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  1. eagleynne

    What do you serve soup in?

    I have a couple of differently sized enameled cast iron dutch ovens that work very well for both cooking soup and look good enough for serving it.
  2. eagleynne

    elder care and physical condition?

    I agree with a PP who suggested testing for infection. UTIs can have a variety of presentations in the elderly that don't happen in younger people. If she hasn't been eating adequately for awhile she could have nutritional deficiencies that are contributing as well, have you all tried getting her to drink something like Boost or Ensure a couple of times each day? However, she could just be really old. My grandmother just turned 90, and she does have moments of confusion and suspicious thinking, though not to the extent you are describing. I would want her checked for infection and seen by a neuro guy who works with the elderly a lot.
  3. eagleynne

    Dr Hive, alcohol abuse, mental problems

    It could also be attributable to elevated ammonia levels in his blood caused by liver dysfunction. My aunt had this, when it was at its worst she couldn't recognize anyone in the family and made absolutely no sense. Other times it was almost like she was drinking again, she had that not quite in the here-and-now thing going on.
  4. I generally don't carry a purse, but when I do I like the crossbody ones Baggallini sells. They come in lots of different sizes and configurations, and some are made in such a way that you wouldn't ever have to take it off, even when sitting or driving. Maybe something like that would work.
  5. eagleynne

    Comparing nursing programs

    Another thing to consider is where she would like to work after graduation. The best way to get a job in the hospital of choice post graduation is to get a job there as a student nurse while still in school. And the best way to get a student nursing job is to have done clinicals in that hospital, because they function as an extended job interview. So if your daughter has her heart set on working in a specific city or hospital look for a school that offers a BSN, has good NCLEX pass rates, and has clinicals in a hospital or area she might want to work in post graduation. Another thing, not all clinicals are created equal. Some schools never send their students to a full-day clinical. Some don't let the students actually do much but observe and pass water. Others provide a much better experience, especially teaching hospitals. Our local nursing school doesn't do a full-day clinical until the last semester of senior year. The rest of the time students only go in for half a shift, and then they aren't actually allowed to do much, because they have to have their clinical instructor present for any procedures they perform. So a class of 20 will come with 1 clinical instructor for 6 hours twice a week, you can guess how that goes. I've worked with some new grads who didn't know how to do basic things, like start an IV, put in a catheter, etc. All they had been allowed to do was observe because they could never get the clinical instructor's attention when the chance to try a procedure occurred.
  6. It's averaging $2.05 here in southwestern Indiana. Lowest around here is Sam's Club at $1.95, highest is the small Mom and Pop shop at $2.17.
  7. eagleynne

    Why do my cupcakes always burn?

    Typically when an electric oven is on the "bake" setting the bottom element does around 90% of the heating, the top element only comes on for the other 10%. I would guess that the cupcakes that are burning are the ones nearest the bottom element. I was always told not to open the oven for the first 20 min. of a cakes bake time to ensure that it rises the way its supposed to. Since that's most of a cupcakes bake time I would just bake one tray at a time on the center rack, unless you can fit both on the center rack at once.
  8. eagleynne

    Why do my cupcakes always burn?

    Do you have an electric oven that heats from the top, or a gas one that heats from the bottom up? If it's heating from the bottom up maybe moving the rack higher in the oven would help. You say that not all of them burn the same amount, could the pan itself have a problem? What happens if you use a different pan?
  9. Would something like these work? There are several different color pack options. They've got 4.5 stars on Amazon.
  10. What temperature did you bake them at? And for how long?
  11. Well, there is the ACR (albumin to Creatinine Ratio), aka a urinalysis, which is an urine test that looks for the protein albumin in the urine. Having albumin in the urine can be a sign that the kidneys aren't filtering properly. There is the Creatinine blood test which measures the amount of creatinine in the blood. Creatinine comes from the muscles and is filtered out of the blood by the kidneys. An elevated creatinine shows that the kidneys aren't working well enough. The creatinine value is often used in a math formula to come up with the GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate) which tells the doctor how well the kidneys are working overall. Those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head, but really, unless your numbers are really high I wouldn't get too worked up over one set of lab tests. I would make sure to point them out to the cardiologist because the kidneys can effect the heart and vice versa.
  12. A high bicarbonate indicates that your blood is too alkaline. Bicarb is a form of CO2 that is produced in your body as part of its normal operation. Typically most of the bicarb produced is exhaled out through the lungs during expiration, while the rest is removed by the kidneys. A high bicarb level can indicate that some type of COPD lung issue present, or that the kidneys aren't working quite right. The Blood Urea Nitrogen test looks at how much nitrogen from the waste product urea is in your blood. A high BUN can indicate that the kidneys aren't working properly. But, and this is a big but, both of these tests are very sensitive to being dehydrated. So while it can show that there may be a kidney issue (among other things) you'd need repeat labs done under better controlled circumstances to be sure it wasn't just dehydration at the time of testing. Additionally, some medications can cause these values to be off as well. Loop diuretics, for example, can make the bicarb too high. The RDW-CV test measures the size variability of the red blood cells. A high number is typically seen with anemia. You'd need the actual numbers plus the MCV (mean corpuscular volume) number to make much sense of it though. Again, this is a test that can be affected to some extent by dehydration, though not a much as the other two. Unless your values were really high I wouldn't worry about it too much. I hope this helps a little. I know how frustrating/frightening heart issues can be, but hopefully you'll be able to see a cardiologist soon who will shed some light on things.
  13. Yes, 9000 is a lot. Like, a lot a lot. You absolutely need further testing to try to figure out what is causing this, you should push to get into a cardiologist asap. Did your PCP do any blood chemistry testing? If so, what were you're electrolytes like? PVCs can be caused by wonky electrolytes, and if that's the cause it can be a relatively easy fix. If it's not it would be good to know that before seeing a cardiologist. If it's going to be a long wait to get into a cardiologist I would recommend going on whatever meds you PCP recommends.
  14. eagleynne

    Has anyone ever given up their Amazon Prime subscription?

    I had prime student, but when it was time to renew it I would have had to upgrade to prime regular. It just wasn't worth it for me. We refuse to pay for the internet speed you'd need to stream much, we don't watch much tv (and when we do it's over-the-air), and when we want a movie we just buy it on dvd. Plus, when I went back and looked at how much I had actually bought it wasn't enough to bother with keeping it.
  15. eagleynne

    Choosing a mattress size for 10 year old?

    Well, I'm 5' 10" and I sleep just fine in a regular length full size bed. Assuming he isn't going to be sharing with anyone/thing that is also the size of an adult human I shouldn't think you'd need an XL full bed. If it were me I'd probably go with a regular full size and get some new bedding, and maybe a waterproof fitted mattress cover for peace of mind. With a full he should have room for himself (curled or straight) and a largish furry friend. Most mattresses I've seen that were subjected to normal wear lasted 6-10 years. Just don't get a really cheap one. And don't get a euro top, you can't flip them and as soon as the pillow top gets mashed down they're hard and lumpy.
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