Happy New Year! I am so excited for 2015 and everything the year has in store for us. I can’t thank you enough for reading this blog, helping me along my way through residency, and being my friends- thank you!
I have a day shift in the Emergency Room today, 7am-4pm, which is not too bad. Yesterday was my day off, and I spent it making 2 different pots of soup (recipes coming!), shopping for Christmas decorations on sale, napping, reading, and going to bed well before midnight. I know I’m not much fun. I thought about going out for NYE, but with having to work at 7 am nothing sounded that great. Curling up in bed sounded better 🙂
So far the ED rotation has been okay. We have different consultants every night, which I like… but that also makes it difficult to know their particular style. For example, I had a consultant the other day who didn’t admit people unless they were really sick and needed to be admitted. I put staples in someone’s head and sent them right on their way home. The next night, I had a consultant who admitted everyone. I admitted someone with abdominal pain and a completely normal CT.
So, that makes it difficult. Oh well.
I had been told that it’s basically impossible to eat during your shift in the ED since it’s so busy. I had multiple classmates tell me they never ate during their shifts. Well, you all know that wasn’t going to work for me. So, I’ve just been packing my lunch like normal and eating it at my computer between patients. I keep hot food in a thermos so I don’t have to find a microwave. I even have time for snacks. My favorite last week was cocoa dusted almonds, dates, and a little piece of chocolate:
For workouts, I’ve been enjoying my new treadmill, and trying some youtube videos. This one from PopSugar Fitness was great! Only 30 minutes, and an awesome body-weight circuit workout.
And here’s a little science for you today:
A new study from Northwestern University came out showing a non-invasive testing technique to identify Alzheimer’s in living animals at it’s easiest stage.
This is only preliminary data, and hasn’t been tried with human brain tissue yet, but the results are still exciting! I know I am fearful of developing dementia one day. Not only is it devastating for the individual, but it can also be so hard on the family. After spending 2 weeks in neuroradiology and looking at brain MRIs all day, I really want to protect my brain!
Here’s some info from the article:
A noninvasive MRI approach that can detect the Alzheimer’s disease in a living animal, well before typical Alzheimer’s symptoms appear, has been developed by researchers. The research team created an MRI probe that pairs a magnetic nanostructure with an antibody that seeks out the amyloid beta brain toxins responsible for onset of the disease. The accumulated toxins, because of the associated magnetic nanostructures, show up as dark areas in MRI scans of the brain.
And another little part that struck me:
The emotional and economic impacts of Alzheimer’s disease are devastating. This year, the direct cost of the disease in the United States is more than $200 billion, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s “2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.” By the year 2050, that cost is expected to be $1.1 trillion as baby boomers age. And these figures do not account for the lost time of caregivers.
So, although this is preliminary, it excites me that there is new research in this field every day!
Do you have any experience with dementia in your family? My husband’s grandma and great-grandma both had dementia, and I know it was hard on their family to see their loved ones not as themselves anymore 🙁
Have an amazing 2015 friends!
What are your resolutions? Mine is to read more and sleep more and social medial less 🙂