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Friday Fiver - Code Blue

weather: rainy
outside: 11°C
mood: okay
Firstly, assholes suck. That is all.


1. Have you ever been to the emergency room?

I've only been in the ER a few times in my life.

The first time was at age 3 for a dislocated elbow from the Drag-The-Sled-Up-The-Mountain game with family friends' kids. The carpetted flight of stairs was the mountain.

Guess who was the sled. X}

2. What's the worst pain you've ever had?

By far, the worst pain I've had was an emotional pain. Hopelessness and helplessness is blunt, widespread, nowhere and everywhere at the same time. It comes from inside and there's nothing anyone can do about it. The resolution has to come from within.

I might be one of those rare people who don't feel any better to know that I'm not alone. It doesn't resolve my issue and I derive no comfort in knowing that other people are in the same boat. In fact, why would anyone feel better to know that other people are hurting too?

3. If you could choose your doctor, do you prefer someone of the same or opposite sex?

Whoever listens to me and lets me ask questions. Whoever spells keywords for me to Google for.

4. Do you take vitamins?

No. Humans were never meant to take vitamins and supplements that are not in the form of food.

If I wanted Vitamin C, I'll have an organic orange. It may be mostly Vitamin C, but there are hundreds of other nutrients that we haven't isolated, haven't named, don't know anything about and don't yet understand how they're supposed to all work together.

5. Would you prefer to go to the doctor, the dentist or go sky diving?

I prefer going to the dentist.

Ray Fong at the Fairview Dental Centre is the coolest dentist alive. He'll always prefer to preserve your original teeth and only remove or extract if there's no other alternative. I had badly affected teeth from penicillin and tetracycline treatments at 13 and 15 months, I wouldn't have lived otherwise.

Ray gave me the ability to smile freely. And you'd be amazed at how immense something that simple can actually be.


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Oct. 8th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
Ah, good to know... it looked a little strange to see your flesh turn white like that after putting peroxide on it, but... oh well. =} We've always used rubbing alcohol at my parents' house.
Oct. 8th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
All antiseptics and disinfectants damage healthy tissue.

What I remember is that peroxide is for punctures, avulsions, and other deep, small surface area cuts that are "self-sealing". The type of bacteria that infect these are anaerobic, and hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen (2 H3O => 2 H2O + O2) and kills the anaerobic bacteria.

Alcohol is for scrapes and shallow cuts that have large surface area for their depth; because of surface tension, it does not penetrate as well down into the depths of deeper cuts.
Oct. 12th, 2005 07:01 am (UTC)
Listens, lets you ask questions, and gives you keywords so you can google them and then come back and yell "But I found an article online that says..."

Heehee. I'll keep that in mind. =)

Can you believe they're already having us see patients? Granted, we're only taking patient histories, but this is like asking me to ship off with a Marine Expeditionary Unit after playing Nerf war with my brother. o_0* Thank goodness for watchful attendings. =)

Oct. 12th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
Ha, I'm sure you'll do fine. =)

I was getting an electromyocardiogram done and my Neurologist had an intern with him. He asked me very different and interesting questions than my Neurologist. =)
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