Saw a young lady who gagged on her medication which had gotten stuck in her throat. As she gagged, partially dissolved pill particles filled her nostrils. The medication she’s on is apparently quite acidic, and it caused her a great deal of distress, physical and emotional. Her watering eyes grew puffier and puffier as she belted out profanity-laced screams for help. The solution, of course, was simple. I sprung into action and called for a massive dose of pharmaceutical-grade Neti Pot. Neti-Pot, baby. Okay, so we don’t actually have a Neti Pot in the ER. But a 60cc syringe and a Sodium Bicrabonate solution is the next best thing. It worked, sort of. She felt better while neti-potting, but was back to burning when she finished. So I did what any good doctor would do. I ignored the root cause of her problem and tried to mask it with nebulized Lidocaine. It worked, sort of . Her tongue was completely numb anyway. But it was all still better than seeing another young lady with abdominal pain without a cause.
Thomas and Mike with the Justin’s Nutbutter Team have been battling heat, exhaustion, and other competitors down in South Africa in the Cape Epic. 95 degree temps and more dust than West Texas. Sounds fun. These guys are silly strong. It’s March, and they are in peak condition. It’s early enough in the season that I still think that a hour on the trainer is a big effort. Check out the video.