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Sunday, September 17, 2017

My review of Baked Ziti:

Well my family ate the hell out of this meal.  I paired it with sauteed zucchini and tomatoes.  It

could have been better.  My sauce did not come out like it should.  I don't know if I need to 

add less fluid or not.  Maybe read the instructions better.  

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Next time it will be better!  It is a filling casserole, and I definitely needed more cheese.  It

needed more flavor for me.  So I think I will make sure my sauce has more flavor

and thicker.

New Awesome Sweeps for you!

Don't delay in entering these.  Some are over in 2 weeks, some may be longer.  I will try to put 

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 on  facebook for sweeps.  I will post those links as well in case you'd like to follow me.

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that is it for now.  I will check some other places and post a new post or add to this one. 


~~~Until next time~~~~

Carole

Saturday, September 9, 2017

6 simple things women can do for themselves

We women are always on the go, and are always taking care of everyone else.  So this blog entry is dedicated to ideas for MOM.  As it is titled.  I encourage all my readers, all 5 of you to comment with your ideas as well in the comments.

Read a book:  Find your favorite kind.  Go looking for one in your favorite book store, some are found in used book stores.  If yours is an e book, find your favorite way to read it, and enjoy.  Spend some time to wind down.  Do it as your nightly routine.



Take a walk around the block or two:   This is my favorite time of year, before fall actually occurs.  It's not too hot, or cold.  A leisurely walk can help clear the mind of worries or thoughts that have consumed us during our busy day.  Take your companion, pet for a walk too. Perhaps he or she, can be your walking buddy.  If you are into walking, find a group that walks in your neighborhood.  Sometimes groups such as these can form on face book, and you won't have to look far for a walking buddy.


Exercise:  Like walking around the block, this can help clear our minds.  A little more time would be involved though.  Go to a gym, or use your own exercise equipment.  Not only does exercise relieve stress, help us socialize, (if we go to the gym), but it also helps exercise our minds as well.


Have a hobby:  Develop one, two or three things you like to do, other than those mentioned above.  Call it your "guilty pleasure." If that includes watching your favorite t.v. show, having an hour on your favorite streaming channel, such as netflix, or simply playing online bingo.  Do it!  Of course, double the fun and go out and play cards or bingo with friends.

Get a mani/pedi:  nothing feels as good as feeling and being pampered!  If your feet can tolerate a pedicure, why not pamper them?  Our feet can be the most abused appendages on our body, especially for women.  We walk barefoot, we wear flip flops, we wears heels, we are on our feet all day.  Why not pamper them!  Be good to our hands too!


Have a good soak!  I love a good bubble bath, with a good book.  Sometimes I get the jet streams going.  There is nothing that helps my sore back then a nice hot bath.  In fact, I may do just that.  Relaxing is good brain exercise as is a cross word puzzle.

Relaxation lowers your blood pressure, stress, blood sugars and improves digestion.  Taking a breather for yourself is going to help prevent depression, and improve memory just by giving those brain cells a moment!

I am going to go for my soak, relax take a nice hot soak, and improve my immune system all at the same time!  I hope these suggestions help you, and comment below with some more!

Until next time~~~~~~

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sweepstakes to enter!


Trade, share, or just click!  Try these four fun sweepstakes as we share and read each others blogs.  I can't guarantee you'll win, but you won't if you don't enter!  I've been doing sweepstakes on and off for 18 yrs, I enjoy it.  This year I've met a whole new network of sweepstakes friends.  I've shared some of the best sweeps today with you, and they won't expire for a few days.  Good luck!




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Click on link above.  It is a gift basket, and it has several days left to enter


This is for a vac master sealer

several days left  https://wn.nr/Z93qVh



http://woobox.com/nhur7d/jcmvy7  A cookbook, bag of potatoes and a crock pot!  all through the month of September


Amazon HD and alexa.  sweeps over in 6 days!  http://bit.ly/2iZAHB9


http://queue.vip/BXoGy6c  flying robot




Until next time~~~~~~~~~


Carole

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Chinese casserole

So I am getting time to do some blogging.  No one would know this but I actually like cooking.  

I don't always have time to cook because of my demanding job.  My mom would joke with my

friends, and say "Carole can't cook anything that doesn't come out of a box."  Thanks mom,

and don't get me started on what she used to say about my younger siblings, little do they know.

However, mom did give me some tips and recipes, one of her most favorite was Chinese 

casserole.  By the name of it, one would think it's chinese food.  It isn't, it's american.  The

recipe is below, and sorry I don't have any pics!  My brother John loved this food.  It's very

easy, and anyone can make it, I assure you.  


ingredients

1 lb ground beef, pork or turkey  ( I use pork hubby can't have beef)

2 cans cream of mushroom

rice ( you can use white or brown, your choice)

small onion

salt

pepper  

celery (optional)


chow mein noodles ( for topping)


1.  brown meat, and season with salt and pepper.  I use kosher salt, but any salt will do.

 2.  chop small onion and add to meat.  Chop celery and add to meat.

  3.  3 cups of rice or more, you can decide how much rice to add.  I cook the rice first.  

   4.  add all ingredients into casserole dish.  DO not add water to the soup.

Mix everything.  Bake at 425 for 30 mins, and add chow mein noodles to top and bake for added 5 mins.  Enjoy


so why do we put it in the oven, to bake it, make it and take it!  Let me know how you like it.


Until next time~~~~

Carole

Friday, July 28, 2017

My blogging daughter

Hello blogging world!  I just looked at my daughters blog  It has many punctuation, grammar and spelling mistakes.  However, I do not want to discourage my beautiful girl.  She is determined to make her mark in this world, be an engineer, conquer the world.  What mom wouldn't be happy with that?  Certainly not this mom!




This is Becky, who is 15 and wants to be an engineer.  Abby, my oldest is 18 and will be going to Joliet Junior College.   She told me she is "grown"  How many of you have heard this  I am going to try and post more pictures of my "grown"  kids.  How come I can't get my "grown" kids to clean their rooms?

Now this is Abby with my two nieces, Katie and Samantha.  Brings back good memories.   They also told me they were "grown" at Abbys' ages.
3 beautiful girls here.

This was a couple years ago, when Becca was in the gnome play!  She was on the front page of our local newspaper, The Herald.   You can keep up with her blog, and it is called Becky bloggers.  I have a blog about Abby too  I haven't blogged in it in a long time, but I will catch up

Until next time~~~~~

Carole



Sunday, January 29, 2017

6 Strategies to Help you Cope after Losing a Patient

6 Strategies to Help you Cope after Losing a Patient: Every profession comes with its share of stressful situations. But a missed deadline here or a difficult encounter with the boss there hardly compares to the heaviness that can set in when a nurse...





I put this article in here because I am a nurse.  I believe all these points are relevant and helpful to new grads and nurses who have been in the field.  Enjoy!



Until next time~~~~





Carole

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Split Pea Soup

Definitely good with a red sangria wine.    


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Split pea soup

Between you and I , I can never get my dried beans or peas softened by just soaking them over night.  I soak over night, then I simmer for an hour or two the next day.  

Ingredients you will need. 

2 bags dry split pea
one small onion
4 stalks celery
thyme
salt
pepper
basil leaves
dry parsley
golden potatoes  8 to 10, and quarter for soup.

1/2 pot water
chopped ham from baked ham


start by soaking peas over night

then next day, simmer peas for 1 - hours

the next day empty water from peas, add half pot of water and boil

chop medium onion and 4 stalks celery.  can add baby carrots if desired.

boil peas with water for 1 hour.  add chopped celery, onion, potatoes and ham.  Add seasonings to taste.  I usually use 2 passes of each seasoning as the soup is boiling.  

Cook until all veggies tender, serve and eat.  My recipe is never the same!!!

Enjoy!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

What do I need to know about home health?

I have been a nurse for 25 yrs, and this June it will be 26.  I have worked many outlets; med surg, telemetry, er, all different ICUs, dobutamine clinic, long term, and home health.  I have worked for many agencies in the 8 years that I have done home health.  So what are the important aspects of home health should a family or individual look for?


In Illinois there are over 800 home health agencies in all counties.  This explains why there is a pre claim law now in effect for Illinois.  The main reason is fraud!  So I will list the link to  IDPH home health agency listing and you can start there.  This is just for Illinois, your state may have their own listing.  You can also go by referral.  Talk to someone who has had home health.  If your social worker is recommending home health, ask how much she knows about the company.  If she doesn't call and ask questions.  Here is the link to the IDPH home health agency listing  

https://data.illinois.gov/Public-Health/IDPH-Home-Health-Agencies-Directory/h54t-6qsk
This site lists the county, phone number, license number and expiration date of their license.    When you call the agency if you start on your own, the longer they have been open, the better they are sometimes.

Stability:  How long have they been in existence?  How many nurses do they employ?  Do they have an on call NURSE?  What are their hours?  How does the patient contact someone in case of any emergency?  Have they had any complaints?  Are they Medicare certified? or Joint commission certified?  If not what other certifications do they have, and do they plan on getting them soon?  How long has the DON been with the business?  What are the experience ranges of the nurses?  With a stable company, there should be no problem in answering in any of these questions.  If their brochure says they provide home health aides, or PT, then they should be able to do so.


Experience:  How long have the owners of the company, owned it, and how much experience do they have in the area?  Are they in home health, or are they a real estate mogul?  Sometimes the owner of the agency has no idea about home health, or comes from another industry all together.  How long has the Director of Nursing been a Director of Nursing?  Has she been a Director of Nursing at other places?  Is she there at the office full time.  If not, who is?  Important.   Rules are that there has to be a nurse sitting in the office at all times.  In my opinion, if you are a director of nursing, you should be full time, and in the office FULL TIME.  Does she go on field assignments?  How does she train her nurses?  


Now you do not have to ask all these questions with your first phone call, but do ask!  Ask questions, ask questions, ask questions.  If you can't remember, write them down.

You should get a folder with the first evaluation of services.  Usually it is the home health nurse who does the first visit, but policies and agencies may vary.  In this folder is usually the business card of the director of nursing, a pamphlet, information on home safety, advance directives, flu and pneumonia vaccines, and a variety of other stuff.  If you don't get a folder ask for it.


Also, home health companies can call and ask you if you want home health if you are a medicare recipient.  This is legal.  Be aware, you can not have 2 home health companies in the same house at the same time.  This sometimes happens and is not the fault of the patient, but be aware it can happen.  The patient can have a home maker from another agency, such as DORS or senior services.  This is not the same as home health.

Your home health nurse, if she decides to do visits, must visit a minimum of once a week or  if agreed with DON, every other week.  Generally speaking, minimum is once a week.  If your nurse misses visits without notice, call the agency.  Sometimes missed visits due to illness or patient doctor visits are unavoidable, but the patient and nurse know why they are missed. 

If the patient has trouble getting the supplies from the agency, ask questions.   As of this writing, the home health company  has to provide dressing change materials to the patient.  Medicare does pay for this.  Medicare does not pay for incontinence products.

If the patient has a complaint about the nurse or agency, take it up with the DON first, if not resolved call the home health hot line.  This number should be pointed out to you in the first meeting with the nurse or PT, and is in the folder the patient receives.


This is alot of material to take in.  Hopefully our health care system will let all that need home health get home health.  Good luck, and if I can answer any questions, you can find me on instagram, facebook, here and twitter!  

Until next time~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Carole



Saturday, January 7, 2017

My 100 day commitment

So as most of you know, we went to Disney world, and did alot of walking.  At least Becky and I did.  Abby was in a wheelchair, in which we pushed her, and Chuck in a motorized chair.  Abby didn't and wouldn't have the endurance to do all the parks because of her heart defect, and Chuck has arthritis in both hips so bad he just couldn't.  He did walk some, which actually is very good for him and his arthritis.  Believe it or not.

We think we lost weight.  I don't know for sure but we think we did.  On that note, I have decided that I am going to commit myself to 100 days in the gym!  I am committed.  What do I have to loose?  Hopefully weight, right?  I was inspired by a gal on facebook, and figured if she could do it, so could I.  After all, I managed Disney World.  So, today, January 7th will be my 2nd day in a row at the gym.  I will keep you informed and may include a pic and/or video.  If I can figure that out.

Until next time.


~~~~~~Carole~~~~~~~