Friday, June 21, 2013


  • General anesthesia- the patient loses consciousness and pain sensation.
Intravenous- a method of administering general anesthesia by injecting into a vein.
Inhalation- another method for administering general anesthesia by breathing in.

  • Regional Anesthesia-  the anesthesia is given to specific region of the body where it interrupts pain sensation. It is injected near the nerve. The patient usually remains conscious.

  • Local anesthesia- the patient is conscious, but loses sensation in one localized part of the body.

Subcutaneous - method of applying local anesthesia under the skin. This method is normally used to deaden the skin prior to suturing a laceration.

Topical - another method of applying local anesthesia. A liquid or gel is placed onto a specific area of the skin.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Acute pain vs. Chronic pain

Acute Pain

  • Sudden onset
  • Mild pain
  • Might last for weeks or months, but does not exceed a 6 month period of time
  • It goes away when the underlying cause is treated
  • Unrelieved acute pain leads to chronic pain

Chronic Pain

  • Pain that does not go away
  • Exceeds 6 months
  • Persists after injury has healed
  • Further treatment is required
  • Pain should not be ignored

My understanding of acute and chronic pain is that pain it starts off as acute, and the immediate reaction is to treat it ourselves with over the counter drugs. Then if the pain persists we take a visit to the doctor, he or she will try to solve the problem. If after treatment the pain persists, it has become chronic, and further treatments are required. So endeavor to uses these terms with your doctor to clearly explain what you are feeling and having an understanding of these terms will give you insight into how your professional treats pain.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Grapeseed Oil

Recently, I decided to give skin oils a try. A friend of mine has been encouraging me to use natural oils in lieu of lotions and facial moisturizers. So, I gave in yesterday. We went to Fairway and I bought grapeseed oil. She uses almond oil, but I wanted to try something different for myself. At first I was concerned that the oil would make my skin look oily and shiny, which is why I have stayed away from oils. Surprisingly, when I used a few drops on my face the result was very appealing. At first the oil was noticeable, but in about a minute or two my skin absorbed the oil and left my skin looking smooth, and feeling very moisturized. Let's just say: I felt as if I just left the spa.

My new perception of Grapeseed oil is that it's pretty awesome. It's light and very absorbent. It and contains compounds that even your complexion, restores balance and firmness. So, if you are looking to give your skin a break from the chemicals found in our favorite products; I recommend natural oils such as grapeseed, almond, avocado and apricot. Let me know what you think when you give them a try. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Did you know? - Potatoes

This morning while having my green plantain porridge I decided to browse through some of the blog posts on I came across a post that reads "Boiled potatoes help you lose weight." Instantly, I was in shock at the fact that one thought that boiled potatoes, or potatoes could help one lose weight. Then I thought  to myself " why do I believe that potatoes cause weight gain." The answer is: it is due to the opinions of other people that I drew my conclusion. I never took the time to do my own research and formulate my own conclusions.

So, I hurried to my computer and began my research. After reading multiple sources I discovered the truth about potatoes. Potatoes are actually very good for you as they are rich in many vitamins and minerals. Also, potatoes do not contribute to weight gain. Rather, the things we choose to add to them contribute to weight gain. The website below says it all. Check it out. But keep in mind that anything that we overindulge in, even if it is good for us, can become very bad for our health.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Green Plantains

Green plantains are my favorite when they are fried and presented to me as tostones, or fried plantain chips.  For many years I have enjoyed this treat, but I recently learned of a new way to enjoy my favorite treat and I learned of the nutritional benefits that green plantains provide, benefits that I have overlooked for years.

So, I discovered that green plantains can be used to make a porridge or hot cereal. In my opinion it is like a hot pudding that is delicious. To enjoy green plantains as a porridge, one must blend the plantains with milk. Then when the mixture is very smooth you should  pour it into some boiling water, stir as you pour. After pouring you must whisk the mixture and add more milk if it becomes too thick. Finally, after cooking for a few mins you can pour it into bowls, sweeten with brown sugar, add fresh fruit, or add some honey. It can be eaten for breakfast or as a dessert.

Green plantains are a great source of:

1) Energy 
2) Fiber
3) Vitamin A
4) B complex vitamins
5) Iron
6) Magnesium
7) Phosphorus
8) Potassium

Moreover, green plantains are known to ease symptoms of a variety of ailments such as arthritis, gout, anemia, allergies, kidney stones, tuberculosis, and urinary disorders.

I enjoyed my hot dessert. It was creamy and very nutritious. For me it was a dessert, but for you it may be better enjoyed as breakfast. Try adding almonds, flax seeds, crushed ginger or cinnamon. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wise Advice

A few months ago I decided to change my diet by eating differently. So, I created a plan to adjust my eating habits and I gathered the funds needed to purchase different types of organic and whole foods. I felt ready and I believed that I could do it. Sadly, I started my diet with a lot of difficulty and stress. Why? The diet and change was not very hard. I actually enjoyed exploring different food options and meal ideas. The hard part was dealing with friends and acquaintances that put a lot of pressure on me. Some were constantly watching my every move and others said very discouraging things. Anyway, one day while visiting a very old friend of mine I received some great advice. My friend asked me if was losing weight, and I went into detail about my new eating habits. She commended me and encouraged me to continue. Little did she know that it was a struggle. Eventually, after talking for a few hours I opened up about the oppression I was receiving from others. Her reaction started with a pause and blank expression. I couldn't understand why she stopped talking and began to stare blankly at me. After a few seconds she smiled and said " Buddy the first rule to a successful diet is never telling anyone that you are on one until you begin to see results and are confident." Simple, yet very practical and wise sentiments. Friends and acquaintances generally do not mean to discourage you, but in the early stages of a diet constant scrutiny can add to the stress of  making adjustments. Hence, if  you ever think of starting a diet make sure that you want until you are confident and are seeing results before you tell friends or family. It will save you the stress of having your relapses broadcasted.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dove Soap- My short review

This is probably nothing new to you,but Dove soap is amazing. I have used other soaps in the past and the experience while bathing was never statifactory. I would leave the shower feeling clean and refreshed. However, my skin felt tight, dry, and very rubbery. So my perception of soap was that all soaps were the same and the feeling I experienced was just the natural way of things. To my surprise I was very very wrong. I learned how wrong I was when a good friend of mine invited me over for a break from work. While vacationing at her house I was introduced to Dove soap. So as usual a took my daily shower, but this time my shower was more soothing and refreshing. After showering I stepped out feeling very relaxed, my skin felt very very very soft and had an amazingly soft scent. The scent and softness lasted all day. In addition I have seen an improvement in my skin's appearance. My skin is brighter and small blemishes have disappeared. Well, that is the power of soap that moisturizers instead of dries. I encourage everyone to give Dove a try.
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