Saturday, February 17, 2007

Great Interview on Colbert Report....

Colbert is great at what he does. The guy who wrote the book claims liberals are the root cause of 9/11. It amazes me that someone can actually maintain a position like that. He is probably right though. I bet liberals are the cause of 9/11, and terrorism everywhere. Liberals are probably the cause of starvation in Africa, Global Warming and the recent death of any of your pets.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Nature of Things

Exhibit A
You can see here in Exhibit A a beagle forced to wear a christmas sweater and pose in front of the Christmas Tree. Despite her photogenicity, the fact is she is a beagle. This means she would much rather be outside rolling in something dead or chasing rabbits.

Exhibit B Revenge

Monday, February 05, 2007


With this cold spell, I have had a lot of questions and visits to the ER with Frostbite and hypothermia.

Hypothermia occurs when a person’s core body temperature decreases to below 35°C/95°F. The onset can be subtle and creep up on the person. Hypothermia can occur in temperatures below or above freezing.
As tissues cool, their cells do not work properly: The brain and nerves work more slowly, muscles contract with more difficulty and may cramp more easily, and the heart becomes prone to fatal dysrythmias, (irregular beats).

As the core temperature drops, the body diverts warm blood into the core of the body (the trunk), allowing the arms and legs to become even colder. If the extremity tissue temperatures fall below 15°C (59°F), frostnip begins and can lead to frostbite. Drinking alcohol increases a person’s chances of developing hypothermia.

You can see the distinction between frostbite and hypothermia. You can stick your finger in a vat of liquid nitrogen, get frostbite but still not be hypothermic. Hypothermia refers to your CORE temp. (Best taken rectally, just as Tony prefers.)

For most cases of mild hypothermia, you can just use Passive External Rewarming. This is basically removing wet and cold clothes, getting warm blankets and sitting in a warm room. For more severe cases, you use Active External Rewarming, with warm IV fluids and warm water immersion. (You have to be careful about rewarming the extremities too fast in warm water, as the colder blood that is in the extremities can rush to the core and cause what is called Core Afterdrop. This is basically sending a bunch of really cold blood to the heart really fast and risking a fatal heart rhythm. In general, bad.) Finally, for extreme cases of hypothermia, (<30 C) you can use Active Core Rewarming, where you can put patients on cardiopulmonary bypass, stick tubes into their chest and abdomen and flush warmed saline in and out to warm the core. Gentle handling of severe hypothermia is warranted, as just bumping them the wrong way can send them into a deadly rhythm.

There is also a saying regarding hypothermia that no one is dead until they are WARM and DEAD. This basically means when someone comes in dead, like from an icy pond, you keep working on them until their body temperature is in the normal range, as patients have come back from brief periods of death in severely cold environments. Now get out there and enjoy the cold.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

El Chupacabra? In Thailand?

El Chupacabra?
El Chupacabra - Means "the goat sucker" in Spanish.

Named because of the way it sucked all the blood from Puerto Rican goats, the Chupacabra has been leaving fear in its tracks for many years now.

First spotted in Puerto Rico, the Chupacabra has since migrated off the island and has recently been spotted in many locations including South America as well as the US. Although it was named because of its choice of goat-blood as a meal, the Chupacabra has reportedly attacked and devoured the blood of a wide variety of animals including dogs and sheep.

Due to the distinct technique the strange animal has of killing its prey, it is very easy to tell if the Chupacabra was involved in an animals death. Animals are found with puncture wounds in their neck and most of their blood removed. Often, the victim's organs have disappeared even though the only wound is a small hole in the animal's neck. Reports of laser-like cuts on the victim's ears are also common.

Although some people say they have seen the Chupacabra's tracks, in many cases there are no signs of blood or tracks around the dead animals. There is also believed to be a sect of undead chupracabra in Thailand. These are repelled by typical undead weapons, especially Clerics of Pelor.