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The party is over!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Okay, we all had our fun over the holidays, now back to reality and life as we know it. I went to work, did mom's banking,my banking on the way home, came home paid a pile of bills(I hate parting with thousands of dollars in one day!!!!!!!!)

I had another encounter at the bank with The Peter Principle". I put mom's checkbook, her check in the pneumatic tube,, told the clerk I wanted XX dollars in cash, and the amount remaining,YYY , deposited in the checking account, hence the checkbook.
I am the only customer in the drive through, sat there for ten minutes, tick-tock, what the heck is taking her so long?? Is she printing those bills with her feet or what??????
Finally, another five minutes(I timed her with radio songs), drank all of my beverage, balanced my checkbook, etc.
As I wipe away the cobwebs, she tells me to have a nice day, ,PooF! Tube comes through tunnel, I open envelope, see YYY amount of dollars instead of XXX in it, no bank slip whatsoever!! WTH??
I put the whole shebang back into the tube, shoot it back to her,, it sits there for five minutes as another lady drives up in next space. Tick-tock.. As my IRA earned more interest just waiting for her to even respond, the other lady is wondering why I am still there, shakes her head,,
five minutes later, Becky, cool nice clerk, leaves her lobby teller spot and comes back to ask me why this stuff is in a tube and I sent it back.. I tell her they owe me about $360... and WHY,,that's what.. OH!

She spends another Ten minutes mending the mess other clerk made, sends me my $$, ,, other clerk never says Hello, goodbye or kiss my a$$!!!! NO, "I am sorry", or Excuse me, I made a mistake",, nada!!!


Is it just me, am I a royal bit-h? Are my expectations in life WAY up there??

Last week when I was leaving the bank, a guy about thirty years old was TRYING to get out of the bank. Trying,, he kept PULLING on the door. The door handle IS the word P*U*S*H!! Letters a foot high that say PUSH!!!! IN bright red!! raised!!! IN English!!
I was on the outside trying to push it towards him and he actually got angry, gave me "the look" and kept on pulling the door handle!! I finally just yanked it open and let him fall forward !!!
He was sober, spoke English and had no service dog or white cane!!! My God, what is this world coming to when human being cannot even operate a door handle in broad daylight???????
He hopped into a brand new, $50,000 shiny new truck too!! I am driving my seven year old car that I love, BUT MY-lanta!!!!
Sometimes I feEl like when the next couple generations die off, all of these clueless space cadets will just fall off the FLAT EARTH!!!

I am now going to swear on my dad's ashes that every single person under the age of forty that I work with has never, ever heard of :
A. PT-109 (A lady thought it was a vitamin)
B. Paul Revere
C. A one eyed jack
D. Liberace (One guy thought it was the word Declaration of Independence in French!)
E. term life insurance
F. Roe vs WADE.(One girl thought it was something about FISHING in a stream!)
G. Thought Bull Run was the middle of a target!

BE VERY AFRAID !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I needed to vent that....

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TEALHAWK 1/3/2013 12:24PM

  Been there, there are all kinds of people who just dont care or they
Dont know much about the job they are susposed to do. But give
Them a video game, or texting on cell phone, and they are in the right world.

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CHRIS3874 1/3/2013 12:22PM

    I hear you - it reminded me of an email my brother in law sent me about having to fill out an accident (WCB?) form at work and how it was tough for him to do as he was so USED to having spell checkers and word processing programmes etc and he is OLDER than me (no wonder IN SPITE of my education I retain being a CLOSET LUDDITE). People of the younger generation seem to have (what I call) a sort of disconnect with the world (at least a WE understood it).

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KASEYCOFF 1/3/2013 2:38AM

    Oh, Linda, it's as if you heard a conversation we had recently. We were saying that "today's generations" have never typed on a manual typewriter... don't remember TV pre-remote control... have never actually dialed a phone number... we came up with all kinds of things. I don't think it makes me feel old so much as it feels me with a sense of wonder, lol!

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SHARON10002 1/2/2013 11:40PM

    Agree with you. Great blog; we all have to vent once in awhile! Scary stuff there at the end, though . . . emoticon

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NORASPAT 1/2/2013 11:25PM

    My sentiments entirely. Our generation is the gifted generation with common sense, general knowledge and accuracy.

I feel I have lived in a great time in history , it's been a good place to be.
It all seems to be going down hill fast.

I was happy to read your vent, I enjoyed it in fact, (((HUGS)))
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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/2/2013 10:56PM

    I always take the time to go in.
Drive Thru's=Chronic mistakes

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ALDEBARANIAN 1/2/2013 7:29PM

    The problem is you're about 10 years behind the times. You're expectations are out of touch with today's reality. You expect competence. People aren't taught that anymore. They're taught narcissism. I'm hoping to move back to Aldebaran soon.

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PATRICIAAK 1/2/2013 7:04PM

    That's why I go inside. You can get a manager if things aren't up to snuff.

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DEBGIL 1/2/2013 5:10PM

    I'd have been beating the snot out of the "Call" Button on that danged machine!

Incredible the level of incompetence these days.

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RACEWELLWON 1/2/2013 4:59PM

    I hear you - load and clear over here - and they have jobs ? wth - I do not get it ! You know Linda, the thing is that they think we are stupid, Its incredible ! Do you think he can read the street signs ? LOL Hugs K

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_MOBII_ 1/2/2013 4:36PM

    Haha! One eyed jacks are wild and suicide king kills your hand!

I loved this blog and I agree, we just might be a pair...oh and a PS for you re: my blog....one sure way to get me TO DO something is to tell me not to, heheh!!

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Happy ,Hopeful New Year!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

We must look forward to better things, hope for things that atre right for all, and make teh best of what we are dealt.
I went to work, but it was very slow, so came home early. DD and I were watching recorded DVD's for me to catch up on Happily Divorced.. I love that program. I cannot seem to stop watching it through my eyelids,. so we have toplay some over and over for me to get the whole thing!!

One thing I did do for myself before the new year is switch my calcium blocker med to an earlier time of the day, take myu calcium at HS.. to allow me to make less bathroom breaks. MY world has changed dramatically!! One or two times awake during the night, as opposed to eight or nine!! I feel mor erested most days now.. ahhh..

May you all have a wonderful new year!

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CATTUTT 1/1/2013 4:58PM

    Great attitude about the coming year! And awesome that you're getting more rest at night!

Hope your year is starting off well.


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DOLPHINSINGER72 1/1/2013 3:57PM

    I hope you have a fantastic New Year, and that things continue to improve. Hmm, I have to get up a lot of times to go potty myself in the middle of the night. I have such a tiny little bladder.

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NORASPAT 1/1/2013 3:49PM

    I agree with the sentiment about doing better with what we have, i am curious about channel blocker at HS. Sorry I am not good at abbreviations I would never attempt to text.

HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon All the best for 2013 emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 1/1/2013 3:34PM

    May your 'spark' New Year be blessed with success in meeting your physical, mental and spiritual goals.

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Finally, this year is over...

Monday, December 31, 2012

Got a call from moms facility to give me a progress report. Somebody must have shaken the basket after I told them I knew it was food poisoning. They called to etll me she is feeling better. I figured that since they discharged her from teh hospital and was already eating a regular diet there..
Captain Obvious..

I know this sounds petty and snotty, but if you ever read a slim little paperback called "The Peter Principle" you would be sitting there nodding your head. I read it in the ninth grade and it stuck to me like tightwads to their wallets.

I cannot even imagine hiring people for that kind of responsibility and not even being embarrassed when they miss the mark so much. I am embarrassed FOR them! These people make a minimum of $25-50/ hour!!! Plus full benefits!!
I did more as a co-op student at age seventeen IN TRAINING than any of them!! So sad..

I would not even consider any nursing position in this city unless it was hospice or a doctor office. The policies and procedures at these big places are like a machine,,
vent over,, time to go bite my shoe, look in the mirror and smile at that weird chick I see there.. She understands..

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BRATS4 1/1/2013 11:36PM

    hopeing this year is alot better

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ALDEBARANIAN 1/1/2013 12:43PM

    It seems like it's getting worse.
Have a little taco sauce for that shoe. Maybe it'll taste better.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 12/31/2012 8:12PM

    It's really sad how these big facilities are. I don't even trust the local hospital as they totally violate HIPPA

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CATTUTT 12/31/2012 7:32PM

    "time to go bite my shoe, look in the mirror and smile at that weird chick I see there.. She understands.. "

I absolutely love that. Next time I feel like my head is going to explode, I"m going to do just that!

Hope your year gets off to a great start!


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NORASPAT 12/31/2012 5:44PM

    I admire your tenacity to make things as right as they can be.

Well done. emoticon emoticon

Too bad there has not been some new policies put forward.

I wish you all the best of good wished for 2013 Pat in Maine. emoticon GF

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/31/2012 3:41PM

    Hope 2013 someone will knock some sense into the facility.

roberts 85 year old mothers facility has the management and Robert get together quarterly. they discuss issues of the facility or what his mom is up to. she hates their food I love their food she brags it's not mcdonalds I brag it's healthy and a repat at the enxt meeting. the staff is friendly but the nurse there is an idiot who thinks she needs to go to ER when she ahs a runny nose.

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RACEWELLWON 12/31/2012 3:00PM

    I am Happy that your Mom is better , yep , read it !! You know I am surprised that they
let any one bring in homemade pie and distributed to the patients , major regulation fopauge !!
I received the package already , will read them this week - everything looks wonderful , getting excited - now maybe I can get an answer about Rory this week. Incredible !

Happy New Year Linda !! Hope it 's the best ever !~ Hugs Karen emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 12/31/2012 1:41PM

    Hopefully, 2013 will be better.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Go to store for milk, hospital calls and wants to know if I am transporting mom to her home. UH, NO, I already told charge nurse yesterday that I would not do it. COMMUNICATION!

They then ask me where I will be meeting them, at hospital or facility?? UH, I just got home, I will be here, in MY home. Do you need me to sign anything, find directions to her room? no.. okay, then wheel her out, then in, have a nice day. I am losing patience with "professionals". I used to work there ,, back in the old fashioned days without computers, high tech, we had our poop in a group.
Five seconds after I hang up, moms facility called me to tell me, get this:" The hospital just called us. your mom is in the hospital"...(been there two days) she is being discharged,, where will you be meeting her? I had already left them a message about it all...
Call-waiting is my new mantra...

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DEBGIL 12/30/2012 6:14PM

    OMG, that is awful. Good thing they're not dealing with me. ..heads would roll...so frustrated for what they are putting you through.

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PATRICIAAK 12/30/2012 4:52PM

    I wish you the best and better communication from 'the powers that be'.

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/30/2012 4:49PM

    Do all your caregivers at the hospital and the facility have some sort of cognitive disorder? Sorry to seem negative, but really, there must be a limit somewhere. Isn't there someone in either organization who can make a decision and take some responsibility? I sure hope things get better for you there. emoticon

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Freaky Friday(and Saturday) with mother

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Right after I blogged last night and took another pain pill, had one foot in bed, assisted living called to say mother is vomiting SINCE NOON(this was 9pm!) would I take her to redi-med?

I groggily ask questions about if she had meds changed, new food, too much sugar, etc. No,no,no..

I get dressed, drive out there, see they have her in HER wheelchair, expecting ME to lift her and haul her w/c into car, out of car, into hospital,transfer her in and out..
Uh, NO.. I tell nurse get mom to care, let THEM do ti together, put her w/c back in her room.. I then ask for mom's notebook with her meds, vital stats,etc.. Had to ask for it to take.. then she tells me that other places are probably closed by now, I will have to take her to E.R. now..
they waited nine hours to call me until every other option was closed..
I then ask if mom ate anything different,, well, yes, it seems the night before, the night nurses gave her a piece of apple pie,, a worker ate a piece too, later, and got a stomach ache, but did not vomit.. mom did, big time..

simple case to me... I then ask where she has all of this stuff written down, her vitals, circumstances leading up to and after sickness.. DUH! A monkey would have charted all of this, but I had to ask her to rewrite it to take along for hospital staff to see...

I finally haul mom in, get her in a room, and they do IV, labs, she proceeds to toss the water and Vernors I gave her in the next two hours.. they cath her, take her to X-ray, she tosses more fluids there, I fall asleep holding the wall up..

Finally, after asking them since 10:30pm, at 3am, they tell me the doc scheduled a CT scan for a few hours from then, so I can go home, they will admit her,, I told them I was diabetic and had been awake since 4 am the morning before..

I finally get home, try to call assisted living place, get voice mail of course,, tell them not to call me as I am getting some sleep,, I fall asleep about 4:30am,, 5:45 am, hospital calls me to get all of the information I already gave in E.R. in case they admitted her, so they would not have to BOTHER me again... I tell her that I am leaving town today and will not be back until evening,, give her DD cell phone number ,,
20 minutes later after getting a PIN number for mom, I get back into bed,,

I sleep another three hours and wake, hustle to get ready, we leave for errands before heading north on the expressway for time with family there.
We returned at 6 pm, I called immediately to the hospital, nurse tells me mom has not been abusive like last night to staff, her CT was negative(NO kidding) everything was negative..

she was merely dehydrated,, MUST HAVE BEEN THAT APPLE PIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She is sitting up, eating regular food, happy as a clam to have people waiting on her hand and foot.. of course..
I tell nurse in no uncertain terms that I will not be hauling mother back to her home, that if they need a forklift, helicopter,whatever, i cannot wrestle her again,, the shiny ambulance would be perfect for that.. Those husky EMT's can handle her on that gurney..

she writes that in her chart and I just took another half tramadol(took two halves last night before phone call!) and enjoying my new Minnetonka moccasin slippers I bought while shopping with DD and Dgreat niece today at the Tanger outlets in West Branch!! DD had a coupon, I bought two pair ON SALE and I am looking forward to a relatively normal night of sleep.

God has sense of humor.. emoticon

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/30/2012 11:55AM

Glad you could handle it all.
Thank you for taking such good care of her.
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/29/2012 11:53PM

    Yikes! Hope tomorrow goes better! Get some rest!

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CATTUTT 12/29/2012 10:35PM

    Oh wow, that sounds INCREDIBLY stressful. Sounds like you came through it like a champ. Glad to hear that you, and your mama, are doing okay. Be sure to get some extra rest, I bet you could use it!

Have a great Sunday!


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NORASPAT 12/29/2012 9:43PM

    I read your blog You did very well with all of this.
I have a bad sore throat and off to bed. I am glad your Mom is OK but your frustration was so unnecessary.
It had been quite for just a little while i hope they do as you tell them . HUGS Pat emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 12/29/2012 8:29PM

    Glad that despite it all, you and your Mom are OK.

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RACEWELLWON 12/29/2012 8:21PM

    Oh Boy , that's awful treatment from both facilities. Your right a monkey could do have done that ! It frightens me really , well I happy to hear your Mom is better . You need some sleep my dear - so Hugs and sleep tight - K

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