Thursday, September 20, 2007

Anaphylaxis fun

Last Wednesday I went for allergy testing at St. Mikes.
For those of you who know me well, I have spent 7 weeks preparing for this event by mainly eating air. Actually air and a lot of chicken, fish, and green vegetables. But mainly air.
So I get to the 4th floor for my test, they get me to fill out lots of forms and then they begin to put the 100 allergens on my back. Now, this is a much easier procedure than I had imagined. The allergens are already on pieces of tape, they just stick them to me and then adhere them firmly.
Almost immediatly as they began to put them on I felt light headed. When she was finished I immediatly sat down, the room was spinning, I was feeling sick and light headed. The RN was very concerned. Apparently I passed out, I don't remember this happening but they told me I did.
I was wheeled down to emergency.
I was admitted almost immediatly which made me begin to panic.
Up until this point I was amused and embarassed by the hospital's reaction. Amused because I thought they were over reacting, and embarassed because they put me in a wheelchair to get me to emerg and all these Doctors were looking at me like I was an outbreak waiting to happen.
My nurse in Emergency was nice. The Doctors were all very nice.
They asked me the same questions over and over, which annoyed me a little.
Finally their conclusion was that it was an A typical reaction to the allergens. They gave me some meds, kept an eye on me and then let me go home.
It was not until almost 24 hours later that I realized that I had had anaphylactic schock.
How odd is that?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Dead Cows are Funny!

First-year students at Texas A&M Vet School were receiving their first
Anatomy class, with a real dead cow. They all gathered around the surgery
table with the body covered with a white sheet. The professor started the
class by telling them, "In vet medicine it is necessary to have two
important qualities as a doctor:

The first is that you not be disgusted by anything involving the animal's
body. For an example, the Professor pulled back the sheet, stuck his finger
in the butt of the dead cow, withdrew it and stuck it in his mouth. "Go
ahead and do the same thing," he told his students.

The students freaked out, hesitated for several minutes. But eventually took
turns sticking a finger in the anal opening of the dead cow and sucking on
It. When everyone finished, the Professor looked at them and told them "The
second most important quality is observation. I stuck in my middle finger
and sucked on my index finger. Now learn to pay attention !

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Super Impressive Display

So this the first display I have done at Rexdale for my Baby and Pre=school programs and I am really very proud of it. Marketing has asked for photos of it - so I hope that is a good thing.