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Yeah!!!! Friday!!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

My coworker did not show up this week (she has been gone about 3 months now. Every Monday she is supposed to come back and that happened again this week....she is supposed to come back next Monday.... we will see. I hope she is okay. I tried calling her once but she did not return my call. So I did not try again as I did not want to "bug" her. I worry that she might not come back at all. Guess what will be, will be.

Today is my special lunch in honor of my anniversary at the company. I have been there 20 years and I can hardly believe it. One of the best perks aside from great health insurance is that I get 12 hours of PTO every 2 weeks. That really adds up. What's 12 x 26? That's how many hours of paid time off I get per year. I have been using it for doctor appointments this past year and it has been helpful for that. I try to get appointments late in the day so I don't have to use very much. I am taking a week off in December and just staying home and doing errands, etc. That might give me an idea what retirement will be like.... emoticon

  
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CATLADY52 11/19/2010 7:43PM

    It will be a very slight hint of what retirement will be like. When you are actually retired you don't have a set routine to get into right away, so there is some planning required.

Your co-worker may be in her planning stage, you never know. Have a good weekend.

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CANOGAPARKGAL 11/19/2010 4:54PM

    Congratulations on the company longevity. That's harder and harder to come by these days. You must be proud. emoticon

And the benefits are ones you can really use. It all works out. Tell us what the lunch was like next week. emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/19/2010 9:21AM

    Twenty years! Congratulations. What a nice job that you get recognition for longevity and paid time off.

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ANGELOO29 11/19/2010 7:59AM

    Congratulations on being with your company for so long - you must really like it and they must really like you! And I agree, the perks on your job are awesome!

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MARITAK 11/19/2010 7:24AM

  Enjoy your special lunch out. I can tell you that one week doesn't even begin to let you know what retirement is like:) But do enjoy it!! emoticon

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MARPET44 11/19/2010 7:22AM

    This sounds like you do like your job. What a great perk--almost 8 week of vaca per year. Of course, you have earned it by your loyalty to the job.

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WANDAH3 11/19/2010 7:21AM

    Yay for the perks of the job!
I've got so much accumulated time that I am now taking a reduced work week until the end of the year at least. I'm taking every Monday off to attempt to use up some of that time.
I'm easing into retirement lol.

Hugs,
Wanda

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Is it really Thursday???? Next week is a 3-day work week!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

When I used to work at the hospital (I am now in the hospital billing department) we rarely were allowed to take the day after Thanksgiving off. I feel like my move to billing has brought a lot of perks with it....like getting New Year's Eve day off, also,and having more reasonable quotas to shoot for.

Last night I stayed up too late and I am have difficulty shaking off the grogginess. Guess tonight will have to be an early to bed night to help make up for that. I usually am in bed by 9:00 or so as my alarm goes off at 5:00 which would give me a perfect 8 hour sleep. I think last night I was in bed only 6.5 hours which really is not enough, especially considering I kept waking up for some unknown reason.....

That reason might be congestion as this morning I have coughing quite a bit and have post nasal discharge. Hope it isn't a cold.

I did swim and do other exercises for a total of 45 minutes yesterday. Managed to cook a decent dinner after we got home from the gym. Perhaps eating so late is what kept me up late, too. emoticon

  
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WANDAH3 11/18/2010 5:12PM

    YAY on the perks in the new department...makes the switch really worth while.

Hope you have a good night's sleep tonight. Like you 9pm is my bedtime, the alarming ringing at 4:30 am just allows me to squeak in a decent night's sleep.

Hugs,
Wanda

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MSLZZY 11/18/2010 2:27PM

    I sure hope it isn't a cold. Maybe there is not enough humidity in your CPAP. Only a thought.
Take care. HUGS!

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MARPET44 11/18/2010 7:36AM

   







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Working in the office of a hospital has its own perks -- getting the Holidays off is a great one. Enjoy your week.






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CHALLENGER15 11/18/2010 7:06AM

    Your swimming sounds wonderful; I don't have access to a pool, but would love to.

Have a good sparkday.

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BAYSIDE07 11/18/2010 7:04AM

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CPAP compliance is excellent....

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My report from the machine showed I had 93% compliance which is considered excellent for the first month of use of the CPAP machine. I do have concerns about the face mask but I have trouble keeping my mouth shut and breathing through the mouth precludes using nose prongs. There is a possibility of buying special tape to keep the mouth shut!!!! However, I have the added problem of bruxism and have been biting my cheeks and tongue at night so need to get a mouth guard for nighttime. My insurance might not pay for this. The only way I can get it is probably through my dentist and the last one cost $750 which would be a large drain on my $1200 yearly allowance from dental insurance. If I opt for that I might have to change the amount I put in my medical reimbursement account (raise it by $750 or whatever the cost of a mouthguard is) and have to make that decision by Friday of this week...(a little pressure in the decision-making here...)

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Yesterday I did water aerobics for a full hour and while I was waiting my turn (in the examining room) I did leg exercises for about 10 minutes.

Today I plan to spend another hour in the pool and do some recumbent bike, too.

  
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CATLADY52 11/18/2010 4:16PM

    Great! It sounds as if you got everything down pat. At least the planning part.

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TEDDYTEDDY 11/18/2010 6:37AM

    Thanks, everyone for your great comments.... emoticon That's me forgetting to breathe out through my nose while my mouth is taped shut....

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WANDAH3 11/17/2010 5:56PM

    Where there is a will there is a way! You are a determined lady, so I believe you will make the right choices.
Hugs,
Wanda

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MSLZZY 11/17/2010 11:26AM

    Do a little swimming for me, too! Glad everything is going so well (except tapiing your mouth shut)! HUGS!

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MARITAK 11/17/2010 9:06AM

  Is it possible to try an athletic mouth guard over the counter to try? I know that they aren't nearly as expensive as one that is custom fit from the dentist, but might work on a temporary basis.

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MARPET44 11/17/2010 7:17AM

    That is awesome--great compliance.

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Trying to blog here and keep hitting a wrong key.....

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I certainly am having difficulty doing my blog this morning. Today I get off work 2 hours early to take my CPAP machine in for a reading (computer chip).... and then a consult with the sleep doctor's PA. Today I will have to pay $7 to park in valet parking since I don't think I can get there fast enough especially with my CPAP machine en tow.

I think I will ask to try a nose prong type attachment as I wake up with dry eyes (from leaks of the face mask) and dark red lines from the attachments on forehead and face.

The good news is I can work only 6 hours today and after my appointment I will go swimming and whirlpool (which I skipped yesterday).

Hope everybody has a great day!!! emoticon

  
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MSLZZY 11/16/2010 6:21PM

    Taking time off for an appointment and still getting time in the pool-great! Hope all goes well! HUGS!

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CATLADY52 11/16/2010 2:04PM

    It sounds as if the machine is leaving you more messy than relaxed after a night with it leaving the red lines on your face. emoticon

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MARITAK 11/16/2010 10:00AM

  I hope they will give you the prong type mask, I really like mine.

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WANDAH3 11/16/2010 7:09AM

    Hope you had success yesterday with getting the nose-prong and can give up the lovely facial lines from the face mask *grin*.

Have a wonderful day today,
Hugs,
Wanda

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good morning, world....off I go to work on a Monday....

Monday, November 15, 2010

Seems to be a struggle, especially after a few days off. This was only a regular 2 day weekend but the promise of my coworker returning to work is held out again as supposing to happen today. It will be nice to have her back after over a 2 month absence. The piles of work have gotten a bit depressing.

I will gladly hand over the "lawyer line" where I have been spending a large portion of my day, printing faxed requests and returning calls to frantic secretaries and others. (I call it "putting out fires.")

Perhaps I will get some of the work I usually do taken care of. I will feel I have accomplished something at the end of the day. emoticon

  
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BIGT_56 11/15/2010 12:25PM

    Have a great Monday!

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WANDAH3 11/15/2010 10:20AM

    Have a great day,
Hugs,
Wanda

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MS5835 11/15/2010 10:06AM

    Have a good day. emoticon

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ELSCO55 11/15/2010 7:25AM

    emoticon Hope you have a good day.

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BAYSIDE07 11/15/2010 7:03AM

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