Sex, Drugs, Self-Inflicted Wounds…

My new hospital is definately different from the last one, and I’m liking it a lot better. HIV, Hepatitis C, teen pregnancies, screaming old people, syphillis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, intoxication, drug abuse, the works. I’m loving it.

The coolest so far is the lady who put her and through a glass window while swinging a hammer at her son. She had a laceration of an artery in her finger as well as a complete laceration of the extensor tendon. The first part of the fun was stopping the bleeding, which was pumping from both severed ends of the artery. With the nurses help we were able to suction enough pumping blood away to see the origin of the blood…then it became obvious. The small artery was about 1mm in internal diameter and the entire muscular wall with outer layer created a structure about 2mm in diameter that was white…it almost looked like a piece of tendon. Even as I was tying a suture aroud it, I thought to myself, “the orthopedic surgeon is going to think I’m an idiot, suturing off a tendon like this.”

But the bleeding slowed down, so we continued and found the other end of it. One suture later and the bleeding had stopped. Cool. Now I could search for other injuries, like the obvious completely lacerated extensor tendon! I couldn’t find the proximal end, so I put two loose sutures in the overlying skin to help protect the works inside, then shipped her off to the big house (with hand surgeons).

Tri became Du

25 knot winds and a small craft advisory cancelled the swim portion of the Great Lake Escape. Well, you can imaging from the title of the triatlon, the swim is really what makes this an awesome triathlon. So it was changed to a duathlon instead…not my favorite, I wouldn’t have entered. While fun from the point of view of meeting new people, traveling and just being immersed in tri, it pretty much sucked from a competition point of view. I didn’t finish the whole tri, turned in my chip after the bike. The run them bike really hurt my knees and I didn’t want to cause any damage. I learned a lot about training and specificity in training too…this will be a big help not only for my own training plan, but also in coaching and helping others.

Procrastination

I procrastinated all night to get my crap together. THen it took me all of 10 minutes to get the majority of my stuff together. Of course there is that 80/20 rule, so if I got 80% of the stuff done in 10 minutes, the other 20% will take me another 40 minutes…sounds about right.

Here’s a great checklist site:

http://thelist.3athlete.com/

City Lights

Wow…did you see that F**King AWESOME Pregame show tonight? Yeah, yeah sure, the Steelers won teh game, but D*MN, that pregame show was amazing. I’m not talking about the music…I’m talking about how beautiful the city looked! I’ve been to lots of cities taht are considered beautiful…VAncouver, SEattle, San Diego, San Francisco, Paris…but all of them paled in comparison to the Steel City tonight.

That opening sequence from the air was a view seldom shown on TV…Directly west of the city (over teh Ohio river), looking almost straight down onto the stadium, but far enough away that you could see both the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers snaking upstream…all in the light of the setting sun, with an orange-lavender sky and the buildings lit like jewels.

But that was just teh start of it…as teh sun set, the city lights seemed brighter, and the bridges lit up with spotlights. The entire pregame show culimated in a thrilling fireworks display with pyrotechnics igniting the sky from the rooftops of three of the cities tallest buildings.

Damn it was nice. And how about #32, #88, #47 & #68 on the field? (Franco Harris, Lynn Swam, Mel Blount and L.C. Greenwood)

I was hoping that #12 (Terry Bradshaw) would actually stop by, but no luck.

Then to top off the whole precession, THE BUS (Jerome Bettis, #36) drives right onto the field and hops out of a big yellow school bus…he looked ecstatic, and I bet he wished he was wearing black and gold instead of pinstripes.

Now I understand why the mayor had his funeral today…he couldn’t see the game from his hospital bed, or while lying in state. But when he was finally burried, he could see the game from the best vantage point possible…wherever he wanted to be.

So…who else saw it?