A cast saw in common use today

The use of the buzzsaw in orthopedics

Gazing at the cast cutter as a child, I saw an ominous thing that looked like it was going to eat me alive. Guess what? It did! The cast cutter (possibly a buzz saw in a former life) cut my cast off all right; it also cut my skin. It was a tiny cut, but my […]

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Whoa! It hurts when I breathe.

You’ve been in bed with the flu and when you woke this morning, your chest hurt when you breathed in (inhaled). It more than hurt, it was painful! Like a catch, a sudden severe cramp when you inhaled. But what kind of pain? Pressure? Dull ache? Sharp pain? The doctor will want to know so […]

Be still, my Heart!

On an average, our heart beats @ 80 times/minute. Assuming an 80-year lifespan, your heart could beat 3,363,840,000 times (TRILLION) in 80 years! When you think about it, the average exercise work-out might be 30 minutes; imagine the 80-year heart workout! I tire just thinking of it. We ask a lot of our hearts, and faithfully […]

Ostenecrosis/Avascular Necrosis

What is osteonecrosis? What is avascular necrosis? One and the same. Osteonecrosis or avascular necrosis is a rare and often very painful condition but before I explain it, I’ll explain the names. Quite simply it is a combination of two words: osteo: bone, necrosis: dead. ‘Dead bone’: OR avascular: without blood, necrosis: dead bone: Bone […]

‘Captain America’!

Rather than having nurses teach about healthcare on this day AFTER  the anniversary of our independence was declared, I’ll honor our own, ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA.’ This veteran, this man, his family, sacrificed for us. His life was inexorably changed. Yes, this veteran, Tim, is a soldier, he’s a true veteran whose life was almost taken in […]

How I celebrated…

No, I wasn’t amongst the throngs of people present to watch any of many fireworks display, rather, I enjoyed celebrating our Independence Day. Normally, I’d be there, ready for the concert and fireworks, but this year was a bit different. Several days ago, I fell, broke the fall with my hands (not the smartest thing […]

Nurses Need Care, Too

When my leg gave way, the natural reflex kicked in: I held out my hands to break the fall and my wrists took the brunt. OUCH, big ‘owie! ‘ Much to my dismay, I’ll be in the cast for @ 10 weeks, but, I manage with the ‘pick and peck’ method of typing. Slow, slower, […]

What is cancer?

Whoa, just the mention of the word, cancer, is cause for pause and is something most of us would rather avoid. But, like it or not, it’s part of our world. Who, among us hasn’t known someone with cancer, are related to someone with cancer or sadly, known someone who may have succumbed to the […]

Welcome and kudos; Just a Nurse?

Today, we give a shout out, to Baby Nurse, who, apparently is beginning in the challenging world of nursing school, and starting a blog about her nursing school experiences and endeavors. Nursing is a highly gratifying field for a scientifically-minded and empathic male or female.  I toot my own horn, and the horns of all nurses […]

Ladies: Press on Nails?

First, my dreams of becoming a hand model saw completion today! Lately, pressed nails with gel adhesive are gaining popularity because of their simplicity and price. In fact, instead of posting earlier today, I was busy putting on my own! Easy and fun. They even make french tipped and glittered! However, I foresee possible problems. […]