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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Storm, I saw your grape salad on the Thanksgiving Recipe Wall. In our house that is a favorite. We use Splenda Brown Sugar, and I often use Praline Pecans or Walnuts. We make it 3 or 4 times a year, a real treat!
November 26 at 19:20 EST .

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   MeiDei  Missed reading the recipe thread this year .. bummer; the grape salad sounds interesting, would you share here?
Saturday at 08:51 EST .

   Balogreene posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Merry Christmas y'all.
   November 23 at 18:25 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Butter-Barbecue Meat Loaves
2 lbs. ground beef
2 eggs
? cup chopped green pepper
½ cup cracker crumbs
¼ cup milk
¼ cup catsup
1½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
8 onion slices
Butter-barbecue sauce (below )
Combine all but onion and sauce. Divide into 8 portions on double-thick squares of foil. Shape into loaves. Top each with an onion slice and 2-3 tbs. of sauce. Wrap tightly in foil. Grill 10-12 minutes per side.

Butter-Barbecue Sauce
½ cup butter
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup catsup
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. chili powder
3 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
dash Tabasco sauce
Melt butter, add onion. Cook until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer 5 minutes.
   November 15 at 17:01 EST .

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   Balogreene  I do these in the oven at 350 for close to an hour. Another of my favorites.
November 23 at 18:29 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Blessings  Ok, Looks like I haven't posted for a while. I came through my triple bypass amazingly well (although, feeling like I do, I'd hate to have come through it badly ). My BIL came through his prostatectomy very well, they got all the cancer. My Sister got through a replacement of her abdominal aorta, and removal of ovaries (because of tumors ) very well, and the tumors were benign.

Also, I got my letter of termination from my company, warning me my job ends Dec. 4. But, it looks like I have other work at least through May. I'm applying for jobs within the company, and without. I'm only 63, want to work several more years. But, I do qualify for Medicare, SS, and have a semi-good retirement account, just don't want to do it.
November 15 at 16:50 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Except for th job, it sounds like good news all around! Stay well Balo and have agreat T' day
November 16 at 22:00 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  Maureen O'Hara, beloved co-star of John Wayne in so many films was buried today at Arlington. Next to her husband, a US Brigadier General. RIP Maureen, I'll come by next time I visit daddy.
November 9 at 21:53 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Faith  One more thing. We are doing well. A sister came in from IL and is doing a lot to help us. This week she will take mom and sister to appointments so I can actually go to my office! Sister is doing very well, we are both recuperating "better than expected".
November 1 at 00:39 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Faith  I definitely owe an update (it's been hard, I don't have my stamina back from my own surgery ). Kel had the surgery Thursday, came home the next Wednesday. We had a hard day. The nurses said they contactied the Dr. to discharge her starting before noon. I kept telling them my 85.5 year old mom couldn't be left home alone more than four hours. When the Dr. finally came after 1500, she said she had just gotten the call. I got to the hospital a little after 1100, we got out at 1600. Giving an hour travel each way, you can see our mom (who is prone to fall ) was home a lot longer than 4 hours.

3 months after my surgery, it was hard on me to be there that long too, and very hard on my sister, to be ready to leave, but, nothing happened. They didn't even bring her lunch until I complained. The "lunch" was 2 pieces of white bread, dry, with one piece of processed turkey.

I blame the nurses, the Dr. showed us she had not been paged before 1500. Why would they lie? Why wouldn't they help us? Why didn't they care she hadn't gotten lunch?
November 1 at 00:38 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  Nurses.
When I was in the hospital I'd ring for a bedpan and when the nurse came over an hour later, she would yell at me for wetting the bed! (That was embarrassing, I haven't wet the bed since I was 2 or 3 ).

Monday, my sister went through PT, then called to get hooked back up to her IV's. Whoever answered the page, didn't ask what was going on, just clicked the call off. A little later she called again, they said they'd send someone. When I left an hour later, no one had come.

Today, we tried to check my sister out of the hospital. Starting at noon her nurse said she was paging the doctor to discharge her. I said we had a few issues: 1. I had to be home by 2:30, mom cannot be left home alone for more than 4 hours, she has a tendency to fall; 2. I recently had a bypass operation and was in pain. They insisted they were paging the Dr. The Dr. came in at 2:45, said the first page came in at 2:10.

At 1:00 the nurse's aid came in and asked how we were, I said pretty awful, Sis hadn't gotten lunch. Her response was "Her phone is off the hook, they couldn't get ahold of her". I said they came up with her roommate's lunch, and could have asked her, they could have called the nurses, the nurses and aides should have known if someone got their meals. When I told the charge nurse she hadn't gotten lunch, her "nurse" said she'd seen them bring my sister a turkey sandwich. I explained it only came because I complained, and it was two pieces of white bread with one piece of turkey. No butter, no mayonaise, no nothing, dry bread and turkey.

The charge nurse, and the nurse were both liars and cheats, I saw the nurse come into the doorway and sign off that she had seen the patient, then turn around and leave, without talking to my sister. The charge nurse swore she talked to the Dr, who had never heard from her.

Finally, they said they were checking her out, I was so hot my hair was dripping, and so I went outside. 40 minutes later she came out. She said they couldn't get a wheelchair. I just laughed, when I went downstairs there were 2 wheelchairs by the nurses station.

The things that get me: 1 ) they lied a lot; 2 ) patients are not humans; 3 ) everyone must wait for them; 4 ) if I did my job as well as they do theirs, I would have been fired a LONG time ago.
October 29 at 01:50 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I am not surprised. 1973 VA Batavia when DH was in I was accosted by the mail carrier, when I was in the women's barracks. Through to 2004 in a Fl hospital, I was denied food for 21 hours, finally had to just get dressed, sit on the curb for my SIL to pick me up,left myself out.
ON the other side! when DH was admitted for his knee surgery, Christmas eve, he was sent to a 7th Day Adventist Hosp that was outstanding, great care, great food, absolutely sanitary, best care possible, and no grumbling by staff.
October 29 at 15:14 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I could write a book here, but until these cataracts are removed, I have a hard time. I can't drive or write. But I wanted to say don't even think about long waits until you spend time in a VA facility, an all day effort. Thank G_d we have private insurance, but certain things still require VA. Yes Balo , me too, a bad rig would have killed someone. sigh, glad I am retired.
October 29 at 15:31 EST .

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   Linder  For the most part I've had only good nursing experiences and it may just be the difference in small town and big city. Guess you could compare it to big government and small government and we believe small gov results are better. I've known most of my nurses. The most beloved nurse in this community died yesterday and it's heartening to read the personal memories on the local internet obit page. She was a very poor Mexican girl who managed to get an education and ended up here in the Midwest because of a nurse shortage in the 40's. She was a little bit of a woman who ran a tight ship and we all have funny stories of being a bit fearful of her...along with stories of her compassion and encouragement. She was also a dedicated Republican.
October 31 at 19:07 EST .

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   BirdsNest  No matter how good the doctors are at their craft, the nurses have to be able to hold up their end of the task. Hagar had terrible care at Va Beach General, they allowed him to lie in bed on soiled sheets for hours and did not turn him as they should have. The results of that were the pressure sores. Because of the pressure sores, he cannot get chemo for the cancer. Transfer to Norfolk General Hospital for Extended Recovery. Some dark days there, almost losing him twice. I truly believe that once I began coming more often, the nurses saw that he had someone who loved and cherished him and they began to take more care with how they treated him. I never asked for anything out of the ordinary, stayed with him all day while there and thanked each of them for their commitment to their jobs. Nurses are the key. No matter how great the surgeon, if the follow up care is lax, then the patient suffers.
October 31 at 20:17 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird, I agree, if you don't show up every day, most of the day, staff thinks no one cares, so they don't have to. It happened to my grandmother. My sister and I both worked long hours, and mom was not driving much, thus, we were not there enough for staff to worry about.

Years later I found out my Grandmother, a friend's father, and another friend's mother died in the same Nursing Home, within the year. Scary isn't it. We all went every day, but had jobs, so weren't there 24-hrs a day.
November 1 at 00:55 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Did this happen in a VA hospital, Balo?

I'm sorry for your and your sister's bad experience.

I have a friend in Richmond [where I lived for 30 years], who had to stay right on top of the nursing staff when her mother/father, m-i-l or f-i-l was ever hospitalized. Not VA hospitals, so I don't know how you would deal with that kind of treatment, but my friend was known at Chippenham and St. Marys for being one of those Witches on Wheels. She just flat did not put up with any kind of neglect or mistreatment. She wasn't unreasonable by any means, but she would only take so much from a lax nursing staff before she was eyeball to eyeball with the hospital administrator. She would go straight to the top with a serious complaint --one being a nurse-trainee from a foreign country who could neither speak English nor understand it. Talk about a dangerous situation!

I think most of us do not know how to stand up for ourselves as a patient in a hospital setting. If wouldn't know how to if I hadn't had years of training by watching my friend stand up for her parents and in laws.
November 1 at 12:33 EST .

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   Gram77  My hubby was rushed to Sarasota Memorial in Sarasota, FL with a heart attach. His doctor did all the proper things in ER and in the end it was decided he would need a stent. Pre-surgery his care was the greatest. Once in recovery which requires an overnight stay the care totally disappeared. I needed help twice, went to the nurses' station, found no one, and pressing the call bell produced nothing. I know very little about nursing but I learned in a hurry. About a week after returning home we received a form to fill out about our experience. Believe me the returned report held no punches.
November 2 at 10:15 EST .

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   Balogreene  FlatCityGirl, my first response was, Yes, it was a Virginia Hospital. But, no, it was not a VA hospital. Fairfax VA is supposed to be one of the top Heart Hospitals in the US. I admit, you get great doctors, great cures, but, in three visits, you get HORRIBLE nurses,
November 9 at 21:57 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  LOLOL at myself, Balo.

Since the Veteran’s Administration disaster has been in the news so much in the last year, when I see VA, I don’t think Virginia.
November 11 at 08:39 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Balo,
last August I was hospitalized for 4 days. I got almost claustrophobic. Has to get out. I was told the doctor had signed the realease and I could leave once the nurses disconneted my IV. I waited over an hour. The I just gently removed the IV (seen it done before ) put a sterile dressing on it and split on my own. Couldn't wait another second
November 17 at 16:40 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Gardening & Landscaping  For BirdsNest: 18 years ago when my daddy died: I was at work, I got called out, he'd had a stroke. When we got to the hospital, mom said she was sure he was dead before the EMTs got there. A short time later the ER doc in charge of daddy took me outside to a secret area to smoke. I said "I think my daddy is dying today". He shook his head yes, and then hugged me.

After a while, we were in daddy's room, he was on a ventilator. I left, went out to the car and screamed as loud as I could, and cried, and screamed some more. I'm sure people stared. But, after a little bit I was sane, and went back to daddy's room.

When the doctor asked what we wanted and we all said turn life-support off, the doctor said he had never seen everyone support that, we told them daddy had talked of it often. It was what he wanted. No matter what I thought, no matter how much I screamed, it was what daddy wanted.

We all have to scream and cry sometimes.

I'm so glad Hagar has gotten beyond that (he's much younger than my daddy was ).
October 29 at 01:29 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Some days I just scream silently. He is much better in certain ways, but we still have cancer looming over us. Prayers are keeping it at bay, that is my belief. When I could not get to see him on his birthday, he knew I was upset. He simply said "I will have other birthdays, don't worry".
October 31 at 20:06 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Faith  My older sister is having the abdominal aorta replaced tomorrow. While doing the pre-op they found lumps on her ovaries! Today they called to say it isn't cancer, thank G-d, but, they want to remove the ovaries while they are in there.
October 21 at 17:38 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up for you and your sister Balo . . . God be with you all.
October 21 at 21:47 EST .

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   MeiDei  Will hold her up in prayer.
October 23 at 10:06 EST .

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   Balogreene  Thank you all. She will be here to torment me for a while yet (she's the one with Asperger's ). She had a twofer operation, they fixed the aorta (did you know we manufacture replacements for this surgery? ) And they said although they removed the ovaries it doesn't look like cancer (the biopsy results will be in probably Tuesday.

They told us the surgery would last 4-5 hours, with a little added on to explore the abdomen and remove the ovaries. It lasted 4 hours. The exploration showed nothing, and the aneurysm thing went very well.

I love Kaiser here in the DC area, they have taken great care of mom and dad, and now my sister.
October 24 at 17:54 EST .

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   BirdsNest  So glad to hear of the success of the surgery. It's good to have a competent hospital. Locally we are getting a new hospital, but if they don't staff it with good quality nurses and doctors, it's just a health spa. I don't have much faith in the medical community here, that's why Hagar is in rehab in Va Beach.
October 24 at 18:50 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  My mom had similar surgery in January. they replaced a major ortion of her aorta with a dacron tube. amazing work by the surgeons. I'm so glad all went well. And Bird, glad to hear about Hagar's improvement (from the other page )
October 24 at 23:24 EST .

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   MeiDei  In '94 my mother had that surgery, it was 9 hours back then, her kid brother had it this year, and mine remains below the "need-to-do-now" level. FYI That dacron tube was developed at a local community college in their textile division & used for my mom's surgery. My aorta repair, if/when needed will be micro surgery, 3 small holes.
October 27 at 10:43 EST .

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   Balogreene  MeiDei, Kel has an incision from just under her breastbone to her pubis, huge, and stapled shut. That Dacron tube is the most amazing thing when you think about it. When I had my bypass they pulled veins from my leg, but for this they just pulled something off the shelf!

The tumors on her ovaries were benign, so all is well.
October 29 at 01:20 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Mei, keep that B.P. low sweetie.
October 31 at 07:26 EST .

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   MeiDei  Hope your parents are improving iacta, & yes, the bp is [naturally] low - spikes are paid attention to.
October 31 at 23:11 EST .

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