Sunday, February 7, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have a very busy week ahead of me, lots to do and not enough time to do it.  So - I've decided to take a little blog break.  I hope you have a good week and will see you next week!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cooking Thursday

I bet you've all had No-bake cookies, made with oatmeal.  They are one of Bob's favorites.  We aren't big fans of the coconut that is in the regular recipe, so I make this recipe with no coconut but it has some peanut butter.  You really don't taste the peanut butter, it just gives a creamier texture, and the cookies are yummy. I made these when the girls were here, so Ruby was helping!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-bake Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 1/2 cup oatmeal
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix cocoa and sugar together. Stir in milk, and add butter. Heat in saucepan and bring to full boil. Add peanut butter and vanilla and stir in. Remove from heat, then add oatmeal.
Drop by tablespoon onto wax paper or cookie sheet. Let cool and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Day in my Life

It's the first of the month; time to share my day with you!
I work every Monday, so I was on the road at 6:35.  When I got to work, the night nurse was busy filling out paperwork because someone had fallen about 30 minutes earlier.  Falls are a big deal, even if the person is not injured.  If the fall is not witnessed, we have to do vitals and neuro checks every 15 minutes for an hour, every 30 minutes for 2 hours, every hour for 4 hours, then every 8 hours for 3 days.  This ensures that any head injury would be noticed.  There are also lots of forms to be filled out.  Thankfully this fall didn't cause any injury except a small laceration.

It was a misty morning.  This is the view from one side of the nursing home.

 Since I can't show pictures of the residents at work, I thought I would show some things I use.  One of the things I do, that takes the most time in my work day is passing medications.  We pass meds each morning from about 7:30 to 10am, then have another med pass around noon that takes about 45 minutes.  This is the med book for one hall.

This is one drawer in our med cart.  Each medication comes on a blister pack card that usually has 30 pills in it.  We punch the pills out into a med cup.

 Another thing that was happening today was our activity department decorating for Valentines Day.  This is the front office.

This is the nurses station.

It was a busy day, and we had an admission late in the afternoon.  The person admitted had an unusual name.  Her name itself isn't so unusual, but she married someone who has the same last name as her first name.  She has now lived for about 50 years with the same first and last name!
Because of the admission, I got out late, leaving close to 4pm.

It was a pretty afternoon, the temperature was 37 and the sun was trying to shine!

 When I got home, I made some treats for Tuesday.  It's a MOPS day and my group is providing brunch.  I made this orange bread...

 and some coffee slush.

I also made this Two Timin' Pasta Bake for supper.

After supper we had a church meeting. 
We've been meeting in a school and we got to review plans and drawings for a building which we're hoping to start on this summer!
It was a busy day, but a good one!

Sunday, January 31, 2016


I hope you had as much fun this weekend as I did!  It started Thursday night with the delivery of an old friend.  Heather and Andrew were helping with a youth retreat for their church, so Oliver came for the weekend.   It's the first time he's been back since Heather and Andrew got married last February.

Heather and Andrew had barely left the house before Oliver was in his customary spot on Bob's lap.

It was my weekend off, so we got Alaina and Ruby Friday night to spend the night with us.  We had some good laughs on the way home because of funny things Alaina was saying.  Bob pulled out from their street, and had to hit the gas because of traffic.  From the back seat we hear "Hang on everybody!  Grandma, are you hanging on?  What are you hanging on to?"  A few minutes later - "Hurry up Grandpa, drive faster!"  and then "Concentrate Grandpa, you have to hurry!"  When we were getting a little closer to our house, she told us she would tell us when we were almost there because she would see the "hamburger van".  We had no idea what she was talking about and asked her.  She said it was by our house, "the van with the hamburger on it."   We were very curious to see what she was talking about.  When we turned onto our street she said "There it is, the hamburger van!"   The man on the corner has a camper, and it has a sunset logo on it.  We had to admit that it did look kind of like a hamburger.   :)

 Can you see the hamburger?  We'll be looking to see him serve some this summer!

 When we got home the playing started.

This Ruby is such a character!  She was such a difficult baby, but now she walks around with a smile on her face  and is just a ham.  This picture isn't sideways - she walked over to me, leaned way over and smiled.

 A little while later I found her crawling into the refrigerator...

 Sharing a snack of cheese and crackers.

 What?  Don't you watch tv this way?

 Trying to read some books before bed.

This is Saturday morning.  Oliver stayed well hidden on Friday, but we got him for a few minutes on Saturday.  Alaina couldn't wait to hold him and Ruby was beyond excited as she's never been here when he was here, since she was an infant.  Oliver didn't think it was a great idea though and was very happy when they left!
The girls went home on Saturday and Oliver was picked up on Sunday.  What fun we had!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pain scale

Any of you that have been in the hospital or had outpatient surgery have probably had the pain scale question asked of you.  We have to ask it frequently, it is also used on pain scale paperwork that has to be done on each patient every 3 months.
The question is:  "Rate your pain on a scale of 1-10, with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain you can imagine".
We rarely hear 0, frequently hear 6 or 7, but almost just as frequently are told 10.  The problem is, these same people who say 10, may often continue to talk and laugh with no apparent issues and we need to medicate them according to what they say, not how they appear.  I know that I can't judge someone else's pain, but I also know that most people are unable to talk, much less laugh through intense pain.
For that reason, I thought this diagram was hilarious when I saw someone (another nurse) post it on FB.  I bet we would get more realistic numbers if we used this!

Pretty good, right?