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Impending trouble at work..possible layoffs///

Thursday, May 06, 2010

I work for the largest healthcare company in Minnesota and today we are having a "big meeting" where a program of voluntary layoffs and use of PTO for the month of June is being proposed. I have only 44 hours of PTO saved up and they are going to ask me to use it. I asked if I could have time off for the other knee surgery (replacement) that I need and they said yes, however, there is a Catch-22. The layoffs are because of a possible nursing strike and if that happens I probably won't be able to get the surgery done as the strike will reduce nursing coverage at the hospitals and only non-elective procedures will be done. Gee whizzikers.... emoticon
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TEDDYTEDDY 5/7/2010 5:14AM

    See my blog on Friday...things are okay for me!!!

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LADYIRISH317 5/6/2010 9:47AM

    Ouch! What a ghastly situation. I hope everything works out for you. Keep us posted.

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BIGT_56 5/6/2010 8:29AM

    I understand your situation all too well, Teddy. My company just offered voluntary severances too. Now we are waiting to see what is going to happen with the rest of us. We may be transferred or have to travel to other locations to work. I have been with this company for 30 years and never thought this would happen! Just hang in there and see what happens. If you company is like mine they seem to be making up things as they go along. Seems every day is a new twist.

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MAAM0202 5/6/2010 8:26AM

    I am also an RN with a Masters---I currently work in rehab. I just got a recorded call on my answering machine last night asking me to contact a recruitment agency to sign up to work at one of the big hospitals here in SW Michigan....anticipated strike by end of May---my fellow nurses and friends might be going out on strike and face similar situations as you (fear of job loss, loss of pay, etc)...what a difficult position to be in...especially here in Michigan...highest unemployment rate in the nation. My fear is that if one hospital is successful in lowering RN wage and increasing nurse/pt ratio, the other hospitals will follow suit.

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WIGIME 5/6/2010 7:18AM

    Hang in there, you WILL get through this!

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MSLZZY 5/6/2010 7:01AM

    This does not sound good but wait and see what develops. It would be nice if this was just a nasty rumor but you'll find out soon enough. I'll keep my fingers crossed. emoticon

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LYNNDAROB04 5/6/2010 6:52AM

  Hang in there. I will pray for you to keep your job. I am going through the same thing at a health care company in FL. They just laid off 200 people that are leaving on 6/11/10.

Good Luck

Lynnda

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LOUNOBLE 5/6/2010 6:46AM

    I have my fingers crossed that all goes well for you my friend! emoticon

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NKDUB211 5/6/2010 6:46AM

    Ooh that stinks. Sending positive thoughts your way!

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8-yr old computer has lost it's get up and go

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Last night I spent over an hour trying to get on line, but this morning was about 15 minutes. I think my old clunker (about 8 years old?) is going to bite the dust one of this mornings and I will go into spark withdrawal!!! For now, it's all good.

Going back to work after my ambulance ride the day before was a bit embarassing but everyone was very nice and seemed genuinely concerned. Even the "big boss" came over to see how I was and showed me his "wounds" (IV punctures) from last Friday when he was seen in the ER, also. He said his was a false alarm, too. I thought that was a nice thing for him to tell me about that.

I am still quite a bit achey and tired out but able to go to work again and yesterday did go well.

I hope things settle down and get boring again as I have had way too much excitement lately. I am really looking forward to the weekend.

Today is Wednesday so I can go to the therapy pool today after work. On Monday I missed the therapy pool because of being in the ER. And you know where I would rather be!!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/6/2010 4:53AM

    Boring does sound good sometimes, doesn't it?

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ANGELFMABV 5/5/2010 9:36PM

    I wish you the best of success for your computer or your adventure in getting a replacement. emoticon

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CATLADY52 5/5/2010 2:27PM

    Quite the adventure on Monday. You may have to slow down a bit for everything to catch up with your adventures.

Look into Dell, as they offer some good deals. I know from experience. emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/5/2010 10:52AM

    I admit, boring might be nice after all you've been through! Have a Good Day! emoticon

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GAILRUU 5/5/2010 10:01AM

    I got a laptop recently for less than half the price that I paid for any of my previous PC's. The prices have really dropped and you get a lot more for less money.

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HOPE2BE 5/5/2010 7:54AM

    Computers are getting cheaper and better. Perhaps you'll find a good buy on e-bay.

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Quick blog...computer not cooperating this a.m.....

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I have to leave in 10 minutes for work. Yesterday morning I ended up getting to work just in time but apparently had a flare up of fibromyalgia and a panic attack. I had chest pains as I got out of my car and felt weak, had burning left arm feeling and I was afraid it was a stroke and then apparently had a panic attack as I waited for the ambulance. In the ER they ruled out cardiac and lung problems and did lots of blood work which apparently was normal. They gave me Ativan (probably for the panic symptoms) and also Flexeril (muscle relaxant). This morning my back is extremely sore but the doctor said I could return to work today so I will. Not happily, but lying most of the day (7:00 to 2:00) was hard on my back. I missed my therapy pool session as I could't drive after the ER visit and had my son-in-law and his wife take me home and his wife drove my car home. As I noted on my current status note, I am embarrassed about the whole episode. I hope today goes better than yesterday. emoticon

  
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HOPE2BE 5/5/2010 7:56AM

    Better that its a false alarm than a real one. You can be grateful that it wasn't real.

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LUCKYDUCK2 5/5/2010 3:19AM

    Sending a huge hug (gentle one) and hoping today goes well for you. I agree....better to be safe and get it checked out then ignore those symptoms.

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MS5835 5/4/2010 10:51PM

    Glad to hear it was a false alarm. Better to be safe than sorry. Hope you had a better day today.

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CMRAND54 5/4/2010 9:26PM

    I'm glad it turned out to be a false alarm. I understand anxiety attacks. I suffer from them myself. They can seem like a heart attack for sure. My sister and I joke that some day we'll be having a heart attack and we'll be saying "OH, it's only a panic attack. Just take a deep breath and calm down". You did the right thing to go to the hospital. You can't take chances.

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CATLADY52 5/4/2010 12:04PM

    Better to have the scary thing checked out and find it was nothing than to not get checked out and find out later it was something bad. You are back to Sparking and that is good.
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SAPNA. 5/4/2010 11:56AM

    Dont be embarrased. That has happened to me more than once. The symptoms are more or less the same. I am very glad for your sake that it was not a stroke. I hope you are now feeling much better.

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LOOZINITNOW 5/4/2010 10:29AM

    Glad to hear that it was a false alarm. Glad that you did get checked out.

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YOYONOMORE1 5/4/2010 10:16AM

    Glad you are ok and it's better to get things checked out then to take a chance. Take care.

Hugs,
Shirl

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/4/2010 9:42AM

    Better to be safe than sorry. I am glad you were embarrassed and not hospitalized! Take care of yourself today.

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CRUZINCARIL 5/4/2010 9:20AM

    hey...please do not feel embarrassed..it really could have been something serious..you did the right thing and im glad all checked out ok..those attacks can be like the real thing and us women cant take a chance. we have different symptoms than men. glad u are ok.

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MSLZZY 5/4/2010 7:10AM

    Take care and have a better day! emoticon

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ANGELFMABV 5/4/2010 7:02AM

    Oh I do hope you have a better day today. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/4/2010 7:02AM

    OMG, read you status feed and was appaled by your ambulance ride - glad it was not dangerous!

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Great weekend, hope this week goes well, too....

Monday, May 03, 2010

I loosened up my legs by going swimming and whirlpooling twice over the weekend. This afternoon is one of my days in the therapy pool and plan to be there at 5:00.

I can really tell the difference between being active and not so gotta keep movin'.....

Hope everybody has a great week.

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CMRAND54 5/3/2010 9:05PM

    Keep up the good work in the pool. It sounds like fun, and that's the best kind of exercise.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/3/2010 1:40PM

    Have a great day!

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MMEQUEEN 5/3/2010 12:35PM

    It really tells me that we are designed to be active in these bodies of ours!! You know I found the same thing with my foot, the discomfort got better when I was active - I had either a stress fracture or really bad tendonitis/faschitis. Once I was out of the walking boot, the pain started to come back, but it would go away when I worked out. Eventually it was gone - except when I skipped a few too many workouts when I had the flu. Once I started moving again though, it has been nonexistent. Keep on moving Teddy!!

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MSLZZY 5/3/2010 8:01AM

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STOPTHECRAVING 5/3/2010 7:34AM

    It's funny, I really hate swimming. But your blogs have made me crave the feeling of weightlessness and a nice swim. I'll have to wait until my community pool opens at the end of the month. (I just think swimming is a chore. You have to drive/walk somewhere to have access, you have to change clothes, and when you're done you have to wash off/dry off/put on different clothes again.)

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HOPE2BE 5/3/2010 7:22AM

    Doing a great job

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    Keep up the good work! You are doing a great job on keeping moving. emoticon emoticon

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SASKATIA 5/3/2010 5:55AM

  I'm looking forward to this week!

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Followed my plan and went swimming (2 days in a row)..

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I feel pretty loosened up from 1/2 hour in the pool and 1/2 hour in the whirlpool doing exercises.

So glad to report I followed through with my exercise plans this weekend.

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ELAINESHAFF 5/2/2010 9:04PM

    Glad to here everything worked out. I wish I had access to a whirlpool. When my brother opens his pool, I will be able to swim. Keep up the good work.

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