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  • in reply to: The View From Bill's Window, #5291079 Report Abuse
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    I’m glad to be reading that Bill had two good nights now. Maybe a new pattern of ‘new normal’ is starting to develop. This is a learning process for everyone.

    I wrote a long post, so I’m just going to email it to you privately.

    Hugs, and hang in there! You are the wife again.


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    Prayers to you and all the others in the family. There are no words at this time that will console a family’s broken hearts. This is a tragedy that no family should ever have to endure. Praying that the hearts can mend; my deepest sympathy to all.


    in reply to: Thank you !!!!!!!! #5291050 Report Abuse
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    I have discovered that when you have a birthday and can still do the same things you did on your last birthday, IT’S A GREAT DAY!

    Glad you had a great day! Playing with flowers is always fun.


    in reply to: Sue (Hiker) Needs Our Support #5291044 Report Abuse
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    Prayers to Sue and the family. There are no words at this time that will console a family’s broken hearts with this kind of tragedy. So Sorry for the pain this is causing all of you.


    in reply to: Happy Birthday Sharon ~ CatsBirds~ #5290630 Report Abuse
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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope your day is special and you have many more!


    in reply to: My Latest Project (Pictures, As Promised) #5290629 Report Abuse
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    If you are into bird feeding you could put some pipe/s across and hang feeders.


    in reply to: Monday in the Midwest September 29, 2014 #5290625 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I bet you never thought you would hear me say this, but I had a really good night at work, SAD, but still good. Our sweet lady passed away at 9:50 yesterday morning over at the hospital. Her DH was in his room with all his family when I got to work. He’s doing as good as possible. The family has already discussed having him moved to the Good Sam in his hometown, which is only 15 min. away, and near his family. It will be a fantastic move for him. He’ll be back in the community where he lived his whole life and a fresh start. He won’t have to look at all of his wife’s stuff. The family had just started going through all the stuff in the parent’s house getting ready to have a sale and letting the house go. It had to be done, and at least the mom got to be a part of that, and now the kids can finish. They lived here in this town, but had lived in the other town almost all their lives.

    I worked the first two hrs. of my shift by myself again. I washed up everyone I could, and my college girl showed up at 4 with tons of energy and a HUGE SMILE, so we got lots done! All the twos were washed up and many others that could be done; some we can’t do until they actually go to bed. I stuck around for an extra hour instead of leaving on my supper break so I could help her get everyone down to the dining room. I’m really tired of having to work with the one snotty aide who showed up at 6. She came walking in when I left for supper. I gave her what I always get; I didn’t say only a few words to her all night. I avoided helping her at all points. My college girl left at nine still smiling. When it was time to go home at 10 I told the nurse I was leaving, got my thank you for my help, and left. The other aide sat in a chair playing with her phone and said nothing to me. She did take the garbage and dirty laundry down before I left, but I know the true reason why she got so ambitious and did that. She was avoiding having to wash up the one resident. One more thing I can write down in my lists of complaints about her. She avoid doing people she doesn’t particularly like if she can; she will also avoid feeding people also. LOL

    Sandy, I sure hope you can get that mess straightened out once and for all.

    Lair, Have you ever tried wrapping your tree in a bed sheet before you bring it in? It would be pull all the branches in close and hopefully not damage it too much going through a doorway. It’s a thought.

    Carol, You sound like a woman on a mission! Our gas was at $3.15 and then went down to $3.12; I was shocked. I’m sure our DS must have about $3 because he’s always 10 cents cheaper in the Des Moines area.

    Everyone have a great day. I don’t work today, but I’ll see if I get a phone call.


    in reply to: Medical Question about Thyroid #5290361 Report Abuse
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    My T3, Liothyronine Sodium, is the generic version of Cytomel.

    I took Synthroid for years. When they upped my dose my cholesterol would go down; then when they would lower my dose my cholesterol would go up again.

    I went to the Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome web site and bought some of their supplements. I dropped my cholesterol 40+ points in 3 mo. My dr. was surprised.


    in reply to: Medical Question about Thyroid #5290253 Report Abuse
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    I didn’t intend to offend you. When I said attitude I probably should have said you might have to change your thinking. I learned that some thyroid issues are inherited. Both my mom and dad had hypothyroid, and 3 of us 7 kids have thyroid issues, and now 4 grandchildren have had issues. My mom’s count was so low when my dad finally made her go to the dr.; the dr. didn’t know how she was able to walk into his office when he got the blood test back. She spent the better part of her day in bed because she was exhausted. A blood test, a diagnosis of low thyroid, and then put on a thyroid pill. You wouldn’t believe the difference that little pill made in 2 weeks.

    I truly hope you don’t ever have to go on medicine. Again, sorry for the bad choice of words.


    in reply to: Sunday in the Midest #5290241 Report Abuse
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    I am so happy to hear about your trip. I couldn’t go that long without seeing my grandbaby, but I guess if my kids were that far away I would have to. I hope you have a wonderful trip.


    in reply to: Sunday in the Midwest 9-28-14 #5290167 Report Abuse
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    Hi Carol, I worked with the witch last night. Imagine my feelings when she walked in as the person I had to work with. She was on one of her power trips times 10, so I let her kill herself. She did the work of 2 people, and I let her. I’m waiting for someone (dayshift head nurse) to say something (complain) to me and then I’m going to let some ammunition fly. It was supposedly passed on that we are NOT  to do EZ Stand people alone anymore; we are to use two people. Well this witch took it upon herself to do everyone possible by herself. She informed me that we weren’t washing anyone up before supper, not even showers; OKAY, BOSS! Thankfully, I had a fabulous gal as my short shift that came in at 4. I told her what was going on and she agreed with me; let her kill herself. We just chuckled. I did spend my 2 hours passing snacks, ice, and did therapy on 4 people that haven’t been done for over a week while she was on her work RAMPAGE before supper, and I answered some call lights. She is so full of herself and even says she’s perfect. You can’t deal with someone like this. I think she might have said five sentences to me all night long; now hows that for TEAM WORK. Most of the time I had no clue where she was or what I should do; I just kept myself busy. I let my short shift gal help her do the two assist people. I sure had an easy night. LOL She even passed towels for her little buddy, the bitch, that showed up just as I was leaving to work night shift. I’m sure she got to hear plenty from the witch. I have no clue if I will have anyone to work with me from 2-6 today; because there wasn’t any name written down. The bitch is supposed to be there at 6. My short shift gal said she might send her DD in to work with me in her place at 4. I will be THRILLED to get this little gal. Our super sweet lady that was sent to the hospital Thur. night may very well have passed away by now. She was really bad shape as of yesterday afternoon. Her DH was over at the hospital with his kids our whole shift. This means our wing count will be down 3 people; they will cut hours yet again. I told my male charge nurse last night what went on the other day, and he agreed that I am only one person and I shouldn’t have been blamed for all that went wrong. I told him about my plans for November, so he is aware that he could possible be losing me; he wasn’t liking that at all. My two male nurses do appreciate all that I do for them. I get constant thank yous from them every night. So you see, I do have good people to work with; I just have to deal with the drama Queen and her one court jester.

    Sorry for yet another drama story. I should write a screenplay for TV

    Well, gotta go to church, be back later.


    in reply to: A Good day:) #5290068 Report Abuse
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    I knew you would eventually say it, “I am so glad that we now can love each other again, and show it instead of frustration and anger.”

    This is EXACTLY why Bill needed to be admitted to this facility and start this new journey. It gives you two the ability to become a couple again. You get to resume the role of his wife, not his caregiver. He NEEDS the stability of having the ONE PERSON he loves and trusts at his side.

    The two Alzheimer men on my wing still know who their wives and families are. Even though they have seen me eight hours a day, five days a week, for the past three years, neither one could tell you my name if you asked them. I tease the one when he kisses his wife goodbye when she leaves; I get a smile out of him every time. He can be a real grump, but the kisses make him smile. He also loves the old time music and old movies and they also help improve his mood.


    in reply to: Medical Question about Thyroid #5290061 Report Abuse
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    You might have to change your attitude about taking thyroid medicine. Your thyroid run basically everything in your body. If your thyroid doesn’t make enough thyroid hormones, you are classified as hypothyroid, then you start to get symptoms of low thyroid hormones. You can also get an overactive or  hyperthyroid, which makes too much hormone, and I personally think is even worse. I’ve taken thyroid hormone pills for 34 years. I am now on a generic T3 instead of the T4 I was taking all those years. I’m reading a book right now about Adrenal Fatigue, and it sure sounds like what I’ve been going through this past year. Your thyroid can affect your metabolism which is why some people put on weight, some are cold all the time, some are extremely tired to the point of feeling exhausted, loss of hair, constipation or the opposite, dry skin, even cancer of the thyroid. The symptoms of thyroid problems can vary dramatically. This is one little pill that could make a huge difference in how you feel. I’ve lived with this over half my life. I was told by my dr. way back in the beginning that if I took my pill like I was supposed to every day, I wouldn’t have to worry about thyroid cancer because the cancer comes from the thyroid struggling to keep up with the shortage of the thyroid hormone and not it working properly.

    For me, I don’t think my body was converting the T4 into T3; this is supposed to happen within your cells. There is no blood test that can tell you if your body is actually doing this or not. Your T4 count may say you’re fine and within the proper ranges. Mine said I was okay, but I still had all the symptoms of low thyroid. Since my dr. agreed to try me on the T3 I have felt so much better. My skin is now smooth and soft; I’ve lost weight and don’t have all the excess fluid in my body. I feel better and that’s what tells me it’s working. I have also read about Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. Dr. Wilson says your body temperature should never run lower than 97.8º I had temps. as low as 96.4º, so I knew I had a problem.

    I eat broccoli all the time, and it’s even in my book as a good food for the adrenal gland.


    in reply to: Update on my Son, #5290043 Report Abuse
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    I’m glad your son is doing okay. This is still all so new for him also. I’m sorry that he lost the granddaughter, but you never know what lies down the road. Maybe once he gets through his grief he might have her mother calling wanting to send her back and give him guardianship.

    As far as you selling the house I have a few questions: Do you have a Legal Power of Attorney to make legal decisions on Bill’s behalf? A Medical Power of Attorney to make medical decisions for him? Are there any accounts that still have his name on them? Many of these legal issues would need to be addressed before you could sell your home. If Bill would refuse to sign papers, then it could get sticky. I have no idea how far away your son is from you. My question is this: What if they could get Bill in a facility near your son, but then you couldn’t get your house sold? I’m not looking to cause you more worry, but I hope all of these things have already been taken care of simply because you already knew about the Alzheimers and that Bill would become unable to make decisions. If you were to move, how would it affect his dr. situation? Would he then have to have new drs. and start all over again? Would it affect his insurance and the care he gets? I think moving is a decision that needs to be researched and many questions asked to know if it would be a good thing or a not so good move.

    One day at a time is how you have to deal with this LIFE situation. Write down questions and seek the advice of his dr. and nurses. Nurses have a lot of access to knowledge about resources to tap into or what people to ask these questions. You might have to seek the advice of a lawyer also.

     


    in reply to: Saturday in the Midwest 9-27 14 #5289831 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, We went out for breakfast this morning. It’s beautiful out! Slight breeze and sunshine; a beautiful day for a wedding!

    I work today and tomorrow, with Monday off (maybe). I LOVE the people I care for, just not the situation I work under. When residents give you a heartfelt hug and sincere thank you for helping them reach their goal of going back home again, it makes up for all the stupidity that goes on. It really makes me feel like I did something good. On Thursday, two residents were discharged; one back to a private home and one back to an assisted living apartment. There is a hold on the one room; as the resident might not be able to live at the assisted living apartment anymore. (assisted living-someone to only help with housekeeping/laundry not cares) The one that went home told me to stop in and visit if I ever go through Ridgeway. I got a big hug and thanked for all I had done during the stay at the nursing home. I doubt I will ever visit; I rarely go through that town.

    I am biding my time. I can build more PTO (Paid Time Off would pay for my insurance while I’m off). Right now, getting a dr. to put me on leave or to restrict my hours wouldn’t take much because I have a legitimate reason for it to happen. I’m just not choosing to play my trump card just yet. I still have 1 yr/9mo until I’m 62. It ticks me off to get the constant blame, but I am saving up ammunition for down the road. TEE HEE! (insert evil grin!)

    My DD called, so I talked to her before I finished this post. She’s doing well. She bought tickets to the ISU game tonight for her boyfriend’s birthday. I asked her when his birthday was, Aug. 19. Hummm, and her birthday was Aug. 15; that surprised me! These two are apparently getting along really well, as they have been dating for about 6 mo.; we first found out about him and met him in April. Really nice guy; I think he is now 36, and she is 31.

    Lair, I think it’s great that you can talk to Andy like you do. This boy is at the molding age; he needs different opinions than his dad’s, which is good. He’s learning many more skills that you think. Talking and expressing yourself is a learned skill. It’s one that is needed in public speaking, and public speaking classes are somewhere in his future. If he doesn’t get them in school, he’ll get them in college. Did you say Andy was home schooled? He probably wouldn’t get those classes at home.

    Sandy, You’ve been busy. I’m glad you feel well enough to do these things. Don’t be shy about enlisting help though.

    Carol, You are busy also. Enjoy the weather while it lasts.

    Everyone have a great day as they are definitely getting shorter!

    Well, I need to start thinking about getting ready for work.


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