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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Good Redneck, You Get A Snack.

Snack
Evidently the people here at Cambridge Health and Rehab Center in Richmond, Texas, thought I was a good redneck. They gave me a snack of 1/2  peanut butter and jelly sandwich, juice, and animal crackers. 

We are still hanging in here. We are trying to figure out how to buy me a knee scooter and wheelchair.  

It seems Medicare will not buy wheelchairs anymore, they only rent them for people.  This makes sense for those who only need them for a short time, like with broken legs, etc. 

However, for someone like me who will need one for life, it does not make sense.  The odd thing is, they pay up to $600 per month to rent a basic wheelchair, but can purchase one new from Amazon for less than $200.

I don't qualify for a wheelchair through Medicare because I CAN TECHNICALLY walk but am not supposed to. I guess I am too fat for my foot.  

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Thriving in the Gig Economy by Marion McGovern

If you work on your own, or are thinking about striking out into the world of self-employment, even if just on a part-time basis, you need to read Thriving in the Gig Economy by Marion McGovern.


Once upon a time when a person said, “I am a consultant” or “I freelance”, that really meant “I am out of work with no hope of finding a job.”

This is not true in our new economy.  The author explains how this world has evolved and some of the possible changes that might be made in the future based upon changes in the political environment.
We give Thriving in the Gig Economy all five stars. This book is very well-written.  The author has years of experiences dating back to before there was such a term as “gig”. 
Everyone who intends to earn enough money to make ends meet in the future should seriously think about the gig economy.  This book will help you to know more about it.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesdays with GIndy: A Bride and Her Cats

When Suzanne and I first started dating, one thing I noticed was that there were a lot of cats at her house.  All of them were outside cats.


It seems that Suzanne’s home, which I later dubbed “The Plantation”, was the Kool-Aid House for cats.  You remember the old commercials; there was always one house where the kids congregated because the mom always served Kool-Aid to the kids. 


The cats all congregated at The Plantation for no known reason. They just seemed to find the place.


I had always been of the mindset that cats are just furry snakes.  I always
thought they were sneaky and just waiting to attack.  That was a long time ago.


One day, while visiting Suzanne at The Plantation, I was leaning up against the car talking to Suzanne’s brothers when a cat came up to me and started rubbing on my leg.  I asked her brothers what the cat’s name was and one told me its name was Trouble.


I picked Trouble up and started petting it.  Trouble was evidently sick because very shortly after I picked him up, he pooped very runny poop all over me.


Suzanne and I were planning to go out that night.  I had runny cat poop all over me.  I had to drive over seven miles back to McClendon Manor to get a shower and change of clothes.


A few days later, Trouble showed up at The Plantation with his tail cut off.  Someone had chopped this cat’s tail very short.  I thought that was incredibly mean.  Suzanne’s brothers thought I had done it in retaliation for him pooping on me.  I figured Trouble was sick and could not help it.


Fernwood J. Worthington III
Another day, a new cat showed up at The Plantation.  Suzanne’s brother Ray had decided I should name this cat.  Therefore, an impromptu naming ceremony took place right then and there.  The cat was mostly black with white paws and a white chest.  I thought he looked like a sophisticated man wearing a tuxedo so I named him Fernwood J. Worthington the Third.


When Suzanne and I got married, we did not have a pet.  Soon after we moved into our first home, Suzanne asked if she could bring her kitty from The Plantation.  This cat’s name was Cuddles.


Cuddles was black with white feet and a white chest. Are you seeing a trend yet?


One night Suzanne and I were walking through the Anderson Mall about closing time.  Suzanne saw a pet store and wanted to go in. I did not want to go in, but went in anyway.  I thought, "This can’t end well".


After a few minutes, Suzanne saw two little kitties playing in a cage.  One was white with some black on its face. The other was solid black.


Suzanne asked for one of the kitties.  I said “No”.  Suzanne asked again.  I reminded her we already had Cuddles.  She asked again.  She started picking out toys and a litter pan, a litter scoop, and some kitty food.  I said” Okay”.  Two hundred dollars later, we were the proud owner of a cat and all the fixins. 


As we walked out the door, the manager locked the gate that shows the store is closed.  Suzanne turned to me and said, "Now the other baby will be all alone tonight.  This little baby will be lonesome too."  So, that is when I turned around and yelled to the store manager to open the gate. I knew I had lost this one.


We had to pay double for that second cat because the manager had to reopen the store and get the register back up.



Suzanne was happy.  It made me happy to see the look in her eyes.  The new kittles' names were Bandit and Farnsworth.  They were inside cats with Cuddles.
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Suz and David’s Adventure Part I

Suz and David’s Adventure Part I

As most readers of our blogs have heard, we are really out of the blogging loop right now.  On December 11, 2017, we went to the wound care center at Oak Bend Hospital on Jackson Street in Richmond, Texas.

There, my podiatrist, Dr. Patel, took one look at my foot and said, “I have to admit you.”

The paperwork was started right then, about 8:45 AM, and we were direct admitted to the same hospital.  We finally got a room just a little before two PM that day.

The room was a semi-private room with a roommate who had the room hot as can be.  It was very cramped and there was no sink in the bathroom.  If one wanted to wash their hands after they used the bathroom, they had to come outside of the bathroom.  This is just not sanitary.

I told the charge nurse that we could not stay there.  If we could not change to a private room, we just would go home.  We really could not stay there.

All rooms in any medical facility should be private rooms, with the exception of cases where both husband and wife need medical care at the same time, or if a family has two or more children in need of care at the same time.

Families should not be subjected to cramped rooms they have to share with total strangers with different needs.

We were finally given a private room.  Things improved, but not by much.  The nursing staff was very good.  We did not have any “Turkey Nurses”, as we call the really bad nurses.

The food was terrible. We did not get one meal that was hot when it was supposed to have been.  When we had food needs that were not served by the food staff, they treated us as if they were doing us a favor to feed us at all.

We checked in on Monday.  I was supposed to be started on IV antibiotics right away.  My podiatrist and infection doctor were right there in the room with me in the hospital when they ordered the wound care and antibiotics.  I know they made the orders.  I did not get started on the antibiotics until late that night. Wound care did not start until Thursday when I texted Dr. Patel and told him I did not have a wound vac and still had the dressing on from Monday.  

He told me the only communication he was getting from the hospital was that I was there, which he already knew.

Friday, December 15th, Dr. Patel operated and removed a lot of nasty stuff from my foot.  

What we learned while there at Oak Bend is that hospitals like Oak Bend do a good job, but there is room for improvement.

Food service should be a top priority, as you will learn when we discuss the next stop on our journey. It is almost impossible to judge a facility based upon nursing care unless the care is really terrible.  It is easy to judge based upon something we know like food quality.

Another thing a person might use to judge a facility is maintenance.  If the elevators don’t work, that sends a signal to the person that maybe this hospital is cutting corners other places.

If the door handle does not work, that is also a red flag.  The same with any other maintenance issues.

Nurses and nursing assistants are the backbone of the hospital.  Every effort to maximize their efficiency should be made to ensure quality care.

All of a nurse’s and nursing assistant's patients should be in close proximity to one another. No one should be expected to work multiple units or even opposite ends of the hall.  A good bit of time and energy is wasted traveling great distances between rooms.

A nurse should never have more than five patients to care for. This seems to be the most anyone can handle efficiently.

A nursing assistant should have no more than ten patients at a time. Any more than this means lower quality care.

One nursing assistant should report to no more than two nurses.  This cuts down on confusion.  Each nurse should only have one nursing assistant to work with per shift. Again, this reduces confusion.

To become licensed as a nurse or nursing assistant, it should be mandatory that they speak and understand English proficiently, regardless of their nation of origin.  

We had multiple nurses we could not communicate with due to language barriers.  This is not a new thing. Over the last five years, we have had many hospital and nursing home visits and communication is always a problem.

There should be a requirement that before one goes to work in the medical field, they pass an English proficiency test. They should be able to speak and understand English well enough to serve their patients.

A keyword which should be emphasised to all medical personnel is “LISTEN”.  There are a few out there who are just like that cop you are telling your story to. They feel like the have heard it all before so, they don’t actually listen to what you are saying.  They only hear what they think you are saying based upon their past experience of not listening to anyone else. You MAY HAVE heard it all before but, I have never told it before, so actively listen to me.

Also, when we ask a question, answer the question that is asked, not the pat answer you want to give to shut up the asker.  Case in point: today we were asked by a unit manager here at Cambridge Health and Rehab Center if we were ready for the “Wound Therapy”.  I asked what kind of wound therapy they meant.  The unit manager answered “Wound Care”.  Suzanne asked what wound care they meant.  The unit manager responded with “Wound care”.

Repeating the answer she just had given did not answer the question.  Suzanne asked the unit manager, “What wound care?”  The unit manager responded with “I am sorry you did not understand the answer I gave you.”

The answer she gave did not answer Suzanne’s question.  Suzanne asked her for details.  The unit manager did not provide details.  The nurse did.

The answer “wound care” was not sufficient.  The nurse gave the answer we were seeking.  In this case, wound care would be a dressing change.  How difficult is it to answer the question when one specifies they want the details?

It seems that some hospitals have computer terminals in each room and some have the nursing staff haul computers around on carts to every room each time they give medications.  It appears, from our observations, that having the terminals in each room is far superior to hauling around a cart.

ONLY NURSES should give medications.  In some facilities, nursing assistants distribute the pills.  This is wrong on every level.  The nurse should not take the patient’s medications out of the labeled packages until in the room in front of the patient.  They should always tell the medication name and dosage to the patient before placing it into a cup to hand to the patient.

We have so many more observations that we wish to share with you.  One big take away from this is that if you qualify for long term care insurance, buy it!  

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Friendly Fill Ins 12 January 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins
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1. I would like to ask God why Jesus had to suffer and die?

The simple answer to that is, of course, to save us of our very many sins.  But then I want to know why was it necessary for Him to die?  Could He have found a different way?  This shows us how deep His love is for us.


2  My favorite fast food restaurant is Burger King.

I loves me some fast food.  In fact, the faster the better.  But, the taste at Burger King far surpasses any of the other places.

3. If I could go to any concert of someone still performing, it would be no one.

I have no desire to go to a concert with thousands of screaming fans.  I hate crowds.   I hate noise.  Maybe if Hammie were in concert, I would go see him.  But, I am his gindy and I would have to go.


4. My Winter pastime is usually the same as my summer ones, because, with very few brief exceptions, I have not been outside all winter long.

We have been stuck inside one hospital or another since 11 December 2017.  Before that, we were in the hospital three times per week.  Now, we are stuck in a nursing home.  There is nothing good one can say about a nursing home.  

The food here is cold.  The portions are small.  The walls are plain.  At least they have WiFi that allows us to connect the all-in-one computer to the internet.  We did not have that at the last hospital and did not try it at the first.  

One bad thing about a nursing home is that it is noisy.  When you walk in, you see lonesome people everywhere looking for someone, who never comes. Praise God Suzanne stays with me as much as she can.  I could not make it without her.

When we finally got out of the nursing home the last time, I said to my friend Jerry that I had never been to prison but I imagined that a nursing home was very close to being in prison.  He said he had been in both and that the nursing home is worse.

Well, people, we have about 20 more days of captivity.  I won’t necessarily be well by then but that is all Medicare will pay for.  After that, it is back home to Wharton.  

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