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Wednesday March 11, 2020

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Good Morning!

Herring, what a good reminiscence.  

J22, there are two cases of Covid in our county now.  Both are in their 60's.  We're the most densely populated county in Florida.  It's a matter of time before more test positive.  Apparently there are eight cases in "Tampa Bay", an area of four counties of over 2.7 million.

Amo, thanks for the pep talk, much appreciated.  Don't remember the toilet paper shortage you're talking about.  

Ted, I see you're awake too so I'll post this now.  

Speaking of Covid-19, I realize that I'm not prepared to be quarantined.  I think this is something I need to think about since being a hospital nurse I might be exposed.  Maybe this weekend I'll stock up on stuff.  I do have plenty of toilet paper though.  

I also read the recommendations that 60 and above avoid public gatherings, cruises, etc. for now and realized I'm in that category.  Bah humbug.  

Yesterday I did hot yoga and a 5.5 mile walk, so I don't have to beat myself up.  Scale showed a new low today that I haven't seen in many years, showing a 13 pound loss.  My BMI is still in the "overweight category" though.  Humph.   I really didn't realize I had so much extra weight.  

 Best friend made us dinner and we went to see the sunset.  Was disappointed that it was cloudy and we didn't get to see it.  He's walking much better.  He splurged and got some specially made inserts by an orthotic expert his podiatrist recommended.  Turns out his feet have very high arches are a bit "deformed".  

Despite being very relaxed and chill when I went to sleep last night (after midnight) the insomnia bug bit me bad this morning and I couldn't sleep starting around 3:30 and just decided to get up and it's not even 5AM yet.  Good thing I'm off today.

I hope everyone has a good day.

 

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Good Morning!

Tweety - Those were nice pictures of the sunset, and you and your friend, that you shared on FB. Enjoy your day off today! 🙂 

I've been up since 4:00 AM (EST), which is not unusual for me. Just chillin', surfin' the 'net. 

Almost finished with editing the first four educational videos. Still have four more to record. Hopefully I can meet with my co-workers next week to do the video-recording. If not, this particular project will have to be on hold until mid-April, when we get back from Sedona, Arizona.

Well. . . the Coronavirus thing is getting real for our teeny-tiny hospital. Two ER nurses are being furloughed for 2 weeks due to exposure to the virus. (Both of them are night-shift nurses.) Apparently, a patient who presented in the ER for "weakness", was found to be "presumptive positive" for the Coronavirus. My ICU Nurse Manager called me yesterday afternoon and asked if I would switch nights (and departments), and work in the ER Friday night. Originally, I was scheduled to work in the ICU tonight. (Our teeny-tiny ICU was over-staffed tonight.) Of course I said, "Yes". My only request is that a seasoned ER Nurse work with me that night. So, I'm off from work tonight and working  Friday night in the ER instead. I'm happy to have a third night off in a row.

Nothing much else going on. Amy just woke up, so I gonna to join her downstairs and drink First Coffee. 

Hope all have a nice day. 🙂

Ted

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Morning Tweety and Ted.  Glad I work at home, reduces the risk of coronavirus 

Had strange dreams last night, not sure why, maybe I was awake more than I realized?

Work was good.  Today will be less productive as I have 3 meetings

Exercised and ran errands.  Prepared some thread for embroidery...they want you to wash in soap and water and dry before using, otherwise the color can run

Meeting J for dinner tonight, for the first time in a while.  Or so I hope...he has to wait for someone to come and repair his internet connection.  Hopefully they'll be done before he has to leave

 

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Morning-

I think it's just a matter of time before anyone who works in health care is exposed to Covid.  I don't know how things are going to run if many staff have to be quarantined.  We are looking into a telemedicine platform that will allow us to work from home if need be.  That's doable for an outpatient practice, but not inpatient.  I don't know if I've said this here, but I suspect Covid has been around since early winter.  We saw a lot of mild viral illness fitting the bill, where patients tested negative for the flu.  I do have lots of toilet paper 😂, but should stock my freezer.  There's lots of grocery home delivery services I could use if need be.  I already get cat food and litter delivered.  

Tweety-Doesn't it suck to be considered in the "geriatric" category for risk?  I'm a couple of years away from 60, but it feels awfully close.  I hope you sleep better tonight.

Ted-I'm sorry about Italy.  Is Sedona a definite replacement?

Hi Joe-Hope all is well with you.

Time to get ready for work.  Stay healthy, everyone!

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BCgradnurse - Unless additional travel bans are placed, we're going to Sedona, Arizona on March 23rd, and staying for about 10 days.  We usually rent whole homes through vacation-home-rentals when we visit the Sedona area . Interestingly, there're seems to be a lot of cancellations taking place around this time period, which is causing some price reductions on the rentals.  Amy is working through the details on all of this. Hope work is kind to you today. 🙂

Joe - Hope you and J can get together for dinner tonight.  Hope his internet connection gets fixed.

Well. . . I'm off to get fitted for an N-95 mask! L O L! (It's been a couple of years since I've been fitted with one.) This is for when I float down to the ER this Friday night. I believe that the entire staff is being fitted. (It's getting "real".)

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There are 267 cases in our state with a population of 7.4 million, probably more but there are a couple of bottlenecks in testing. Our little health department is collecting 6 more specimens this morning via drive-up. It has been taking up to 6 days for results. 

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Tweety: i think your BMI may be inaccurate if some of that weight is muscle. I remember when Arnold had a BMI of 12% fat and he was huge.

During the time we used junk mail and newspapers for toilet paper we burned our paper and cardboard in backyard incinerators. That was a big contributor to the horrid smog we had in LA then.

I hope J makes it to dinner, Joe.

 

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I am leaving a little early today, but will call in to an online video training about how to log contact investigations in the State data base. I made a quick HV to refill a TB patient meds but didn't stay due to my own cold. dh has been told to stay home with his cold. He saw his MD last week who said he was okay but I think everyone is so spooked that they kicked him out. He goes back to doc tomorrow for test results so maybe he will be re-released to work. 

Yeah, that whole BMI thing is funky. When my eldest ds started his current job they did a whole bunch of physiologic testing. He is quite muscular and lean and his BMI showed him to be overweight with 6% body fat. 

I get refitted for a N95 mask yearly because I see TB patients. We just recently purchased 2 CAPR helmets, too. They are sort of like PAPRs, but a little less cumbersome. 

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This is what we are using for specimen collection.  Joe, I hope your dinner plans work out. 

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11 hours ago, BCgradnurse said:

I think it's just a matter of time before anyone who works in health care is exposed to Covid. 

Sometimes it also goes the other direction 😥. They had to shut down the cardiology office and move those appointments elsewhere.

KOP Doctor Among 9 to Test Positive for Coronavirus in Montco

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/coronavirus/montgomery-county-coronavirus-cases-pennsylvania/2318941/

 

Lots of changes at work- local colleges are transitioning to an online format, no conference attendance allowed, all patient classes cancelled. Waiting for elective surgeries to be forced into a holding pattern.

Outside of work, it's at least decent weather wise. I always forget how nice it is to open doors and windows and get fresh air.

Time to go feed the dog her evening "cheese". In quotes because said cheese just so happens to be wrapped around her pill that she won't take plain or in a pill pocket made to hide pills. Nope, gotta be cheese.

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Okay this is bugging me J22, what does "made a quick HV" mean?  It's the abbreviation I always use for "hemovac drain" so I can't get my mind to think what you mean.  😂

We have to be fit tested annually for our TB masks, which I suppose will be our Covid-19 masks as well.  

I understand that I was overweight at the start of this year, but I'm not really feeling overweight still, maybe a couple of pounds.   I do have a lot more musculature now that I lift a couple of times a week than when I was a rail thin runner and never went to the gym and feel that keeps my BMI "overweight".   

Just got emailed our standings and my bowling teams remains in 18th place.  woo hoo

Had a decent day.  I took a short tap at 8AM for about an hour and then went to the gym and made three dishes while watching Netflix shows.

Still need to walk the dog, take a shower and relax some.

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Hello.  Busy day in the cath lab.  Patients doing well, yay.  I will be in the Stress Lab tomorrow.

So, tomorrow our facility begins screening of anyone entering it.  Staff will be allowed to enter only through one monitored portal, and the public through another (monitored as well).  I have a blue dot on my badge that indicates I have received the inservice and answered the three questions with a negative.  When I went to the ICU today to pick up a bed for our patient, I was met by an RN who inspected my badge for the blue dot, and insisted I use hand sanitizer before entering the unit.  She also insisted I use it as I left the unit. 

I hope all these precautions and trip cancellations and limiting of social exposure will help and reduce the spread of the virus.

Dh says one of the cats figured out how to open the door to the pendulum of the Regulator clock!  It hangs on the wall over the (un-used, upright) piano.  She jumped onto the piano and worried the clasp till she opened it.  Cats are forever curious!   The clock used to hang on the wall in his dad's elementary school classroom.  It must be wound once a week with a key.  His dad bought it when the school closed, and he later gave it to dh. 

Skies were beautiful today, and not too cold (for us).  The next three days it should rain though.  Not complaining here!

Have a good evening!

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Normal (ha!) day. Very pleasant temp = lower 70's and NOT humid.

Got the grocery shopping and laundry done today. Gas is down to $2.01/gal and may go lower.

Saw a video of hundreds of starving monkeys fighting over food in Thailand. They are usually kept well-fed by tourists, but d/t coronavirus....no tourists. It was pitiful to see and it really kind of freaked me out. Funny how something like that is what it took to bring it home to me that the world going into lock-down everywhere is going to make a lot of things worse before it gets better.

Aren't I a cheerful little so-and-so? 

No, we aren't at all prepared for this either, although I see signs of things to come. Lots of products being bought up in multiples. Though we can't afford to ignore some of the needs we should take care of now, somehow the immediate present (ie all kinds of doc appts and tests for hubby and I, and the perpetual Nannie dramas) is what takes front-row-center. I've put a large container of Lysol wipes in my van because stores are using up so many of their cart-handle-wipes, they have over-flowing wastebaskets and fast-emptying containers of wipes. Now if I could only stop touching my face. I am quite a habitual eye-rubbing person. Then there's my fly-away hairs which tickle my cheeks and chin, which I scratch prior to pushing my hair back (a useless act; they always come back around to my face, and sometimes wander over to my lips or into my mouth ~ppttoooie~. 

Ahh, me, que sera sera?

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