Sometimes you run into something interesting…

The opening act for the Big Bad VooDoo Daddy:
An electric Ukulele and a very passionate artist.

All dievca could think after his set was that he needed put his hands in an ice bucket from the assertive movements…(note: dievca couldn’t add her little clips on WordPress)

A second Gem – the Venue:

Sony Hall is located in a space that is one of New York’s most celebrated historic venues, previously known as The Diamond Horseshoe. Established in 1938 by theatrical showman and impresario Billy Rose, the Diamond Horseshoe was known for its lavish dinner theaters, vaudeville-style reviews, and chorus of showgirls known as “Billy Rose’s long-stemmed beauties.” The venue is widely recognized as giving Gene Kelly his start and was celebrated in the 1945 feature film “Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe” starring Betty Grable. “Queen of the Night,” the theater show that became one of the longest running shows in Off-Broadway history, was the space’s most recent occupant. Blue Note and Sony have preserved much of the classic look and feel of the venue with select renovations. ~their website

More info from W Magazine, click HERE

And Big Bad VooDoo Daddy? Excellent as ever!


More ways than one~

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Understanding Hospice

dievca’s Dad will receive Hospice Care – a UTI, a round with Pneumonia and having trouble getting all the nutrients put him into the suggested category. But the true determinate is Dad’s not trying. dievca gets it – he’s tired.

The only problem is that dievca had a two-week timeframe in her mind for death. Her past experiences with “Hospice” were a quick end. Her good friend didn’t make it home the day she was to leave the hospital for Hospice and her Aunt died the 1st night back at home.

she was incorrect.

Hospice Care is a shifting of focus:

Healing and getting someone up and running.
vs.
Helping someone be comfortable if they cannot handle (or don’t want to handle) the push to recover from all ailments.

To qualify for Hospice assistance, the person needs to be seen as passing within 6 months. There are target criteria for various health issues.

That doesn’t mean that they cannot have care beyond 6 months and that doesn’t mean that if they feel better they cannot move into a recovery mode. It just means that they take care of issues with Nurses at home, rather than staying in a hospital or rehab program. No one insisting on Speech therapy, an MRI or a prescription of statins, etc.

dievca’s Dad is tired of hospitals and has gone through 6 recoveries. He’s not feeling the juice of Life, right now. Again, got it.

Dad has been living with a non-reparable hole in his heart for years. Amazing.

Look, she knows he may go tomorrow, but she’s seen him bounce back.
To be honest, she’s getting a bit tired, too. Dad and Mom’s health is a rollercoaster ride.

What Is Palliative Care?

This program aims to ease pain and help with other problems if your illness is serious but not considered to be life-threatening for now.

It helps people live with the symptoms of long-running things such as cancer, kidney disease or AIDS, or with the side effects of the treatments.

Palliative medicine doesn’t replace other treatments. It’s an addition that helps you and your family deal with things such as nausea, nerve pain, or shortness of breath.

What Is Hospice Care?

Sometimes called, “Comfort Care”. This is for people who have learned from doctors that they are not expected to recover from their condition. It’s about easing pain and helping families prepare for the end of life. Palliative care is part of that, but it’s just one part.

People in hospice care generally are expected to have less than 6 months to live. They’re often at home, where family members and professional caregivers look after them. But you could also choose a specialized center for hospice care. It’s also offered at many nursing homes and hospitals.

Every Medicare-certified hospice provider must provide these four levels of care:
  • Level 1: Routine Home Care.
      • Nursing services
      • Physician participation
      • Social services
      • Home health aide services
      • Counseling services (pastoral, spiritual, bereavement, dietary, and others)
      • Medications
      • Medical equipment
      • Medical supplies
      • Lab and diagnostic studies related to a terminal diagnosis
      • Therapy services
  • Level 2: Continuous Home Care.
      • Some examples of symptoms requiring continuous care would be:
        • Unrelieved pain
        • Severe nausea and vomiting
        • Severe shortness of breath
        • Anxiety or panic attacks
        • A breakdown in the primary caregiver support system
  • Level 3: General Inpatient Care.
      • A free-standing facility owned and operated by a hospice company
      • An inpatient hospice unit within a hospital
      • A hospice unit in a skilled nursing facility (nursing home)
  • Level 4: Respite Care.
      • Respite care services are more for the family than for the patient. If the patient does not meet the criteria to qualify them for continuous care or inpatient care, but the family is having a difficult time
      • If a patient’s family is the primary source of care and cannot meet their loved one’s needs due to caregiver stress or other extenuating circumstances, a patient may temporarily be admitted to an inpatient environment to give the family a needed break or respite.
      • There is a five-day limit on respite care. Once that period expires, the patient is discharged and returns home.

dievca’s Parents have assistance at home. That hasn’t changed.  dievca’s Dad will have a Nurse visit three times a week in addition to the caregiver’s help and will be keeping the urinary catheter from the UTI unless he starts to stand up effectively or the Nurse says it needs to be taken out. That is a battle that dievca is glad she is not involved with~

OK, she needs to make a “Mix Tape” for her Parents.  They haven’t had enough music in their life lately. Thanks for letting her hash it out.

XO

A "Thank you" to WebMD and VeryWellHeath.

Winter Pidgeon Pose

Photo: Zoltan Glass

Yoga fiends have their morning “sun salutation”.
dievca has her morning “back resetting” flow
which includes the pigeon pose.
(sometimes in the nude)

How does one’s a** get so tight while sleeping?
An absolute mystery.


Spice it up! (Something of Use)

NYC living is small – even with a lot of money.  There just isn’t enough space to sprawl.

You end up dreading gifts from people who live with a garage. They may give you items for your Home. They don’t realize you are constantly looking for ways to reduce the size of your item use footprint.

Back in the day (when she had a garage) dievca owned an Old Thompson Spice Caddy :

Olde Thomspon Spice Caddy 20 spices. After 25 years – still available on Amazon! (click photo)

dievca came to NYC with this spice rack channeling the laboratory look:

It still took up space on a countertop.

When Fab.com was going gangbusters with unique items, dievca found this spice rack with magnets to attach to her refrigerator.  It offers more spices and takes up the least amount of space in her small NYC kitchen. Plus it’s cool to look at and the magnets are amazingly strong.

Gneiss Spice System:

The smaller jar set and larger jar set are both available at Amazon ($130 and $220 respectively) dievca has the smaller sized set – remember, she is NOT a chef… click HERE to purchase the smaller sized set.

If you were wondering what happened to Fab.com (an eCommerce explosion which had a blowout) — The site is now a Health and Lifestyle hub selling items to assist you in your wellness quest. There is a link above. 


Inexpensive Symbolism

14K over sterling silver and brass, on sale $29.99 24″ chain, working lock (click the photo)

A Lock in BDSM:

  • a tool used in bondage
  • a symbol of a relationship between Dominant and submissive
  • a subtle message of being owned

 


Espresso – Sir/Madam?