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  • in reply to: DH is Finally Home ! #5267044 Report Abuse

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    The slider board was already mentioned; how about a pivot disc? The disc will turn under your foot/feet and you don’t have to take the foot/feet off of it.

     


    in reply to: Wednesday in the Midwest July 23, 2014 #5267040 Report Abuse

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    Oh yea, I get to work with the witch today, and at 4 her buddy comes in for the short shift. There won’t be any washing people up before supper tonight. These two will run hand in hand the whole night. They will be doing one assist people together. I know where this day is going, down the tube! I’m just glad that I have good people the rest of the week.

    UPDATE: I’m home from work and I survived working with those two. The 4-9 didn’t say but 20 words to me all night long. Probably because she was following the other gal around all night. I swear those two are joined at the hip with an invisible cord. I kept busy answering lights and I never did a single shower, and there were three to do. I remember one night when I worked with these two that I had to do all three showers, so I’m not feeling one bit sorry.

    I took a bunch of pictures of my flowers today, but I haven’t had a chance to get them to photobucket. You all stay cool and don’t pull all your weeds at once.


    in reply to: MISS KIMBERLY NEEDS PRAYERS AND SO DO I #5266872 Report Abuse

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    Prayers that they can get this figured out. It’s got to be scary for Miss Kimberly to be like this and unable to tell you what’s wrong.


    in reply to: Tuesday in the Midwest 7-22-14 #5266673 Report Abuse

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    Hi All, I got the lawn mowed; it was dark when I finished. I’m sure everyone in the neighborhood was glad. I’m sure it was 9 or after. I went out and pulled the weeds along all the edges and under the travel trailer. I could have just mowed, but it needed it so bad. I haven’t done it in weeks, and DH never does it. It was my first time using the new mower. No priming and just pull the rope. It doesn’t do quite as good a job as the old mower, but the old mower had such a dull blade that it didn’t cut well. This mulcher went right through some really tall grass.

    I did water all the flowers yesterday, and I think I should fertilize them again. Late last night when I mowed next to the bed with all the pink phlox it smell so good. I know when people walk by they can smell them also.

    I have to work the rest of the week; the next 4 days in a row. The gal that schedules workers for the weekend called yesterday. I was outside pulling weeds; then I went to my dr. appt. I came home and watered flowers, rested, made supper, and then when it cooled down mowed lawn. DH told me about the call right when it came in (on the answering machine), but I’m not working this weekend no matter what. I’ll see her at work I’m sure, so I’ll still say no. I’ve had a note up wanting somebody to pick up my shifts for Aug. 8, 16, 17. I might have someone for the 8th, but not the other two. I have the colonoscopy on the 18th, so I would love to be able to start the goop on time and not wait until I get home. Dr. said it was okay to start at 10 p.m if I had too, but if I don’t get home until 10:30, or after, that won’t be good. I’m hoping the short shift will switch with me, so I can do this if I can’t get off.

    I’m glad I did the consult because I didn’t remember having the colonoscopy 3 years ago, and that I had 2 precancerous polyps. He agreed, with my history of the precancerous polyps, waiting 5 or worse 10 years is nuts. He said the guidelines for having them done has changed. If you have parents that are over 60 and get colon cancer, they apparently now don’t consider that a warning sign for their children. He and I both don’t agree with that. Why wait until you have symptoms or are sick to seek help? A colonoscopy is much easier and faster than dealing with a polyp that has developed into cancer that could have already spread. Prevent it from getting to that stage. I have a BIL that has to go through this constantly. They find 20-30+ polyps each time, but he has to keep on top of this.

    Carol, Wish Jerry a Happy Birthday! Birthday Pie sounds better than cake! Horses are temperamental, so it might have been an off day. When it gets hot, nobody wants to work, including animals.

    Lair, I’m hoping the hot days will be short lived; it will help my water bill for sure. Did you give the other cats a chance to see/smell their buddy and realize that he had died? Animals mourn also, but when they don’t get this opportunity the process takes them longer just like some people.

    Jan, Is your wash machine quiet? My girlfriend has a front loader and says hers sounds like a jet taking off. She doesn’t like it, but once you spend the money what can you do.

    Alma, What does Ike become if he hatches? Robin food wouldn’t be bad, but what if a robin doesn’t find him?

    Sandy, Are you RESTING? Maybe if someone could put the word out about you needing the roof, maybe some volunteers could come fix it. You never know; maybe we all need to say a prayer for Sandy’s roof repair!

    Well, I just remembered I didn’t plant those bulbs I bought, so I better go do that before I have to go to work.


    in reply to: My Dear Wife has,,,,,,,, #5266382 Report Abuse

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    If you truly have to dry ALL of the dishes before you put them away, then you have something wrong with your dishwasher. My DD lived with a gal that had a dishwasher like this. She wouldn’t have anyone come and fix it. It was like that from brand new.

    I always start with the bottom rack first. I do understand the water sitting on top of cup and glasses in the upper rack. That’s how I learned to do the bottom rack first.

    Hey, the fact that she walked away says a lot about your wife. She knows how to pick her battles, and that wasn’t one worth arguing over.


    in reply to: Midwest Monday July 21, 2014 #5266377 Report Abuse

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    Hi All, I have a ‘CONSULT’ for a colonoscopy this afternoon. I called the gal that does the scheduling, and told her that this isn’t my first trip down this road; it’s more like my eighth or ninth, but it’s my first one with this guy. I told her my story. She said she has never known him to do a colonoscopy without a consult. (Just a way to get more money!) We have a resident right now at the home that is there because of a botched colonoscopy. I asked for this because I don’t think that waiting 10 yrs. between tests is a good idea. My mother died from colon cancer. I had 2 precancerous polyps my first trip down this path many years ago. I had to come back 3 mo. later and get checked again; I had 2 more polyps, but they were just normal polyps. Then they just kept rechecking me until I finally made it out to 5 yrs. clean, and then said go 10 yrs. NO, not gonna wait that long! I think I’m around the 5-6 yr. range right now. I don’t know when this will actually happen because I only have Mon. and Fri. off, and this guy only does them in the afternoon. I’d rather do it in the morning.

    UPDATE ON THE DR. VISIT (9:35 p.m.): I can’t believe I had such a bad memory. I had a colonoscopy July 15, 2011. Wow, I don’t remember that, or that I had 3 polyps at that time and 2 were precancerous. The dr. agreed with me, with my history of 4 precancerous polyps that I should do this at 3 yr. intervals. Aug. 18 I will have my next colonoscopy.

    Right now I need to get some flowers watered and some lawn mowed, so talk to ya later. Everyone stay cool and safe. Weeds, like dust and dirty dishes, will wait for you. They just multiply is amount. LOL



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    I guessed before I went to look at the answers just to test myself. I had them all right. All I had to do was look at the antenna. Some butterflies use their wing patterns as a defense mechanism to try and scare off predators.


    in reply to: Saturday in the Midwest #5265868 Report Abuse

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    I’m back! I didn’t get done with work until 11:15 again. I wore my elbow brace all night and then took it off before I went out to my car. Yup, I hit my elbow on the car door getting in.

    It was just crazy again tonight. We did have our 4-9 person, but we still didn’t get done on time. We had 4 showers to do after supper, and I did 3 of them. The residents watched the movie, “Man From Snowy River” after supper. I don’t think there was a single one of them that watched the whole movie.

    I went out this morning and did lots of deadheading on my potted plants. I totally forgot about my 3 packages of $1 bulbs. I should have planted them. I do know that I have a hummingbird that is coming to eat from my monarda. I might have to hang out a little single feeder for her.

    Dena, I’m sorry for your loss, but I’m glad that God answered your prayer so swiftly and let your mom pass quickly. I’m glad that you were there to help your step-dad deal with this. The hospice place really sounds like a wonderful place that lets the dying keep their dignity even after they have passed.

    Sandy, I thought you were told to rest!!! That doesn’t sound like resting to me. You need to give your lungs some time to heal and get over that pneumonia.

    Well, I’m getting tired so I’ll see you all tomorrow.

     



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    Right now my big flower bed is mostly different shades of pink: phlox and coneflowers. There is a tiny bit of lavender, purple, and some orange butterfly weed.

    My pots are multicolored.


    in reply to: Saturday in the Midwest #5265685 Report Abuse

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    Hi All, I have to go to work, but I may have to take an Aleve before I go. I got a brace for my elbow and put some padding under it, so maybe I can protect it from any more hits on the bone. I got busy watering plants, and now I don’t have time to write. Talk to ya later.


    in reply to: Friday in Mid-West July 18 #5265532 Report Abuse

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    Hi All, I had the day off, so DH and I went to La Crosse. We went up the Minnesota side first, so I had to stop at Bauer’s Market in La Crescent. I saw lots of flowers I would have liked to come home with, but I kept my self controlled. I found some $1 packs in the bargain bulb section. I got 2 pink Incarvillea (8″ tall), 25 red Oxalis (6″ tall), 2 pink Nerine(gets 20″ tall). I have no clue what these flowers are, but they were only a $1 for each pkg. I can see life in all the bags, so if only one of each grows that will be quite a buy. All came from the Netherlands. These will all get put into pots as I don’t think any of them are going to like Iowa winters.

    We crossed over into Wisconsin and I eventually found my way to Home Depot and I got a ‘guardian lavender delphinium’. It looks like some petals are lavender and some are blue, so I can’t wait for it to start blooming. I lost my big purple one that bloomed for many years, and the blue one I planted only lasted one summer. Now that the tree is gone from the flower bed I’m sure they will do better. My pink astilbe actually bloomed this year because if finally got some sun. I also have 2 butterfly weed blooming in the big bed. I also have numerous beautiful double pink hollyhocks blooming. I thought they had to be a couple years old before they bloomed. I threw these seeds out last summer. I bought some wire stands to help hold them up as they seem to not be too strong and are falling over. I also saw that my Texas bluebonnet has 4 seed pods; I’ll have to keep an close eye on it. We went out to supper at Famous Dave’s and then came home.

    I walked up to the fair and checked out the stuff I didn’t see the other day. OMG, I should have picked some of my flowers and put them in the cut flower show and any of my containers of flowers. I could have won in either category. My phlox are huge in comparison to what was at the fair. There was only one container apparently, so that would have been easy to win.

    Well, I’m tired, so I’ll talk to ya tomorrow.

    Sandy, get better soon.

    Lair, That stinks that Tim has to go through that the rest of his life.

     


    in reply to: FOR The Midwest .7-18-14 #5265524 Report Abuse

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    Hi Sandy, I sure hope you don’t have the same crap that went through our nursing home. Take care of yourself and do what the dr. orders. If you don’t feel like typing, just come and put “I’m okay”, and then we’ll know you are alright and just can’t/don’t want to chat. We were beginning to wonder, because your last post said you were sick.

    Have your DD post a note for you if you need to.

     

    Hugs and get better soon.


    in reply to: Thursday in the Midwest July 17 #5265055 Report Abuse

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    Hi All, Yesterday at work was CRAZY!!! Our short shift person was called to come in early, but said she didn’t get the call until 5:30. She finally came for the 6-9 like she did the day before.

    They had a cookout supper for us for finishing the training of the new EMR kiosk system for charting. I had a hamburger, potato salad, beans, and a bar for supper. Aaron, our poor nurse, never even made it to supper. I left at 11:14 and he still didn’t have any supper. There was food in the lounge for the night shift people, so I hope he got something before he went home.

    The crazy was: we had a new admit that takes 2 people to care for; a couple came to sing and play music for an hour after supper; 4 showers needed to be done after the music was finished at 7:30. Three showers got done; the new admit was taken care of while the music was going on; we kept the short shift an extra 1/2 hour, but we really should have kept her for an hour.

    We had a couple questions about the new charting system for the guy who trained us, and he had no answer for us because he was baffled as well. We could see what therapy was to be done but not all of it. At the end of the last sentence of a residents therapy it said, “More…..” which means there is more therapy that needs to be done, but we couldn’t come up with any place to find out what “More” was. There was no way to tap on that box to find out. There was also an issue of a red box designating that a care was overdue to be done, but it didn’t show up on our end. He said it must have been added after our shift started and we wouldn’t have access to it until today. We had already done what the alert was for, but it didn’t show up on our kiosk, so we couldn’t chart that it was completed. These people (man and woman) said they will be at the facility 24/7 for the next week in case something happens or we have questions.

    I did go up to the fair to see Squirt. I was disappointed; he lost weight from his trip to the Iowa State Fair, but he also hasn’t been getting feed to gain weight. He was 2900+, so only a little short of last year. He was 3032 at the fair. He did hurt his foot awhile back and was lame, so that didn’t help. My niece said that he also had some young heifers nearby his pen at home and he did a lot of pacing the fence. Well, that must have been what happened; he wanted to be lean for the girls! LOL

    I was out by the flower bed this morning and the butterfly count and kinds are picking up. I saw a different kind, but it took off before I could get close enough to see what it was. They are all going to the coneflowers with the pollen.

    Well, I gotta get ready for work, so talk to ya later.



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    Lisa, This man is a GENTLEMAN and has manners. He was taught well. He holds a door for a lady; he carries her packages; he puts himself between her and traffic. This is what real men are supposed to do.

    When my DH and I were first dating we came out of a building and he was on my right because he had opened the door, and all of a sudden he was gone, and the next thing I know he was on my left; I was confused. We were now walking down the sidewalk. I asked him why he did that, and he said a gentleman never lets a lady walk next to the street and car traffic. OKAY, news to me. We have been together 35 years and he still walks on the street side and opens doors for me, and thinks I can’t carry much.

    I’m sure “life is good” because he was mentally back in the day when he had a beautiful lady by his side, and a beautiful car to drive. Life is/was good, but it was also a lot simpler then.

    He’s a happy man when he has someone to share his joy with. I hope you realize just what your company means to him. You might want to stop and think about what he’s doing for you also. You don’t have your dad in your life and I know you miss him. Maybe this gentleman is filling the void that happened when you lost your dad, and you are filling the void of his missing wife. Maybe you both need each other equally. There’s no such things as coincidence, maybe the good Lord brought you two together for a reason.


    in reply to: Wednesday July 16, 2014 in the Midwest #5264684 Report Abuse

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    Hi All, I’m okay, just pressed for time some days. My weeds in the flower bed were my president yesterday. I had a whole garbage can full. I had one weed that I thought was a flower, but decided it was possibly horseweeds. I got rid of everything I saw. Today I had at least 6-7 butterflies out there and lots of bumble bees, and other flying stuff. They were all on the coneflowers.

    I had to start using the new charting system for the first time at work yesterday. I went to chart on a person after supper and only one resident wasn’t colored red. Red means it’s past due for charting. I had to do all these people in red to put in whether they were independent, supervision, limited assist, extensive assist, or totally dependent in their eating. This should have been done when we were charting cares before supper because some of these people had snacks. Well, lesson learned day 1. I had both of the people that taught us this system last week walk by and ask how I was doing. I said okay but it was nerve wracking. I know I didn’t do some of it the easy way, but it GOT DONE. This is a totally finger touch system. We now have each person’s picture in a rectangle box along with their room and name, and we touch the box with the person we want to chose. We just had the name and room in a long list before. Their boxes are white to start with, yellow is something needs to be done every 2 hrs. or a specific time, and it goes red when it’s past due for being done and for charting that it was done. If everything is done on the Qshift (mandatory must do and chart) then the person’s box turns green. We can’t leave if all the people aren’t green. The nurse has to approve it and say we can leave.

    I did a shower last night at 9:30 due to miscommunication. Resident was waiting for the aide to come back and the aide was waiting for the resident to put the light on. Resident didn’t know they were supposed to put the light on; residents only been there a couple weeks and didn’t get the last shower because we were short. The other aide said she wasn’t doing it at that hour. Well, it WAS her fault, but I still had 45 min. to get it done. I still left work on time at 10:30. Kids won’t extend themselves to get stuff done. This was my great niece I was working with. LOL

    We only get our short shift from 6-9 now, so it gets hard to have everyone ready before supper, and then take turns going for our supper break so we can get back to feed our resident in the dining room. The short shift used to be 4-9 until the head count went down on our wing, and then it went to 5-8. We needed this person until 9 to help get residents to bed, so they changed the 5-8 to 6-9. They get there when we are feeding supper, so that helps. We have 3 that were there to heal or get stronger and eventually go home; one went home already.

    Well, I gotta get ready for work, so talk to ya later.


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