Inadvertant Sabbatical

Due to the intensity of a new job position, I have temporarily suspended my writing pursuits. When things settle, I will return. Thank you for your blog reading patronage.

-The Management

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RevMedx’s XStat Sponges Seal Gunshot Wound In Just 15 Seconds

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This is cool.

Originally posted on Sparkonit:

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Treating a wounded soldier on a battlefield can be a strenuous task and applying gauze bandage to the wound doesn’t always work, the process can be agonizingly painful and also mentally traumatic. Despite this emergency treatment, most soldiers die from hemorrhage.

John Steinbaugh, former U.S. Army Special Operations medic, who retired after getting an injury in head joined an Oregon-based startup called RevMedx and invented a device called XStat, a modified syringe that injects specially coated sponges into wounds, an idea inspired by Fix-a-Flat foam for repairing tires.

The XStat sponges contain hemostatic agent that stops the flow of blood by compressing blood vessels. Each of the sponge is integrated with a radiopaque marker for easy detection via X-ray.

XStat works by applying sponges that expands rapidly into a wound cavity using a lightweight applicator. Once the sponges expand, they create a large surface area for clotting, this process provides…

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Exercise #942

Blend the following six words into a piece 50 or fewer words. For an added
challenge, try using the words in the order that they happen: peek, prod, plummet, prance, pose, promise

Peek-a-boo backless hospital gowns
Offer little defense from a prod that is medical.
Once donned, pride plummets with nurses around
while doctors wax theoretical.
Medical forms soon flow before you with troubling questions they pose.
I promise to answer these all very thoroughly, but can I first just put on some clothes?!?

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Days Of Old

A legend as old
as time itself,
So the story goes.

A noble prince
waged war against
the most dark and vile of foes.

Deep in the forest primeval
near the ancient spring.
Lived the fiercest dragon that e’er took wing

After conferring the wisest of hermits,
To end this dark beast’s reign.
Past efforts, ‘though valiant, alas, had been in vain

Until one day, the noble prince
bellowed a quest endeavored,
“I shall stand against this wyrm, until its life’s cord is severed

The battle turned out victorious
As prayers reached the patron saint,
the princess said, “Great job, dear, but the castle could use some paint.”

(A Drewster Studios production -
Circa 2006)

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One Year After the Sandy Hook Shooting, A Mother Remembers Her Daughter

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There are many things that are beyond comprehension….and struggling with this kind of loss is one of them. Those who have faced loss of a loved one struggle with trying to make sense of a world that defies that. We are left with emotional fragments and wonder how we will be able to get everything to fit back together again. I had to share this story…..

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On December 14th, 2012 I went up (as usual) to the bus stop with my three beautiful little girls in the back of our van.  I remember vividly pulling up to the corner of the road and being welcomed to the normal handful of neighbor kids running and playing around.  Living on a dead end road limits the amount of traffic coming around, so our kids were in the habit of playing tag with each other while waiting for the bus.  That was our routine, kids play tag, parents chat, bus pulls up, kisses and hugs goodbye and finally, once kids were on the bus, we all waved a final goodbye as they drove off to school.  

I remember when the bus pulled up and Emilie came sprinting back to me and plowed a big bear hug right into my legs.  I reached down and gave her a squeeze…

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[POEM CHALLENGE] Animate the Inanimate

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Poetry challenge accepted!

Originally posted on Virginia the Viruliferous:

The other day, you all saw the product of a very clever and stimulating poetry challenge presented to me by my new follower, Drewster, on my Make Me Your Pawn request page. Today I am reciprocating the challenge with a challenge of my own! Let’s see what you can do with this, Drewster! :)

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10 People I’d Like To Have Coffee With

10) Steve Martin – Author, Comedian, Actor – His book Cruel Shoes will be talked about for years.

9)  Martin Gore – member of Depeche Mode, wrote most of the music for them

8 ) Adriana Lima – supermodel and keeper of the feijoada

7) Kate Beckinsale – actress with a remarkable ability to battle vampires and lycanthropes

6) Billy Joel – musician whose song catalog includes “New York State Of Mind” and “Piano Man”

5) Ludwig Van Beethoven – classical musician. The dude wrote Moonlight Sonata. ‘Nuff said.

4) The person who invented coffee, of course. If not available, maybe the person who discovered pork rinds.

3) Peter Gabriel – a musician who created the ‘So” album, which is one of my favorites. Both sides.

2) John Cusack – an actor who has appeared in some of my favorite films, “Better Off Dead,” “Say Anything” ….but not “Grifters.” I didn’t like that one.

1) The band, R.E.M., on the condition that they play the entire album, ‘Life’s Rich Pageant’ acoustically. Then, they may mingle among the rest of the guests of my imaginary coffee get-together.

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