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How To Save A Life: Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest

Warning signs:

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. (List found at the American Heart Association website.)

I went ahead an included the specific warning signs for women, because they include all the same warning signs as for men, and this list includes those few extra commonly reported symptoms. After calling 9-1-1, the person suffering symptoms of a heart attack should chew and swallow one Aspirin tablet, unless he/she is allergic, or has been instructed by a doctor not to take Aspirin. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen do not work in the same way, and as such should not be administered. Give the person nitroglycerin if, and only if, it has been prescribed to them by a doctor. Have the person lie down, if he/she is having trouble breathing or swallowing put him/her into the recovery position. Try to keep the person calm and alert. If the person loses consciousness (enters cardiac arrest) begin CPR. If the person has no vital signs, CPR should be continued and an automated external defibrillator (AED) should be administered.   Now here is a PSA from Go Red For Women, featuring actress Elizabeth Banks. About the video, Banks said, “While the film is funny, having a heart attack is not something to be laughed at. However, I’m using humor to help uncover the truth about heart disease, to get people interested in learning more about their hearts — and our movement.” I don’t think leaving one’s mom on the floor with an iPhone and an article about heart attacks is the appropriate course of action by any means, but you get the point.


Week 3: Recap

It seems that eggs five ways turned into eggs eight ways, haha. It’s easy to get carried away when doing something I enjoy. To recap, I made eggs that were sunny side up, over-easy, over-well, poached, coddled, steeped in tea, steamed in a savory way, and steamed to make a delicious egg pudding. This was a fun week of trying stuff out, and getting the hang of different cooking techniques. What I enjoyed most about this week though, was sharing the food I made with friends. I often forget how much enjoyment I get from sharing what I cook with others. It partially stems from my love of receiving feedback, even when it’s not positive. Feedback drives me to play with recipes I have used before, to be more creative with my cooking and to try preparing new things.

While I did discover some new ways to prepare and eat eggs this week, my go-to breakfast eggs are unlikely to change dueto morning time constraints during the workweek. But I will certainly be more creative with my weekend breakfasts, and try to have people over for brunch more often so that I have an excuse to experiment with some new recipes.

Now, on to week 4!

Week 2: World Geography

I love traveling, but my knowledge of country locations is quite lacking. I was teaching a student a few weeks ago, and the vocabulary list included the words ‘map’ and ‘globe’. I pulled a world map off the wall so that she could investigate it. The map had the continents labelled, but no country names. She kept pointing to the map and asking “What country is here?” and “What’s that?”. I found myself guessing the majority of the time. With that, world geography made the list of things to brush up on.

For this week of learning, I will be using my friend’s high school Geography textbook, and two websites as my primary sources for learning:

Shepherd Software: Geography Games (

Free Rice: Geography (

I like Sheppard Software’s layout because it provides tutorials, games and quizzes increasing in difficulty for each region. And I like Free Rice because it’s just an awesome site – how can you not like learning and donating rice at the same time? I also like Free Rice because the program gives you the correct answer after incorrectly answering a question, and recycles questions you have answered incorrectly more frequently.

My plan is to focus on a region each day; the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and Oceania. I will concentrate on learning country names, major bodies of water, major landmarks (cultural and topographical), and some fun facts about each region.

Hopefully, the next time that I come across a lesser known country mentioned in a news article, I will be able to focus on the content of the article and put it into context without having to hop over to Google Maps and figure out where the country is first.