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Title: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: Roobarb on Thursday 10 June 21 23:36 BST (UK)
Didn't do much all day, I was feeling a bit rough, as if I'd eaten something I shouldn't have. Went for a walk midday, it was warm but cloudy, it stayed cloudy for a lot of the day.
Didn't do any gardening or the pile of ironing that's been building up, just sat around reading and looking at dresses on the Internet.

Was feeling better by late afternoon, went to meet my friend J for our weekly walk. She usually asks where I'd like to go and I say I don't mind. She'll sometimes say 'How about....', today she didn't ask, just said 'Let's go to.....'. I thought she'd be keen to walk to the coast road as it was so warm but we were walking to the nearby village. I found out why when we were a little further on, she asked if I fancied going to a small deli cafe and wine bar in the village, she would treat me to a cocktail. She'd not only brought her payment card but also two masks and hand sanitiser. It would have been rude to say no! I've only been there once before, it's a lovely little place. I really enjoyed it, I felt like I was getting back into the real world. I was so touched by her thoughtfulness. We're planning on going again, perhaps for something to eat although the choices might be limited for me.

Came home and had scampi and salad for tea, later on I watched Julia Bradbury's Greece, I've seen the series before but I'll watch them all again and torture myself with thoughts of what might have been.
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: jo1962 on Friday 11 June 21 08:49 BST (UK)
what a lovely, thoughtful friend you have Roobarb. A walk followed by a cocktail, how lovely. Hope you're feeling better today. I to had a lazy day (it's turning into a lazy week) very warm and humid, just pottered about most of the day with not much to show for it. Sorted out a few clothes to put in a charity bag, that led me to sorting out the whole wardrobe and a chest of drawers. Sorted out OH wardrobe as well. Got rid of a few items that were long pass there use by date. He won't notice. He never sorts his clothes out and if I suggest he gets rid of something he finds a reason why he shouldn't. I'm doing him a favour really, otherwise he would still have clothes he had when he met me. That's what I tell myself anyway  ;D
Had an uneventful walk with Bob. In the evening OH went to meet up with friends at the pub, I just watched tv and had a glass of wine.
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: Roobarb on Friday 11 June 21 09:57 BST (UK)
Yes I'm better today thanks Jo.  :)

All of that wardrobe sorting sounds very productive to me, I'm sure the charity shop will be very pleased. I'm sure you've done the right thing getting rid of all that stuff for your OH, he definitely should be thanking you. If he was aware!  ;D
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: mowsehowse on Friday 11 June 21 10:01 BST (UK)
What a lovely thing your friend did for you there Roobarb, so glad you enjoyed it.
Industrious work Jo, well done.

At last we had our dental appointments, but the only option seems to have been a compound that has been applied, and will crumble if I use dental floss... which doesn't sound terribly efficient. H had the ultra violet type and I know they last a very long time, but not over confident for mine. We shall see.
Walked along the Prom, which was fairly quiet as the weather was better suited to March, but I was glad not many people were around. 4 cruise ships at anchor.
In the afternoon while H was out tutoring I crept along the headland a little way and had a go on my roller skates. Only 10 minutes or so, but a marked improvement, so if I try again soon I might start to feel a little bit confident. At present I daren't stray from supporting railings!!
(Here I might add that the birthday will be the last Friday in June, and is BIG enough to warrant frocks, cake and fizz, :'( so do pull out all the stops and enjoy yourselves.
In the evening we watched "A town like Alice" in black & white, screened in honour of Virginia Mackenna's 90th birthday I think.  Not a barrel load of laughs, but historically quite informative.
Enjoy the weekend if you can.
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: Caw1 on Friday 11 June 21 10:15 BST (UK)
Roobarb- so pleased to hear you went and had a nice cocktail with your friend.... I suspect she knew that if she asked you before hand you may have wavered but by doing it that way she was gently bringing you back to some normality..... well done to her what a sensitive person she is..... glad you enjoyed it too!

Jo - your days sound pretty much like mine! A job that desperately needs doing .... sorting out wardrobes... once you start thereís no stopping and it can take all day by the time youíve tried things on to see if they still fit, you like them or theyíre out of date! My OH is quite ruthless with his kit and has no compunction about getting rid of things!

My day

We had arranged to speak to our son M so after breakfast we had a FaceTime with him... itís always such a joy to see his smiling face quite lifts my spirits... heís busy with lots of work coming in which is great... just made a gymnastics beam for one of his wifeís employees who has two enthusiastic gymnasts! They have both had their first jab now which considering Oz seems to be lagging behind is pleasing to hear... we talked about when they might be able to travel outside the country and he seems to think that itís not going to be until 2022.... which is quite a depressing thought... but better safe than not!
 It was late morning by the time weíd finished chatting and then returned a phone call from some friends .... as we are going to be down their way when we have our week in Dorset so we arranged to call in on our way home for lunch... not seen them for nearly two years now..
After lunch the BT engineer arrived to try to sort out our broadband problems... basically itís living in a small village with three junction boxes between us and the nearest exchange .... old wiring system that needs replacing.... heís the same chap who came last July and fixed the squirrel eaten wiring! Seems to know what heís talking about and gave us his number to contact him if we have any further issues... wry nice of him.
As Iíd still got some bananas left from the boys visit last week and we donít eat them I made a couple of banana cakes and put them in the freezer.
We had a late afternoon game of scrabble which I won ... hooray...
Dinner was chicken baked in the oven with vegs and new pots...
Watched tv... not sure what...
Retired early to read.

Caroline

Added...
MH how brave of you to be out roller skating even if you didnít venture far from railings... Iím truly impressed....
Quite right too frocks and fiz and cake should definitely be the order of the day for big birthdays.... hope some surprises too.... Iíll make that cake and send it to you...

I hope to be doing the same in mid September.....
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: pharmaT on Friday 11 June 21 15:33 BST (UK)
Today was a bit of a washout due to exhaustion.  i had to have a nap while the girls were at school. Was so tired i slept through the workmen banging on the roof. just felt so rough.  Definitely going to try the isotonic drink after work, see it that helps me feel less unwell because I need to get a lot more done.
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: River Tyne Lass on Saturday 12 June 21 10:44 BST (UK)
Oh, what a lovely surprise your friend arranged for you Roobarb.  :D She sounds like a really thoughtful person.  What a lovely memory this will be when you look back on this unexpected treat in the years to come.

I agree with Caroline, you are brave to go gadding about on roller skates Mowsehowse.  This is sure to keep you fit.  I had roller skates as a kid but my much older sister (22 years my senior) hadn't been allowed any when she was young as our parents thought these would be too dangerous for her.  I remember her saying to me "How come you got roller skates and I didn't?". My response was "How come you got piano lessons and I didn't?".

PharmaT you really must try to take more naps when you can, it will do you the world of good.  Much better than isotonic drinks, I think.  You must try to put your own needs above any work; exhaustion is horrible.

We have been all of a twitter on Tyneside this week!  It has been all over the news that Harrison Ford has been out and about in Newcastle on the quayside and even cycled to North Shields for lunch one day!!  Not that I got to spot him unfortunately, but it is not every day that we have a Hollywood star hobnobbing around our riverside! :D
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: pharmaT on Saturday 12 June 21 12:47 BST (UK)
Oh, what a lovely surprise your friend arranged for you Roobarb.  :D She sounds like a really thoughtful person.  What a lovely memory this will be when you look back on this unexpected treat in the years to come.

I agree with Caroline, you are brave to go gadding about on roller skates Mowsehowse.  This is sure to keep you fit.  I had roller skates as a kid but my much older sister (22 years my senior) hadn't been allowed any when she was young as our parents thought these would be too dangerous for her.  I remember her saying to me "How come you got roller skates and I didn't?". My response was "How come you got piano lessons and I didn't?".

PharmaT you really must try to take more naps when you can, it will do you the world of good.  Much better than isotonic drinks, I think.  You must try to put your own needs above any work; exhaustion is horrible.

We have been all of a twitter on Tyneside this week!  It has been all over the news that Harrison Ford has been out and about in Newcastle on the quayside and even cycled to North Shields for lunch one day!!  Not that I got to spot him unfortunately, but it is not every day that we have a Hollywood star hobnobbing around our riverside! :D

I'm considering the isotonic drinks because beyond tiredness, with blurry vision, muscle spasms and potential AKI. So i think my electrolytes are off.  It's difficult to remain hydrated properly as we can't have a drink at the nurses station these days due to PPE and at this time of year it's very hot in PPE, our breaks are short so difficult to drink enough without causing discomfort
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: River Tyne Lass on Saturday 12 June 21 13:13 BST (UK)
Well, please look after yourself Pharma and if you think an isotonic drink might help then good.   Did it help on Thursday? I do sympathise as I know what it is like myself to have to do without proper hydration at times.  I must confess I do not know what AKI is.
You seem to work so hard and it is not good for you to become so exhausted so please try to take opportunities to rest when you can.  I know it won't be easy.   I wish the hospital where you are at could look out more for staff needs.  I am sure this would benefit the patients too to have less exhausted, properly hydrated  staff.  I suspect you always put yourself last but I think sometimes you need to try to make yourself a priority above your work - at home at least.
Do take care and big hugs. :-*
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: pharmaT on Saturday 12 June 21 14:19 BST (UK)
Well, please look after yourself Pharma and if you think an isotonic drink might help then good.   Did it help on Thursday? I do sympathise as I know what it is like myself to have to do without proper hydration at times.  I must confess I do not know what AKI is.
You seem to work so hard and it is not good for you to become so exhausted so please try to take opportunities to rest when you can.  I know it won't be easy.   I wish the hospital where you are at could look out more for staff needs.  I am sure this would benefit the patients too to have less exhausted, properly hydrated  staff.  I suspect you always put yourself last but I think sometimes you need to try to make yourself a priority above your work - at home at least.
Do take care and big hugs. :-*

Haven't tried one yet, I've ordered some with this week's shopping so we'll see this week coming.  An AKI is an acute kidney injury which means they're protesting at dehydration.
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: BushInn1746 on Saturday 12 June 21 18:31 BST (UK)
Well, please look after yourself Pharma and if you think an isotonic drink might help then good.   Did it help on Thursday? I do sympathise as I know what it is like myself to have to do without proper hydration at times.  I must confess I do not know what AKI is.
You seem to work so hard and it is not good for you to become so exhausted so please try to take opportunities to rest when you can.  I know it won't be easy.   I wish the hospital where you are at could look out more for staff needs.  I am sure this would benefit the patients too to have less exhausted, properly hydrated  staff.  I suspect you always put yourself last but I think sometimes you need to try to make yourself a priority above your work - at home at least.
Do take care and big hugs. :-*

Haven't tried one yet, I've ordered some with this week's shopping so we'll see this week coming.  An AKI is an acute kidney injury which means they're protesting at dehydration.

Hi PharmaT

AKI or any suggestion of a Kidney filtration decline or symptons, in the current climate and I mean with the possibility of asymptomatic Covid or any other viruses doing their rounds (not just the hot working conditions), then any suspected decline in kidney function can be very serious.

You need to make sure you drink water when you require a drink, with structured breaks away from hot or PPE conditions.

Have your bloods checked for kidney filtration, etc., if you suspect any kidney decline. Doesn't your Supervisory Staff Member/Manager send you urgently, surely they need to help you and also want their staff kept fit for the duty of caring for patients?

AKI
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acute-kidney-injury/
(The US CDC and US Scientists have more on the subject about patients recovering from viral illnesses and people who may have experienced shock to the kidneys etc)

Prevention is far better than seeking a cure later.

Take care, Mark
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: pharmaT on Saturday 12 June 21 18:56 BST (UK)
Well, please look after yourself Pharma and if you think an isotonic drink might help then good.   Did it help on Thursday? I do sympathise as I know what it is like myself to have to do without proper hydration at times.  I must confess I do not know what AKI is.
You seem to work so hard and it is not good for you to become so exhausted so please try to take opportunities to rest when you can.  I know it won't be easy.   I wish the hospital where you are at could look out more for staff needs.  I am sure this would benefit the patients too to have less exhausted, properly hydrated  staff.  I suspect you always put yourself last but I think sometimes you need to try to make yourself a priority above your work - at home at least.
Do take care and big hugs. :-*

Haven't tried one yet, I've ordered some with this week's shopping so we'll see this week coming.  An AKI is an acute kidney injury which means they're protesting at dehydration.

Hi PharmaT

AKI or any suggestion of a Kidney filtration decline or symptons, in the current climate and I mean with the possibility of asymptomatic Covid or any other viruses doing their rounds (not just the hot working conditions), then any suspected decline in kidney function can be very serious.

You need to make sure you drink water when you require a drink, with structured breaks away from hot or PPE conditions.

Have your bloods checked for kidney filtration, etc., if you suspect any kidney decline. Doesn't your Supervisory Staff Member/Manager send you urgently, surely they need to help you and also want their staff kept fit for duty of caring for patients?

AKI
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acute-kidney-injury/
(The US CDC have a lot more about the subject and Scientists are realising that proper hydration is most important, whilst recovering from illness and people who may have experienced shock to the kidneys etc)

Prevention is far better than seeking a cure later.

Take care, Mark

No, we're working on half staff with higher acuity of patients on average, we have 3 breaks in a shift  but that's it. Stepping away at other times is frowned up, as is going to the toilet. i know it's not covid as we're tested twice weekly.  Much better today, urine back to normal.
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: BushInn1746 on Saturday 12 June 21 22:08 BST (UK)
Hi PharmaT

You could of course try your GP for blood tests to check the filtration rate eGFR etc and for Creatinine, a waste product filtered out by our kidneys when they work properly and any tests your GP feels necessary.

I'm a bit disappointed to hear that there is little flexibility for you to go to a neutral area, remove ppe, get a drink of water / use the loo more frequently.

You appreciate maintaining healthy water intake levels are essential.

Surely the staff have a private rota whilst one had a drink and goes for a wee?

Take care, Mark
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: pharmaT on Saturday 12 June 21 22:35 BST (UK)
Hi PharmaT

You could of course try your GP for blood tests to check the filtration rate eGFR etc and for Creatinine, a waste product filtered out by our kidneys when they work properly and any tests your GP feels necessary.

I'm a bit disappointed to hear that there is little flexibility for you to go to a neutral area, remove ppe, cleanse and get a drink of water / use the loo more frequently.

You appreciate maintaining healthy water intake levels are essential.

Surely the staff have a private rota whilst one had a drink and goes for a wee?

Take care, Mark

unfortunately not enough of us for that to work, staffing supposed to be 7 and 4 )2 different grades and 4 and 2 has become common, some shifts only 2 and 1.  there's not enough hours to do everything and keep safe as it is.
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: mowsehowse on Sunday 13 June 21 08:00 BST (UK)
Oh, what a lovely surprise your friend arranged for you Roobarb.  :D She sounds like a really thoughtful person.  What a lovely memory this will be when you look back on this unexpected treat in the years to come.

I agree with Caroline, you are brave to go gadding about on roller skates Mowsehowse.  This is sure to keep you fit.  I had roller skates as a kid but my much older sister (22 years my senior) hadn't been allowed any when she was young as our parents thought these would be too dangerous for her.  I remember her saying to me "How come you got roller skates and I didn't?". My response was "How come you got piano lessons and I didn't?".

PharmaT you really must try to take more naps when you can, it will do you the world of good.  Much better than isotonic drinks, I think.  You must try to put your own needs above any work; exhaustion is horrible.

We have been all of a twitter on Tyneside this week!  It has been all over the news that Harrison Ford has been out and about in Newcastle on the quayside and even cycled to North Shields for lunch one day!!  Not that I got to spot him unfortunately, but it is not every day that we have a Hollywood star hobnobbing around our riverside! :D

Good to hear from you RTL.
Hope you do get to encounter Harrison Ford while he is out and about.  :D
I wasn't exactly "gadding" on my skates, as yet, but perhaps I can improve if I am brave enough. I used to skate to school and back sometimes, which was around 3 miles each way, though I doubt I would do those distances now!! To be good enough to go round the velopark once is my aim. :-\
I wonder why piano lessons were not on the programme for you.... I am not surprised you regret that. I had skates when my siblings got their bikes.... (we all have our birthdays within 3 weeks of each other,) I didn't want one then, though of course that did become my next craving.
BTW: It seems crazy to me that in an environment where nurses place jugs of water on every bedside, they are not allowed to have a personal bottle of water on hand for the occasional quick gulp.

Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: River Tyne Lass on Sunday 13 June 21 09:38 BST (UK)
Whoops!  I have responded to above posts on the Saturday 12th entry.  :-[
Title: Re: Diary > Thursday 10th June
Post by: Roobarb on Sunday 13 June 21 10:02 BST (UK)
I don't think it matters RTL, I think we've all managed to follow the conversation.  :)