Posts Tagged ‘Amish Buggy Sunday’

Sunday Stuff

November 2, 2008 1 comment

Today, we “fell back” with our clocks, and turned them back 1 hour. Being that I worked today, and depend on my cell phone for an alarm, I was very disappointed (actually, quite pissed off), that Verizon Wireless still, as of 1:15 pm EST, has not fixed the problem. Jackie’s phone and the phone of the mother who’s house I work at both are having the same problem, yet the father, sister, and other nurse I work with aren’t.

Today I hit a lot of traffic on the way to work; I got stuck behind 3 Amish buggies. Usually, they travel the opposite direction when I’m driving in, but today, church services must have been at a nearby house. It’s very dangerous for these buggies on a hilly highway. Just 2 or 3 years ago, there was a buggy that had just driven over the crest of a hill, and a car slammed into them from behind, killing some people. It’s ever worse in the fog.

Chester, our elderly Sheltie, is in the “hospital”. His appetite has been poor over the last week or so, and he hasn’t even been drinking much. Friday morning, he was having breathing difficulty, but his nostrils were caked shut with dried mucous. He ended up staying over at the Vet’s, had blood work and a chest x-ray (which didn’t show much other than dehydration), and has been getting IV fluids. He still isn’t eating today, so she decided to keep him until tomorrow.

And now, for some entertainment, here’s some awesome juggling (I’m not sure why the first frame is a kitten/frog; it has nothing to do with the video):


Transplant Week 20

September 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Yes, it’s been a full 20 weeks since transplant, and everything is going well.

I had appointments last week with the Transplant Surgeon and Nurse, and the Transplant Nephrologist.

Back during the summer, my Valcyte was reduced to 450 mg daily. It had been 450 mg every 12 hours, but my White Blood Cell count took a nose dive, I became neutropenic, and had to decrease it. I was on a higher dose, since my donor was CMV + and I was CMV -. Now that my WBC is up, they put me back on the original dose. My immunosuppression will be decreased at the 6 month mark (around the first week in November), so I will be taken off the Dapsone (prophylaxis for Pneumocystis) and the Valcyte.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this previously, but I also had a hard area above my incision. The surgeons felt that it was a hematoma (collection of blood), and that it was nothing to worry about. It’s still there, but markedly smaller, so I would think their assessment was correct.

The Transplant Nephrologist reviewed everything, and had no issues. He was a little surprised that I needed Procrit (the other Neph started me on it, and this is the first I saw Dr. G since starting Procrit), as with Polycystic Kidney Disease, it’s very unusual for a transplantee to need it. However, he felt that the Thalassemia Minor that I have was why I needed a boost.

Other than that, I’m eating well (maybe a little TOO well), I’m back walking again at lunch time after a 1+ month break. I wear lower leg orthotics (due to the hereditary nerve atrophy in my extremities), had some skin breakdown on my ankle, had to wait 2 weeks for an appointment for an adjustment, broke them back in after not wearing them for a while, and now am finally back to walking. It feels good to once again exercise, as for the past few years of kidney failure, I didn’t have the energy to do it.

Work has been very busy lately. I really don’t mind; in fact, I’m glad, because the day goes much quicker. We had a suprise inspection last week by the “ISO” aka the Information Security Office. My employer takes information security very seriously for numerous reasons. Most importantly, they only allow those involved in a patient’s care to access that chart. I’ve heard of several instances where employees were fired for accessing the chart of a friend, relative, or other patient, when they had no reason to be in the chart. And unlike “paper” charts, there is ALWAYS a way to check who was in it, as we must sign on to the EHR (electronic health record) before we can access any chart. They also have numerous measures to prevent viruses on the network, with the latest being a ban on accessing internet email (Yahoo, Gmail, etc). Anway, many people were “written up” for leaving computers unsecured and other “violations”.

This past Sunday was an 8 Buggy Sunday. The unusual thing was that I saw them both before and after work. Usually I just see them before work on their way to church, and the middle of the shift when they are returning.  I actually saw a “minibuggy” (the Amish version of a “minivan”). It was an open buggy with 3 rows of seats, rather than the traditional 2 rows, and there were 2 adults and 5 children in it. Of course, none of them were in buggy seats (car seats).

Amish Buggy Sunday

August 11, 2008 1 comment

You may have seen me describe a Sunday at work as a (number) Buggy Sunday. Let me explain.

I have a job on the weekends with a nursing agency (different employer than my full time weekday job). It’s in a rural area of Pennsylvania that is an exit off of Interstate 80, and has numerous Amish and Mennonite farms.

On Saturdays, I rarely see any Amish, but on Sunday, that’s a different story.

The Amish, from what I’m told, hold church services in a different home each week. Invariably, I either pass a buggy (or several) on my way to work, or see them going past the house during the day (the house I work at is on a dirt road with farmland surrounding it).

Yes, it’s the 21st century, and there are still people using horses to pull wagons and buggys.

As for the types of buggies, there are 2 basic types; those with a cab, and those that are an open wagon. From what I’m told, the open wagon type are the “courting” buggies. And yes, the Amish DO go parking on dates, usually in a field. My friend lives in Amish country, and jokes that she’s seen these courting buggies rocking in the corn fields (jokes about it, but has actually seen it). She wonders how difficult it is for the male to get the females dress open, as they use straight pins rather than buttons (OUCH!).

To get back on the subject, I categorize each Sunday by the number of Amish buggies I see all day. Usually, it’s a 4 or 5 Buggy Sunday, but I’ve seen 12 to 14 Buggy Sunday’s before.

I originally had this as a page, but decided to convert it to a post. I will refer to this in future posts so that I don’t have to explain it each time.

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