All posts by Megan S


What does cardiopulmonary arrest, MI, and CPR mean to people?

So I asked my coworkers today what they think a cardiopulmonary arrest meant. Most of them thought it was the same thing as a heart attack. I promptly educated them that a heart attack is when there is decreased or absent blood supply to the heart, which can cause part of the heart muscle to die while a cardiopulmonary arrest is when the heart stops beating all together.

I then asked them if they knew what an “MI” was. Most people gave the “huh” face when i asked this. After i told them MI stood forĀ  myocardial infarction some of my coworkers said “oh ya ive heard of that i just didnt recognize the acronym”. However, even though some of my coworkers have heard of a myocardial infarct, most did not know exactly what it is. I then explained a MI or myocardial infarction is a fancy term for heart attack.

My last questions regarding what my coworkers thought happened during CPR was answered the most correctly. Everyone know you did chest compressions and some knew about defibrillation with an AED. I feel like i was able to educate my coworkers on a very relevant subject that they will most likely come across again in their lifetime.


Heart Healthy

Today i evaluated what i ate…. and it was not very healthy. I started the day off by eating some dry cinnamon life cereal. For lunch i had a banana, carrots, bell peppers, and a burrito. For dinner i had an apple and some frozen yogurt. My diet is not very compatible with a “heart healthy diet”, which is low in sodium and fats. The carrots, banana, bell peppers, and apple were in alignment with a heart healthy diet. However, the cinnamon life cereal, burrito, and frozen yogurt are not. The burrito has 510mg of sodium on its own with 7g of fat. The cinnamon life cereal has 1.3g of fat and 153mg of sodium per serving. I probably had about 4 servings of the cereal. Lastly, the frozen yogurt has no fat but 17 g of sugar per serving and 75mg of sodium. I probably had about 5 servings. Overall i had approximately 1500mg of sodium and 12.2 grams of fat.

According to the AHA, you should have no more than 2400mg of sodium and the fat should exceed no more than 5-6% of the total calories of your diet. I was able to keep my sodium levels within range, however i need to cut down my sugar and fat intake.


Social Media

So the assignment was to go as long as we could without using social media or texting or calling people and to write about our experience. I was not able to go very long. I went about a couple hours in the morning until my dad texted me. Most peoples lives in America are very dependent on social media and cell phones and being able to contact people 24/7. When i looked all around me people would just walk around school today staring at their cell phones and not even looking up. Lots of people had headphones in as well and completely disengaged themselves from the world around them.

I think it is ironic we have to go as long as we can without technology and then blog about it to the world since blogging is a form of social media. In the nursing program as well, we were told to get skyscape on our phones and look for things online as well as use other apps we find useful when looking up medications in the hospital setting. Medical care is very dependent on technology now and i dont think its necessarily a bad thing. Technology enhances communication and makes it quicker and more efficient as well as making knowledge accessible at any time.


Multiple Sclerosis

Fun facts:

  1. Common symptoms are fatigue, depression, weakness, numbness, difficulty in coordination, loss of balance, and pain.

2. Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis

3. You get visual disturbances from the optic nerve lesions. this can lead to blurred vision or blindness.

4. You get spasticity in the lower extremities.

5. You get ataxia