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  • in reply to: Thursday in the Midwest #5278248 Report Abuse
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    Lair, I do love my residents and taking care of them. They aren’t the issue; the two bitches are my problem. When I have to work 8 hrs. with one or both of them it IS awful, but thankfully that’s only a few nights a week/mo. With the shortage of help, these witches are picking up more hours and putting their names down to work under MY NAME. They don’t want to work with any other people, because they don’t think the others work hard enough. They think they’ll have an easier night working with me. When they work together, they stay in each others pocket all night long, and rarely say a word to me unless it’s work related. Not real fun working with people like that. These two create drama whenever they work. The one thinks she’s perfect, and has said so, so you see what I deal with.

    How old is your dog? Was this just reg. poop or does it have diarrhea/kidney issues? Diarrhea can be a sign of kidney failure in old pets. My vet told me that if my 18 yr. old dog got diarrhea to bring her in right away as this was a sign her kidneys were shutting down, and she would then be in pain. It did happened and we put her to sleep quickly. I hope things have improved.


    in reply to: Cat food……dry vs cans…????? #5278245 Report Abuse
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    Buy GOOD QUALITY cat food. It costs more, but they eat less because the hunger gets satisfied. If this is a kitten, it will need age appropriate food. This little body is growing so will need good quality food to feed growing bones/body. If you buy quality kitten food, the kitten hunger will be satisfied; it will digest more of the food; quality food makes them eat less, digest more, so not as much poop and saves on litter. Watch the salt content.

    Canned and dry are both good. If this is a tiny kitten, it might still need soft food because it doesn’t have the adult teeth yet. That doesn’t mean it can’t have dry food. You might just have to add some water to it to make it softer until it gets the bigger teeth.

    If this is a tiny kitten, buy food for a kitten. There are many good foods; Iams and Blue Buffalo are good foods. You just need to watch out for the cat treats. I think they put way too much salt in these foods and that’s what messed up my cats kidneys.

    If this is a smaller kitten, I would leave food out so it can eat whenever it’s hungry. It’s a growing body. Just like a toddler, always hungry, always growing.

    I feed my 18 yr. old cat canned Fancy Feast with dry Fancy Feast on the side. She is way too picky and doesn’t like dry, never has, so she doesn’t eat much.

    Ask at a pet store like Petco, PetSmart, or the vet can recommend good quality food. I had to put my cat on special food from the vet when she went into renal failure almost 3 years ago. When she started losing weight on that I went back to just canned Fancy Feast with dry on the side. She’s still here, but definitely on the way down, but her age is also a factor. She’s blind but can still hear a can of cat food being opened up.

     

     


    in reply to: The year of the bears #5278241 Report Abuse
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    You should find yourself some fire crackers. I bet if you set a bunch of those off they would get tired of it and leave. We have a place that sells fireworks year round not to far from us.

    I don’t get why they dump PROBLEM bears off near MORE PEOPLE. They are just moving someone elses problem into your neighborhood. Maybe you need to talk to a game warden and tell them about your PROBLEM bears. You need to get yourself an elec. fencer and put up some hot wires for them to run into.


    in reply to: City can't make up its mind #5278240 Report Abuse
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    You said these were shade plants that you dug up. If they would have dug up the tree, where were you going to put the plants with the shade now gone? Is there still shade in that area?


    in reply to: Thursday in the Midwest #5278236 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I had a good night last night. One of the day shift gals stayed from 2-7 because I wouldn’t have had any help until 4 and then would have been short one person still until 9. She did 2 of our showers which we normally do after supper. I got the therapy done for yesterdays two people plus that let me have extra time after supper to do the therapy on the two people that didn’t get done the day before. I asked why she stayed and she said she needed the money; we all got our hours cut by a 1/2 hr./day. The $5/hr. incentive pay would almost cover what she will be cut, plus she now get 5 hrs. extra pay, but after taxes she still won’t have much to show for it, but still better than a cut in pay. She has kids and a mortgage. I did get a third person at 8, so then we had three people until 9 when the short shift went home. The short shift did the shower, I did the two therapies, and the third person answered the lights and passed snacks. After the therapies were done I also put people to bed. We were out of there by 10:15. By my new hours I was supposed to have been gone at 9:30, yah right, that isn’t ever going to happen.

    Our air conditioner runs 24/7; it keeps the humidity down and it’s cool in here so we can sleep at night. I would think that those of you that have breathing issues would be better off with the lower humidity to help the breathing. They run the air at the home to keep the humidity down for those with breathing issues. Most of the residents wear winter-type clothes all year long, but most have poor circulation but don’t have breathing problems either.

    Carol, I love this nursing home and my job. It’s just 2 CNAs that make it miserable for everyone. I had this same crap in my factory job. I just have to work with them; I don’t get a choice in the matter. They said the one gal said she wouldn’t work East. I said, “No, she WANTS to work East, but she wants to work with me, because she knows I will be there every day. She got left with no help one of her first afternoons over here and she didn’t like it, and I don’t blame her.” She hadn’t worked since April because she had to go on bed rest before she had her baby. She had only worked on this wing a few times, so she doesn’t know these people like I do. I hope they can get her more hours with me. Her DH hurt his back, so he’s home taking care of their baby, and her little boy is in school now. I will admit she needs to move a little faster, but that will come in time when she gets more familiar with the wing and how it works and new co-workers. She is being very careful and does do a good job. I get told to slow down all the time from the resident, or they make a remark about how fast I’m moving. I’m 60 and I can run circles around pretty much everyone I work with. I have way more strength in my arms than they do; I can bend and squat just as good as the younger ones can. I grew up a farm girl and hustle was taught at a very early age; you don’t dawdle.

    It sounds like coffee pot runovers is common. You, Lair, and my DH have all had it.

    Lair, Stepping in cat upchuck/hairballs is common with a long haired cat; I still don’t like it after 30 years. I’ve never had a dog in the house, but it can’t be much worse.

    Charlene, If you look in, I took 3 cuttings of the Lofos this morning. I dipped them in rooting hormones stuff and put them all in the same pot. They are about 6″ long. We’ll see how this works.

    Alma, Hope you are feeling better.

    Sandy, I hope the breathing improves. Are you still off the cigs?

    Dena, Prayers for you and your son still continue. I hope he gets compensation from this injury.

    Leroy, I have a day off tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to it.

    Snow, You snuck in on me. I’m glad to hear you took a day for yourself. Wow, 24,ooo pots! Do you even have room for that many? Hope you get some more rain.

    I’m actually looking forward to going to work today. I have 2 great people to work with today. My male nurses are great guys, and the new LPN we have now is one of the first CNAs I worked with when I started and she is super nice. I noticed yesterday she is going to have her 4th baby. She said these last two will be 15 mo. apart. I got the impression that it is also a boy. She had her two girls as a CNA. She waited until she got through her nursing classes and graduated as an LPN before she started having babies again.

    Well everyone have a great day and stay healthy.

     


    in reply to: Wednesday in the Midwest August 27 #5277902 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, Work is the pits and I SERIOUSLY wish I could quit. Not happy one bit; they are cutting hours, but the workload hasn’t changed. They took my partner last night at 8 to send to the unit; this left me with only the short shift teen that can’t run lifts. She wouldn’t stay and work an extra hour, so that left me to put people to bed by myself for over an hour. We got the 4 showers done before she left, but that’s what took up so much time. Two people that were to get therapy never got it. We had all the people washed up before supper and that’s what saved us or that would have had to be done also. We are down by headcount, but that doesn’t mean less work. One passed away, one went home; these were people we basically didn’t have to do much for. The one that went home was only there to rebuild strength and that was it, mostly independent. The one that passed was also independent up until the final 2 1/2 days because the cancer went bad really quickly, just like someone flipped her switch off. The cancer invaded a spot in her brain that does this: good today, loss of balance and confusion by the next night, totally bed ridden by the next morning, and gone by that night. I’ve never had someone pass that quickly from cancer; there was no pain.

    What is ticking me off is the fact that they are messing with the hours. I am 2-10:30 and they have changed me to 2:30 to 10; they made the second person which were the same hours as mine to 2-9:30, and the short shift went from 4-9 to 5-9. I’m gonna have something to say about this because I’m sure this was done to accommodate a certain few people. This work won’t be done by 10, and I will NOT be staying late to do it. The two bitches are setting their own schedules, and I’m getting sick of that also. I have one gal that needs and wants hours because her DH can’t work because he hurt his back. She wants to work with me. She’s the one that got pulled and sent to the other floor. They won’t give her PMs hrs or the same weekends with me. I’m gonna be asking why this is going on also. She has two kids and could really use more hours. I’m gonna ask them if they want me to quit, and it’s gonna be to the Dir. of Nursing herself. I’m hoping this farm sells soon so I can go PRN and pick when I want to work. If I go PRN I will have to pay for my own insurance, but right now that isn’t looking too bad. I might even get the $5/hr. bonus pay if I pick up hours; this might be worth it. Last night was no sleep again and only got 2 hrs. this morning. I’m just so done with this screwing around.


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    I bumped the post up for you.


    in reply to: STARLA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY PICTURES #5277280 Report Abuse
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    Bumping up


    in reply to: Monday in the Midwest #5277279 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, It rained again early this morning, but I don’t know how much. I have some water sitting, so it wasn’t just a sprinkle. The potted plants are getting a little overwhelmed right now. First it was NO rain, and now it’s like every other day, and some don’t seem to be liking this. I think some are just looking like Sept. plants saying, “Can I quit now!”

    I work the next 4 days in a row with today being with the witches sidekick, so she will do very little like usual.

    Lair, I had the time to come visit you yesterday, but I had no way of contacting you to let you know I was coming or to see if you would be home. I guess I should have just popped in, but I don’t like doing that to people. I have your email, but I didn’t know if you check that, and you had already been on here.

    Leroy, I hope your being short isn’t as bad as when we’re short.

    Sandy, Hope you’re feeling better.

    Dena, Hope you and your DS are both doing well.

    Snow, It was good to see you here.

    Carol, Stay cool. They’re letting school out early here.

    Alma, Hope you can get relief from the heat.


    in reply to: Help: Neighbor's Bradford Pear Tree #5277047 Report Abuse
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    If the city will do it for free, go for it, because if they have to pay to have this taken down it will cost BIG BUCKS!

    Also tell them that if THEIR tree takes out YOUR wires, they/their insurance will be footing the bill for the damage and repairs. You shouldn’t have to put it on your insurance, which c/would raise your rates.

    If there are any sewer lines in that area, the roots could also have grown into those and  plugged/damaged the sewer line, and eventually make it back up into a house.

    I say this because we went through this when we first moved in here. The city wanted to take a big maple tree down; it was plugging up the neighbor’s sewer line across the street. It would have cost us $1K and this was back in 1987. When it came down we found out that it was hollow and could have fallen on our house. Even after the tree was gone the roots had already done damage to our own sewer line also, and that was another $700 to fix (following year).


    in reply to: Sunday in the Midwest August 24 #5276945 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I did NOTHING yesterday. I just needed to rest. I don’t plan on doing anything today either. I’ve just been aching all over, so that’s my agenda after church. I’ll be back after church to see what’s going on.

    I’m back already. Brylie was 7 mo. on Wednesday. DS sent me a little video of her doing the indian sound, one of her sitting with a big smile showing her teeth and tongue, and the one this morning was her trying to stand up BY HERSELF. She is a fast learner; grandma didn’t teach her any standing yet. DS said she is growing so fast. I told him, now is when you watch what you say and do around her; she’ll pick it up. He was much older but learned the F bomb from his cousin. DH wasn’t happy about that. It took up forever to get that out of his vocabulary and now I can’t do anything about what he says. He’ll learn the hard way I’m sure.


    in reply to: Changing the look in your gardens #5276943 Report Abuse
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    I’m ripping out my coneflowers. They have taken over the front flower bed. I still have plenty of plants out there, so I’m not worried. I should have done it last year. I have short plants in there, but they have been choked out by the taller plants. I want to get some delphinium back in there. I think it’s going to be a short in the spring that get taken over by tall plants.

    We ripped out the dead bushes in back, so we need some hostas to put back there.


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    Charlene, I had one pod that was brown and dried up, but it sure didn’t look like it had a seed. I think way back I planted one of those pods and it did nothing, but the squirrel might have messed with the place I planted it. I think I’m gonna try to do some experimenting, like taking a piece and put some rooting hormones on it and see if it will root for me. The piece in the glass of water eventually died and never set any roots, but it was just water and nothing else. I might try a few different things. I’m not good at starting new plants from cuttings.

    If you have some extra of the Will Rogers Red Zinnia I would appreciate them. You’ll have to let me know what I owe you. Lair has my email address. I don’t have any info for you.


    in reply to: Saturday Midwest August 23 #5276716 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, It’s raining here for the third time this week. The rain has been mostly on the lighter side, so it does have a chance to soak in and not run away. I have the weekend off and I need it.

    Dena, I would give you a hug if I were there with you. {{{HUGS}}} You have been through the wringer and I know you are emotionally drained. Sorry, I don’t remember how old you DS is. Get ahold of you DS’s case manager and have a private talk with her. Tell her what’s been going on and is going on. At this point, you and your DS may both need counseling. She may choose a different type of counselor if she knows the whole story. Sometimes people direct their anger/pain at the one person they know that WON’T bail on them, and has always been there for them, so try not to take his anger personally. I had an ADHD DS that would scream at me that he hated me, and my reply was always, “I love you too.” Now, years later, we are very close. I agree that your DS needs to keep his mouth shut until he has a lawyer present when he talks to WC. They will want to talk to him. How he explains what happened, if said wrong, could give a totally different meaning to what happened and make him to blame, and he/you will be left paying the dr. bills. You may want to start a journal right now, and put dates and time down to keep an itinerary of what has gone on. After awhile things can get confusing/fuzzy and they will use that against him/you. Keep track of times, dates, appt., etc. Things like: What time this accident happened? How long it took him to get care? What care he received. When he was discharged, any therapy he’s received, dates/times he’s met with this case manager. All this….You see how it’s getting crazy already. You have to do this for the past few weeks. You might have to provide this information down the line, and if you already have this down on paper, or on a computer to print out, you’re way ahead of them. You don’t want ANY fuzzy memory going on. This could mean many thousands of dollars out of your pocket. They might use any excuse to not pay for this. They could say he didn’t follow through with therapy, and that’s why something is like it is, and they aren’t at fault and aren’t going to pay. Make sure he goes to ALL appts., and does exactly what he is told. When drs. say, “Don’t walk on it.” Tell him don’t, because they will use that as the excuse as to why it didn’t heal, or now he can’t walk properly. Be prepared to beat them at their own game. DH had to deal with WC 30 yrs. ago. It took a couple months before DH got any money, and our savings were exhausted by the time the WC started.

    I did a fast search for Michigan, I hope that’s the right state:

    http://www.workerscomplawyerhelp.com/?gclid=CjwKEAjw9-CfBRD8lt_w86zJiDUSJAADZA38V3_xSt4TVkkUiW-lwxfUx4MnvyxRzh5YbSOHdN5dzRoCd5nw_wcB

    Lair, You need a tiny little room air conditioner in your personal bedroom. You need peaceful rest at night; it’s important for your body to get good sleep so it can do repairs. I am so glad that you are there for Andy. This boy really has confidence in you and it’s WONDERFUL that he has you to talk to. I guess you can consider yourself his ‘counselor’, because that’s exactly what a paid counselor would do; you listen and let him talk. What you say will help him be a counselor to his friends and classmates when this subject comes up and they talk amongst themselves. We all have “scars” on our hearts; it just means we are capable of loving another person, and that’s a good scar to have.

    Sandy, take care of that cold.

    Carol, Stay cool.

    Talk to ya later.

     


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    Charlene, I don’t know if mine is the same as yours. My plant leaves are not dark green at all. They are more on the paler yellow green. I only have a few of the vines that have gotten to maybe 16-18 inches long. I have looked inside those pods and there isn’t any seeds in them, unless they are a really small one. I cut all those pods off and my plant started blooming again. I also know that these plants like fertilizer. I gave them some Miracle Gro for blooming plants and then I had a big flush of blooms on them again.

    Just Mari, there is a red variety and a white variety of this plant with the same name but they are the ones that can get really long vines. This is the compact variety and supposedly only gets 1 1/2 to 2 foot long vines, but none of mine are 2 feet long. I have three of  these and they are all in different pots, and they hang in full sun all day long.

    I guess being I have three plants I can try different things to see what works. I put a piece I broke off in water and that definitely didn’t work.


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