Wednesday, May 19, 2010

IV Fructose

You can give intravenous dextrose and you can give intravenous glucose, but you can not give intravenous fructose, because of complications with the liver.

However that is not what I was thinking. High fructose corn syrup is in just about everything you buy in the store that is processed and uses sweetener. What the hell is high fructose corn syrup? They want you to think it is a natural sweetener, but it's not, it is made in a factory with caustic soda and enzymes.
HFCS has been rarely studied, although there is new research out of Princeton this year and HFCS does not look good for your health, and this is something that has been in our food for over forty years. The corn producers run ads and websites saying everything is OK it is just a sweetener, just like the tobacco companies said their products were safe for decades.

This person put a list of some foods containing HFCS
Partial list of high fructose corn syrup foods

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bay to Breakers 2010

Check out the Bay to Breakers marathon/party on Sunday and it's something. The runners and walkers leave at 8 am, then a massive party follows the route over the next many hours, like Mardi Gras only the people were the parade, floats and entertainment all rolled into one, and it was anything goes.

But really it was 20 degrees below normal what the hell are some of those people doing naked? And wearing diapers is not funny, at least not on most of the people I saw. Maybe naked people and diapers just reminded me too much of confused patients. 

You also realize you are getting older when after 45 minutes of loud music, big crowds and drunks you look at each other and decide it is time to get out of here. Plus when you get propositioned by a young women for something from your dreams but need to walk away, your getting old. I was with a friend, however I don't know if I would have done anything different had she not been there.

So after bolting from the crowds we walked through some quite areas of town before eating and heading back. Next year I would like to attempt to run/jog the race on its 100th anniversary, but maybe only a little bit of the post activities.
Those houses in the background reminded me of that
 show Full House but I don't remember these neighbors.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Travel Nursing Pitfalls

So glad I'm not travel nursing although the offers are coming in for jobs, I guess there is a huge strike that may happen in Minnesota on June 1st, and they are offering all kind of crazy money to go. I would think about going there, but school will not allow the free time.

But the main reason is what a friend went through yesterday, she started a new assignment up near Napa and after classroom orientation had one shift on the floor before being on her own. Well I guess she got stuck with a tough group of patients on the first day, and a staff member asked her how it was going? She was honest and said it sucks, most of the time people do not want an honest answer. Anyway they let her go after just driving here from AZ.  She has been with the same company for nine years so we'll see what they say, anyway we will have a chance to hangout for now.