Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What A Way To End A Rotation

Good morning, and Happy Thanksgiving Eve!


Sorry I went all MIA yesterday. After I finished up at the vet’s office, I drove back home to Traverse City (I’m beginning to think this is more of a traveler’s blog than a weight loss blog…), picked up a sandwich to-go from The Silver Swan


and plopped on the couch all night reading blogs and watching Biggest Loser. It was a pretty fantastic night Smile.

So, yesterday afternoon I got to watch the coolest surgery that I will probably ever see in my life. A young cat was hit by car over a year ago, and has been walking around with a diaphragmatic hernia ever since. A diaphragmatic hernia occurs when there is a tear in the diaphragm that forms a hole, allowing part of the organs in the abdominal area to go up into the chest cavity. It can be a birth defect (congenital hernia) or can occur as a result of trauma, and can occur in both humans and animals. (source) Here is what a normal cat x-ray looks like:


(The head is to the right.) You can see where the heart is in the chest, and the big blotch of white below the diaphragm is all of the organs located in the abdominal area, such as the stomach, intestines, kidneys, liver, and spleen.

Here is the same cat with a diaphragmatic hernia:


(sources for both pictures)

As you can see, the organs have been pushed up through the diaphragm into the chest cavity, and are now compressing the cat’s lungs. It is honestly a miracle that the cat we operated on has survived with this hernia for so long.

Not all animals need surgery to repair this kind of hernia, but the ones who do not stabilize on their own will need to have their organs put back into place surgically, and the tear in the diaphragm repaired. I had to look up a lot of medication doses for this cat prior to surgery (antibiotics, pain meds, steroids) and since I became so involved with it (and was completely fascinated by the case), my preceptor invited me to watch. She basically went in and had to pull all of the organs back down through the diaphragm and put them back into the belly area. It was a very risky surgery, but she said that it was by far the coolest surgery she has ever done and probably ever will do. Not a bad way to wrap up my veterinary rotation!

In other news, yesterday’s workout was fan-flipping-tastic. I never made it to the gym on Monday night because my stomach was bothering me, but this treadmill workout I did yesterday morning definitely made up for it.

Time Speed
0-3 3.8
3-9 5.3
9-12 3.8
12-18 5.6
18-21 3.8
21-27 6.0
27-30 3.8
30-36 5.7
36-39 3.8
39-45 5.5
45-50 3.8 –> 3.5

I alternated three minutes of walking with six minutes of running, and repeated it for five total intervals of running. I increased the speed with each run for the first three intervals and then brought it back down. I felt a lot better than I thought I would when I finished this workout and I plan on bumping up the speeds even more next time. Perhaps my running is finally starting to improve again. Good news since the Turkey Trot is tomorrow!

Post-workout breakfast included yogurt, a banana, and a protein bar and was eaten intermittently throughout the morning. I’ve also been eating a lot of salad and sandwiches the past couple days in an attempt to eat up all of my perishable items I have in the house I’ve been staying at in Petoskey.

Today started off with some apple cinnamon oatmeal:


I’m sorry, but does this oatmeal not scream fall?!



The day’s to-do’s:

  • gym
  • grocery shop (I’m making this sweet potato casserole tomorrow)
  • packet pick-up (anyone else running a Turkey Trot in the morning?!)
  • school work

And I’m off! Have a great day Smile


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