Thursday, February 14, 2008

Note to Patriots haters,

Am I the only one that sees this working out well for the Patriots?

Beep sigh... beep!
Note to hockey anatomists,

There really is no good vessel to have slashed open in your neck. As Pam pointed out, in a partial tear of the carotid (or any large artery) the fact that they have such thick muscular walls is helpful in holding the vessel together and allow potential repair. Vein walls are very flimsy and so trying to repair a torn vein is like trying to sew two pieces of Kleenex together. The guy is extremely lucky/smart to have held pressure right away and get straight to the ice rather than simply lying on the ice (like what would have happened if he had also been knocked out). He could have exsanguinated in a matter of minutes.

Beep BLOOD! beep!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Note to hockey fans:

Personally, I'd think the carotid would be worse than the jugular, since it's an artery, not a vein - and so the blood is under pressure. But I work in advertising, so what do I know?

I do know that Matty mentioned that the surgeon who did the operation said that the carotid was just milimeters away from being severed completely, which would have been REALLY bad, because it would have rolled up into his neck and been much more difficult to reattach.

From my layman's perspective, I was very impressed by the rapid response of the trainers and the way they got him to the hospital so quickly -- we watched the local broadcast on YouTube (morbid, no?) and unless it was edited, it was mere minutes after he was taken off the ice that they came on the PA and annouced he was at the hospital in stable condition.

Dr. Nick - what could they have done in the meantime to stop the bleeding / keep him alive on the way there?

Beep Beep

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Note to Matty Y:

Okay, so I hate to bring this up, but I've been drinking Bushmills 10 and listening to hockey and I can't help it. What can you tell us about this. I know the skate hit his carotid and not his jugular, which I think is a good thing, but shit that's a lot of blood.

Beep And yes, you went through 4 years of evil medical school, so now i get to ask you stuff like this Beep

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Note to Brian:

It wasn't US driving in the snow that worried us...being from NY, we are quite capable of going 85 down the highway in a blizzard without blinking...but, seeing as you are new to the state, you will soon learn that in the great state of Massachusetts, one snowflake sends drivers into a frenzied stupor in which they completely forget how to drive, as if it were the first time it has ever snowed. Although I am sad I missed a chance to be potentially hit on by minors...that hasn't happened in a while...

Beep they don't call 'em Massholes for nothin' beep
Note to capones/all:

Should snow really stop former New Yorkers who now live in NH?

Beep Really, all you missed was a seemingly endless supply of youths. I need to meet more people so I can have a party not dominated by people that Sky should probably be teaching multi variable calculus to. Beep.