covid after floating to the Covid unit on Friday.  She didn't work the weekend after that so her tracing is relatively easy in house.  She's been under a lot of stress because her mother was ill and eventually passed.  Fell horrible for her. 

Trying to get some motivation to get some chores done today around here and maybe cook something with a big batch of lentils I have.  

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Afternoon...

Slept like a sweaty log. Got twinges, still, but I am moving like a blown and spun glass knick-knack, well, that is to say...very, very carefully, so that nothing chips off and causes any pain. Not sure I am making a lot of sense. 

Took a shower, going top have my first cup of coffee in 2 days. Maybe that will make me feel better.

I'm going to try to lounge on the sofa even though it's in the same room with Nannie. 

 Hope it's going well with y'all. It is gray and rainy here.

Maybe I'll be feeling more normal later....

 

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Hello from the little RV, in the mountains!  It took us only an hour to drive up yesterday, and we arrived around 6pm.

It is beautiful up here!  We have a Ponderosa Pine right next to our camping spot, and its bark smells strongly like vanilla!  I feel lucky to be next to it! 

I brought a supply of raw walnuts for the squirrels and birds.  From the Youtube of the man who built a squirrel obstacle course, we now know walnuts are the preferred nut among tree squirrels.  I have only, however, seen the little ground squirrels here.  I hope they enjoy the nuts!  I have seen them go after the ones I left (I broke them up into smaller pieces), so I guess walnuts are preferred, or, they are not very discerning.  "FREE??  THANKS!!!!" and whoosh! away!

Some friends are coming up to visit in an hour or so.  We will play for a bit (they are wonderful guitarists and sing too!) then go into Big Bear City for some Himalayan food.  Other than that, we know of no other potential visitors!  Probably after today I will walk some each day.  Oh, and the connection??  Dh apparently had purchased a portable connects-all wi-fi thingamabobby, and voila!  It works!

No Stars, sure hope you get some relief from the injections!  So glad Nannie-sitting worked out, and you were also able to rest afterwards. 

Tweety, the extra $$ will be good, I'm sure.  How are your dogs doing?

Dh is playing banjo, I will go out and join him. 

Have a good day!

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Glad Dianah is starting a nice vacation. 

Glad No Stars is feeling better.

Took husband to the eye doctor today. His pressure is good. he has taken on eye drop morning and night, and another just before bed for many years with no deterioration in his vision. Before he was diagnosed with glaucoma he lost some vision in one eye. 

BUT I had to wait in the car because the waiting rook there is small. It took more than two hours. He said he spent most of that time waiting. I walked a long way for the first half hour then sat in the car reading, walked around the parking lot, and back into the car. Glad to be back home.

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Good to read that NSIME is getting some relief. IMO, coffee makes everything better. 

Made a home visit today to deliver meds to a patient on home isolation. Her provider started her on insulin last week and then called and fussed at me last week that it hadn't been picked up yet. I asked pt. today if she got it yet? Yes, but hadn't   started yet, because they didn't order needles for the pens. D'oh! But she has used an insulin pen before, so I was relieved that I wasn't required to teach her that, using the telephone translator. 

Chaos continues at our health department, with people thinking home isolation and masks don't apply to them. A local state senator posted a photo on Facebook showing a group photo of graduating high school seniors standing shoulder to shoulder. So I suspect another cluster of cases next week. I don't think people will take this seriously until hospitalizations rise. As it is, we are making >100 calls or texts a day checking on home iso or quarentine. 

I wish I was in a little RV parked among the pine trees...

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Early evening all.

TOOT TOOT TOOT!!! Hgb 9.8!!!  Rebounding from dischg 8.1. Other labs OK. Hoping to setup tele/video cardiology visit for OR clearance - saw cardiologist on consult in hosp. So hoping that can be handled before my next onc visit. If all is OK, we're talking robotic TAH/BSO.

Also home PT on-going. TOOT TOOTING again!  I got in bed by myself first time in months!!!  Was muy difficult for fatigue & exertion; I have an elec recliner chair but the bed was soooo comfortable. I inherited my Mom's Craft-Matic bed and the hi/lo is ever so helpful. Still needing to work on leg-lifting for steps & getting into a car. And the endurance to walk from house to parking spot/car next endeavor.

j22 - also am noticing an awful lot of TV snippets where the face masks and distancing seems to be falling by the wayside. Like folk aren't worrying about STILL being careful - until it HITS them! Adults & youngsters alike. The TV channel people SHOULD NOT video unless all compliant. I want to SMACK 'EM!!!

herring - that car-wait must have been interminably frustrating.

dianah - you (and the others) are so nice to be considerate supplying critters with snacks. I used to feel good when I just threw out stale leftover bread. That and that multi-color Indian corn-cobs around Halloween/Thanksgiving.

Stars - hoping well for you.

to return ...

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amolucia: Long ago when I was a took my CNA course at a community college we were encouraged to do a self study in medical terminology using a programmed learning book. I remember learning "Total abdominal hystero-salpingo-oophorectomy"! I wish you well and minimum discomfort.

That class had us students sounding like we knew a lot more than we did as we spouted the words without truly understanding the anatomy and physiology of when those words meant.

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One time,  I taught medical terminology to non-nsg students, just folk in an adult HC computer class.

I liked to have them make up words, like hyper-thermo-ovo-coagulopathy. (Like hard-boiling an egg!) And then to find some REAL, but weird words, like borborygmi.

Just fun!

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amo, so glad you are recovering enough to give yourself kudos!  We join in!

herring, yes that was a long wait.  Best to be safe tho.

Have a good evening.

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Amo, glad things are progressing.  We get the "RALH" post op patients my unit.  Many actually go home the same day and we don't get them.  Those that stay overnight go home the next day.  Mobility, as you know, is the most important activity in post op recovery so keep working on getting that strength up cuz you gotta ambulate, ambulate and ambulate post op.  And don't forget to use your incentive spirometer.   And......oh wait this is a nursing forum you know this. 

😂

 

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