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time flies fast

I need to check in. I have been lax. We have been doing well. William is still doing his therapy in the water. He does 5 days of the week with our caretaker and I do Saturdays. The three dogs are such a joy. They really pick up William's spirits. If he is confused the dogs seems to calm him down and he gets less confused. HE starts to think of the dogs rather than his problems. I am still working and I enjoy it. It is nice to have the freedom to leave home and go to work. We have s

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Los Angeles

This was the first vacation that I have taken in 6 years. Since William had his stroke. I took off Monday morning and came back Wed niight. It was short and it was exciting. My advice is do not travel Spriirt airlines. They were 2 hours late and mine should have been at 6AM. I was at our international airport for 5 1/2 hours. I had to check in on line. Well. little did I know. I had a purse and a backpack. So I checked one carry on and Then I chose my seat. Well I really did not have

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Memorial day

I have had Thurs. Friday. Sat and sun and Monday off from work. My caretaker took some time off and I took off from my job to take over her shift. Thurs. we went to the pool and did our therapy. We had breakfast afterwards. I ordered wm huevos rancheros. He loved it. Then I had to do some shopping and went to the accountant. Wm enjoyed talking to his old friend and then I took the dogs to the dog park and wm finally go home. He had a good day. Friday we got up and went to the pool and got our

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Three dogs and over time and William

My time is gone. No time for anything. My crazy job wants us to work an extra 20 hours a week. That is really crimping my lifestyle. Mycaretaker is doing the pool workout with William. That gives me time to do my own workout after work. So my day starts at 3am. I am up and walk the dogs. I get ready for work and get there a little after 4 am. This is part of the Ot. I am scheduled for 6:30am. I do Medicare prescription insurance prior authorization. I stay until 3pm. I get home and

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Another dog. For our family. Susie Q

My neighbor passed away today. I am taking care of her two dogs. One will be picked up the grand-daughter and wm and I will take over the one that iAd bought for her. All of the dogs related really well to one another. I guess what is one more. .? Or we shall see. It makes me sad to think of Ann being gone but she was ready, really bad Copd. It was William that said that we would be happy to take care of Suzie Q. Luckily I have the weekend off. Wish me luck. I need to tell you

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Tie ring on Medicare

Tie ring is the term that means that you want copayment reduction on your medicine.Most people do not even know that they can request a copayment reduction 1. The drug must be on the forulary. 2. It cannot be on the highest tier or specialty tier. Most plans have 4 tiers. 3. In order for the request to be considered there has to be at one drug on the tier below that it canbecompared to. this is where it gets complicated if there are many drugs on the tier below then each of the has to be addr

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Update on us

I have been AWOL. Time has just slipped by.time doe not slow down as you age. My days are crazy. I get up at 5 a. Walk the dogs and then get ready for work. I leave the house at 5:30 a. I get to work at 6a. I do not start until 7 . I use this time to eat breakfast, text the caregiver with instructions for the day, and read for fun. This allows me time for myself and I do not get stuck in traffic. This job is the easiest job that I have ever had. I work in a call center and process Medic

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Pain at midnight

William has started having pain in his finger joints . Two to be exact. Always at night. What is going on? I just read about central pain. It does not sound like that. Today was my birthday. Thank you for the birthday wishes. We had a wonderful lunch out with friends. It was a beautiful warm day. I got mt swimming and weights in and got William to the pool also. I also got mr hair done.

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PT\OT a review of our sessions

I am going to try to review our sessions. Perhaps somebody else needs the review.This is going to be strange. I cannot seem to start a new paragraph. 1. Range of motion for the arm. Lift the arm up as high as possible. Lift the arm up out as much as possible. Do this with palms down then change the palms so that the are facing each other (as if clapping hands). This is actually easier down while lying down. Even try to get the hand placed under the head while lying down. I am trying to g

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Mumbles Wm's Shih Tzu

William loves his little companion. I have learned to groom him. This is the puppy cut that I gave him for the summer. Wm says that Mumbles has helped his outlook 100%. The unconditional love a dog is amazing. Mumbles is a bit more work for me. I do not have has much time to post blogs. But, Mumbles is a cute dog. Ruth

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Mumbles....William's new companion.

I finally got William the dog that he wanted. It is true that the dog is really attached to me. But, William loves him and loves to talk to him and order him around. He loves that Mumbles is there with him all of the time.   Mumbles, is a little blonde , shih tzu. He is 4 years old. He is potty trained. He barks at me when he needs to go out. It is amazing! He had an ear infection when we got him. But, we had that taken care of. He also needed to be groomed. Had that taken care of

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Medicare Part D.....how is works

I am learning how Medicare Part D works. I want to share what I have learned so far. My new job is processing part D prior authorizations. This means...quantity limits, non-formulary and tiering and priorauthorizations. Every insurance plan has drugs that they cover and quantities that they allow. Only members or their physicians can request a determination. If you have a power of attorney on file then you can do this for your loved one. I do believe that members can augment their care b

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Still awake at 3AM.....What is up????

William is still up at 3AM. He cannot sleep. And I am tired. But, I explain that if he is going to sleep all day....he cannot expect to sleep at night.   He asks for a sleeping tablet. I give him a 5mg Ambien. It doesn't work. And hour or 2 later he finally goes to sleep. I am fast asleep before that time. He agrees that he cannot go to sleep that early.   Every since 9PM...he was in bed trying to sleep. But, he need to try to pee every 30 minutes. I finally ask. What is up with

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3:30Am and up and ready to go....

William is up and says that he feels like he would like to throw up. I decide that it will be best to sit up rather than lie down. So I assist him to the recliner. He feels much better. I get him him into Netflix. He was watching FDR last night and wanted to continue with Truman. I convinced him continue in the morning. I had no idea that we would want to watch it at 3:30AM. Who knows....??? He is really into history programs. He had me watching Dolly Madison last night.   He is watc

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Ninetendo Wii.......finally

I had been thinking of the Wii for over 3 years. I finally decided that William is ready for me to tackle a new therapy for him. The hard part for me was getting it attached to the TV. This was difficult because I have direct TV and they have a DVR box that is utilizing the plugs that the wii needs. I called the help desk at direct tv and was told that I just had to unplug the TV and direct TV box and then attach the wii to the TV. That doesn't sound like this is the best way to go. If

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First day of my new job.....training.

Well, you know, the anxiety of a new job. I am just so glad that I did settle on this job. The drive is really not that bad. 35 minutes in off peak time.   Today was our 1st day of training. Not much happened. We waited for an hour for somebody to get off the phone. Then we stayed an extra 2 hours for a little orientation. and got some handouts.   It appears that the class before us is having computer problems. So that is putting us a little back. No class tomorrow. We start on Wed

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Drug Test....

I signed the paperwork and accepted the call center job. I did not get the offer for the off site position. So my gut feeling was right.   I had to take a drug test today. I was not thinking. I went there after the gym and I was dehydrated. I could not pee ...50mls. So I had to wait in the the lobby and drink water for an hour. Finally, I was able to pee alot.   But, I was frozen. It was cold in the room and I was drinkings cups and cups of cold water.   Fortunately, I had brough

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Decisions,,,,decisions..... I need to decide....

Well, I put off the job offer that I have. waiting to hear back on another one. I think that I will just go for the one that I do have.   I have to be practical. It is a bad job market. I am fortunate to have gotten an offer so soon.   I checked out the distance to either job. 23 miles. that is 30 minutes if I drive to either job. So I think that I will take the one that I have. I was called today, He wanted to make sure that I did not pass up this offer. I will think about it toni

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second interview

I cannot believe how hiring has changed. Now all applications are on line. I had one telephone interview. today I had an inperson interview. It was carried out by 3 supervisors questioning me. I will be notified next week. they are conducting interviews this week. This is the first time in my career that I have every had such an extensive interview. There has been such a shortage of pharmacist that I had always been interviewed and then immediately hired. Today there is no shortage an

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another job offer.....

I kept thinking about the job that I was going to accept. I just did not feel perfectly comfortable with it. My bus ride to work would have been on the bus for 3 hours to and from. that means that my day would be 12 hours long. 8 hours plus lunch and 3 hours of commute. that was too much.   Fortunately, I had another job interview today and this job is only 30 minutes away. The hours are 3:30 to midnight. But, that means that I can still do all of my exercise stuff with William. He w

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I had a job interview today....I may not retire...

I had a job interview today. it is a different position. This is at a call center. I will be learning all about medicare part D insurance and drug reviews. This job will be full time and with so little stress. The only problem is the distance. It is a 40 minute drive during off peak hours. but, I do have the option of the park and ride and taking the express bus. I get a month of training. I like the idea of something different. I will literally have an 8 to 5 job and at a desk. Not

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Still adjusting to life as a full time caregiver....

It is such an adjustment. I am still grieving the loss of my job. Even though it was for the best. That was the worst job that I have ever had. But, it is still a loss that I must grieve over.   William absolutely loves having me around.   Today, I got William to the pool early. 8:30AM. we got out in time to make it to bible study at 10:30AM. Perfect timing. this lasted until 12:30.   I got William home and managed to give him a sandwich before he had a nap.   I decided to g

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No work. What a change.

Sunday was actually my first official day of retirement. We went to church and had a nice quiet day. William was tired after church and had a rest. I went to the gym and worked on weights. I have not done that in months. One of my new goals. Work on myself. Boy, were my muscles tired after that workout.   Monday, I told Wiilliam that we had to get alot of stuff done. So. off to the pool we went early in the am. I needed to have the oil changed after that. Then I stopped by my job and

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I quit dramatically. I walked out.

I want to thank you for all of your support. I did think it over. I took the evening and slept on it. I had decided that i would quit on Monday.   But, my partner, the new guy came in Saturday to help with the order. I contronted him and told him that I needed to talk with him. I told him that if he had a problem with me...He is supposed to talk with me. Hewas embarressed and wanted to talk in a different location. When we get to the back. He says "How dare you talk to me like that in

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