Tis’ the Season to OD

The holiday season, a socially pre-programmed time of joy, seems to leave a rash of suicidal thoughts in its wake. Whether it’s the culminating lack of vitamin D, the financial crunch of overspending, overwhelming loneliness while being beaten repeatedly with fun-loving family commercials, etc, etc- most health care providers can attest to receiving patients with…

IV Initiation

A few years ago when I was doing my EMR course in Calgary, we had the pleasure of watching the EMT students begin their in-class IV practical sessions. This was the day I discovered you can start IVs in a person’s foot. It was also the day I decided I would NEVER let someone put…

Vaccinate My A$$

1 Ok so I know I said my next blog would be about type 1 diabetes- it turns out I lied.  But I have to get something off my chest. Like, right this second. I subscribe to a lot of medical social feeds and almost every week the vaccination debate is tossed around. Which, in…

Miley’s Differential…

Saw this post on https://www.facebook.com/ernurses and found it incredibly hilarious. I have nothing against Miley, just appreciate a good medical joke. But to be honest, I had to google “Tardive Dyskinesia” before I started laughing. So let me help you out. What it is… Tardive: delayed Dyskinesia: abnormal movements Tardive dyskinesias (TDs) are involuntary movements of the…

Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

Ran into Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome during a call the other day (also known as WPW or pre-excitation syndrome in the medical field). I remember hearing about it briefly in class, but not much more than it has a really cool name. It is a relatively rare syndrome, but tricky in that the patient can range from…

My Personal Parkinson’s Week

Parkinson’s has received a lot of media attention in the last few years. Michael J Fox’s diagnosis has hugely brought the disease into limelight. Perhaps Eminem’s lyrics in Won’t Back Down subsequently come to mind, “Girl, shake that ass like a Donkey with Parkinson’s. Make like Michael J Fox in the drawers playin’ with an…

Magic Mushroom Mantra

Street Drug Review:  What are Magic Mushrooms? Psilocybin is a hallucinogen and the principal psychoactive, or “mind-altering,” component of a certain species of mushrooms known as “magic mushrooms.” “Magic mushrooms” may be sold on the street as dried whole mushrooms, or as a brown powdered material. Psilocybin can also be made in illegal labs and sold on…