Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Readability Assignment

A few weeks ago, I tried a wafflewich for the first time after seeing them on Julie's blog all the time. That wafflewich was made with egg whites and a slice of muenster cheese sandwiched between two whole wheat waffles. It was good, but was lacking something. Well, this morning I realized what it was missing and today’s breakfast was so much better. The missing ingredient? Turkey bacon!


This morning’s wafflewich was made with two waffles (I used Eggo Nutrigrain Wheat waffles), scrambled egg whites, a slice of melted provolone cheese and two slices of turkey bacon. SO GOOD. I don’t usually eat turkey bacon because we don’t normally keep it around back at my parent’s house and honestly, I’m too lazy to cook it anyway. However, Eric eats turkey bacon on a regular basis so if someone else is going to cook it for me, I’m all over it! I highly recommend this wafflewich Open-mouthed smile.

Readability Assignment

My morning at my new rotation consisted of a topic discussion, a writing assignment, and lots of organizing and brainstorming for all of the projects we have to do this month. The writing assignment was actually kind of interesting. We were given a section from an informed consent form (for patients taking part in a clinical study) that was written at a 12th grade reading level. Our instructions were to re-write it at 6th grade level. There is a feature on Microsoft Word that tells you the “readability” of your document (I just learned about this feature today) and we had to use it to check our work. The assignment was a lot harder than I thought! I had to re-do it over and over and cut down a lot of sentences to get it at the right level. Has anyone else ever had to complete a similar assignment before?

The goal was to teach us that we often don’t realize that the way we talk and the jargon that we use might not always be so easy to understand to patients are not involved in the medical field. I definitely don’t think I use a particularly impressive vocabulary in every day life, but perhaps I need to be more mindful of my choice of words when I’m discussing medications and health conditions with patients. What about my fellow health-care field students/workers: have you ever had trouble explaining a complicated process or disease in Layman’s terms? If you’re not involved in the health-care field, have you ever left a pharmacy/doctor’s office/hospital totally confused because you had no idea what the pharmacist/doctor/nurse was talking about?

Lunch was my mom’s leftover enchilada from Sunday's dinner that I paired with an apple:



Today’s workout started with a lift targeting our back muscles, followed by some cardio. It looked like this:

Back Lift

  • Pull downs 2 sets x 20 reps
  • “Behind the neck” pull downs 2 sets x 20 reps
  • Bent-over rows 2 sets x 20 reps
  • Inverted rows 2 sets to failure
  • Seated cable rows 2 sets x 20 reps


  • 20 minutes steady-state (Stairmaster for me, bike for Eric)

The toughest part of this workout was definitely the inverted rows. I can barely do two of them myself, and Eric has to spot me for the rest. Here’s what they look like:

Can anyone else do these? For me, they’re right there with push-ups and pull-ups on the list of “impossibly hard weight baring exercises.”


Dinner tonight was one of my all-time favorite meals: steak pasta. I started off with a salad since I was too impatient to wait until the steak was done:


Mixed greens with the usual toppings of feta, dried cherries and sunflower seeds, plus my favorite dressing.

The steak was seasoned with garlic salt and Tony’s Cajun Seasoning and was tossed with spaghetti noodles, General Tso’s sauce, and Buffalo Wild Wings Parmesan Garlic sauce.


Seriously delicious. A+ for Chef Eric Open-mouthed smile.


Well, it’s Biggest Loser time over here so I’m off!


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