Filed under Pathology Pondering

The Boy with the Basketball Braces

The Boy with the Basketball Braces

There are DAYS in PT school…. and then there are DAYS ❤ Today, was one of the latter. We had the absolute privilege to have a special guest in pediatrics today: “Jack” “Jack” is a super precocious 3 year old who loves basketball, playing at the park, drawing (“I draw with anything I want!”), and his physical … Continue reading

Scary Dreams

Scary Dreams

Ok, DO NOT fall asleep studying and listening to pharmacology and pathology.  YOU. WILL. HAVE. WEIRD. DREAMS.  inspired by Goya’s “The sleep of reason produces monsters”  1797 As we know, our adrenal glands release cortisol (from the adrenal cortex) when we are stressed. [yep, right now and lots next week … read: finals] BUT you also … Continue reading

Bodygaurds to the BBB

Bodygaurds to the BBB

Meet my friends carbidopa and COMT Their necks are the thickest, their jaws are the MOST chiseled, & they are crucial in the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease.   Unfortunately, dopamine (the neurotransmitter that is decreased when individuals have Parkinson’s disease) cannot cross the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB). Luckily, we are able to give patients L-DOPA the precursor to … Continue reading

Slow yo’ roll insulin !

Slow yo’ roll insulin !

Learned (at least) two interesting things in Pharmacology this week: 1) Insulin used for individuals with Diabetes Mellitus can be derived from pigs and cows (only a few amino acid difference –> we are all one big mammalian family : ) Thanks Babe! (we primarily use pork insulin because of the “mad cow” problems) 2) Zinc can … Continue reading

Worst analogies ever

Worst analogies ever

Ok, I <;3 learning cardio stuff! But can someone please tell me why they have the worst analogies ever? ; Congestive Heart Failure = “old underwear” A-fib = “bag of worms” Well, maybe it is a good thing….so people think: </p So, take care of yourself!!! Exercise, eat right, and make sure your heart fits … Continue reading

Good advice cAMP

Good advice cAMP

Ok, first off…get your slurpee on! I would suggest a minimum of 3 free slurpees, one for each meal of the day. Trust me, I’m going to be a doctor [of physical therapy and deliciousness] Second, our good friend cAMP may be the Paul Revere riding through our cells saying bronchdilate [and the British are … Continue reading

P is for Platelet

P is for Platelet

  om nom nom nom…..made by the tiniest elves, eaten by the tiniest monsters Seriously…check this dude out: In an inactive state, it looks delicious … Turn it on to GET YOUR CLOT ON!