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Old 12-19-2013, 01:40 PM   #15731
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Time for work!!! Still trying to get as much done as possible before my enforced month off work...any bets on exactly how long I will stay away from work??? I'm set for a month off.
Once there is no pain and you can walk around like you usually do, you will begin to get antsy. I say two and a half weeks and you will use the excuse of needing something at the store and swing by work while you are out. I was supposed to wait six to eight weeks after my open heart surgery. Four weeks was all I could stand. I went back to work.

Just don't forget that "three o'clock wall" that all surgical patients face. As a nurse you know it is very real. Just ask SimonBaker. She had a hard time getting past that. I personally think it is a residual effect of the anesthesia.
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:51 PM   #15732
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:39 PM   #15733
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Battling severe anxiety, as I have been for over 3 weeks. Waiting on my doctor's nurse to call back and discuss changing my meds since my headache has been epic for a week.
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Old 12-19-2013, 05:46 PM   #15734
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Well the cake is in the oven and I am calling myself everything but my name.

About four years ago I saw the prototype of the KA glass bowl. I wanted that bowl so bad, I could taste it. So two years ago, Poo asked what I wanted for Christmas. Aha! Here's my chance to get it. What was I thinking? Do you have any idea of just how heavy that bowl is? Not the perfect item for deformed arthritic hands. Well, I am going back to my metal bowl with a handle. The glass bowl is designed for the five quart and bigger mixer. I have the classic KA mixer. The bowl fits, but boy is it heavy. Being so short it is very hard to raise my arm high enough to pour the cake mix into a bunt pan. Next time I will be standing on my little stool. (Stop that laughing! I can hear you. Little people, big world!) I need to go stand in some cow patties and try to grow some more.

Next is the cheesecake. I will wash out the glass bowl, put it away and use my metal bowl for that.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:04 PM   #15735
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What is "three o'clock wall?"

When I had my open heart surgery I was not allowed back to work until they received written notification from the doctor, and all I did was sit at a computer station. I couldn't even get into the building if I tried. My badge was turned off. It would not open the door. I was also covered for a month of cardiac rehab which I attended 3 times a week, and then went into work afterwards for half days.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:49 PM   #15736
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What is "three o'clock wall?"

When I had my open heart surgery I was not allowed back to work until they received written notification from the doctor, and all I did was sit at a computer station. I couldn't even get into the building if I tried. My badge was turned off. It would not open the door. I was also covered for a month of cardiac rehab which I attended 3 times a week, and then went into work afterwards for half days.
The "three o'clock wall" is when most post surgical patients (regardless of what type of surgery) become extremely tired and in need of a nap. It strikes almost every patient of surgery. You can set your clock by it. Doctors will tell you about it. They don't want you to ignore it.

They wanted to send me to post heart rehab. The rehab specialist took me out to the stairwell and wanted to see how well I could handle stairs. I ran down a flight and back up. No rehab for me. If I could do that, I could very well take care of myself. I was determined to heal as fast as possible and I did.

I was working for a church and they were surprised to see me back at work so soon. The only problem I had was I couldn't wear a bra for about three months. The incision area was very sensitive.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:54 PM   #15737
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Well, the cake is out of the oven and cooling. Tomorrow I will frost it. I was going to make the cheesecake today also. But I am still trying to learn to not be so dang stubborn. I stopped and will do it tomorrow. I even turned off the light in the kitchen so I wouldn't be tempted to go out there and do just one more thing. And then another. I am done for the night.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:26 PM   #15738
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No, I have not and am not getting a flu shot. My immune system is really low and in years when I have gotten the shot, I have gotten the flu very bad right after. Last year I didn't get the shot (TB did) and I never even had a cold. I have already had a couple of bouts of the flu and a cold, but am not going to risk having the shot again. I know I'm probably wrong.
I completely agree with you! I had the flu shot 3 years in a row & each time I got sick so I haven't had one since 1989.
Our cafe is inside a wellness center. We are independent from the center. They are making all employees & independent contractors get the flu shot. There are over 7,000+ employees. I am way against it!


I'm taking a break from all of the Christmas baking. No desire to go back to it. Wish I could just stay on DC all night!
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:33 PM   #15739
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I fell off my bike and Carl ran over my back with his bike's front tire and the chain cut into my back. I have 27 stitches and I have to take these painkillers and muscle relaxers that make me feel very odd.

It wasn't his fault. Azia bolted after one of her cat friends in front of me, I swerved too sharply to try to miss hitting her, the bike went out from underneath me and Carl was right behind me to my left and was unable to stop in time. It's not Azia's fault either, poor little dog. She and this cat play all the time, taking turns chasing each other. They are very funny!

Carl picked me up and carried me home, and we got the bleeding controlled but he was too shaken up to drive so Gwen took Carl, Papa, and me to the emergency room where they fixed me. No one is mad at Carl or Azia. It was only an accident.

Gwen made a pressure bandage of Kotex pads and an Ace elastic wrap all the way around me. It was very tight, but the doctor complimented her for her resourcefulness.

It's very hard to move, for this is very sore. But I'm being taken care of so very well. Carl feels so very badly. I suppose I would feel badly also, but he couldn't avoid me.

I hate accidents. And I thought that Papa would be the first to fall off of a bike!

Ha! That's funny!

Uck.

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Old 12-19-2013, 09:39 PM   #15740
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Oh dear, Cat! Glad you're OK, and that your friends and family knew what to do! Poor Carl, and poor you.

Heal well! When it's all better, you might need to get a tattoo over the scar!
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