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Morning

Yesterday proved busier than expected

Got some things done on my to do list that had been there a while...emissions test for the car, getting the bike fixed, getting a flu shot.  Even got some laundry done too

Was going to renew my CCM 2 months early, and found that I still was short several CEUs.  So several hours were spent doing that first before renewing.  Had less free time than I had expected

Back to work today, getting an early start in case there are a lot of emails I have to review. Thankfully I work from home one more day

Decided to skip dining out with the church group, since I have to pick up my bike tonight and pack up the home office to go into work tomorrow

Have been wondering if maybe my stress levels have been starting to rise again.  Sometimes going on a vacation helps me see that more clearly.  I'll have to keep an eye on that

Glad the rains held off yesterday, was fairly cool too 

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Good morning!

Happy birthday Herring.

Joe, I was just talking about stress to someone today.  My default is negativity, insomnia and junk food stress eating.  Always have to be mindful of that. 

We had another losing night at bowling as we played a good team.  I bowled pretty crappy for me.  It's like that sometimes.

Got called in to help with post op admissions to go in at 11:00.  

Hope everyone has a great day.

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Thank you all for the birthday wishes. I guess 75 is officially old. 

One stepson keeps every family member's birthday memorized. He calls MANY people to remind them of a family birthday. We all get birthday phone calls all day long. It is truly nice because it is only once a year.

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herring - I'm late so a belated Happy Birthday!  🎂

I have this quirk that I happen to remember birthdays. Old neighbors, kids from grammar school, distant cousins; I remember the dates. Like yesterday was BF's birthday and today it's a cousin I haven't talked to in a big while. Sometimes I"ll look at a calandar and think the date's familiar. Then I'll remember whose BD.

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Happy Birthday herring! I don't think 75 is old. Of course, I'm just a sweet young thing at 62. I used to remember birthdays, but now I usually remember the day after, 😂. 

Decent day at work, lots of paperwork to catch up on, faxing requests to clinics for visit notes and labs. Weather is overcast, but not really very cold. The leaves are just starting to turn. My eye is about 90% better, just a little blurry now. I had one last visit to the ophthalmologist yesterday and I won't go back to him. I just found him condescending and I had to drag out a plan for going forward, 'cause I really don't want this to happen again. My official diagnosis is/was anterior basement membrane dystrophy, corneal errosion and infected ulceration. I have been told for a couple of years that I had dry eyes related to blepharitis ( inflammation of the oil glands around eyelashes) but this is different. I need to be extra diligent about eye lubricant day and night. I wonder why no other ophthalmologist caught this, but I am thankful I saw the cornea specialist who saw it right away. 

I seem to let stress sneak up on me too. Getting outside to garden or bicycle is my prevention and treatment. But dang, potato chips are soooo satisfying!We ended up going to the local Mexican restaurant last night--I had their burrito asado with skirt steak and dh had carne asada. I have enough left over for dinner tonight. One more half day of work after today, then 6 days off. No plans, will have to see what the weather does. 

Ta

 

 

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There's a guy (who used to work at my former employer), whom I have not seen for maybe about 25 YEARS, and I still remember his birthday because: "It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day....I was out picking cotton and my brother was baling hay..." Yep, that's a case of "I couldn't forget it if I tried!"  

The other thing is, I have to get cards in September for: a grand-daughter, my husband, my mother-in-law, my son-in-law, my brother-in-law, and if my dad was still alive he'd have been 104 on Sept. 19th; plus, the best dog I ever had for ten years, was born mid-September. AUGH! SURROUNDED BY VIRGO BEINGS!!!! No, it's not that bad, but I was amazed when I started counting off the names of all the September folks I know.

We took Nannie to the wrist guy today and the exo-cast was removed. Her x-ray showed the bones were still off-set, and somewhat healed, but not so well as could've been expected had she not removed the brace-cast  two dozen times (at least!) way back when she first broke it, and then after the 2nd time she broke it all over again. Geeez! Now she is just totally enthralled and fascinated by her hand and wrist --- the bump of bone that is permanently knocked out of place, the fingers weak and still occ. swelled up. And the fact that she STILL can't do things with that hand, now that it's free from being immobilized .... though I don't know what she thought would happen, like maybe miraculous healing. She said that NOW she will be able to do her hand-work (tatting, knitting, and all the other thread and needle tasks). HA!  She can't make a good fist, or pinch her thumb and forefinger together, so for sure couldn't hold a sewing needle.

She is especially making us buggy by peeling and picking at the little flakes of skin left-over from the wrist and hand being covered for so long. I'll bet before the end of the evening she'll have some areas where she's picked it raw. I kept saying, "Nannie, go in to your sink, get a facecloth,  wet it, then rub the dry skin with the wet cloth, then put cream on it." She said she had done that (she hadn't) "...but it didn't take everything off!"  Hey, well, things do take time to accumulate, so they also take time to abate.

I hope to be speaking soon with the neighbor who will sit with Nannie while my back is being radio-ga-ga'd. This woman does private duty so I think she'll be fine with Nannie, and since she hasn't heard the one million, five thousand seventy-six anecdotes that run on Nannie's perpetual tape-loop, it won't be as aggravating for her to listen to. 

Time for coffee on the 'verahndah', my dahlings, so mebbe I'll come back later with more exciting tales. Like, how long will we hold our breath before Ms. Nahknee falls agin?

Oooopsy! Hubby had put a can of soda in the freezer to get reeeeeeeally cold, and.....it plumb 'sploded all over the freezer. YIKES what a bang-pop sound it made when it blew! He can clean it up. 


 

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No Stars:  In the summer of 1944 my uncle got to come home on leave before being sent to the South Pacific. My aunt was pregnant with my cousin, who was just  few weeks older than me. He looked at his two sisters and said, "Ooooh it sure was cold last winter!"

You reminded me of when I went on vacation to stay with my friend's family in San Diego. She had just returned from the hospital with a cast from her waist to her knees to unscissor her legs so she could walk better.  Every day her Mom or Dad would drop us off at a fun place like to zoo or the beach. The first day her Dad carried her to a blanket on the beach nearest a place where he locked her wheelchair with a chain. 

The cast came to just above her knee and had a connection to hold her legs apart. Being older and bigger than her I could lift her into and out of the wheelchair and onto a toilet. 

She said one leg inside the cast was REALLY itching. We'd been warned not to push anything under the cast so she had a great idea.  I blew into the cast to scratch the itch. Suddenly we noticed two good looking young surfers standing with boards under their arms looking at us. We laughed so hard then and still joke about how we looked in our bathing suits, me on my knees with backside in the air blowing up into that cast. My sister, who is her age starts it most often.

 

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I finally snapped, it irritates the cold T-mortal hell out of me to watch her pick, pick, pick, pick, pick, pick.....I tried averting my face, but that didn't work because she kept saying, "Look at that, look at this." OY! so I went in and got Nannie a wet facecloth, then went out to where she is sitting, and instead of letting her DAB at the skin, (she says it doesn't hurt) I took the cloth and rubbed it in little circles all over where the cast covered her. It took a good bit off, but not all, of course. Then a few minutes later I said, "STOP PICKING!" She already has six raw spots from picking! After I feed Ozzie, I'm going to bring some lotion/cream out to her, have her hold out her left hand, and squirt her a palm-full so she can moisturize the skin of her right hand and lower arm. 

I know you can't expect much from a dementia patient, but if you tell her "no" or "don't", she's bound and determined she CAN and she WILL!  That is part of her pre-dementia personality, unfortunately. Also, around 4 PM every day is when I get quite fed up with her, and it being 4:45 PM currently, I am   %)&^%^& PPPPFFFFFFFTTTT!%$)*&{ =#@*

OHHHH effing WELL!   

herring, that image is hysterical!!!!🤣

 

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes

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NSIME - how about a really slick topical cream? Aquaphor is MAGICAL!!!

Eucerin (same manufacturer) would be a good second choice.

Aquaphor really soothes the itch and takes care of the 'snowflakes'. I get some  dependent edema and the skin gets very flaky. Aquaphor works.

I've seen here on AN where wound nurses use it for some skin care problems.

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Thanx amoLu! I will try Aquaphor. I've been using Aveeno colloidal oatmeal, which works pretty well, but doesn't stop her obsessive-compulsive picking! We used Eucerin for a while, but she decided it made her itchy so she decided she was "allergic" to it.

Welp I spoke with the neighbor who will be sitting with Nannie; I like her, she is laid back and has been working w/ Alzheimer's and Dementia patients for a long time, plus her family members have had problems similar to Nannies. She is asking $10/hr which I think is very reasonable.

She ALSO has gypsies!!!! She didn't know what they were until I explained what I've been experiencing and then she was right on board with the idea.

Nannie is complaining that her arm(s) feel on fire. Hubby told her she has been rubbing and picking them all afternoon. She said, "Oh, I know, it's always MY fault. Blame it on me." Hubby asked her who was the one  that was rubbing and picking her arms? She said, "There are a LOT of people who want to."  Uh-huh, okay; time to stop this conversation!!! Hope she watches the TV without all the unnecessary commentary. May be too much to expect, because she's been in a pissy mood all day!

Braves game starting soon.....so over and out for now. 

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NSIME - another suggestion. Benadryl topical oint. Maybe the itch makes her pick and the picking makes for more itching? Vicious cycle.

 

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If there is a tiny  white fleck of lifted skin, she's on it like a hen on a june-bug, and she 'pecks' (picks) with her fingernails.If she can't see any, she will brush at it or scrape at her skin until one appears I thought of Benadryl cream, also, but she takes Benadryl 25 mg BID, orally, so I wasn't sure it was a good idea to push it up, as I'm not sure how much of it absorbs. 

Y'know, I believe some of this c/o itching on her forearms or "burnin' like FIRE!" is more a mental/emotional thing. She won't go in and do something for herself; takes no suggestions; just a real passive-aggressive attention seeker.

It just goes to show you, it's always something, ESPECIALLY with Nannie.

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