The Literal Definition of the word “Literal” & Han River Riders, Holla!

11 02 2012

Literally dying

from Merriam-Webster:

1lit·er·al

 adj \ˈli-t(ə-)rəl\

Definition of LITERAL

1
a : according with the letter of the scripturesb : adhering to fact or to the ordinary construction or primary meaning of a term or expression : actual <liberty in the literal sense is impossible — B. N. Cardozo>c : free from exaggeration or embellishment <the literaltruth>d : characterized by a concern mainly with facts <a veryliteral man>
Perhaps I’m being petty, but the misuse of the word “literally” is annoying at best.  In the context of an enabling family member referring to the enabled patient on the stretcher, it really chaps my hide.  In reference to the patient with the headache in room 6, my tolerance for semantics has reach it’s tipping point.  The doting husband felt compelled to hunt me down at my work station and throw furry eyeballs at me until I could no longer continue to ignore him beyond a  socially acceptable time frame.
“Can I help you?”
“My wife, she’s dying in there. . . LITERALLY.”
Perhaps I should have prefaced this with the understanding that we do, in the ER, have patients who are actually dying.  And while bed 6 was in pain, she was not, in fact, dying.  At least not according to any objective measurement available to us in western medicine. (Some might argue that we are ALL dying, a little bit every day.)
Adding to the emotional trauma of literally dying was the report of 10,000.  That is, 10,000 out of 10.   That is, 10,000 on a pain scale of 1 to10.  Once we got her down to a reported pain level of 10 out of 10, I felt a remarkable sense of accomplishment, having logarithmically improved her pain level by a multitude of 1000.
Lots of things on the burner at Alchemist, but I just wanted to give a shout to the Han River Riders, who are a group of ex-pats with a collective passion for cycling in South Korea.  Here’s the custom cycling jersey we did for them.  Requested colors were blue, red, white, and black–the colors of the Korean flag.
Han-River-Riders

Han-River-Riders custom cycling jersey

Got a new design coming down the pipe for the Alchemist retail store too.  Camo theme.  Not kidding.  Pics to come.





Laramie Enduro, the complete kit

4 02 2012

Shaun, of The Laramie Enduro, rockin' the whole enchilada.

Folks have been asking if the whole Enduro kit is available.  It is.  Both items are available for purchase on the Laramie Enduro Store. The design and threads were created by Alchemist.   Like what you see?  Check us out for custom cycling jerseys, custom kits, and other custom cycling apparel.





Pink is the New Black and the Laramie Enduro

2 02 2012

Welcome to my world

Ten in a row.  Not 3 foot putts made, not laps up Flagstaff, not days without eating fried food.  I’ve never lasted that long doing any of those things.  Ten pink patients in a row.  Pink is the color that denotes a female patient in our ER.  Blue, of course, is assigned to males.  Dan tells me that statistically, the gender distribution for ER’s has been recorded as 50/50.  If that were true, then today would have been the equivalent of flipping a quarter ten times and getting ten heads in a row. The probability of that is 1/1024 (1/2 to the tenth power. Fuzzy math?  Not sure).   Interestingly, this isn’t the first time this has happened.  Slightly less interesting is the fact that I’ve never had 10 blue patients in a row.  I don’t think I’ve ever had 5 blue patients in a row.  50/50?  I’m not buying it.

Laramie Enduro registration opened up yesterday.  I tell you this, not only because I, and Team Alchemist, plan to race it, but because they have the coolest race jersey you’ve ever laid eyes on.  Perhaps I’m a little biased.  Available for purchase at the Alchemist Team Store.  The Laramie Enduro has become so popular that they have gone to a lottery system for registration, a la Leadville (but without the insanity).  Race proceeds benefit the Albany County Chapter of the American Red Cross of WyomingMedicine Bow Mountain Bike Patrol, and other local non-profit organizations.

Laramie Enduro Custom Cycling Jersey by Alchemist





Needle in a Haystack and pics of prototype Knickers

30 01 2012

Just spent two hours looking for a needle in a haystack.  Except it wasn’t in a haystack, it was embedded in a fella’s arm.  It doesn’t take a lot of guess work to figure out how it got there.  After multiple x-rays, ultrasounds, three different incisions, and way more persistence than I would normally allow for any given patient, I came up empty handed.  The better part of valor would likely have been to just let it be from the beginning, but I was pretty confident I could get it out.  No dice.  It’s a hard one to swallow.  I don’t get beat too often in the ER.  But that tiny little needle got the best of me.

Here’s a couple pics of the first prototype of the Alchemist knickers.  We are pretty excited about these.  I’ve been testing and riding in them for the past 2 weeks.  Logos are reflective.  Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Alchemist Knickers

Alchemist Knickers, Butt view








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