Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oh My defines defibrillator [dee-fahy-bruh-ley-ter, -fib-ruh-] /diˈfaɪ brəˌleɪ tər, -ˈfɪb rə-/ as noun, Medicine/Medical
1.  an agent or device for arresting fibrillation of the atrial or ventricular muscles of the heart.

Do you know what that is?  I’m sure you do.  You must have seen one of those medical dramas at some point in your life where someone passes out, the staff rips the person’s shirt open, they slap paddles on him, yell “charging” and “clear” and then zap him back among the living while he flops around like a fish out of water.  Yeah, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

If you’ve lived in a cave for the past dozen years with no contact to modern technology you many not know that there are now things called AEDs.  “An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.”

Many, many places now have these gizmos onsite, including where I work.  One of the things I do is purchase the fancy batteries that keep these machines operational.  They are extremely expensive and have a definite, limited shelf life so they are not stocked by any of the local medical supply people.  Understandable and in a perfect world that would be no problem.  AEDs warn you when the batteries are getting low.  Cool, right?  It would be if people had enough sense to mention that the soon-to-be-non-functional equipment was emitting an even more annoying beep than a smoke alarm going bad.  Had they done so I wouldn’t have spent a good chunk of time this morning phoning around, attempting to locate one even though I knew better. I guess not everyone hears that sound as I do.

I did speak with a very pleasant woman at the Red Cross who actually called the manufacturer’s rep to try to help me obtain a new battery immediately. No luck but the rep did mention that Wal-Mart has begun carrying their AEDs though she wasn’t sure if they also had batteries or not.  Okay.  I called one of the local superstores.  I was transferred to the pharmacy department.  So far, so good.  I explained what I wanted and was asked if a defibrillator was part of a toothbrush.  Um.  No.  So I was passed off to electronics who had no clue what I was talking about and said no, try somewhere else.

The second Wal-Mart superstore in the area said, “Oh, that’s an auto part, just a moment, I’ll transfer you.”  I attempted to explain and was promptly put on hold.  Many minutes later she came back and told me, “They were all gone.”  Click.  Yeah, I’m fairly certain she was clueless as well.

I threw in the towel and ordered online like I usually do when given proper warning of the battery going dead.  We do have more than one unit, so we’re still okay.  It’s not urgently urgent even though it is nicer and less stressful, should the AED ever actually be needed, to have one right at your fingertips but I’m sure we’re perfectly capable of dealing with it should it become necessary.

My point.  If you’re in danger of having a medical emergency don’t go to Wal-Mart.  I seriously doubt the staff there knows where their AED is located, let alone how to use it.  On the other hand, they may try reviving you with an electric toothbrush or jumpstarting you with a car battery and then, should you survive, you’d have quite a tale to tell your grandchildren.

Happy weekend, all.  Oh wait.  It’s only Wednesday.  Two more days to go.  Sigh…

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Wind whipping through trees
Wispy grey clouds racing by
Bringing Autumn chill

Friday, October 17, 2014

Way Cool Stuff!

A friend noticed that lately I've been posting a Word of the Day.  As I see it, it doesn't hurt to learn something new now and again, no matter how old you are.  Anyway, said friend found an article of Webster's Forgotten Words.  Click here to check it out.

What I don't understand is why they're forgotten.  Some of them are great!  Okay, go learn something and have a good weekend!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEED, not want!

Seriously.  I NEED this!!! I know you're thinking I mean I want this, yeah that too but honestly, I NEED this. NOW!!!  Bring it, quick, then back away slowly.  It could keep me from hurting people.  And oh yeah, while you're at it, don't forget the organic milk.  Can you tell what sort of day it was?

Unwrap, grate, mix

Equals this!  Which I NEED!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Look What I Did!

My very first sock!  I know, I know.  Far from perfect but come one.  It's the FIRST sock ever!  I need lots of practice making the toe seem but all in all, I'm rather pleased with myself.  So much so that I'm going to actually knit the other one so I have a pair of toasty warm, cozy socks.  Ha!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Please Don't Misunderstand...

I’m all for supporting a good cause.  And I do.  Animal-related ones especially.  No, that does not mean you should solicit funds from me for your animal causes.  You support those and good for you.  I have already chosen the ones I willingly donate to on an ongoing basis. Good for me.


That said, I have no objection to groups milling around, attempting to get funds from those who contribute impulsively.  I’m not one of them so don’t bother but I know many people are.  Have at it.  I appreciate the collectors who are polite once I indicate I’m not interested.


What I do mind is the pattern that has developed in my neighborhood.  It is now a weekly occurrence that has people standing on the street corners of the busiest intersection around, holding out buckets for whatever the cause of the day is. 


Again, I don’t mind others attempting to raise money for a legitimate cause and, for the most part, I have heard of the ones displayed either on their Tee-shirts or on their placards.  Today it was vests for police dogs.  Excellent and very worthy.  My problem stems from the fact that they have become a traffic hazard.  Yes, there are stoplights and yes, for the most part, those soliciting are mindful of them.


But not always.  Busiest intersection around, remember?  Lights change.  People are sometimes in a rush to beat the light and may not necessarily be paying as much attention to traffic patterns as they should.  When the car in front of them stops to donate they sometimes get run in to.  I know, mostly the fault of the individual not watching but also the fault of those who stop as there really isn’t room to pull over and the fault of those collecting.


I haven’t heard of anyone being run over attempting to do this good deed.  Yet.  It’s bound to happen sooner or later.  Perhaps it’s time to rethink this whole street corner thing.

Happy weekend, all.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


At what my awesome friend Lois Kasznia just did!  Not Just an Act, now available.  If you haven't read her books
yet, you really should!

Blurb -
Deanna Titone, New Jersey native, has just inherited Hideaway Villa—an upscale B & B right outside Branson, Missouri—from her cousin. This stroke of good luck allows her to quit her stressful job and start her life over. Running this business should be easy, right?

No one warned Deanna about the bizarre demands guests could make while booking reservations, or staying overnight, nor about the quirky staff—including the handsome handyman, Gus Swenson, who mysteriously showed up on her first day. After a couple of trying days, Deanna is ready to give up.

Chet Lancaster is one of Hollywood's famous actors. Recently, Chet has watched his career, and his life, tailspin into tabloid fodder. Reluctantly, he accepts the role of an ex-con turned handyman for his next movie in the hopes of reviving his career. In order to research his upcoming role, his agent sends him undercover to Hideaway Villa as Gus Swenson. The catch—no one can know his true identity.

Keeping the truth from Deanna is harder than Chet could have imagined, especially after the sparks fly between them. Can he convince her that his love is true, and not just an act?

Monday, September 22, 2014


The equinox.  Go stand up your eggs!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Busy girl this week.  I'll be back.  In the meantime, go here and read something you haven't yet.  Or perhaps here for more choices.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Thought for the Day

Very true!