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Wednesday January 30, 2019

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Good Morning!

The site seems to be loading better now.  Thanks guys. 

Hope those in the path of the polar vortex stay safe and warm.  I just can't imagine.  It's already 50 here, but our "polar vortex" effect is that it will stay in the 50's which is way under normal for us this time of year.  We are promised a warm up to the 70's this weekend.

Ted, I can imagine Amy's shock at Mayson's kill.  Once Billy brought in a fruit rat, which are big rats that love citrus, which wasn't dead.  I was able to release it and hope it faired well with whatever injuries it incurred.  I hate rats.  Hope your shifts go well.

Joe, I do feel a change on the horizon for you professionally, but know you put a lot of thought into it.  Hope you have a good day.

BC, Sprouts is a competitor of Whole Foods, which doesn't have a hold here in this county yet.  It's a nice store and had some decent prices.  It's a bit far for me to go to.  I'm bummed because all the good stores like Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Lucky's and now Sprouts are very inconvenient for me to get to.  My side of town has a lot of African Americans and stores like that just don't want to come here and I'm seeing a pattern...not to be racist but the white side of town gets the stores but we don't.  Humph.......  Enjoy Miami.  I think too they will be below normal, but picture a New Englander from the cold north will be in shorts and flip flops enjoying it all.

Nel, hope you get the chores done with Big Boy in that cold and he stays warm.  Hope the work cats find somewhere warm.

Herring, hope the aspiration went well for your husband.

Stars, standing up straight is a victory.  Congrats.  All the best.

So I got my car's power steering fixed.  Apparently it wasn't the pump but some pipe leading to it that wasn't under the warranty but not too expensive.  They found some sort of leak that will need fixing to the tune of $1300.  My dilemma is that the car is 12 years old with 150,000 miles and do I want to pay that to keep the car running longer or bite the bullet and get a new car.  Pros and cons to both situations.  Right now it's not an emergency so I'm kicking the can.  Guy says it could last a month or a year without issues but there's a leak that needs addressing.  Might see if I can get a private mechanic to fix it rather than the dealer which tends to charge premium prices, should I go that route.   The materialistic part of me would love a new car though and it would be hopefully reliable.  What I don't want to do is nickel and dime an old car.  If I fix this, then surely something else, and something else.  

Decisions.

Other than that I managed to mop and clean the bathrooms.  This morning I have some laundry going and need meal prep for a couple of days.  I ate crappy yesterday.  But had a nice breakfast out.  I saw the restaurant sold "Trump Hot Sauce - No PC Added" and had a sign "Couples Welcome" which seems a strange thing to say (which I took as meaning heterosexual couples desired).  Won't be going back there.

Have a great day.

 

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Morning Tweety, that is a hard decision, whether to spend more money on an old car

Stars glad you're feeling some relief

Yesterday was better at work.  Work was the same, but I decided that for now I'm not going to worry about what the future holds until I get more information.  I don't want to change jobs this quickly either, want to wait at least until the summer or fall

Went out to eat with the church group, had about 10 people who braved the cold

J and I decided to cancel tonight's date due to the cold.  Will just stay in and exercise most likely

Have an early morning meeting tomorrow, as far as I know it's still on and still in person.  Not going to enjoy those very low temps

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Morning-

The vortex hasn't hit here yet, but will overnight.  I'm glad to be getting away right now.  Temps are supposed to be in the mid 70s in Miami.  That's swimming in the ocean weather for me.

Work has been annoying.  Patients don't want to come in and want all their problems solved over the phone.  Our office policy is that all non-emergent communications need to go through the patient portal.  I get that deductibles are an issue and co-pays are high, but we can't do everything over the phone, nor do we have time to.  I had numerous calls yesterday from a patient who has cancelled all follow ups, but calls 2-3 times a day with questions.  I outright refused to talk to her.  Enough already.  There's no reason why she can't make her appointments, and I'm not going to enable this behavior.  End of rant.

Tweety-That's a shame that many stores won't build in your part of town.  I don't think you're imagining the reason why.  Bigotry is alive and well.  Look what happened to Jussie Smollett yesterday.  I'm sickened by it.

Joe-Stay warm.  Don't go out if you don't have to.

Take care, all.

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Wow, Tweety. 

That kind of in your face bigotry is just maddening. 

Understand about the car. Mine is 14, with 186,000 miles. I hate to replace it, because I should keep it to all horse stuff. My car always has bags of chopped hay and shavings in it. It's like a mobile storage unit.

Sunny and bright and absolutely freezing here.

I saw that the University of Iowa cancelled classes. They didn't cancel in 1994, when it was -55 degrees.

We were told they couldn't close because of UI hospital.

I walked to class in -55 degree weather. I tried to line my path through open buildings etc., but I did it.

Schools are closed here due to the cold.

Just another day in paradise. LOL!

Stay safe everybody.

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The wind chill in central KY at 1100 is -10 degrees.

I will bring Biggie in extra early.

There is no reason for him to stand in a barren field freezing. 

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My family in Chicago are mostly staying home today. The one young cousin, a traffic police officer, has to work. Some of the schools are warming centers so our cousin, a retired CNA is volunteering with seniors at a school. Here it is 62 F and partly sunny. Rain expected tomorrow.

Husband has no pain in his left hip! Hip Hip Hurray! Now he can notice the much milder pain in the other.

Taking step-Mom to the eye doctor for discomfort in her right eye. It started Monday.

No Stars: I hope you and Nanny do OK together.

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Good Afternoon!

Ileal aching and sore incision, but other than that, just peachy ... with the help of muscle relaxant and pain med.

Hubby took Nannie out to her hairdresser for a perm, then out to lunch. Left him a text that I am up and dressed, so maybe he'll bring me back some take-out for my lunch.

Tweety, That ONE piece of pipe not under warranty is $1300? Jeezo! I'd go for a new car that is ALL under warranty. Of course, first I'd have to come up with a decent down payment. When time comes for the van to go, I'll be searching for a used vehicle. Can't drive stick-shift anymore due to my all right-side physical complications, which bums me out, as I prefer to change my gears myself, but oh well, whatcha gonna do; life is about change.

Joe, if you changed jobs, would you still go with case management?

BCg, You could hire me as sort of your home-visit person...I'd go to all your cancelling patients and phoners, and do my best "Cher" impersonation, ie slap them twice and say "SNAP OUT OF IT!"

Nel, when my sister had her goat farm, she also had a hauler-van for the hay, etc. She even drove the goats to the vet in that van, which sometimes caused other drivers to do a big double-take...nope, not dogs...GOATS! I'm glad Biggie gets to go in early today. Once a home health patient had a stray cat that hung around their house...in the winter I made a cardboard box 'house' for it, lined inside with newspapers and aluminum foil, and a small pillow, then wrapped and taped down the outside with 4 plastic trash bags, leaving a small corner hole with a towel 'flap' for exit/entrance. I guess the first time I put the cat into the box, it thought I was trying to kill it. But once it got in there and figured out it was WARMER, it came out, rubbed against my legs and went back inside. It made me feel so good that I could do something concrete to help that freezing little kitty. Might be difficult to do the same for your hospital cats, though.

herring, my screen notification tells me you have 'replied'. So, hello to you and all others to follow...

I think hubby just parked in the driveway...soon I will find out if he brought me some lunch.

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PS, Do you all get your notifications that someone has made a response...a day late? Responses I have already read and clicked on 'Like' show up the next day as if they were new; then I have to go to my post to click on the rest of the entries in order to find that out. Seems like extra steps for no reason. And, harumph, it seems like the time limit for editing a post is shorter than it used to be.

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Good Afternoon -

Wow! t's a blizzard outside! LOTS of snow falling. Just a few hours ago, it was sunny outside, and cold. Now it's snowing outside, and cold. LOL! (It is winter, after all! LOL!) 

Work, last night, was a steady-busy in our teeny-tiny ICU. My one and only patient ended up breathing well, and having a few hours of restful sleep. After work, at precisely 0905 this morning, I was "On Air", on radio-station WSBS, with my co-worker promoting "Healthy Heart Night" coming up this Friday. During the interview, I felt like my mouth was full of marbles as I worked to explain the history behind this event. My co-worker did a great job giving details about this year's Healthy Heart Night. Upon returning to the hospital, we got real positive reviews of our radio interview which was nice to hear. Although I've done this radio interview a few times in the past, it still gives me some anxiety. I was dreading this interview all freakin' week long. While we were doing it, though, it ended up being fun. The radio personality who interviewed us knows how to keep the conversation going, and knows how to help relax the interviewees. I was supposed to work tonight! However, I caught my nurse-manager in the hallway (after the interview) and boldly asked if I could have the night off. There were three of us scheduled. (Our teeny-tiny 3 to 4 bed ICU needs only two RNs.) She said yes! (Hooray!) So, to be clear, I'm not On Call. I'm Off! Yes!  This makes for a 5-day week-end! 😄  🎶

These next couple of days will be focused on Friday's Health Heart Night. I'll be making sure that all is ready for that night including audio-visual related stuff, and setting-up/taking-down tables & chairs. 

Just looked out the window to see how the blizzard was doing. It stopped! No more snow. (That was one of the shortest blizzards I've seen! LOL!)

Tweety - Cars: They are gas-guzzling, money-sucking pollution machines. They're a necessary evil. I hate 'em!  I do like my Jeep Cherokee, even though they don't get the highest rating from Consumer Reports. Wearing studded tires during the winter time, this 6-cylinder "gas-guzzling, money-sucking pollution machine" easily gets me through the worst weather as I commute 27.6 miles (one way) to work. I wish you well as you make your decision. 

Joe - Sad to read that you had to cancel your date with J. It must be COLD where you live! Not good! Be safe, Joe! 

BCgradnurse - The idea of solving healthcare-related problems over the phone is so foreign to me. (Heck! I don't even like talking on the phone. I dislike texting even more! LOL!) I need to see people's faces when I talk to them. As for people cancelling their appointments and calling for assistance on the phone 3 or 4 times per day?!? THAT would drive me nuts! I applaud you for not enabling that behavior! Good for you! Stay warm tonight as this vortex makes it way towards you. 

Lil Nel - Seems quite cold around your area of life! Winter is simply no fun at all. (It's my least favorite season.) With that said, I used to walk to school when I was in kindergarten and 1st grade. We were living in Malone, NY, during that time. It gets cold and a whole lot of snow there during the winter time. Rarely was school cancelled (if at all). And, I STILL walked to school, trudging through snow up to my 5-year-old knee caps. Now?!? I whine when I see one little flurry outside! LOL!

herring_RN - Hope your family in the Chicago area are kept safe and warm. It is good to read that your husband isn't feeling pain in his left hip. Hopefully the right hip isn't too discomforting for him.

NSIME - Good to read that things are relatively "peachy". Muscle relaxants and pain meds are our friends when needed!

Gotta go and feed the dog. Afterward, I think I'll start writing a new composition as a way of enjoying my unexpected night off from work!

Peace, folks! 🙂

Ted

 

 

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Ted, I read somewhere this morning that your area would be getting about 2 feet of snow! Of course, the predictions for where I used to live were a bit dire, but they got just "a dusting". My sister in Maine said that they got wind and rain yesterday and were expecting maybe 2 feet of snow also, but up there 2 ft of snow ain't nuthin'. And we also walked to school all the way through the 8th grade. ALL year, (rain, snow, heat, but not at night,) I liked cracking the thin ice sheets in the gutters during the winter, and popping the bubbled-up tar in the summer. Then I got a bicycle and there was a goose that chased me down hill from the school to a 4-way intersection (rural, not urban). I hated that dern goose. I'd get going as fast as I could, then coast with my legs held up so it couldn't bite at them.

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"Somebody reacted to a post on a topic". 

Huh.

Could we be a little less generic? I mean, even "You've got mail" would be better. And getting to a 'reaction' is labyrinthine path requiring even more clicking than it used to did! 

SIMPLIFY, please! (not just for this or me, but for all!)

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NSIME - What seems to be happening this winter, at least in the area where I live, is extreme changes in weather. One day, it'll be below zero degrees outside after a snow storm. The next day?? It'll be 35 degrees outside with rain/freezing rain. Thank goodness, though, we didn't get 2 feet of snow. Currently, there's about 5 inches of snow on the ground (which is not unusual for us). I did the same thing when I walked to school during my kindergarten & 1st grade years living in Malone, NY. Cracking the thin ice sheets in the gutters was fun! I didn't have to worry about a goose chasing me, though. LOL! (Hope your sister in Maine is safe and warm! Two feet of snow seems like a lot to me!)  Cheers, NSIME! 🙂

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