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  • in reply to: Logging in and out???? #5325982 Report Abuse
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    If you click to Submit and the post disappears:

    Have you tried to hit the Back Arrow? Like you want to go back to the last place you were. I did that one day and the whole post I had written was right there, and I hit Submit again and all was fine. Maybe I just got lucky. I have to sign in every time also.


    in reply to: Howard LOVED his present #5325980 Report Abuse
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    Maybe you need to come up with a way for him to “store” the newspapers elsewhere. Does he have a place for a shelf or a place to put a couple small boxes. Then you could tell him to put the papers in one box and the newspapers in the other. The cleaning lady could just get rid of the newspapers and papers each week. Maybe that would help him stay organized. It would at least get them organized into two separate spots, and off the table. As much as I hate to say this, maybe he’s got the beginning of Alzheimer. Unless you were with him 24/7, you wouldn’t know his habits. What’s stacked on the stove? Maybe the cleaning lady needs to keep a watch on just that area of his kitchen. Do you know her, and can you chat with her about your concerns?

    I worry about identity theft with a person his age. Everyone gets those credit card applications and it would be so easy to get one of his if he just throws them away. Would he be safe with a paper shredder?

    I hope you realize what you’re doing for this man? You ARE his reason for getting up each day. You give him a purpose in life.


    in reply to: Mid-West on Sunday 12/21/14 #5325748 Report Abuse
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    Hi All,

    ‘Work was work’ stepped up a notch. Coworker hurt her arm the night before, so I started out with NO help and then got the witch as a replacement because the other one wasn’t allowed to work. I so need to be done with this job.

    I did come home at 5 to find a FedEx envelope laying on my doormat. At least they got the right address this time. Good thing we weren’t getting major snow or I wouldn’t have seen it. Why can’t they put these things in a bag with a hole to hang on a door handle like the paper people do? It was dated Thursday but wasn’t processed and sent on by FedEx until Friday and then wasn’t delivered until after 1:45 yesterday, so no way to get it notarized and back in the mail until Monday. It says no Saturday deliver, but with it being the holidays that is being bypassed and they are delivering. He sent along a FedEx envelope, but I don’t know where FedEx is around here. Yet again more papers to sign and more waiting. I’m gonna tell this guy he needs to talk to FedEx about their delivery service.

    I’m tired and not in a very good mood, so I’m going to end here. I hope you all have a great day. I have tomorrow off and HAVE TO finish my shopping. It’s my only day off until next Sat., and that’s Christmas at DD’s house. No requests from DDIL, so do I get her nothing? LOL, yup I’ll be in the dog house there no matter how I roll.


    in reply to: Mid-West Friday 12/19/14 #5325334 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I am in a fantastic mood compared to when I got up this morning. I went to lunch with my girlfriend and we sat and talked for 2 hrs. The stinker bought me a Christmas gift and she knew she shouldn’t. I didn’t get her anything (all I got her was a card and a choc. mint candy), and now I owe her! BRAT! When we used to work together at the factory we would walk together every day on our 10 min. breaks and we ate dinner together. Now we just meet every so often for supper. She didn’t know about my kittens, so I haven’t seen her since her birthday in the middle of September. We really need to fix that. She has a grandson that’s a month younger than Brylie. She has 5 grandchildren.

    I couldn’t find any of the things at Toys R Us that DS & DDIL wanted for Brylie. I called them and talked to them and told them what was going on. The one thing I finally found was twice the price they said it should be, so they said don’t get it. I did find three nice toys at Walmart, so I’m considering my shopping done for Brylie. DS & DDIL had already found an activity center down there that they wanted for Brylie and went ahead and bought it for me (I owe them). It was only on sale for that one day and was originally $85 marked down to $35, so they saved me $50. I found a little cloth rocking horse at Goodwill for $4 and I think Brylie is going to love it! I didn’t come home skunked, so I think I had a productive day!

    And yes, I am smiling!!!!


    in reply to: Mid-West Friday 12/19/14 #5325057 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, It’s my DAY OFF!!!! Finally! I so need to get out of that place. I’ve decided to hold on until after the holidays, and then I’m gonna start looking into get this wrist fixed. My shot is starting to wear off again, so it’s time to start making plans to do something. The dr. asked me this same thing when she gave me the last shot. I don’t figure I’ll get in anywhere with the holidays coming, so I’ll wait until the new year.

    When I say, work is work; I’m getting really tired of getting bitched at for all the things that go wrong on my shift. I have no control over what other people do. My nurse said he sides with me in my opinion of this complaint. I told my co-worker the complaint when she came in last night, and she agrees with me, it’s stupid. They had cut our actual working-time hours by 3.5 hrs. PER SHIFT and they expected us to get the same amount of work done in less time. You can only do so much when you have limited help and time. Things got done, just not how they wanted them done.

    I just happen to always be the one that gets ‘told’ because I’ve been there the longest and I’m there 5 days a week, so this is the reason why I am the one to hear it. This one I am blowing off and ignoring after I pass the messages on. So when I say, “Work is Work,” you’ll know it was another one of these days. I can see it already; when I quit, my hours will go to the witch. She’s in the head nurses pocket, so they’ll give my hours to her. I think they’ll lose a couple of my co-workers if they do that, because they WON’T put up with her like I had to. They’ll just work other wings. Okay, sorry, rant over.

    Glad to see Charlene got a fantastic report. In an hour I’m going out to lunch with my girlfriend to the new Mexican place here in town, so maybe that will help my mood. I may even try to do some Christmas shopping. I hope you all have a great day. I’ll check back later.


    in reply to: Mid-West Tuesday 12/17/14 #5324106 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, Work is work, so won’t go any more into that. We are back to regular hours which makes me the one to stay till 10:30. I did get to leave at 10 last night because I had really good help. Tonight we have music for an hour, and I have the two big “kids” (18 and 24 yrs. old) to work with. I AM going to crack the whip on these two; they will get this work done at a much faster pace then the last time I worked with them. Yeah right! I don’t think these two know any speed but dawdle. I might have to talk to the head nurse about these two.

    We went out for breakfast this morning as it was Blueberry Pancake Wednesday at our local cafe. Yup, DH asked me to go out for breakfast when I asked if he wanted oatmeal for breakfast. LOL

    Sorry Lair but the SUN has been shining brightly for awhile now, and I have been enjoying it. We had snow flurries this morning and it was weird to sweep it with a broom. It was like sweeping dandelion fuzz that turned into cotton balls. WEIRD!

    DD sent her Christmas list: fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detector, stud finder, indoor thermometer (battery). I know she just bought this townhouse, but this doesn’t seem like Christmas presents for a female. I’ll make sure she’ll get some female gifts besides these. This is a ‘dad’s list’ to buy not a ‘mom’s list’.

    Today is a snack day at work and I didn’t make a thing. Just not into Christmas at work this year. I just won’t snack; I don’t need the sweets and I come home for supper.

    Well, my brain is checking out, so I better get going. Gotta get ready for work.

     


    in reply to: African Violets Ailing. #5324100 Report Abuse
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    I have African Violets; the ones that bloom are in my kitchen window with the direct sunlight on them and right now are next to a cold window. They sit on this window sill year round. Now doesn’t that say all the wrong things here. Direct sunlight, cold window. Violets DON’T like sitting in wet (roots), but they do want to be damp or moist soil. I also have my failures, so I don’t exactly have it right yet either, but my track record is getting better. Now orchids, I consider them in the life span of cut flowers, although I did get one to survive 6 months once. Not laughing because they are expensive.

    This is what I do, and you can see it is contradictory of what they tell you to do, but this is the only thing that’s worked for me. The ones that bloom are in sunlight. I have mine in small plastic pots with small, high-sided dishes under them. I put a dot of Miracle Gro African Violet plant food in the underneath water dish. I put 5-6 drops in the dish until it gets to the size of a dime or nickel. I add warm water about a 1/2 inch of water to the dish and set the plant in it. I let them sit until they stop taking up water, approximately 5 min. I throw away what they don’t drink.

    The pot’s weight is the key for me. If it feels light, it’s dry; sometimes it gets too dry and I lose blooms. Sometimes if I’m rushed, I just pour a little bit of water in the dish under the pot; it’s just enough to keep it damp. If my blooming violet gets too dry the buds dry up, or if they get too wet, that’s not good either. Damp is the key, but not wet. I also took a plastic lid that was slightly bigger than the top of the pot. I cut through the side and then cut out the center of the lid. I placed this now plastic ring around the plant so the leaves sit on the ring and not the edge of the pot. It helps hold up the leaves so they don’t touch soil or pot edge. Since I started doing this I haven’t had any issues with leaves being damaged by the edge of the pot.

    I agree, water quality could be an issue. Maybe try some water in a jug.

    As I said, I also have my failures, so I’m the work in progress.


    in reply to: Update on furnace #5323353 Report Abuse
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    I just hope that when they drain these old registers that they don’t cause a new problem with sediment settling in them and plugging up water flow. If you have hard water it creates a lot of lime sediment. When we hear banging in our water heater it means there are chunks of sediment floating in the heater. Then you have to try and drain that crap out.

    Sediment are the minerals in the water. When you make ice cubes or boil water, you will see white stuff floating in the bottom of the container, that’s sediment, even rust is a sediment.


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    ILUV, our school issues all the kids tablets (jr. high) or laptops (high school). They pay a user fee for these items which includes getting a charged battery, tech. support, and school help if they have an issue while at school. They can use free wifi wherever they can get a code to use it.

    As a junior they get a new laptop and keep it when they graduate from high school. The class textbooks are downloaded onto their laptops and they don’t lug text books anymore. They do their classwork/projects on them and submit all assignments to the teacher via their computers and take all their tests on the computers. There shouldn’t be any more, “I forgot my assignment at home.” This is just like college, so they should be prepared to move on to college with an easy transition.

    The little thumb drives are a valuable tool to doing work away from home or for storage of pictures at home. If you buy a big thumb drive you can store pic on it instead of your computer. That will help keep the computer running faster. Mine is about the size of a stick of gum and I think it holds 12 G of info and cost me $15 at the college. I’m still using it. I know you can get even bigger ones like 24 G at Walmart, maybe even bigger than that. Just store your pictures on it. You can plug them into any computer and upload information and then take it home with you and download it to work with it. It’s the wave of the future. You could buy 2 or 3 of these 12 G for under $50. Does Squirt already have one of these for school?


    in reply to: Mid-West on Monday, 12-15-14 #5323310 Report Abuse
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    Hi All,I just got the email that we are back to regular hours. Thank God! Last Friday night was a nightmare. I was supposed to be gone at 10 but didn’t punch out until 10:30 and worked another 10 min. for free. I had to write down some important messages for day shift.

    I still don’t know what the kids want for Christmas, so not much bought yet. I did get a few pictures of Brylie, but that girl is on the move now that she’s walking. She had this bag, another medium sized bag, and a tiny little one that she carried back and forth from room to room. We would put lighter stuff in her bags and she would carry them around so proud. I sent the little brown bag home with her Daddy. It originally was a bag that had a Gift card in it, so you know how small it was but she just loved it. 


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    Now if she collected “Antiques” like we all do, then it would be the perfect gift. I think it looks like a beautiful picture.


    in reply to: Mid-West on Sunday, Dec. 14th #5323114 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, Kids all took off for home. It was very foggy yesterday and this morning. They will have to drive in it for a few hours but somewhere along the line they should drive out of it. DS talked to his wife and there wasn’t any fog at their house.

    Brylie was the hit of the Christmas party. She was walking everywhere and didn’t make strange to anyone. She has such a happy disposition. I had a couple brown bags here with handles and she was walking everywhere with them in hand. I sent the tiny one home with her dad.

    I didn’t sleep well last night or this morning so I’m getting tired. I laid out 12 cinnamon rolls at 4 a.m. and baked them at 8. I ran to the store and bought chicken legs and thighs, Veg All, Cream of Chicken soup, and Bisquick so I could get dinner in the oven before I went to church. We ate dinner at noon, so it all got done on time. The chicken was frozen when I put it in the roaster. DD’s boyfriend liked it, so I guess he’s a keeper. Earlier she had said he didn’t like cucumbers or cranberries, and I told her she needed to throw him back. Even though he was here two days I still don’t know much about him.

    Well, I don’t know much, so will try to get a picture of Brylie uploaded for tomorrow.


    in reply to: Mid-West on 12-13-14 #5322874 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, No I didn’t die and I’m not at work. We the family Christmas on DH’s side today. We just got home. DS came home with Brylie as his wife couldn’t get off work. They have her family Christmas next weekend. He went to the other grandparents this morning as they haven’t seen Brylie in 5 weeks, so yes I did share her. DS gave me a picture of her sitting on Santa’s lap and she isn’t crying, but she isn’t smiling either. She is walking all over. DD and her boyfriend are also home this weekend, so tomorrow will be church, dinner, and spend the afternoon with them.


    in reply to: Mid-West for Thursday, 12/11/14 #5321986 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, Back again. Didn’t sleep well; I wonder why. I will address this cutting of hours issue. No, I’m not happy with the cut in hours. They expect us to get the same amount of work done in way less time with way less help. We have 21 people in 16 rooms. Our first hour is when we check alarms, pass towels/wash clothes, gowns, soaker pads; we find and lay out everything they will need to go to bed that night; we add ice to everyone’s water pitcher; we pass the afternoon snack. We’re also supposed to do exercise for at least two of these people/day, but that usually doesn’t get done; no time. It’s also the time everyone wants to go to the bathroom so they can go down to bingo or other activities. I’ve had to do this first hour by myself many times, so I might ask if I can come in at 2 and leave at 9. If they agree, I will be expecting the nurse to answer the call lights. The other person can come in at 3 and leave at 10. This would give us an aide on the floor at all times. Our short shift won’t come in until 5 now, so that’s really going to strap us for help, and I think they cut their start and end time also. I’ll have to check that out. We’re not supposed to put anyone to bed before 7, but I can guarantee you that there will be people going to bed at 6:30 now. I’m not waking them up to put them to bed anymore. We will also continue to wash up as many as we can get done BEFORE supper. We’ll still have to get our 3-4 showers/day done also.

    We are paid hourly not salary, so this is a big hit to the paycheck. This will be approx. 11 hrs. less on my next paycheck, and will amount to $133.87 less. They are supposedly going to look at this again on the 20th. If they extend this another two weeks this will cost me even more as I will also lose hrs. for two holidays of which I get dbl. time and a half. (lose $90+ for just two days!) OUCH!!!! Talk about being a Scrooge at Christmas time! This isn’t for the whole building, just the East wing and the Unit. And they wonder why they can’t keep help…………….. I would like to tell those that want the 12 hr. days, “Do you realize that when they see we get all this work done in this amount of time they will keep cutting our hours, and expect you to do even more.” Nope, I think it’s time to move on.

    I’m gonna sit back and have my second cup of coffee and ponder my future……………………………..


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    in reply to: Mid-West for Thursday, 12/11/14 #5321822 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I just got home from work and found out that they are cutting our hours. I went from a 2-10:30 p.m. shift to a 3-10 p.m. shift. We still have to punch out for supper, so they won’t have to pay us for a 1/2 hour supper break even though we aren’t working an 8 hr. shift. I did see that I have one day that is 2-9 p.m. There will be no CNAs on the floor from 2-3 p.m. to answer any lights; the nurse is going to have to cover the floor. Yup, nurses that don’t take people to the bathroom. There won’t be anyone to give us report either.  This is supposedly in effect until Dec. 20th. They say it is because our headcount is down. What a crock!

    Guess who’s bitching the loudest now. It’s the people that wanted the three 12 hr. days. They only wanted to work 3 days a week, so now that they get less hours they are ticked. Careful what you wish for, you just might get it. The short shift people got cut also.


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