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Wednesday August 28, 2019

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Good Morning!

Ted, glad to hear the lawn got mowed.  Mine is looking dreadful due to the summer rainy reason and I didn't keep up those weeks over doing overtime.  Ugh....will hopefully do it this weekend.

AmoLucia, good to hear from you.  Sorry about the ongoing frustration about your recent health care.

BC, so sorry about you're mother's cancer recurrence.   Hope she can maintain her vibrancy and not go into decline which I know is what you're thinking.  Also, with aging parents we know what's coming eventually if we all go on living long enough.  I hate thinking it and saying it but with relatively vibrant parents in the mid-80's myself I think of it often and worry when will "that phone call" come.

Had a nice day off yesterday.  Somewhat productive, somewhat lazy.  Going to the gym today, mop the floors and cook.  How exciting is that?

Visited best friend yesterday.  He still needs help with laundry, some heavy grocery shopping and emptying kitty litter.  I brought Chinese and we had a nice visit.  Made plans to visit again on Saturday.  I'm bringing another friend.  Last time this friend and I got together he took a nitro for some angina he was having.  Sometimes I have to wonder why my peer group has issues like osteoporosis and angina and I realize "oh wait, you're old too".   

Hope everyone has a great day.

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Morning-

Had a very good visit with the radiation oncologist.  He looked at all Mom's scans and disagrees that there's been a change.  He is going to show the scans to a couple of other radiologists, but does not think there's been a recurrence.  She'll have another scan in 6 months and we'll see if that shows any changes.  Even if it does, he feels that a few radiation treatments would take care of it.  We are all feeling relieved, and very, very lucky.  We celebrated with lobster afterwards!

My lawn looks like crap.  It's been very dry in recent weeks, so it's brown, rather than green.  At least I don't have to mow it when it doesn't grow.

Tweety- Can BF sleep with the bone stimulator on and use it overnight?  It would make me crazy to be stuck in the house for that long.  You've been a great friend to him and I'm sure you're keeping him sane.

Amo-I didn't realize you'd been so ill.  Wishing for better days ahead for you.

Time for work.  Talk to you later.

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Morning Tweety

BC that is good news

Yesterday was less crazy at work than Mon but things are still up in the air. Hopefully they'll settle down after today

Met J for dinner at one of our usual places.  Nice to get back into that routine

Church group is meeting tonight at a Mexican restaurant my dad and I visit pretty regularly 

Weather is still nice, in the 70s with no rain

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BC that is fantastic news!  Hope you weren't offended with me being so morose.  

Yes, George can wear the stimulator at night to get the hours in.  He doesn't have to do all ten in a row, just get 10 in throughout a 24 hour period.  So he's on and off with it, but he likes to get it out of the way and not be bothered with it at night, although knowing him from traveling with him he's a good sleeper and it wouldn't bother him, like it would me.  

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45 minutes ago, Tweety said:

BC that is fantastic news!  Hope you weren't offended with me being so morose.  

Yes, George can wear the stimulator at night to get the hours in.  He doesn't have to do all ten in a row, just get 10 in throughout a 24 hour period.  So he's on and off with it, but he likes to get it out of the way and not be bothered with it at night, although knowing him from traveling with him he's a good sleeper and it wouldn't bother him, like it would me.  

Not offended at all.  There's no good things to say about a lung cancer recurrence.  I'm just happy she dodged a bullet.  How long will George need the stimulator for?

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6 hours ago, BCgradnurse said:

Not offended at all.  There's no good things to say about a lung cancer recurrence.  I'm just happy she dodged a bullet.  How long will George need the stimulator for?

Such good news.

They say the average time on the bone stimulator is three to six months believe it or not.  He's been on it 29 days now.   I guess depending on his symptoms they will re-xray him or do another MRI.  His next follow up is mid-September and he has to be on it at least until then.

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Great news, BC! It's pretty amazing what they can do with radiation these days. I understand that RBG had rad tx for her recent cancer diagnosis . 

I guess I'll have to read up on how a bone stimulator works. Yeah, I don't think I could tolerate that at night, especially the way I toss and turn. Way back when CPMs were in use, thinking about being strapped to one of those looked nightmare-ish. 

Mexican food sounds good. We have a few good restaurants around here, but it's hard to find good mole. I like veggie burritos, too. 

Ugh, I slept poorly last night. I sustained some insect bites that are sooooo itchy. I took a benedryl that did nothing except give me dry mouth. And this thing implanted in my chest was very uncomfortable too. I am determined that tonight will be better. The crazy one was at work today; we overlap on Wednesdays, so I had to give her hand-off. And I didn't yell at her for not leaving report, so proud of myself. Now off for 6 days, yahoo. No plans, except good sleep tonight. dh comes back tomorrow from work trip to Las Vegas. 

Good work on mowing, Ted. Maybe I'll mow tomorrow. And maybe I won't. 

Amo, I am sorry that you had such a bad experience. I remember you asking about how to report. That was a terrible story from Florida. I hear a quote on NPR where someone said the then Governor, Rick Scott, said people should call him, but when they did there was no response. You're in New Jersey, right? I see there is an online option to make a complaint. 

https://www.state.nj.us/health/healthfacilities/file_complaint.shtml 

or at that same website there is a hotline to call. 

Dianah, how are the new hours suiting you? 

Stars, your posts seem less presured. I hope you and your dh are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. 

NurseBlaq, I am not an ARNP, but when I did my masters degree the best advice anyone gave me was buy more underwear. It's sounds funny, but I would put off doing laundry, but the one thing I had to put on clean was underwear. 

Hey ho to everyone I may have missed. Happy hump day. 

 

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Graduated from Physical Therapy today! Lateral hips are still weak, but not AS; they recommended I keep up the PT at home at least once a day, and I can do that... I WILL do that! (I like keeping the 'gypsies' quiet.) 

After my last appt, I hopped over to the (smaller) mall, thinking I might buy a pair of long/tall jeans in my size, but apparently the department stores think everyone is either short or average. I just hate having my ankle bones sticking out; I like the pants that fall to the instep/dorsal foot. I was told by one saleslady that she has the same problem and buys her pants and jeans  on line. Wouldn't work for me as I have no credit cards. ... and even catalogs from which I might purchase something by check, THEY don't sell many long/tall "trousers" either!  It's like the shoe folks think everyone has a B or Medium width...OR triple-E-wides. As Grampa used to say "Keeeeee-ripes!" And as I always say: "OH WELL!" 

So, since I bombed out looking for jeans, and I really did NOT feel like looking for shoes (also needed), I treated myself to having my nails done for the first time in, what, maybe 6 weeks? I went to a different salon and I like their work, so will probably go back there again.

Hubby takes Nannie to her PCP tomorrow; she has a late appointment (3:40 PM) and is in a tizzy, fretting and fretting about taking a bath before she goes. We will do the usual sink-side bath; it takes me 20-30 minutes from her 'strip' while sitting on the commode, to getting her dressed. No wasted time or movements involved, as I am a professional! And she only has to stand up ONE time, and that is when I am done. She can go straight to her recliner and wait for hours until hubby to bring the car around back. Oops, I forgot, she will probably need at least 60 minutes to pick out her outfit and earrings, spackle her make-up on, and spray half a can of hairspray on her hair. 🙄 All for a maybe-10-minute follow-up appointment to see how her med change is working.

It works fine; too bad it can't 'cure' her idea that I am still in school with her and that we are on a school baseball team for which she pitches.  I wonder if we are on the basketball team, too? She won't let her being 90 years old and 5'2" stop her!!!

amoLu, Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions! 😊 I have to cope with the aggravation with humor, it's been my way for a long time. It is sad, but it is also good to remember that Nannie's sweet, Southern personality contains a mean-streak 5 miles wide, even now. So the humor can get dark, but......OH WELL! .....I can only do the best I can do, and then VENT like crazy. Even sadder, there is absolutely NO ONE in this family who are willing, even reluctantly, to help us take care of her. So she's damn lucky to have us, because we believe in doing what's right, even if it isn't easy. But each one of us benefits in the long run, AMEN.

 

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OMG, I wish I had the knowledge, capability, and equipment to take a video of Ozzie  so you could've seen him for the past 15 minutes, resting on the sofa like a Sphinx, and really and truly watching the baseball game!  And  he's STILL watching !

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😂, would love to see a video of Ozzie intently watching the game!

Animals do the funniest things!  Our little chihuahua/Pomeranian (75/25), just barely 5#, is always invited up onto one of the living room chairs, so we can put on his collar and leash.  He will often hop right up, but about half the time he runs up to the chair, swings around backwards (you can see him calculating his approach and trajectory!), and jumps up - backwards!  We call it the Flooksbury Flop, after the Fosbury Flop, made famous by Dick Fosbury, who drew attention to this unusual back-wards-jumping technique of doing the high-jump when he won an Olympic gold medal using it, in 1968.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fosbury_Flop 

nurseJ22, new hours are OK, I am just a little tired.  Kinda like the initial week after the (dreaded) time change twice a year.  I have two more days to work, then dh and I leave after I get off on Friday, to drive up to Seattle.  I have two weeks off.  We are taking a few days to drive up -- but must report to the Port in Seattle on Tuesday, for we board a ship for a week-long, bluegrass-laden Alaska Inside Passage cruise.  Looking forward to meeting new ppl, renewing old friendships, and lots of jamming, as well as seeing the beautiful sights that EVERYONE who has been on an Alaska cruise assures us we will see!  So, I will need to FULLY adjust to my new schedule, AFTER we return!  Tomorrow night we pack, and Friday while I'm at work, dh will load the car so we can begin our drive by shaving off around three hours that evening.   Dh and I used to do long drives, when we were younger.  We don't think we can tolerate 12-hr drives anymore, so have split up the 18-hr drive to Seattle, into manageable portions (for us, anyway).

I don't think I could sleep with a bone stim on either.  I sleep restlessly as it is... Wishing BONE GROWTH for your friend, Tweety!

Today was OK, not too bad and patients all did well.  Our one afternoon patient, scheduled for a Tilt Table test, was a no-show, so I was able to help with Case Management.

Joe, nice that J is back and you can resume your normal routine. 🙂  Hope work was OK.

BC, from what I have seen from working in Radiology 21 yr, and now in Cardiology 16yr, it is truly the PRACTICE of medicine, and sometimes they just have to put their heads together and really take a good look at the whole picture!  It's not always a black-and-white photo, either!  Wishing your mom good news.

Have a nice evening!

 

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