When I started OTF 2 months ago, I found it hard to workout even twice a week. I would get so sore I could barely move. Keeping on going has allowed my muscles to get stronger and my heart more conditioned. I was able to increase the frequency at which I would attend class. Also, I made it a priority. I stopped finding excuses why not to workout. Since last Sunday, I completed 5 OTF workouts and went to hot yoga once to stretch those tight muscles.
I decided to take today off to give my body time to recover. Cheers to getting stronger and being less sore 👌
What a difference 2 months of perseverance makes 😃
Training: Emergency Medical Services.
This week’s training included new research pertaining to the treatment of strokes, which is the disruption of blood flow to brain tissue, whether caused by a clot or from an uncontrolled bleed.
The training we are receiving from doctors at the University of Vermont Medical Center will help provide data for a cutting edge study that could change the way EMS providers care for stroke patients across the nation.
In a nutshell, the training and protocol changes being implemented focus on better recognition of a person’s severity of their stroke, as well as their rapid treatment at the best facility suited for the stroke patient’s needs. 🚑
In an earlier posting about “Why a Fire Truck responds with an Ambulance”, we discussed how time is a factor when treating patients. Rapid treatment of a stroke is an excellent example of “time is of the essence.” The sooner a stroke patient receives appropriate treatment, the better their chances of recovery are.
You are a key part of treating a stroke, simply by early recognition of a possible stroke in conjunction with early notification of the emergency system via 9-1-1.
You know your family members, and even some of your close friends and co-workers better than responders seeing them for the first time. If they are acting abnormal and you call 9-1-1 (activating the EMS System), help your family and/or friends by answering a few questions for us when asked.
What prompted you to call 9-1-1? How long have they been acting in a manner you felt was abnormal? Do you have knowledge of their medical history? Is their a history of stroke in the family? These are just a few of many questions we will be asking.
Regarding a Stroke, here are a few signs you should be aware of: slurred speech, facial droop, inability to use their arm/legs (extremities), and an inability to talk coherently.
Help us help you. You can make a difference.
Finished HELL WEEK 2018 strong last night. I had not worked out this hard in over 10 years. Orangetheory has made me realize how strong I can be / become, even though I'm 33 now. Working full time and dealing with health issues can make you feel weak and powerless. There are things we can't control, but there are several things we CAN control such as: the foods we eat, how often we exercise, the way we deal with life stressors, and so on.
THANK YOU @otfburlingtonvt for giving me strength and power back. I love my OTF family 💗 #gotmy#hellweekshirt
Packing these organic jewels for @uvmmedcenter cafeterias today and for farmers market from 230 to 5 pm. Did you know vermont’s largest hospital buys 56% local in 2017 and nearly 20% was certified organic from growers like us?. 🙌🏾 we really appreciate that they buy from all of us small growers. #Vermont#rootedinvermont#tomatoes#uvmmc#hospitalfoodisgoodfood
I’ve never seen my oncologist so happy and animated and excited! She was straight up STOKED to see me today and discuss my complete response to chemo (I know we helped with the RSO, but I won’t burst her bubble). When your doc is thrilled, you kinda have to be too, right?
After surgery last month my surgeon said there was just a tiny 3.5mm piece left in my duct. I guess I didn’t realize until meeting with my Oncologist this morning that the surgeon TOOK that duct AND the 3.5 mm piece of cancer OUT! I mean, what the hell else would he do in there, right? Duh 🙄 So the area he removed included the duct that created the cancer and the only remaining piece, wahoo!
I guess I should have realized that was what he was saying, but he is a man of few words, and I tend to be a lady of few questions with men of few words. I should work on that.... BUT, that means I really and truly AM CANCER FUCKING FREE! No oral chemotherapy, just the radiation journey left ahead of me, and I learn a lot more about that tomorrow at my simulation appointment.
Many thanks to all who have cheered me on and checked on me and loved and supported Damian and me in this process. I don’t know how I will ever pay it forward, but I’m sure gonna try.
Happy Adoption Day Anniversary, Basil! Yes, I’m that person. We have had Basil for two years and she’s the best dog baby in the world! This photo is from the time @zakanouse and @adam_karl4 smuggled her into #UVMMC when I was in charge one night so I could see her.
What a great event and fundraiser for the @uvmmedcenter NICU. It was an honor working with @belindanorrisevents @fluidbarservice @vermonttent @atomicdesigninc @champlainvalleyexpo to create this! 📷: @mollybentleyevents #perfectwillbejustfine#fundraiser#uvmmc#letusgive
Last night was so CRAZY this is the only picture I was able to take. The @cloud9caterers FOH crew sitting down to family meal before serving 690ish steak dinners in a little over 30 minutes. So thankful for this hardworking crew and also the BOH crew who prepared all the meals. You are all the best 😘
#lovethepeopleyouworkwith#veryimportantcaterers#mvps #❤️ #uvmmc#fundraisinggala
Bye bye, PICC line! Finally feeling myself again and getting back to a normal routine! Thank you so much to everyone who baby sat, drove me around, kept me company, cooked meals for us, and for all of the kind words of support! We are lucky to be surrounded by this loving community of friends, family, and neighbors! I also have to say I got excellent care here at UVMMC, and was so impressed with all of my physicians, nurses, and care takers. In the end, the confusion with my insurance was sorted out and this whole thing cost us nothing but a $30 co-pay. We are so lucky to have such good coverage and I firmly believe everyone should have that right! #lymemeningitis#lymedisease#uvmmc#piccline#backtowork#thankyou#lotsoflove#singlepayernow#healthcareisarightnotaprivilege
For the past 8 years these nurses and their coworkers have kept me in their care as I fight cancer. They have warmed up injections in their hands so they'll sting less, helped me heal through surgeries, chemo, radiation, remembered my name at weekly and monthly appointments, saved my spirit with genuine smiles as if I were the only patient they had seen that day.
These nurses care for and then document that care, tirelessly, each day for countless patients, while understaffed and underpaid.
I showed up today in support of each and every nurse asking for nothing more than fair pay for the work that holds this community together- caring for human beings at their most vulnerable.
Ironically, the march started under the shadow of #uvmmc 's brand new multimillion dollar construction of a new building.
Sign making for the #uvmmc nurses #strike . Burlington is expensive and nurses in Vermont are the fourth WORST paid in the country, ranking 48 out of 51 (states plus DC) in terms of wages adjusted by cost of living. #unionstrong#labor