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After 30+ years I did it!!!!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I'm in complete shock-When I first started Spark 2 years next month, it was selfishly to occupy my time,I was so use to working 40+ hours a week and had to stop working suddenly. OK so I began Spark, after a few weeks,I became semi-serious, my B/P was up, as was my cholesterol. I thought my weight was OK, needed to lose a few pounds. Looking back though,and remembering I was close to either 1348 or 142-one of those number's. The more I was active on Spark, the more serious I became on being healthy.

There hasn't been one food item I've eaten these past almost 2 years that I didn't like.I just ate more in moderation ate more fruit,vegtables,less butter,cut down on fried foods, used the nutrition tracker, and exercises. The exercise;s became at first done grudgingly but I actually came to enjoy them, along w/ tracking on Spark's exercise tracker. One thing, well 2 things I pretty much cut out of drinking-ice tea (sugar) and soda-just those 2 drinks brought my weight down 10-12 pounds. I made it a habit to see my Dr. every 6 months for lab work, make sure all my number's,especially my cholesterol was in check. That came down, but not enough-I do believe it is hereditary,as my Dad too had high number's. I'm due back in September for another lab draw-last one was 225 which has been the lowest I've ever seen.

I have after 6 kids always wanted to be at my high school weight, 118-but knew it was probably a dream. Well it happened this morning,I am at 118!!! I'm finally into size 4!! Me who over 2 years ago was up to 10-12, and wore the jumper denim one piece dress to "hide it all"-I can be compulsive so will not weigh myself all the time-haven't been anyhow-

I will continue to do what I'm doing-eating/thinking and doing healthy!!!Probably what has gotten me this far is too, the friends I have made here. Anyone "new" keep active on Spark, oh yea,drink your water too!!! Everyone here has been so supportive, when I'm up/down/crying/laughing, my friends here listen and motivate me. I am ever so grateful to Spark for all their tools to make me a success, and last but never least all my friends here who have kept me going when I thought I couldn't go any more. Love you all!!!

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SUSIEQ1017 10/26/2010 10:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You done good my friend.

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HANNAH_CALM 9/27/2010 1:02PM

    Congratulations for getting to your high school weight! That must be so amazing! That's something I'm working on myself, unless I weigh more when I'm more muscular than I was then. You are quite an inspiration, thank you!

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ACTIONGIRLT 9/5/2010 2:40PM

    wow, congrats. You are inspiring to us all. Keep having those healthy thoughts and actions. Isn't it nice to enjoy those things that you once did? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HELEN74AU 7/25/2010 11:17PM

    Congratulations!!! From reading the other posts it seems that you have had a few things to contend with and your blog just goes to show that you can do it no matter what the circumstances.

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JEN-TINK11 7/25/2010 10:42PM

    Poud of you

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GOOZLEBEAR 7/25/2010 10:19PM

    I though surely I had commented on your blog but don't see my post anywhere???!!!! I am so proud of you, you are doing awesome especially with all you have to go through each day.

Well done special spark friend, you are an awesome person!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATHYSCOLLIES 7/24/2010 6:16PM

    Well done indeed, Kathleen!

I know you have so much 'over the top' kinds of stress to contend with in your everyday life which makes this accomplishment even more impressive.

I am in awe, my friend - you are a truly amazing person, a woman of such strengths, wisdom and love - someone we should all model ourselves after.

Love you bunches,

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DORI53 7/23/2010 5:46AM

    Fantastic! And the best part is how healthy you are becoming! emoticon Great Job!

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DEBSZOO74 7/23/2010 12:38AM

    I just found this blog today. Congratulations on reaching your goal and for making healthy changes for yourself. You're awesome! emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 7/22/2010 4:22PM

    Just saw this blog today, as I haven't been keeping up with Spark for the last couple of weeks. So, I was thrilled for you when I read this. What an accomplishment! Be proud of yourself - and - thanks for the additional inspiration. You're the best!

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BARBARA_BOO 7/15/2010 6:47PM

    I like the changes you've made in your "eating/thinking/doing". They're changes you actually like and can live with, without feeling deprived. I think maintenance of your 118-lb, size 4, body (has a nice ring to it)will be much easier because of those new ways of living your life.
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And you're so right about the support from friends at SP.

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    Congrats! That's awesome!

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BELLACUDDLES 7/14/2010 7:48AM

    YOU ROCK, KATHLEEN! God is blessing you!

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DODDSM 7/13/2010 11:19AM

    Way to go Kathleen - you have done a fabulous job!!! Congratulations

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FITKAT2010 7/11/2010 11:22AM

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CALIFSHEWOLF 7/10/2010 10:42PM have worked hard to make it to your goal. Congratulations and please post a picture for us. All your friends here share in your joy.
Hugs, De

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GOOZLEBEAR 7/10/2010 10:29PM

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Kat, I am soooo proud of you, wow girl size 4 that is amazing. You need to post a picture of the new you!!!!!! You have worked so hard to get where you are and I know you will stay there with all the new habits you have formed. I count it a priveledge to know you here on Spark (and off!). What an accomplishment and especially for all you have to do each day!

Love and hugs,

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M_E_L_I_S_A 7/10/2010 6:59PM

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Girl! I had no idea you was that close to goal. It's amazing what 2 year can bring. I'm so happy for I want pics! You rock!

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JEN-TINK11 7/10/2010 6:50PM

    Good 4 u!

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SPARKANGEL413 7/10/2010 4:15PM

    WOW! Congratulations!!! emoticon

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JUDYPETE1 7/10/2010 3:30PM

    you are amazing!!! (we knew it, now you do, too!!) CONGRATS!!

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FITPRO77 7/10/2010 3:11PM

    congrats on your accomplishments.

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MILLISMA 7/10/2010 3:02PM

    Awesome. Didn't even know you were close. Enjoy your accomplishment.
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EUPHROSYNEA 7/10/2010 2:55PM

    Wow! Congratulations! You've come a long way and should be very proud of yourself :)
I also owe a lot to Spark and the wonderful community. I have found so many great people on here! And I also love how my life has changed since I joined.

Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 7/10/2010 2:55PM

    OMG, girl!!!! emoticon I had no idea!! emoticonFantastic!!!
You know, I had lost about 10 then basically quit working at it and it's all back! My dream was to reach my first year college weight of 110 and I figured it was only just a dream. You have motivated me, girl!! Maybe I CAN do it! Getting busy!
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RHCOOKSON 7/10/2010 2:50PM

    Congratulations! That's emoticon!!!

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I love Spark Friends!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I noticed that I had some comments on my blogs and didn't acknowledge people who took the time to support and cheer me emoticon-I am so,so sorry, I didn't realize.... emoticon to all who have stood beside me.

John-John got to the hospital at 645am, surgery due at 730am. Well at about 815am, the Nurse came in, said they unexpectedly had to use an instrument on the man before us, which meant they had to cleanse/sterilize the tool for John. Of course that give me the time to doubt if what I was doing was the right thing. Because John can't talk, I wondered-should this procedure just have been done in his office? When we did it last time in the office, too many complications followed. I was definitely getting nervous. John's oxegan has only been in the low 90's, and have had to keep oxegon on him 24/7 since Saturday. I took John to the hospital Tuesday evening for a chest x-ray which did come out negative emoticon-still why the moist cough and low oxegan??? (John's yawning now-be right back). Come to find out the pharmacy gave me a children's dose for his aerosol Treatments! So Praying that now since John will be pain free by tomorrow, and the right dose for his breathing treatment, John will be back to normal by tomorrow. Were suppose to be in the 80's tomorrow, and think we all need to "get out of dodge"! emoticon

I just had to Thank everyone for your concern/support/encouragement. John's brother Michael ordered a easel so the other day,I wrote John's name,birthday and his sisters and brothers name. John actually was tracking this!! (one Dr. in front of John said John was blind) emoticon-bedside manners anyone!!?? emoticon so anyhow, John and I will work daily with this---Thank you everyone, you'll never know how comforting all of you are to me,Thank you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon-Kathleen

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GINA7249 7/6/2010 9:06PM

    we all luv u too. were here 4 u like u were here for me... thanx for everything.

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JUDYPETE1 5/5/2010 7:07AM

    Kathleen, we're here with you. Glad things are moving in the right direction for you and John. Keep us posted on updates.

The easel, is that a therapy? Sounds very interesting!

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Coming in a little late on your blog. I can attest to the value of Spark friends. All of my friends here helped me through our bushfires last year and kept me sane.

I do hope John is doing better, low oxygen is a terrible thing, my brother, during a particularly bad asthma attack, went down to 80. It is very frightening for the person suffering.

Hope things are working out now.

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CHUPAL01 5/4/2010 8:57AM

    I'm glad to hear that everything seems to be going fine. Please let us know how John is now that his surgery was last week! I will continue to pray for you and John!

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DAVESTOOK1913 5/1/2010 9:26PM

    Girl, I know bedside manners are not what they used to be! It seems like now, a patient is just a number instead of a person who is deserving of respect and attention. I understand the need "to get out of dodge" Have felt that way myself alot recently! I hope all of you guys get to have a nice relaxing weekend. Much love and as always, you all are in my prayers

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GOOZLEBEAR 4/29/2010 10:19PM

    Kathleen, there are so many prayers being said for John, you and the doctors and I'm glad things are looking up. You are special to us and we want to be here to support you.

Thank you for being my friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon I too, wish I could be there with you just to give you a reassuring hug.


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MILLISMA 4/29/2010 9:12PM


We're all here thinking of you and John....only wish we could actually be there for you. Keeping you in my prayers. Give John a big emoticonand emoticon for me.

Mary Anne

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BELLACUDDLES 4/29/2010 5:41PM

    I can see why you questioned that.......Drs.......I feel the same way.....wonder sometimes if I have done the right thing when I went to a chiro for my back, which by they way, I am NOT going to anymore! Yoga and deep slow stretches seem to be helping me a lot!!!! Will be continuing prayers, Kathleen. Let us know how everything goes.

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FINALLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The other day when I said I was so happy was because I found a nurse, yes after almost a year. I didn't want to jinx it by getting my hopes up-no I'm not superstitious! (knock on wood!) emoticon

That morning when I woke up 3 things in a row happened good. I don't even remember the other 2, just that Cindy has accepted the position. My only nurse Marie trained her Fr-Sun, and the agency even payed her! Complicated story but the Waiver program obviously only would pay for one nurse but Cindy's agency "picked up the tab" She came in last night to work by herself-within 15 minutes my John had started with a seizure, within minutes it was full blown, and # 1 John-John is safe # 2 she didn't flip out!!! She said she's in for the long haul! She is so kind, talks to John gently, tells him whats she's doing, talks to him like the adult he is, and not baby talk. What will I do 3-4 nights a week??? Oh that's right SLEEP !!!

Its been a struggle, as you my Friends know. John is my life, a part of me, and hope no one thinks "I'm opening my mouth all the time with all my woes" I hope I share the good of myself with the bad, because that's what I believe friends do, share-----

Last but not least, keep my John in your Prayers, he goes for surgery 4/29 at 9am for that darn urethral stricture that has come back. I know it hurts John, and am trying to keep John comfortable as possible until this procedure is done. I love him, what can I say, John is a part of me as are all my kids.--Thank you again my Dear Friends for standing by me, I know it's been a strain, and at times Ive broke down, but I'd like to believe I do have a pretty good disposition, and do think,say,act positive! emoticon emoticon emoticon to all!!-Kathleen

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JENNIEJA 5/23/2010 1:03PM

    How lovely for you, your family and most of all John.

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DEBSZOO74 4/29/2010 4:37PM

    It's so great that you found a new nurse! My hubby and I seldom get to do things together, and haven't had a vacation in over 20 years. There's nothing more important in this world than taking care of our son!
I love reading your blogs, and reading about your love for John the way we love our son, Eric. emoticon emoticon

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CHUPAL01 4/29/2010 3:29PM

    What great news! I hope you get the rest you deserve, and that John gets the care he needs as well!

I also hope to hear that John's surgery goes well. Anything to help ease his pain and help him to be more comfortable.


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DAVESTOOK1913 4/21/2010 8:07PM

    Girl, I have got my fingers crossed for you that this nurse works out. And John is definitely in my prayers. Stay strong.. Much love.

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MILLISMA 4/20/2010 9:11PM

    Kathleen, it's been a long time coming but sounds like you hit a winner. So excited for you. Will keep John in my prayers. Now, get some emoticon

sending you lots of emoticon

Mary Anne

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JUDYPETE1 4/20/2010 7:42PM

    Kathleen - you're wonderful, and never a 'down' person. I am thrilled you have found the right nurse - you deserve it!! After you sleep for about a year, start a new hobby (with all that extra time - LOL!!

Blessings and prayers to you and John.

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METALLICAT1 4/20/2010 7:20PM

  That is so great you have a nurse Kat. I'm happy for you, look out sleep-time, here you come. And no, I don't mind hearing about John. I have seizures too & I know how they take their toll out on not just the person having them, but family as well. So I'm with you there. John is definitely in my prayers as you are too. You are not "opening your mouth...". I know what you mean. Go ahead and let us know your woes as well as the good times. That is what we are here for. You and John are in my heart and prayers!

Love, Em emoticon emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 4/20/2010 6:23PM

    Kathleen, so happy you have found someone you can rely on and trust! John is in my prayers; take some deep breaths and feel your blessings right now, my friend!

Hugs back at ya,

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GOLFCHICK2-0 4/20/2010 4:45PM

    I've been hoping to hear this wonderful news!! I'm so happy for you, and for John, that you have found a wonderful nurse. Enjoy your time. Sleep, read, breathe, heck, you can even sit and stare at John some more if you want to!! emoticon

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!!!!! wasn't there a song that had this title in the 60 or 70"s? Unfortunately war is needed, ironic that it contributes to Peace in the world, unfortunately the reason's for war is greed, power, religion,oil but mostly the belief's of people. The people who are willing to die for what they believe in, most who are called to fight because they are told to, not really ever knowing WHY they are willing to die, only that their Commander in Chief has issued the few words: We are at war.

As a mother I agree what is war good for? Absolutely nothing-as a citizen of the Untied States, I can understand. But the understanding is becoming weaker by the day. Too many people in higher ranks, our government is I believe not doing enough to pull out our troops. Too many people are dying.War can be traced back to the Indo-European root *wers-, "to confuse, mix up." In the Germanic family of the Indo-European languages, this root gave rise to several words having to do with confusion or mixture of various kin.

you have me convinced-war = confusion. I come from a military Family,who my Mom can date us back to the American Revolution. When our Men and women come back from war, as generations before us, it doesn't end there. They have to deal with not only the physical deficits they may have encountered but the mental deficits as well. One of my Son's will never have that fun, carefree look anymore thanks to the destruction he had to see "over their". Unfortunately it doesn't stop with him, it spreads to all around him who love him, his Family.

I pray that all the men and women return safely from any and all wars, and the people who don't,I not only thank you, but your Family as well for enduring/supporting and loving that man you sent off to war.

I just don't know what to say anymore. I feel and sense what my Son saw the other day has changed him-again- so please God, bring Michael home with that "smirk" he so often had, but most important God, please bring my child home safe and sound. Thank you

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JENNIEJA 5/23/2010 1:39PM

    I am the mother of a UK soldier who has not yet served on the frontline, but his turn is coming. I have been thinking for along time about the troops. Apart from the needless deaths there are other casualties of war. And did you know that it was just 50 IED's a month the troops were finding, now its 1500.

I found this data on the MOD site. The UK war casualties and fatalities for Afghan from 2001 to 15 May 2010

UK soldiers who have died from their injuries is 231. Amputees 236.

Then there are the hidden. These are all the soldiers suffering from combat stress, post traumatic stress, and other mental disorders due to serving their country (and injuries not listed as amputees) plus many others that have gone unnoticed in the MOD data.

I can't find any coalition data to post. So am on a mission to to find out the various coalition forces who served during the last Iraq war and currently in Afghan and collate the data and am going to actively post it everywhere and pray some good comes out of it.

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/10/2010 9:53PM

    I, myself, have never had a family member in any war. My dad was in the service for a short period of time, I think before the Vietnam War. I think he was out of the military by the time that war started. I've had some acquaintances / friends that have been in the military. One neighbor that was in the war with Iraq. I tend to agree with you though that war is good for nothing and the reasons we go to war I would agree with as well. I too, sincerely hope that not only your son but all of our men & women whom are in the wars we have overseas will come home safe & sound but most importantly with the same personality they had before they went to war!

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BELLACUDDLES 4/8/2010 8:46AM

    I'm right with you Kathleen........I pray for our men and women serving. A cousin of mine has 2 daughters over there....they're in the medical field, but nonetheless, I feel they are in danger too. Please God, keep your protective arms around our men and women and bring them safely home to ALL of us, especially their loved ones!

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There giving my profession a bad name

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

For all who are sick of hearing about the nursing shortage I've been having constantly, don't bother reading this because here we go again. I know I'm sick of it as well.

OK so Linda started Sunday,lives about 6 miles from here,ideal for both of us. At 7p, she showed up (on time) that's a plus. And than it began to unravel from there. John's shower? didn't bother to shave my John-it takes 2 so of course I was in their. Didn't wash his back,water was not hot.John back to bed(she couldn't lift-John is only 140#'s) Couldn't straight cath,I had to do it. 9pm meds due,clock says 915pm, 1030PM I said I was going to bed. She asked if there was anything NOT TO DO, such as noise to wake me (micro/TV) I thought well maybe there is a chance and she was just nervous-asked me if at 4am she could call home with her cell,check on her Family-I said of course. So off to bed I went, but I had the "TV" in my room could see John, back up I went! (hadn't seen her in 45 minutes) came downstairs and there she was on the stairs exercising!!!!!!!!!!! talking on the cell phone 1215am. So between seeing on the TV,and hearing,every 15 minutes I hear her flippen cell phone,her in John's room talking on it. John not even turned,her not giving him fluids. Caught her at 515am using my stability ball!!! The worse part was John lost his pillows and his neck was hyper-extended! Try breathing or swallowing in that position. My God, theses people are Nurse's! The more I see,the more I know how good I was as a Nurse. I sent her home at 630am

Next up--thought I had someone that was decent,had her scheduled tonight,she wanted to work every wed,and Thur. Guess what? She called me yesterday morning said her Husband has a job,and can't work here, because she doesn't have a babysitter. I was stunned,I don't even remember what I said,I know my tone was, well, less than nice.

I'm getting sick of it people,I really am. I'm about to just resign from even looking,maybe that might help. I even had someone e-mail me with a e-mail address of sexynurse!!!!???????. What in God's name is happening to the Nursing Profession, or is it all over the place emoticon Ohhhh I'll get by, I always do but..........

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SUSIEQ1017 10/26/2010 10:10PM

    Kathleen, I can feel your pain and I know it emoticon I didn't have it as bad as you do, but we went through the Nursing Hell when Mama came home after
3 months in a coma after open heart surgery "did not go as expected". emoticon Ya think? I hope things get better for you and yours soon.

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JUDYPETE1 4/6/2010 3:32PM

    Kathleen, I wish you were closer to me, have a fabulous friend that would be perfect, she is looking for the right position and is teaching nursing while she is looking. I have seen her in action. Hope you find someone SOON who holds your same work ethic and values. Prayers out to you and John.

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DANCINGAGAIN 3/30/2010 7:47PM

    I think that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Tip O'Neil said the secret to his success was that, "People like to be asked and people like to be thanked." So the implication is that we should not feel shy about asking people to do their job. We also will build a relationship of gratefulness and mutual support when we remember to say thank you for the things people do for our loved ones. As families of those who need extra special care, we tend to worry and we are sure things are not being done or will not be done as well as we would do them in the first place, and that makes most hired caregivers get defensive or insulted because they think we think they are stupid or uncaring people. There is no reason that a private duty nurse can not take care of your son and learn to care for him the way you want him to be cared for. If he were one of thirty two patients waiting for nursing care given by two nurses aids and a nurse for the night shift, that would be different. He would have to wait his turn. It is difficult to find night people in nursing homes and at home, that is the reality.
Separating the facts from your feelings in this situation can help you to problem solve. See the situation clearly. Know what you want. Tell the nurses exactly what you want them to do. Make a care plan if you do not have one, and every night have the nurse sign the plan of care when she comes in after she reads it if she is a new nurse, or one who is not doing what you ask. If you could have another family member stay over and you go to their house to sleep that could get you some sleep. You need to get completely away sometimes. I can tell you are really stressed out! One good night sleep can really help.

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WALKWORK 3/28/2010 3:44PM


I am so sorry you are going through this hard time trying to find someone who cares about their job and the people they are supposed to be caring for. I just don't understand what is going on these days. Why don't people take their jobs seriously. I really think it's the younger generation that hasn't grown up yet. I work with 30+ year olds who still don't take what they do serious. People need to be held accountable. emoticon

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    I think the work ethic is declining everywhere - but it is not acceptable in the medical field, and it is easy to NOT do home nursing care, so those people have no excuse!
I am praying that you can find someone reliable very soon.

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BELLACUDDLES 3/18/2010 3:51PM

    WOW, I too am so sorry for all this frustrating stuff going on.....continuing prayers for you and your family and better nursing care with caring people!!!!!!


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SWEETSUGAR7 3/17/2010 4:43PM

I am sorry that people are in a workforce that they cannot even live up too!
What a waste of time!
Keep your head up and keep looking. Something wonderful will turn things around for you soon.
If you are involved with a church I would see about talking to them and look for people within the community.
Also see if the hospital can also assist you on this. Maybe a local group that is looking to place interns or people that are looking for work. I wonder if the unemployment office would be able to help.
Lets us all pray for you and your family to find someone to help and to ease this pain.

You need your sleep and strength, peace of mind and more!




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DODDSM 3/17/2010 12:18PM

    Kathleen- so sorry for the hell you and John are going through. It's a shame you don't live up here, I have a couple friends who are just graduating and looking for jobs. Wish I could also lend a hand, if only to give you a few moments rest. Hope that things start picking up, and that John gets an awesome nurse!

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DAVESTOOK1913 3/17/2010 10:05AM

    I am constantly amazed that people have the gall to not do their jobs as if they are the most important things and cannot be replaced. I would be just like you. John deserves better care than a nurse that lets him just fall to the wayside. He's really lucky to have you watching out for him.

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GRANDMARUTH2 3/17/2010 9:30AM

    Irritating isn't it when anyone is paid for a job that they won't do. When my grandparents got is the position of needing in home health care, it didn't work -with a lot of the same problems that you are encountering. Our option at that time- in the 70's was to take care of my grandparents our selves. God bless my mom for being the care giver to both sets of my grandparents. and for instilling the importance of family.Good luck to you BO42SOX - you will be in my prayers. emoticon

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