Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How to "I"dentify pills

Ever found a pill in your medicine cabinet and wondered what it was?  Ever gathered all your pills together, put them in your hand, popped them in your mouth, only to have one fall out?   You have searched the floor to finally find the pill, but have no idea which one of the 10 pills it was.  Sure the easy answer would be to look in the pill bottle and match it up to others that look the same.  Problem is, many pills look alike, or you could have taken the last ones in the bottles.
Almost all legal drugs, as some illegal, have marking, letters, numbers, symbols on them which make for easy identification.  Lets say you some accross a pill in your cabinet that has an imprint code of M357.  This can easily be identified as a pain medicine know as Vicodin. 
How can we be sure?  Drugs.com has a great section called "Pill identifier".  You can go here, enter in its imprint, or even color and shape and right away you will have what it is and a picture to go along with it.
This can be super helpful for parents, if you happen to stumble across a mystery pill in your childs room.
Some medicines can be easily identified and are easy to remember.  For example Ibuprofen.  The imprint will most commonly read "I-2".  The "I" is for Ibuprofen and the "2" is for 200 mg, which is the common, over the counter strength.
Marks nursing side note here:  For headaches Ibuprofen can be a great drug to take, but there are some things to consider when taking.  This medicine works as a blood thinner as well, so be cautioned that it may cause bleeding, or other serious complications.  Another things is that most people will pop 3-4 of these babies for a headache, not realizing that headaches are a side effect of Ibuprofen.  This can actually make matters worse.  Try just taking one, give it time to work and only if things do not get better try one more.  You will be amazed at how one pill can be just as, or more effective that 3-4.
So now you know, and that mystery pill will be a mystery no longer. Just use your computer and start typing away.  Who knows, it may even be fun!

How to "H"ula Hoop

Finally back for a blog on a fun subject...The Hula Hoop.  Side note, the movie The Hudsucker Proxy, is a great fictional comedy show about the guy that invented to Hula Hoop.
Hula Hooping is no easy task, in fact, I still cant do it, but I will keep practicing and one day I will hoop away.  Thanks to the good folks at "hooping.org" for their circle of wisdom!
Appearently its all about the size of the hoop.  Especially for the adult beginner, it is important to find a hoop that is big enough.  Most kids hoops, sold at the stores are kids size, making it hard for adults to use.  They rotate too fast for our bigger bodies.  The size will be different for every one, but the general rule is that it should come up between your belly button and nipple line when standing up.  Thats a pretty big hoop for me.  Most people end up making their own, which may be a later post, in how to make a hoop, but we will see.
One important thing is figuring our which direction you hoop in.  Some hoop to the left while others hoop to the right.  Just do what feels natural to you.  You will know when you try.  Next make sure your stance is correct with one foot forward.  Start the rotation just above the waist and gently shift the weight back and forth between your two feet.  Try to avoid the classic mistake of wanting to rotate your hips.  You will have hoop dropsy every time.  Thats basically it.  It just takes alot of patience and practice as well as the right size hoop.
Hooping can be a great source of a cardio workout and just plain fun.  Good party ice breaker too.
Happy Hooping!