My new rotation for the month of February is GI!
I haven’t had an inpatient month in so long because I had my elective in December and ED in January. I’m not used to getting dressed up!
My first day of the rotation was Saturday, and I blogged that I was hoping to get out early- well I was done by noon! I came home and had lunch and had plenty of time and energy to work out.
4 miles on the treadmill (3 running and 1 walking with dumbbells) followed by some abs 🙂 I really like walking with dumbbells and doing one arm exercise each minute. I will do bicep curls, over head presses, upright rows, punches to the front, hammer curls- all while walking which makes the time go by and keeps my heart rate up. Try it!
Later on Saturday, Kyle and I had dinner and then went to see Imitation Game, which I highly recommend, but the ending was so sad!!!
Sunday was a total day of rest- complete with soup making, nap taking, and super bowl watching.
Monday was the official start of the rotation and I complete surprised myself by waking up early and working out! Who am I? 3 miles and some yoga stretching.
I really don’t enjoy working out in the morning, but for some reason I felt motivated yesterday so I went for it!
By 6 am I was at the hospital looking up my new patients. I have one patient who has been there for 101 days and so I have a lot to learn about their medical history- yikes!!
My team wasn’t on call yesterday (we are today) so I was home by 4pm and made a big dinner of salsa chicken, beans, guacamole, and corn tortillas.
And that is pretty much all the news I have! In science news, I briefly glanced at this article and I’d love to know what you think :
Summary: Compulsive overeating and sugar addiction are major threats to human health, but potential treatments face the risk of impairing normal feeding behaviors that are crucial for survival. A new study reveals a reward-related neural circuit that specifically controls compulsive sugar consumption in mice without preventing feeding necessary for survival, providing a novel target for the safe and effective treatment of compulsive overeating in humans.
My first thought was, “Great!” Overeating and sugar addiction is a REAL problem. Recently, I had a patient in the hospital who’s BMI was 75. They weighed 500 lbs. I think that type of weight is comparable to the smoker with lung cancer who is still smoking- it demonstrates the power of addiction. Food addiction is so difficult because not only must we eat each day, but we are inundated with unhealthy food choices at restaurants, at the grocery, on TV commercials, on billboards- it’s everywhere! When food has been chemically altered to taste so good and be so pleasurable, of course it’s addictive!
So, I don’t think that finding a brain circuit to target is the best way to treat this- I think getting rid of all the crap food sold to us is a better option… but that isn’t going to happen. I guess it’s the same thought as treating drug addiction with methadone or anti-depressants, or treating nicotine addiction with Chantix. Because in all reality we can’t get rid of the drugs.
Anyway, that’s my thought for the day. What do you guys think?