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Wednesday April 26, 2017

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G'day!

It's a work day for me. Not sure what's up. Had a nice 3 and 1/2 days off. Didn't accomplish as much as I wanted to, missed "mop the floor Tuesday" (but mopped the kitchen) and other chores, but had a nice time.

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Good Morning!

Tweety - Glad you had a nice time off. One doesn't need to get ALL of the chores done in life. Your home is most likely quite clean despite missing "Mop the Floor Tuesday". LOL! Hope work is kind to you, today.

Had a very nice day off, yesterday. With Amy feeling a little bit better, we went out for a "Dinner and a Movie". We ate at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants, P.F. Changs. Afterward we saw the movie, "Going in Style" which was quite funny. Interestingly, we were probably the YOUNGEST couple there, at this matinee. It was good to relax and laugh outside our home.

Working the next couple of nights. Will probably be floating down to the E.R. again. (The E.R. staffing is phenomenally short this week!) Friday night, I'm working extra as "Supervisor-in-Training". We'll see how that works out, given the E.R. staffing shortage.

Hope all have a pleasant day, today! :)

Ted

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Morning Tweety

Glad Amy is feeling better Ted

Work was quieter than I expected yesterday

Ran some errands and went out for a walk. Talked with J, he's going to see the dentist today for his cracked tooth, said he enjoyed his California trip

J and I will get together for our usual Wed date tonight as long as his tooth is better

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Morning, yawn. Drinking my first cup of motel room coffee, will get some Starbucks at the conference in a few minutes. Visited the state public health lab, was very interesting. We saw the new born screening lab, where they process all the heel stick cards in the the (>80.000) every year. Learned that the PKU screening originated in our state, of course they screen for several other disorders, but PKU was the first. We also saw where they do bacteriology , virology, radiation, and lots of other fancy stuff. Got to listen to the "bat lady" which was super fascinating.

Today is immunology conference, then home by this evening. Drove down with 5 other health department nurses, so its straight home. I would love to stop and shop at the big outlet mall, but that is not to be.

Glad to read that you and your significant others are doing ok. Hope that continues with those to come.

See ya,

j

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Good morning, Tweety, Ted and Joe!

Tweety - I hope your work days this week are uneventful. You did have a good few days off! And that total cholesterol number is impressive. Good job!

Ted - Why is the ER so short-staffed? Please send along more tales of the Supervisor in Training. I enjoy them! I know you wrote last week that Amy hadn't yet returned to work. Does she know when she might go back? Glad you two had a nice time outside of the house.

Joe - How long have you been involved in the furry community? A homemade furry costume is indeed impressive. Do I dare ask how much a custom made outfit costs?

My work night was split between my shift (3-7) and doing a 1:1 on Geri (7-1130). That schedule suited me just fine, after the hellish previous evening. The detox patient that I sent out to the ER was ADMITTED to the hospital. I remarked to the unit charge that the MD never even wrote orders for withdrawal checks. Her response was: "Well that's because he knew we were doing them on day shift." HUH? Shouldn't there be written orders????

Apparently day shift sent the geriatric patient out to the ER because he was suffering from chest pain. They thought he had a heart attack, but, alas, it was angina due to cardiomyopathy related to his long history of alcoholism. He came back to us. I tried to fight that, as did the Medical Director, but in the end, the head of the facility won out and we accepted the patient. So that medically unstable patient remains with us.

Herring - I read with great interest your comment about the "life an death" situation being illegal. Please share with me, either privately, or in this thread how it is illegal. The staffing level isn't illegal as I don't live in a state with ratios. Very curious about this, as I am a new nurse. There are so many unethical things about this facility.

The cats got their midnight snack at the proper hour. Big Tricia seemed unprepared for my midnight visit, and I woke her up again! She got a horse cookie, head massage and kisses and hugs.

Dianh - how is the ankle?

Herring - No Booty Blast class?

Stars - It is so good to laugh at work. Most people don't get me either. One of the part-time medical doctors told me he can't tell when I am joking, and when I am serious. My work nurse friend just called me (he's driving to the airport) because the NM just texted him that he needs to see her when he comes back to work. He is off for six days - vacation - he asked me: WHAT does she want??? We had a nice laugh about the possibilities.

Have a good day everybody and be safe.

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All - I have to share this with you.

Check out the story in the Washington Post about Nordstrom selling blue jeans with FAKE mud stains for $425!

The "mud" stains won't wash out because it isn't real mud. These jeans are marketed towards people who want to look like they do a dirty job. I have LOTS of dirt-stained and mud-stained pieces of clothing. Wait until I tell the horses they are helping to keep me fashionable. I think, somehow, they already know.

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I just can't.

We were on the school trip talking about the smell of dirt. And how good it smells. The kids were giving us blank looks. We dug in the dirt. With Far's Mom's old tablespoons. This is how we entertained ourselves.

Fake. Mud.

I can't.

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Hi again! :)

Joe - Enjoy your Wednesday night date with J!

nursej22 - Your conference sounds interesting! The only sad thing that I read was the drinking of the "Hotel Room Coffee". So sad! LOL! Enjoy the rest of the coffee. . . er. . . I mean, conference! :D

Lil Nel - Wow! Your split shift sounds quite crazy-busy! The patient with the chest pain doesn't seem appropriate for the psych unit. There's light at the end of the tunnel for you, though. Hope the rest of your time, there, goes quickly before starting your new job. Regarding Amy, although improving she's not back to work, yet. Maybe she'll return next week??? Regarding the E.R. staffing, we had two E.R. night nurses resign so that left two full-time holes on nights there. Also, one E.R. nurse on evenings is out sick and hasn't returned yet. Additionally, there's been some staff changes on the other shifts. This all leads to some significant short staffing for our teeny-tiny E.R.

Regarding jeans being sold with fake mud on them. . . Unbelievable! LOL! Who would purchase such an item?!? LOL! :roflmao:

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Nell I think it will be one year in July

Costs seem to vary greatly. A partial costume from someone who is a relatively unknown maker could run $500 to $1000. If you wanted a well known maker the price would double. And double again if you wanted a full body costume. So anywhere from $500 to $4000 dollars. More if you want something very specialized or very realistic

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Wow, Joe. That's more expensive the competitive ballroom dance costumes (I think). I am impressed with the dedication displayed by the furries.

Nursej - Your conference does seem very interesting.

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Good morning. 2.5 cups of coffee consumed and my steel cut oats are simmering.

I saw that muddy jeans story on Mike Rowe's FB page. His response was perfect. Here is the ABC link to the story.

'Dirty Jobs' host Mike Rowe takes issue with Nordstrom's $425 'muddy' jeans - ABC News

I'm technically not on call but we do have an IDT meeting at 12:15 p.m. so I'll head in to get ready for that.

It lightly rained overnight and still looks like rain.

nursej22 - that conference does sound fascinating to me as well!

herring is a great asset to AN - especially when it comes to history of nursing and other things. She has some great stories!

Enjoy your day everyone.

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Afternoon, all...

Just time for a quick hello. Sounds like all are doing ok. I also love the smell of dirt. Maybe that's why I like gardening so much. Ted-you'll be glad to know I took your gentle hit about the CPAP to heart. I made an appointment with a dentist who specializes in sleep apnea. I'm hoping he can make me a custom mouthguard that will be effective. I just can't do the CPAP, but I'm tired of being tired.

I read you all, but have to run. Hope everyone is having a good Wednesday!

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