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Saw the doctor for the 1st time in 7 years

Monday, April 14, 2014

Well, I had my doctor appointment. We both have more gray hair. He was very happy to hear about me being with spark people for the last year. He uses a similar site. Got my labs back and aside from high cholesterol and high blood pressure, I don't have diabetes. Now I am on cholesterol and BP meds, No problem. Gave me a Rx for Voltaren for general pain but it does not seem to work......tylenol works better.
Things are happening faster at work then I thought. This wednesday I am driving an hour for a whole day of training in MDS. Then in June, 3 days in Columbus. Will be making rounds with the wound consultant and documenting all the treatments in the building. So soon, I will be teaching the computer program, assisting MDS, and documentation for wound rounds. I am a little nervous, again I have never be off the floor before and it is a steep learning curve, but I will take it one day at a time. Cheers, Keith

  
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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2014 4:51PM

  Good you went for a check up! Hope eventually you can get off the meds. But one step at a time!

Have confidence in yourself. You can do whatever you set your sights on.

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FELINEBETTER 4/14/2014 9:00AM

    Excellent news -- all the way around!! Way to go, Mister!! Soon, I'll be telling people, "I knew Keith when...." lol You are definitely moving on up and I am so happy for you! Well done!!

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IOEINC 4/14/2014 7:00AM

    Great test results!! And don't be nervous about your great new position!! You will still be utilizing your great nursing education and background. I left bedside nursing 32 years ago and have never looked back. Best career move I ever made. So much less stress and regular daytime hours are just so much better for your body than working shift work. After you do it for a while you will see what I mean. Just have the same confidence in yourself that your employer has in you!! If she did not think you would be successful in the position, she would not have picked you to do it and emoticon You will be great!!!!

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TENNISJIM 4/14/2014 6:00AM

    Awesome on your test results. You can do the new job.

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Study, study, and more study...

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Spent most of the day behind the computer studying an introduction into MDS nursing. Printed out the entire course, 75pages, and put it into a binder. Then downloaded instructional materials for the online computer software we are going to at work and put that into a binder. Did online tutorials. Doing the studying is taking away a little of the apprehension I have about my duties to come in the fall. I kind of got a feel of what it might be like to be at a desk all day or working from home. Intellectually, I like the challenge. And the studying doesn't scare me because I have done so much of it in the past. I also know that this is a great opportunity and the payoff will be well worth the effort. Just studying the MDS which is all about assessment and documentation will make me a better nurse and give me an insight into how the healthcare system works. There seems to be a big disconnect between those that work at the bedside passing medications, and what is really important in documentation. We are told to document about things but we are never told Why. So things that are important to the floor nurse may onto be the same items that are necessary for reimbursement. So regardless of the outcome I will be a better nurse for it.
Wanted to go for a bike ride but had a dull headache most of the day. Hopefully, tomorrow before it rains. Cheers, Keith

  
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TENNISJIM 4/7/2014 6:06AM

    Awesome. Well done.

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IOEINC 4/6/2014 10:39PM

    I agree that this is a great opportunity!! Remember what they said in Nursing 101...if it was documented, it wasn't done!!

I too wish you great success!! You certainly deserved the promotion!!

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FELINEBETTER 4/6/2014 10:04PM

    I think this will be an excellent move for you, Keith! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/6/2014 9:48PM

  Wishing you success!

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Getting over it.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

One little step that I took recently was to put a picture of myself on my blog. It took the longest time just to do this. I have been avoiding ( and still do) mirrors for years. But the first step was to allow a picture of my face. The only recent picture I had of my face was my driver's license picture and you know how those can be. So as I look at my picture each day I am starting to see more a interesting character, more acceptance, giving me insight into the true me. One of the facts that I am finally learning to accept is that regardless of the amount of weight I lose I will always be a big and tall person. Yes, I am quite overweight but I am also of a big body structure. Thin people many times laugh at the notion that someone can be "big boned". But experience has taught me that a person can be very narrow and fat and very wide and not. So part of my health journey is to accept the stature of my body that i cannot change and the overweight part of my body which I can. And learn to accept and even like and appreciate my looks. Thanks, and cheers. Keith

  
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1CRAZYDOG 4/6/2014 2:08PM

  Awesome!!!! I think your picture is very handsome and you have every right to be proud of it!

Cheers

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FELINEBETTER 4/6/2014 1:30PM

    This is a very cool introspective blog. Maybe I will have to come out of the shadows myself! I do believe that it is necessary to adapt to the new you inside and out. You are doing fantastic and I'm happy for you!!! emoticon emoticon

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TENNISJIM 4/6/2014 6:27AM

    Don't be too hard on yourself.

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3 days off

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Just got home from work and now have three days off. Really my health should be the first thing on my agenda like riding my new bike. Also this wednesday I will be going in for a full workup because I have not been to doctors in years. I expect a lot of lab work , probably a diagnosis of diabetes. I will have to go on meds to get my cholesterol and Blood Pressure under control. This is an important part of my health plan and now that I have insurance I need to do it. I finally put up a photo of myself on spark page. I will also have to work on the computer project for work and study the new MDS study books that I bought. All in all in am happy to be moving ahead. Wish me luck. Cheers, Keith

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my new bike!

  
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FELINEBETTER 4/6/2014 1:25PM

    Wow! I'm famous for saying, "Just look at you!" and now I am! Good for you, Keith! It is great to hear that you are taking better care of yourself and cashing in on the health benefits you're finally getting! Excellent! I am sure you'll be pleasantly surprised by the results! Although you don't have a starting period to compare -- I'm sure the dr will appreciate all that you are doing for yourself now. Well done. Nice to see you! Enjoy that bike! It looks like it would be a real blast!!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/5/2014 11:33AM

  Good for you. We both know that blood sugars above 140 are damaging to the CV system and the neuro system too. So, the sooner we get a grip on it, the better. Don't want the consequences of NOT taking care of ourselves.

Good luck, you're taking fine steps to take care of yourself.

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TENNISJIM 4/5/2014 6:23AM

    Good luck and enjoy a great bike ride.

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DIANITAH 4/5/2014 1:31AM

    I really wish you luck.

I was facing a similar diagnosis and losing weight put me back out of danger. Still have a ways to go. Still it amazes me how a better diet and more exercise improve our health so dramatically.

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Cookies!!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Went to work today. Intense as always but the shift started off with something that kind of upset me. All the nurses had received a note in their mailboxes reminding them of a particular issue and I took it to heart. And I knew I was overreacting. My thoughts just started to get the best of me. I was thinking the worst. And it all turned out to be nothing. But my point being that the whole time that I was upset I was eyeing the girl scouts cookies in the break room. Man did I want sweets. But I just kept walking on by. In fact the whole shift I was jonesing for sweets, even on the way home I wanted to stop at the store and buy sweets. But I didn't. My mood and emotions can be so labile sometimes. I have taken paxil for decades and have been fighting with the drug for years. I hate to take it but I can get easily upset without it. (Dear spark friends, perhaps too much information, huh?) Anywho, now for some exciting news. I bought a bike. No not a motorcycle. An adult trike. Something I can putter around the neighborhood at slow speeds. I used to love biking on the paths in the park. Well, now I have a bike for the older set with a basket to ride to the park and have picnics and get some exercise and relaxation.
Also, My boss is sending me in 2 weeks for a introduction course (8hours) in becoming an MDS nurse. I was really flattered. And then in the summer I am being sent to Columbus for three days to study and get certified as an MDS nurse. I am really excited but also apprehensive. The plan is that I will be taken off the floor to work on MDS and other projects by september. I have never been off the floor. This is also a great opportunity but very new and terrifying. I will keep you updated. It is kind of a promotion. I have never had a promotion before. Wish me luck. And keep me away from the cookies. Cheers, Keith

  
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FELINEBETTER 4/2/2014 3:02PM

    Congratulations my friend, on both counts!!! That adult trike sounds like great fun! When the weather warms up - maybe you can ride to work! Very cool indeed!

I had to look up what an MDS nurse is and this is what I found -- correct it if it's wrong:

"An MDS nurse is the nurse in the long term care facility who schedules and completes the RAI-Resident Assessment Instrument, a detailed assessment done at least quarterly on every nursing home resident. The MDS nurse is also usually responsible to coordinate the completion of the care plans for the resident based on the results of the assessment. There is much more to it, but that's it in a nutshell."

It sounds like a fabulous opportunity and promotion for you! I am so glad you have found employment where you are valued and treated well! I have no doubt you are an excellent nurse and have always been -- but administration doesn't always reward it.

I am happy for you, Keith! And oh yeah -- EXTRA kudos for managing to avoid those cookies!!! YOU GO MISTER!!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/1/2014 4:08PM

  Fabulous! Can only echo what IOEINC said. LOVED UR and you'll do well. And definitely do check on if you can apply it for CEU's. Currently doing a course on diabetes for CEU's (love learning, but the material is drier than the Sahara! None-the-less . . . . gotta get it under my belt (into the brain!)



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BAIXOMUSIC 4/1/2014 7:07AM

    I'm not catholic, but I'm doing a no cookies, cakes, pies, pastries diet for lent. I figured I can do that for 40 days. When Easter arrives, I'll allow myself some sweets. It was really difficult the first two weeks, but now I'm fine. It is most difficult at work when people bring things for celebrations. (I'm a teacher and our PTO celebrated Pi day (March 14) by bringing in lots of pies....I had to stay out of the teachers lounge).

Congratulations on the bike and being tapped for the MDS position. I have no idea what that is, but it must be good.

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IOEINC 4/1/2014 6:39AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is such wonderful news!! You deserve it!! Street clothes and a lab coat!!! Styles may have changed but when I switched from floor nursing to hospital UR that was de rigueur!! That was rather a very long time ago so maybe styles have changed. I still have the lab coat although sorry to say that it no longer fits. Back then my top weight was 120 pounds. Ahhh those were the days!!

Don't forget to check to see if the MDS 3 day training counts toward your CEUs. Always helpful and most times those training courses will count towards them.

That is so fabulous that you were recognized for your dedication and talent!!

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TENNISJIM 4/1/2014 6:10AM

    Congratulations on being recognized and the promotion. You deserve you. You always give more than 100%.

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