Scotties Toy Box

April 8, 2020

I know this all too well

Filed under: Animals, Cartoons, Memes, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 05:50

Off the Mark Comic Strip for April 08, 2020

April 7, 2020

The CC copy. Enjoy

Filed under: Animals, Children, Family, Love, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 12:25

Yesterday I posted a video of my two cats at my desk.   However I was forgetting my set up doesn’t do the CC.  So I sent it to my YouTube channel and here is the copy with CC.  Hugs

April 6, 2020

My cats and me every early in the morning this weekend

Filed under: Animals, Family, Funny Stuff, My Life and Rants, Things I like — Scottie @ 09:21

 

April 3, 2020

‘Lean On Me,’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81 has died from heart complications

This song along with a few others such as bridge over troubled waters got me through a summer of nearly daily beatings.   Rest In Peace Bill Withers.  Thank you for the comfort in my time of need.   Hugs

I think they live here in my house

Filed under: Animals, Cartoons, Family, Funny Stuff, Love, Memes, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 05:36

Free Range Comic Strip for April 03, 2020

$1 a roll

Filed under: Economics, Food, Health, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 05:07

Ron went and got groceries yesterday.   He found no bare shelves at one store, while the other store was mostly bare.  No reason why other than the companies deverting the supply trucks to other stores.   But the funny thing the store that was stocked was selling toilet paper at the front of the store for 1 dollar a roll.   Yes they were selling it by the single roll.   Weird times.    Hugs

April 1, 2020

Time off

Filed under: Music and Videos, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 17:54

Hello Everyone.  I only got to one other blog but Ron is getting ready for work and after he leaves I am going to stop blogging and start watching the Expanse series as  I have fallen way behind on it.  It is a grand show, slow at first but it draws you in as it goes on.   Love everyone but I have to have some Scottie time.   Hugs 

March 31, 2020

Spam folder

Filed under: My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 13:15

This morning Randy told me a comment he left disappeared.   I went looking and there was nothing in trash.  Then I looked into the spam and I found a bunch of recent comments.   The spam folder automatically deletes after a few days so I don’t know how many were lost.  I don’t know why these comments went to spam.    If you don’t hear back from a comment in a reasonable time let me know.   I normally try to answer every comment in a short time frame.  I do go to bed early in the evening so any late comments will get answered in the morning.   Other than that if you don’t get a reply from me then I did not see the comment.   Again sorry for all the lost comments.    Hugs

March 30, 2020

An update on my spine

Filed under: Drugs, Health, My Life and Rants, Science — Scottie @ 14:50

We got to the pain clinic a bit early as with everything closed down our normal high traffic was a nearly empty roads.   Ron drove me and waited in the car as he did not feel it safe for me to drive with as much trouble as I am having with that leg.   When it was near time for my appoint I hobbled to the door.   A sign on the door said only one person at a time in the waiting area, and so I waited outside.  They had it set up so that when you entered the entry room, the waiting area was blocked off.  Instead a person was there to squirt your hands with sanitizer, and to escort you to a exam room.  Very efficient way to handle things to keep exposure down.  

I am standing at the entry door when this buffoon swaggers up right next to me and booms out of the way I need to get in.   I turned slightly and explained they were only letting one person in at a time.   No way the guy bellowed and then decided that he really felt a need to talk with me while ignoring personal space.   I backed up from him and made it clear I was not interesting in talking.  He did not seem to hear me.  He went on to tell me that he had a back operation and the doctor operated on the wrong thing and how none of them could be trusted and how this whole thing with the virus was just hype so the doctors could charge more.  I flat out told him he was wrong, I did not care about his back operation, and I wanted him to stay at least 6 feet from me.  I am normally much more patient with people and I do care about people.  However I was getting angry now as he sure did not seem in pain, I was in a lot of pain, and he was being a jerk.    A car pulled up with an older lady in the passenger side and a younger woman driving.   The guy about bounced over to the car and stuck his head into the open window and said that I was next and claiming they were only letting one in at a time.  There was a big sign on the door that said that but I doubt his ability to read.   

I got in next, was squirted, weighted and put in an exam room.   When the person came in to do my vitals I asked the young woman if she would go to a routine doctor’s visit and go to have blood work done right now.   She said she wouldn’t do it unless there was something wrong.   Then Josh , the doctor’s assistant in the spine shot came to get me.  As we waited for the doctor I explained about the upcoming every three months primary care visit and asked what he would do.  Josh said he wouldn’t go right now.   The doctor came in, I have known him a long time and like and respect him.   I asked him as he was preparing the spot.   He was going to do both sides but stupid me said I could live with the left but really needed help on the right.   I explain my problem with the primary care visit and asked him his opinion.   He was very clear, concise, and adamant.  No I shouldn’t go and he explained why.   He said 60 % or more of the people in the primary care waiting room would be there for symptoms of the virus.   OR worse.   In the blood lab the same thing.   He said I was too high risk and there was nothing in my health records that would reasonably suggest the risk was worth a return three month visit.   I am paraphrasing as he was a lot more emphatic.   He basically told me to stay home, that we all should stay home unless an essential service or needing food.  Told me to order food delivered if possible.  

Then he had Josh put the scope over my spine and the doctor said he could clearly see the trouble, the damaged spot.   I said did I mess my back up in the fall.    He said yes it was clear more damage was done and where the nerve was being damaged.  The shot was really painful but I forgot about my leg for a minute, I also forgot to ask him what the exact problem was.   Then I asked him about the instant morphine.  He looked up my medical record and said he couldn’t.  That I was already at the max dose of 90 MG permitted by the state of Florida.   The state kept cutting back on the limits and giving pharmacists the power to fight doctors prescriptions of painkillers.   While I was thinking I was not taking 90 but only 45 I let it go for another day.   Then on my way out I seen Brenda, my normal provider and the one I did the video call with that was so messed up.  

She said they fixed the video stuff so the calls would be better and she sent my new scripts in this morning.   ?? I was clueless and everyone was busy so I thanked her and tried to walk down the hall to the check out.   

Talking to Ron on the way home he said she must have increased my morphine from 15 MG three times a day to 30 MG three times a day.   She had said scripts though?  When I got home the local drug store called and Ron went to get my new pills.  When he returned it was only one bottle of my existing tramadol.   Weird.   So tomorrow I will call and see what the story is.   All this mess because of a messed up video call and me not thinking fast enough to ask questions.  

For those interested I did call the primary care office and canceled this upcoming appointment and scheduled one for three months from now.  See I listen.   Hugs

March 28, 2020

Home and hard to see but interesting eye news

Filed under: Economics, Family, Health, Love, My Life and Rants, Reason, Ron, Science — Scottie @ 15:52

Hello everyone, you happy and wonderful grand people.  I am home from my eye checkup, with eyes still dilated and seeing sort of blurry.   So I have good news and some not so good news. 

My doctor has a great deal.   If you get an eye exam and buy your new glasses from him you do not pay for the exam, and you also get to choose two frames.   They charge you for the most expensive pair and the other is free.   You select the options you want for your primary lenses.   Such as progressive no lines, tints or transitions, the type of lenses such as Crizal or lens coatings.   The secondary pair gets regular lenses with your prescription.    So you get two glasses with your prescription, a primary pair with all the bells and whistles, and a secondary backup pair if your primary pair breaks.  I have had that happen as have others I have known.  Ron and I keep the second pair in the car.   If we are out and our glasses break we can still have a pair to use to drive home with.   

I got new glasses last year.  Then the doctor was able to correct my vision to 20-40.   I got the deal I mentioned above.   I really like the primary I picked out which was a much larger lens than my old ones.  I also liked but never wore my secondary frames which had a slightly smaller lens size and different lens shape.   My plan was if my prescription had not changed I would get new lenses for my secondary pair so I would have two glasses with all the good stuff on them to use interchangeably.  

Ah the best laid plans of mice and men.   

However my sight had changed a lot.   I did not notice it because last year when I went for my check I had been putting it off due to price for several years.   My vision had gotten really bad, turned out I needed a prism.   So this time I did not see the change because the prism need had not changed.  Last year he could only get my vision to 20-40.    This year he got my vision with correction to 20-20.  Other good news is I have no signs of diabetic retinopathy.  Other good news is my cataract in the right eye has not gotten larger.  The bad news is the cataract in the left eye is growing but still out to the side of my vision.  

So I went back and forth with getting new frames or keeping the frames I have.  It would have saved us $100 but I wouldn’t have a second pair with my prescription should I need them.  Ron decided that I needed the availability of the second pair and if I wanted to go back to my current frames next year I could.  So the next thing was to pick out a couple new frames.   I found a really large lenses gold frame I liked.   Both Ron and the woman fitting them, Erica, felt they were so large they overwhelmed my face.   I thought they looked great.  Ron found a silver gun metal pair with lenses just slightly larger than the pair I love to wear now.   I fretted that they were not gold.   I have worn glasses since I was 17 years old, and I always had gold frames.  As Ron explained to Erica my hair then had been a nice auburn darker red.  Now as Ron pointed out to me my hair has gone a more grey and lost the redness.   They both liked the silver on me.   I asked if they had the same frame in gold, and Erica said no.   Then she left me and Ron to lash it out.  When she got back she told me that she had ordered the gold last week from the sales person when they had come through last week.    So I only needed to pick which one I wanted as my primary and which as my secondary pair and which as my secondary pair.   I decided to get my primary the silver gun metal pair, and the other as my secondary pair.   If I want I can get the lenses put in the other pair later.   Hugs

Time has moved on this morning since I finished the above.    Just as I finished it about noon, Ron had finished making our lunch.   He had gotten a london broil the other day when out.  I suggest he slice it on an angle which is how it is tendeerest, then cut the pieces short.   Then cook them in the Instant Pot I got him for christmas with peppers, celery, mushrooms, beef broth and all the seasonings for fajitas.  Once they were cooked really tender he took them out, spread them on a large tray, seasoned them well again with more fajita seasonings and fried them for a few minutes.   Oh great cat ruling the universe they were good.  Then we both needed a nap.  So now at 3:45 PM in the afternoon I am up and ready to try to get to the comments I have missed all day.   I think when I get the new glasses I will be faster on the computer as reading will be even easier for me than they are now.   Hugs

 

Please help where you can

My Husband is a ICU healthcare provider.   He is a CNAA.  The demand is real.  The number of PTs are growing exponentially.   The supply shortage is damningly drastically critical.   These workers are putting themselves and their families on the line to take care of people who are dying from this very real virus.  The stimulus bill gave 500 billion leveraged times 10 which is in the trillions, yet for hospitals less than 1.5 billion from reporting I have read.  The government cares more for the feelings of wall street wealthy than the life of workers and the poor in hospitals who are sick and dying.  

The states are bidding against each other to get whatever supplies they can.  This is jacking up the prices massively.  The manufactures are loving this.  The sudden increase in profits on top of the already huge profit margins of these products are mind boggling.  The solution is simple but our government won’t do it because businesses making huge profits off the lower incomes is their dream come true.   The federal government needs to take the needs of all the states, go to the manufactures as one bidder, order the supplies, and give them out to the states fairly without politics of the dear leader in the way.  Thank you for contacting your elected officials and leaning on them as much as you can.  

Personally I fear every time my husband leaves for work.  He puts on a brave face, but I know he is worried.  We have taken steps to deal with his uniforms / clothing worn at work to keep them from spreading any hazards to the rest of the house and family.   When he arrives home I open the doors where needed.   He doesn’t touch things or us at all until he showers and sprays disinfections where needed.   This is some of what we are dealing with each night he works.  Think of the anxiety many people have going shopping for essentials right now, multiply that many more times because he is dealing with known PTs that do have this virus.    Add to this is the fact that both Ron and myself are considered high risk.  With our medical conditions if we get this we are most likely to die instead of recovering.   Hugs

Editorial Cartoon U.S. New Orleans Coronavirus Hurricane Katrina aid hospitals flooding

Missed my cartoon / meme post yesterday

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, Science — Scottie @ 05:51

Sorry all you wonderful people.  Just realized I still had my tabs open for the cartoon / meme post.   I will try to do yesterdays and todays in one post.   

Also I have an eye doctor appointment this morning to have my yearly eye check.  Ron will be taking me.   They have to dilate my eyes.  Thank means it may take a while when I get back to get back online and to the blog.  Hugs

March 27, 2020

An update for my leg pain problem

Filed under: Drugs, Health, My Life and Rants, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 15:52

Many people have been pushing me to contact my pain doctor over this really bad pain that has developed in my right leg since my fall.   I had a video call with my provider.   It is a system they hastily set up to work with / diagnose patients with out them having to come into the medical offices.    I like it, once they get the bugs worked out of it.   The call I had was all broken up and choppy video, but it worked well enough for our needs.    She thinks I jared or twisted my spine at the L4.  She is hopeful I did not blow out the disc.   She scheduled me with the doctor who does the shots for Monday morning at 9:30.  I guess from what I could make out there is a new system to handle PTs because of the virus, plus the state of Florida was trying to impose new rules on the pain providers that again are not required of other medical doctors offices.   It is like how Republican states are trying to get rid of abortion by putting all these rules on them that only abortion doctors / clinics have to follow.  

My provider Brenda apologised to me that she couldn’t bring me in right then and asked if I would be OK for the weekend.   I said I would make it.  She reminded me I had this happen before and it was the same problem and the same spot and I had not been able to walk for three weeks when I finally called them.   I remember having the problem but not how long nor what they had done to fix it.   So she is hoping that will do the trick  again.  If not they will increase my pain medications.   They do not increase or refill medications on Friday, I had forgotten that.  Again she apologized that she couldn’t do that for me.  I think it maybe the MD’s don’t work Fridays and she is a well qualified ARNP  with a doctorate degree but the state of Florida doesn’t let her sign for my morphine, which means she couldn’t increase it nor give me break through instant relief morphine.    

So to everyone who wanted me to call earlier yes I might have been able to get my shots earlier or gotten pain medications to help but I will make it through this.  I always do.   Remember that which cannot be changed must be endured.    Thanks again to everyone.   Hugs

Some doctors do not understand how dangerous this virus is.

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, Science — Scottie @ 07:10

I just got caught up on my comments from the last couple days.  I thank everyone who has waited patiently for your understanding and concerns.   Before I post the daily morning cartoon / meme roundup I want to tell you of my recent exchange with my primary care doctor.  

I have an appointment in two weeks that requires me to do lab work the week before.   This is a routine appointment, my primary care doctor schedules me every three months and does a full blood and urine work up the week before the appointment.  He does it I guess as a precaution for all the medications I take and my type 2 diabetes.   I have no issues that I need him to address immently.  

I used the PT portal and wrote to his nurse asking if due to the Covid-19 virus and that I was considered high risk, if going for blood work to the local hospital and then waiting in his office waiting room ( the place has like 15 or more doctors so it is a large room with lots of people ) was advisable and shouldn’t I reschedule my appointment for another time.     It seemed reasonable to me, Ron doesn’t want me out at all.   

The response I got seemed to not understand how easily spread the virus is.    The nurse said the doctor felt there was no problem with me getting the blood / urine lab work done and that he wanted me to keep the appointment.   He felt there was no problem with me waiting in his waiting room at all.  I can not decided if he thinks it is medically necessary , if he is unaware how dangerous the virus is, or if he wants that insurance money?   Ron is not happy about it, but Ron works in the ICU and sees the deaths from this virus.  I will keep the appointment.    Hugs

March 25, 2020

I am going out of my mind

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, opinion, Science — Scottie @ 19:04

 

Personally my fall has made my pain situation much worse.  I am very much disrupted by this.  I told Dennis the other day my pain was under control.  I was wrong.   Yes I have had times of more pain due to one thing or another but this is greatly different.  I can barely walk with a lot of pain. I have to keep getting up when sitting due to the pain far more frequently than the past.   I won’t bore anyone with my issues, but yesterday I took the entire day off due to pain.  I had barely started reading things when I had to go lay down again.   Laying down helps until it causes intense pain it self.  A vicious circle.  Today I have not been able to eat due to pain and trust me that will play heck with me as I am a diabetic.   I will wait until Friday and if It doesn’t seem better I will call my pain doctor for an emergency appointment.  The X-Ray showed more of the expected damage but not anything drastically from before.  The normal amount of arthritis and other bone problems I have.   Which led the person who called me with the results to offer I had probably done more damage to my back, my spine in the fall to account for the pain and limitations.  I have promised to post the results when I got them and I will.  Maybe one of you will understand it, I sure don’t.   I am going back to reading the news on my open tabs, be well, be safe, be happy.  Stay alive.   Hugs

 

OK how is this for serious

I normally get Ron up at 5PM so he can get ready for work and have a bite to eat.   I had his phone with me for updating and such.  At 4:45 PM his phone rang and it was his unit director.  So I answered it.  I have always liked her and she has seemed to like me.  We had a few minutes of pleasantries and then she asked if Ron was up.  I explained to her I did not wake him until 5 but if she wanted I could go get him up now.   She apologized but said it was important.  

Long story short it was important.   This virus is getting more serious by the minute.   She was calling to say that Ron and some others in his age group could chose not come to work with no penalties because they were now moved to extreme high risk.  Ron simply did not have to come to work because it was too dangerous.   

There was a catch though.  Ron could stay out of work but he would have to use his own earned personal time to keep getting paid and the company in figuring the pay  deducted his night time differential pay, and then only paid out 80% of what would have been his then daytime pay rate.   Basically Ron would be paid half his normal hourly pay rate, which is what happens every time he takes any leave.  It should be criminal.  That is why he works nights in the first place.     He earns it at one rate, but to use it they cut it in half and he still has to pay the same taxes and other stuff on it.   We get screwed all the time if he uses his earned time which is why he has so much.   Which right now having a lot maybe a good thing, even if we can not live on it.    

So the point is they are offering people Ron’s age the choice of simply not coming to work.   Not reassignment, not other accommodations, simply not to come to work or come to work.  Come to work and get paid normal rate but be exposed to the virus, don’t come to work and get paid a third rate until your earned time runs out.   The very earned time he will need if he gets sick.  So Ron said thank you but he is going to keep working.  What else can he do.   We are on the lower economic rung, we have very few choices.   Hugs

Covid-19 is serious

Filed under: Economics, Family, Health, My Life and Rants, News, opinion, People I like, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 12:04

Hello everyone, you wonderful grand people.    I care about all of you ( yes a human caring for other humans, what is wrong with me as it doesn’t seem normal these days ) and I want you to be safe.   

I have the advantage and the serious risk of having a spouse in healthcare, in an  ICU.  I use to work in a surgical ICU myself.   The N95 disposable masks which I am sure everyone knows there is a shortage of but I don’t think everyone understands what that means.   Let me explain.  These masks used to be a normal unit stock item, kept in large amounts on the floor like other PPE such as paper gowns and gloves.   Because of the shortage now every floor person who needs to go into a room where these are required must go individually to the CSR ( the central supply room ) and sign out one mask to be used all day.   They must do this personally, no one can do it for them.   They must have a need for the mask.  

Seems like a way to make sure there is no waste of a much needed item in very low supply, right?   Wrong.   Everyone has seen TV medical shows where a “code blue” is called.    TV surprisingly gets some things correct and some are just for drama.   Here is what happens when a PT needs emergency lifesaving care like if they stop breathing, their heart stops, something like that and it is dramatic, scary , and serious.    I know I have been in many of them.   Someone on the floor will see what is happening due to the many monitors and in person observation of the PT and yell “call the code” or “call a code” or “call code blue”.   Whoever was closest to the desk would initiate the call which is done by picking up the phone and hitting the code that gives a priority call to the main system operators, when they pick up which is normally instantly you state the code ( blue ) room ####.   Then you repeated it.   The operator knows what hospital you called from and this is important as all the hospitals in the system are connected to the same system but have different ways of numbering their rooms.  The operators call the code over that hospitals PA system which activates a host of actions.  

On the ICU floors we sadly have lots of practice with this.  It is almost like a choreographed dance.   In our ICU’s we keep crash carts, fully loaded with emergency drugs and life support equipment including the necessary respiratory tools and a defibrillator for shocking the heart.   Forget the drama showing paddles with someone yelling charge and then clear while slamming the paddles down on the body.   The ones used in real life have two pads, one goes under the PT the other on their chest, the unit is all electronic and starts recording the heart rate and will tell you what to do and when to use it.  but back to what happens in a code blue.   

The closest crash cart is raced to the room.  While that is happening floor staff are already starting life saving measures such as CPR and needed other preparations.   Any of the nurses on the floor that can rush to the room.  Respiratory people nearby in the hospital run to the room as do the doctors / ARNPs / PSCs assigned to the floor.   There is normally a lot of people in the room not just the assigned nurse and CNAs.  ICUs have different sizes and different rules, ours were 11 room units separated by specialty.   Each nurse had two patients only, the charge nurse normally only had one PT but in an emergency could take two.  There is normally a CNAA on the floor also who assists the nursing staff, but mostly ran the unit non-PT care such as monitoring / allowing access to the units, handling the phone, coordinating supplies, logging PTs into the computer systems among other tasks.     Normally that person would be the one to call the code and stays at the desk to coordinate things outside the room, but sometimes after calling the code the CNAA will be needed to help the nurses do CPR or other tasks to save the PT.  

Do you see the problem with each person needing to enter the room in an emergency to have to report to the CSR personally to get one mask to be kept all day?   Many of the staff now needed in the room wouldn’t have needed to be in the room otherwise, most were not directly assigned the PT.  Those people can not enter the room without a mask, it would expose themselves to the very disease killing the PT.   Remember how easily covid-19 is transmitted.  

The hospital my spouse works at has already had 3 PTs die from Covid-19.  They have moved PTs from an entire floor and  are setting it up for just Covid-19 PTs.  Here are the stats from the county in Florida I live in.  

https://www.winknews.com/2020/03/23/latest-coronavirus-update/ <blockquote>

Monday’s Coronavirus Updates: 11 new cases in Southwest Florida

As of 5:45 p.m. Monday, there are 1,227 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 1,147 Florida residents and 80 non-Florida residents. There are 18 deaths reported in Florida, with the latest reported Sunday in Palm Beach County.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS

  • Total number of cases: 1,227 (up from 1,171)
  • Number of Florida residents: 1,147 (up from 1,096)
  • Number of non-Florida residents: 80 (up from 75)

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS

Total number of cases: 73*

  • Lee County: 30 (up from 28)
  • Collier County: 39 (up from 34)
  • Charlotte County: 3 (up from 2)
  • DeSoto County: 1
  • Glades County: 0
  • Hendry County: 0

There have been 13,965 total tests administered in the state of Florida, with 1,227 positive tests. 11,637 tests have come back negative, and the remainder are pending, according to the FDOH website. </blockquote>

Also the hospital has stopped visiting hours for any PT not in danger of imminent death.   Any thing a family member wants to be given to the PT has strict procedures.  A member of the staff in connection with the care of the PT in question must meet the family member at the entrance to the hospital.  That staff member will accept the items and clean them before bringing them into the hospital.  

The more people tested the more cases there will be.   Country wide there is not enough supplies nor beds to even begin to help the many people with this virus.  This is not a joke or political game, this is a serious virus that is killing people.   Here is how easy it can be to infect a large number of PT.   Say a PT with an unknown case of Covid-19 is in the hospital.   Say a family member visits the PT or a staff member without protective gear on because the PT was admitted for other reasons than Covid-19 symptoms enters the room, then having been exposed but is unaware goes about their day, everyone they interact with, every surface they touch is possibly infected.   Remember the distance this can travel between people is at a minimum 6 feet just for talking or normal breathing, and it has been found living on surfaces weeks after deposited there.  

On last thing I want to mention.  I care about people, and I care even more for my viewers.  If possible get some gloves, no matter what kind.  Of course latex medical / surgical care gloves are the best, but I have even seen heavy gardening gloves used and keep them in the car.  Also disinfecting wipes and spray in the car.  Use them when getting gas for your car.  Think how many other people have used the pump handles.  I put on my latex gloves, spray the pump handle with disinfectant spray, fill the car then put the pump handle back.   Take the gloves off properly, there is a trick to do that where you are protected and it can be found online and on YouTube, then use the wipes to clean your hands before touching buttons or your steering wheel.  Seems like a lot of steps and maybe a bit over the top doesn’t it.  It is not.  This thing kills the young, the healthy, and those who have health issues as the military is reporting both cases and deaths from it.    If you have any breathing problem even occasional shortness of breath then this thing is even more deadly for you.  

Be well and safe, follow the medical professions guidance.  Ignore tRump as his interest is the stock market and his reelection, despite what he claims he is not a doctor nor does he have an advanced degrees in medicine.  He is talking hope and dreams, not well known science and facts.  Ignore opinion shows that pretend to be news who are either catering to the president or to religious people who hope their god is able to protect them, it has not so far.  I have posted just today about religious leaders calling for people to gather in groups for services, activites, in spite of recommendations just to prove how powerful their faith is.  Now many of those people have fallen ill and those they met are also exposed.  How selfish.    Also do not hoard supplies.   It is not needed and causing problem.   There are plenty of goods and supplies in the US and coming to stores.   Trucks are arriving many times a day.   But if you take more of an item than you can use in a few days you are creating a supply problem our current grocery system is not prepared to handle.  Stores order just what they need at that time depending instead on frequent deliveries.   Besides what are you going to do with a pickup truck bed full of toilet paper?  It is illegal to price gouge in an emergency which this now is.  If you have piled up supplies for six months in your home you will be tripping over them for the next six months while the stores are still stocking them. 

Best wishes, hugs, and love to all.  Scottie

 

 

March 23, 2020

My chair and my Saturday adventure.

Filed under: Animals, Economics, Funny Stuff, My Life and Rants, People I like, Pictures — Scottie @ 10:12

I have been needing to get a new desk chair for a while.   I use my desk chair all the time, it is really the only chair I use in the house when I am up.   I not only blog at my desk, I watch TV, and I watch movies or listen to music all while sitting in my desk chair.   My old chair was all torn up from my use, the front of the seat all marked from where the cats jumped up on it to get to my dest, and two weeks ago the back started to break in that it wouldn’t come back up to a full up position any more.    Ron decided it was time to replace it, I was willing to wait , but Ron worried I would lean back and it would let go on me.   

 

To Staples we went.   As Ron and I were looking over all the high back desk chairs the first of three young guys came over to offer to help us.   These workers were all young, late teens early 20’s.  Why is it young people all look cute and good looking?   All of these young people just seemed to have so much energy and vitality, it tired me out just watching them.  So we told the first young person we were going to look them over and did not need help.   I am particular with my chair, first is height as it is hard on my hips to be bent and I struggle to stand up.   I also need lots of back support when sitting upright, so the chair has to have strong lumbar support.  I like a good head rest for when I hurt so badly I need to lay back for a while.   The arms and arm height is also very important as I lay my arms on the rests as I type.     I was checking how far back one chair would go and pulled the wrong lever, causing the chair to sink and bend my hips.  The hip I fell on last monday screamed in my mind with pain and I nearly passed out.   As I was struggling to get up out of the chair the second young man came over to offer to help.   Again we told him we just wanted to look, thanks anyway.      After a while as I had narrowed my choice down to three different ones a third young man came over to help.  He was so tiny at first I thought he was a kid out shopping for electronics,  but he was clearly wearing the store uniform.   He had a 23 or 24 inch waist.   My arms are small as I have not used the muscles in years but his were even smaller than mine.   He asked if he could help us.   I said no thanks, but rather than say ok and leave us this boy kept asking questions and pointing out things on the different chairs.   I let him wind down, no need to be rude, and then thanked him but told him I need to sit on them for a while to decided and it was unfair to take up his time as this would take a while.   He seemed happy with that and said he would be around if we needed anything.   

He was good to his word, I think he was watching us because when I decided he seemed near and I spoke up saying ” Young man, now we are ready to have your help”.  Ron burst out laughing at my using the term young man.   I responded that compared to us he was a young man and looked like a high school kid.   The boy blushed as he stood there, and seemed pleased at the complement.   He got the chair we wanted and did all the things need to buy it.  Then he took it out out to the van for us.   I was worried as the box seemed heavy for him putting it in the van, that we might have trouble getting it in to the house.    Here is where the funniest thing happened. 

After he loaded it up for us we stood there talking, again seemed like a really nice guy.   Then he stuck out his hand and without thinking I also stretched mine out and we started to shake hands.   Ron yelled out ” Hey you two, stop that.  You’re not supposed to do that anymore”.    The boy stammered and I winked at him and told Ron I was just getting the boy’s phone number.  The boy was again blushing and he was saying how he used the hand stuff all the time.  I was laughing and Ron was grinning.    After we got in the van Ron turned to me and said ” I can not take you anywhere can I”?   

Ron was proud of himself bring the box into the house as he had less trouble with it than the boy did.   Here is pictures of Ron putting the new chair together.  It looks good behind the desk, it has more room than the other chair to move around as the back is straighter.   Milo was pushing Ron to empty the box faster, and then claimed the box as his.    Hugs

       

March 20, 2020

I will be out most of the afternoon.

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 12:40

Hello Everyone.   Still no results from my scans yet.   I will be leaving soon.  Ron and I are going to our eye doctor for our yearly check up.  As diabetics we have to have one every year.   It also helps keep our lenes current.    Hugs

March 19, 2020

Home now

Filed under: Animals, Family, Health, Love, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 10:28

Hello all you grand internet loving friends.  I got home 30 minutes ago.   Spent some time giving comfort and love to the cats who were sure I was lost forever.   I heated up some spaghetti and sauce I had made for our supper last night.  I will tell everyone the story later, but for now I am going to bed to lay down.   I do not mind the closeness of the MRI machines, I really do doze on and off in them.  However laying so still and in that position hurts me.    Right now my entire left leg is numb, on fire, and in a lot of pain.   I am hoping laying down in a much better position where I can move will help.  Until I get back, love and hugs for everyone.   Hugs

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