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08:59 pm: Management Responds
A day late, but I suppose it will help the others. Shiva came dashing into the bedroom for comfort this morning because there were strange sounds outside. I put on glasses and came out to peek from the shades and the shoveling guys were breaking up the ice on the rest of my handicapped spot, the one next to it, and the striped area and curbcut, and then putting ice melt down. Later during the morning, they broke up the ice on the sidewalks on our side of the parking lot (and the others in the same orientation) and put ice melt down. Shiva needed lots of cuddles, so when he relaxed, I slept an extra 90 minutes. When I got up and opened the shades, I found that we now have truly ugly building letter signs on our buildings. I'm not sure what use these are for, since people generally know their address and if you know the pattern, that tells you what building.

I took a letter to the post office to mail and then went to a new local restaurant, Longhorn Steakhouse. I'm sure it's a chain; we just haven't had it here before. The inside is very western with cowboy music and the paintings were truly awful. Considering that places like this usually get their stuff from the same place, you'd think some would be better. The one I was facing had clearly been done with the idea that darkness shows depth, but instead, it all looked like it was one level. I had the French Onion soup, which wasn't as salty as usual. I commented on that and the server said it's because the croutons don't have MSG in them. But that's not why French Onion soup is salty -- it's salty because of the broth. Then I had the black and blue burger, which is a blackened burger with bleu cheese on top. Plus lots of hamburger veggies and the lettuce was shredded, which makes it a bit harder to hold. Neither were outstanding, but I'd be willing to try it again.

My labs came back and four of the five labs the neurologist ordered are things I have routinely with my standing orders, from two doctors already (Kaiser hasn't bought lab software yet that will notify multiple doctors of a single test, so every doctor orders their own so they're notified*), but the fifth was the depakote level. I was under the effective range, and the neuro's nurse called. She said since I hadn't had any problems in this week, the doctor would probably want to stay there. I told her that I don't have these neuro events on a schedule, but that I would let them know about the next one.

Then later when I was making up the new lab list (so the lab techs will pull the right stuff), I realized that I'm two weeks off the standing order rotation. I emailed the neurologist to ask if I could have the next set of her labs either in two weeks (with the standing order) or in six weeks (the alternate month, because she wants them every month) because that would be easier for me and for the lab. We'll see what she says.

*It's always interesting to compare two sets of results that were taken from the same tube/bottle because they're frequently not that close. That tells you just how accurate lab tests are.

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Date:January 31st, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what use these are for, since people generally know their address and if you know the pattern, that tells you what building

I suppose it helps with emergency services and such.
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Date:January 31st, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
I don't see how. The building numbers were given by the builder but aren't used publicly or legally. I'll say "Hey, did you see the west end of Building I has lost some siding again?" and expect management to know what I'm talking about, but I'd have to say which was Building I, and probably what direction west is, for the owner/renters to know. Emergency services will be looking for addresses, too.
Date:January 31st, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)


Hi Marilee. You are absolutely correct that Longhorn is a chain restaurant. Please do give them another chance. They have several things on their menu that really are great. I'm a big fan of their sirloin steak. It is very tender and flavorful. My husband recently had tenderloin and a lobster tail and he said that both were good. The bread that they serve with their meals is delicious and their firecracker shrimp appetizer is great and enough for a meal with a salad on the side.
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Date:January 31st, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Longhorn

I'm glad to have some suggestions! Don't be afraid to sign your name. :)

I'd already thought that it might be an option for the subset of the bookgroup that eats out afterwards. It's very close to the Parkway, which is taken by the folks who live at the other end of the county.
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Date:February 4th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Medical Reports

Kaiser is all online now and they change lab software way too often (so I have to email doctors with the list of tests they need to put back on standing orders) and so far, they haven't had software that will notify multiple doctors of a single test. I suspect that most people don't have 23 labs in a standing order and the software doesn't account for us.

I've tried to get the doctors to agree to me emailing the ones that don't get the results to tell them to look at them on my chart, but they want to be notified officially.

It's their choice, I'm just trying to save Kaiser a little money. There's only the one draw for all of it; they just process the test for each doctor.

I don't get x-rays on a regular basis, but when I have, I've only had one doctor want them.
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