an amp of epi, stat!
i have to attend an ACLS course today and tomorrow. ACLS stands for advanced cardiovascular life support, and i’ve actually never taken it. instead, i am PALS-certified, which is pediatric advanced life support. a friendlier acronym (what do you expect? it’s PEDS!), and a whole different set of algorithms.
so how much exactly is in “an amp”? i have no idea.
because pediatric patients vary so much in size, we never get to ask for ‘an amp’ of anything. it’s always “0.1 mg/kg” or something like that. kids are also different in that their hearts are better, so their problems are very rarely of cardiac origin. even if a 3-year old’s heart is stopped, it’s usually because of something else, such as respiratory arrest. adults, however, are all moldy and crusted over with atherosclerosis and vascular disease, so you can’t trust their hearts worth a dime. personally, i’d rather not have to deal with them at all, but i suppose ACLS could be useful if someone goes down on a plane or something.
up-sides to ACLS training
• could be interesting
• get to sit on my butt and play the student role
• i get to wear jeans to work
• we’ll be done at 4:30 pm both days
down-sides to ACLS training
• it starts at 7:45 which means i didn’t get to run this morning
• and the high is 88
• so going in the afternoon is going to be ugly
• will probably be boring
• i don’t really like sitting down on my butt all day
oh well. it will be worth it if i ever find myself needing to use it someday!
we went to lantern in chapel hill last night to celebrate a friend’s birthday. while the meal was fantastic (lantern is among my top 3 favorite restaurants in the area, if not my favorite), we’ve been eating out a lot lately. even though i love trying new restaurants and gourmet food, i have a low threshold for getting tired of it. usually after 2-3 decadent meals within a short timespan i will declare that i am restauranted out.
part of the problem is that i almost never leave a restaurant feeling just satisfied — i’m always super-full! even when the quantity of food doesn’t seem like it’s that much, i think the amount of oil/fats used in preparation must be much, MUCH higher than when i cook at home, because i don’t have another good explanation for this phenomenon. i know that last night’s meal must have been quite sodium-heavy as well, because i kept chugging water throughout the meal and upon returning home.
obviously, i can’t just blame the restaurants — no one forced me to order the banana ice cream with salted peanuts and caramel to share with josh (and honestly, that particular confection was 100% worth the pain and discomfort that followed). but i’d love to be able to enjoy the restaurant experience without feeling borderline-ill afterwards. this gets particularly important when on vacation, because we are likely to be eating out multiple nights in a row.
tips, suggestions, your experiences? either way, i’m looking forward to enjoying my own home-cooked healthy fare for the next few days at least.
workout: 40 minutes cycling (levels 4-5 — 14.7 ‘miles’ on the stationary bike) + level 3 30-day shred. finally!
reading: arghgh. none.
and for full disclosure: i bit one nail yesterday. !!! but at least i realized it before i moved on to other fingers!