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Wednesday - January 8th, 2020 - Good Morning!

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Good Morning!

Recently woke up from First Sleep. (The bladder beckoned.) Thought I'd type a warm "Hello", along with a few other words, then go back to bed to attempt Second Sleep.

Worked as Shift Director for the 3PM to 11PM shift yesterday. One word: "Ugh!" Besides being a busy evening shift, our hospital was practicing the new updated Meditech system that will be fully implemented next month. The "practice" part involved physicians and nurses doing "parallel charting" on selected patients. "Parallel charting" is geek-speak for "double charting", using the current (older) Meditech system and the new one. Needless to say, it was a surreal time for all involved. Parts of this practice went fairly well. Other parts??? Not so much. There were "end users" (that would be the nurses and doctors) who saw that practice software for the FIRST time, yesterday. This was after being told, for the past couple of weeks, to informally "practice" on our own with the "practice" upgraded Meditech software. Unfortunately, most, including me(!), were NOT able to practice on their own due to a significant communication glitch between our the "suits" of our larger healthcare system and the our teeny-tiny hospital. When I found out about this "communication glitch", I wanted to explode!!! Well, it seems that EVERYONE is going through the trials and tribulations of this HUGE software upgrade, including those freakin' "suits". (Idiots!!!) Anyway, it seems that most, if not all, have proper access to that practice upgraded Meditech software. Finally. Needless to say, yesterday evening was a wild ride.

And. . . Today, I repeat the role of Mr. Shift Director for the 3PM to 11PM shift. Hopefully, things will go much more smoothly with this whole "parallel charting" thing.

I'm not used to this evening shift thing. The evening shift has always been my least favorite one. (The day shift comes in a close second place!) Folks, I'm a long-standing night shift worker, and I like it that way. L O L!

Don't have much more to share. Gonna try to get me some Second Sleep. 

Peace, folks. 🙂

Ted

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Good morning.  

Ted, we went through a major upgrade in our charting system a while back and it changed everything.  Some of us were trained months prior to the change and I practically forgot everything I learned.  There were some major glitches for the docs when it went live and there were some meltdowns.  But the worst of the people that ignored any training opportunities, were on maternity leave, worked only part time,  or didn't get the memo and had to be trained on go-live day.  

Had a decent day Tuesday. Mopped, went to yoga, fell asleep, cooked and had a nice walk outside.  The weather was 70 and low humidity.  A tad cooler than I like it but good for walking in shorts and a t-shirt.   Very sunny.

Work today and tomorrow.  I got a text asking me to come in yesterday and I said no.  Was too tired.

 

 

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Morning Ted

Morning Tweety

Woke up early, had problems falling back to sleep.  Not sure why

Maybe I was nervous that I was weighing myself for the first time in nearly 3 weeks. It was fine, only a gain of 2lb from my near record low weight from before Christmas 

Was a little nervous starting work, as initially I still was not able to reach anyone.  Then 3 people in a row called me back and I was really busy.  So it was very productive 

Rest of the day was calm.  Exercised, ran errands, and did some CEUs

Will have dinner with J tonight if he's up to it. He's been under the weather since returning from CA

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G'morning, trinity! It appears the weather finally looked at the calendar and it is predicted to cool down to the 30's and possibly snow. We've had temps in the 50s and lots of rain, which means lowland flooding. I had to go to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions for dh ( I was right, he has Bell's palsy) and traffic was snarled due to road closures/flooding. 

I was really feeling down for some reason, so I ate some junk food and went to bed early. My pacer site has been really achy. Just when I think its finally healed, the burn and ache flares up. I find myself really cranky and short tempered and I hate that. I don't know if I'm anxious, or what. The one thing that makes me feel better is running, so run I shall. When I went to the gym yesterday I realized that I didn't know how to turn on the fancy machines, but luckily they offer an orientation. This also includes a fitness eval and training plan. I just wanna know how to turn the bloody things on. They gym is co-0wned by a couple of home town boys who played in the NFL. I was shocked yesterday when the guy working at the desk was one of the owners! He was super nice . I went to grade school and high school with 2 of his uncles and their whole family is wonderful. 

NSIME, that is pretty cute how your hubby names the deer. Sounds like Spike needs to mind his manners. 

Ted, those darn EMRs are the devil! I don't know if you follow zdoggmd, but he has some choices things to say about them. https://zdoggmd.com/va-emr/

Tweety, good for you for turning down that extra shift.

Joe, I hope J is feeling better soon. 

herring, is the itchy rash gone yet? 

later, guys and gals

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Hi-

I've been hiding under the covers the last few days with bronchitis.  I made it to work today, but have zero energy.  At least it's not the flu.  It's rampant here, and I'll be happy to avoid it.

Hope all are ok.

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BCgradnurse - Oh dear! Bronchitis is no fun. Hope you're feeling up to your normal, healthy self, with LOTS of energy. . . soon! 🙂

nursej22 - It's cool that you met two former NFL players (owners of the gym). Hope all goes well with you DH. Hope you're feeling better, too. I've been in a somewhat grumpy mood as well. Exercise does help get out of it. (Mr. Fit-Bit, which resides on my left wrest, likes to remind me to do just that: exercise! GRRRR! L O L! ) Will check out the web-site that you shared! I could use a good laugh! L O L!

Joe - Hope J is feeling better so that you can have a nice dinner together tonight. 

Tweety - Seems like you had a nice day, yesterday. Hope work is kind to you today.

Recently woke up from Second Sleep. Gonna leave to go to work, soon. I have an evaluation for being a Shift Director, before I start the 3PM to 11PM shift (as Shift Director). Hope the evaluation thing goes well. Not looking forward to dealing with the whole "parallel charting" thing. The hospital is providing a therapy dog for the staff during the days that the testing goes on. The therapy dog is, of all things, a chihuahua!! L O L! Those things are usually vicious!! This dog, though, is cute and very calm. I was surprised! Hope the poor dog survives all of the anxious petting that it's gonna get from staff!

Cheers. . . 🙂

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Yo, pe-oples!

Sunny and cool-ish today; sposta be rainy over the weekend. That gets hubby off the hook for yard work ... the leaves are glumpy-wet and lots of those green oniony (wild chives?) things growing taller and taller; when they are mowed, they just lay over and are hard to get cut down. Hubby HATES the smell of them. Nannie wants the yard cleaned up, but with all the every-other-day-or-two rains, there's no sense in trying to mow what lawn there is, or blow leaves that don't want to move.

Dropped Ozzie off at the groomer's and he should be ready a bit after 1 PM. Hubby's run out on a couple of quick errands, and I hope he's back by the time the groomer calls. Nannie is her usual self, confused some, and yakking a lot, but not yet in a terrible mood ... yet. Give her a couple of hours.

Which one of you is supposed to be working 5 or 6 twelve hour shifts in a row? Tweety? Well, whoever it is, OMG, I hope you survive intact. I've only had a few long weeks like that, and lemme tell ya, even with just one patient (private duty)...the last hours of that last day are killer!

Welp, groomer is finishing up Ozzie and I have called hubby's cell, but it went to voicemail. RATZ!  

Will sign off for now, and drop by later...

Have a good'n y'all!

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes

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NSIME - Yep! It's no fun raking wet leaves. I haven't raked leaves in decades. Either the wind blows them away, or the decay on the lawn, acting as natural fertilizer. In the spring time, I mow over them, and no one can ever tell they were there. I bet Ozzie looks great after his stay at the groomers!

Off to work I go. . . 

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I just mowed the lawn. It's about time because it's the first time it got mowed this year. 😉

Like many musicians my dad always worked New Years Eve. When my sister was five he came to kiss us goodbye and said, "So long girls. I'll see you next year."  She began to cry until he explained that "next year" started tomorrow.

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Ozzie looks great, as usual, after a wash and trim. But I had to take him over to the Vet's office for a tech to squeeze his anal glands. The groomer said they felt "rock hard." The Vet Tech said they were just really FULL. He had "normal thickness" fluid, but no infection or anything. I'm to bring him back in about three weeks just for the tech to see him again because I can't remember when he last had it done; it may have to be a routine thing, we don't know yet. Our previous groomer only had to have him go to the vet's to have it done, maybe 2 x in 10 yrs. and the rest of the time she did it. OH WELL! 

Yep, Nannie started getting antsy about 3:15 PM. She wanted to leave and go to her 'other house'. Nope, not happening. Then a bit later she appeared, hauling her 2-ton purse (with no $$ in it) and she asked for hubby to give her a ride uptown so she could get something to eat. He said it wasn't suppertime yet, which made her quite mad ... the silent kind of mad, though! 😉 

Now she is bunched up in her recliner, with arms tightly folded and a big frown on her face. Asked if she was cold, and could she use a blanket? ...."No, I'll be okay. If he's not going to take me out to eat, I know I have some grapes somewhere here." (Ain't it pitiful.) If you're cold, eating refrigerated grapes won't help you get warmer. And if you say 'no' to an afghan you won't get warmer, either. "Don't worry about me, I'll be all right." 

Okay, so I am not worrying about her.

Then when hubby came in from "feeding the livestock" (putting out deer corn, etc) She said she was sick to her stomach, and no she didn't want to go to the hospital. "It's okay; I go through spells like this every once in a while." Hubby said, "It's true; we've seen your 'spells' many times ...  mostly whenever you don't get your own way." She called him not very nice names.

It is a whiney and passive-aggressive afternoon, sliding downward into the sunset! Wheeee!

PS: Ted, there is no raking of leaves here, the lawn is too huge for raking. In fact, last time Nannie groused about the leaves, hubby offered her the rake. That earned him a cussing, too. He says when her husband was still alive she would drop heavy, heavy hints about something that needed doing, rather than asking or telling him to please take care of it. It was more on the order of "What are the neighbors going to say!" FiL was wise to her ways, and said he could go across the street and ask them, if she wanted him to... which earned him a cussing ... to which he'd reply, "Why don't you curse a little bit more?"

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes

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