My favorite moment from the Flames’ season opener.
WHAT THE SHIT IS THIS
Guys, if you decided not to inflict this game on yourself last night (GOOD CALL) I can just say that watching the Flames makes me so, so grateful for the Hawks. Like, even the chippy, shitty hockey they’re playing tonight. So grateful.
I was at this game. I was drunk.
All right, for some reason I keep seeing this more and more often both on TV and in fanfic, so I’m gonna address it here before my head explodes.
PSA: You can’t inject a sedative into someone’s neck while they’re struggling, unless you’re willing to kill them.
Let me just repeat that. YOU CAN’T INJECT A SEDATIVE INTO SOMEONE’S NECK WHILE THEY’RE STRUGGLING, UNLESS YOU’RE WILLING TO KILL THEM.
You know the scene: the prisoner just got loose. Someone comes up with a giant syringe and stabs it right into their neck. They collapse to the floor, safely sedated.
IT DOESN’T WORK LIKE THAT.
See the big blue vein up there? That’s the jugular vein, the one you’re presumably aiming for if you want to inject someone. See the big red vein right beside it, the one with the arrow pointing to it? That’s the carotid artery. Did you notice how it’s RIGHT BESIDE the jugular vein? If you hit that one by accident, the drug will go straight and undiluted to the brain, causing seizures or worse. Even worse, many sedatives cause arterial spasms or tissue destruction, which is going to cut off a significant portion of the blood flow to the brain and probably cause a stroke.
It’s possible to inject directly into the jugular vein, but you need patience, a lot of care, either an ultrasound or a lot of experience to find the right vein, the kind of setting where you can be very certain that no one’s going to jostle your hand, and ideally a blood gas analyser, to make really really sure you’ve got your cannula in the right vein before injecting anything.
Now, where CAN you safely inject someone in a crisis? The deltoid muscle’s a pretty safe bet. Ass and thigh muscles work too, in a pinch, although there’s still some small risk of catching an artery and causing hideous damage by accident. Seriously, if your goal isn’t to kill or severely injure the prisoner, you’d be hard-pressed to find any injection site on the body that would be worse than the neck.
NECK INJECTION: JUST SAY NO.
[image credit: Rob Swatski]
Also: dosing! Medication is absorbed differently depending on the route of administration. I’m a Registered Nurse, and our dosing parameters differ depending on where you plan to give the med. Generally intra-muscular (like your sedative) doses are higher than what you’d be giving intra-venous (IV), because when you give something directly into the circulatory system it has a faster onset of action. Where I work (Labour and Delivery), we often give morphine. Now, the IV dose of morphine, depending on the person, is usually 2.5-5mg. The IM dose? 15mg. That’s a huge difference! If you were to give a dose intended for IM into the vein (or artery), you could cause a whole new shwack-load of problems! Respiratory depression! Coma! Organ failure!
TL;DR, don’t overdose people. Also: stay away from arteries.
I will save the songs that we can’t stop singing.
IT’S ALWAYS TEA TIME!
Peyto Lake, Alberta | Canada by cblee
Source: Flickr / cblee
Life is too short not to have the underwear, the coffee, and the haircut you want.
This is perfect
India’s Academy of Sorcery boasts an impressive display of flashy colours, from enchanted saris that shift colours sporadically throughout the day, to the lavishly painted exterior of the academy which is situated in a nondescript location along Ganges River. Due to the frightening rate at which the school’s ancient mango tree (jokingly nicknamed “Mammoth Mango Machine”) produces mangoes, students have to endure the perpetually evolving art of mango cuisine at least five days a week. Every year, to the students’ great enjoyment, classes are halted for Diwali to make time for various competitions that take place: firework flourishes and charms for upper-year students (bonus points if it doesn’t set any part of the school on fire), and lantern designing for lower-year students (use of animals, alive or dead, is forbidden).
Eddie Izzard - shopping at Mac store in Soho
New York City - May 14, 2014
When I was a kid I saw his HBO special. I watched it so many times I still know most of the words. It was the first time I saw a man dressed feminine, be funny, and not have women as a punch line. He didn’t slump out in front of the stage embarrassed by his clothing, he came out perfectly happy, hoping around, and didn’t do some silly feminine voice for laughs, he just used his voice, he wore his clothes, spoke about social injustice, and he was fucking funny. It was nice to watch a comedian and not be the fucking punch line or a flattened stereotype for laughs.
Eddie Izzard has always been my favorite since I was young. I never thought about it, but his identity and way he dressed were never really part of the joke. Being feminine was not for laughs and he unabashedly was who he was and never apologized. I saw him perform live and he’s positively electric.
He would walk on stage in full makeup and a sparkly dress and I think within five minutes of speaking he had a way of making every cis/heteronormative person stop seeing him as “atypical.” He always shut that down.
In recent years I haven’t seen him expressing himself as much, and I worried he was trying to conceal his love of dressing feminine in order to be more successful in the acting field, but I’m really glad to see he’s back to the bright lipstick and fierce nails.
He really did make being feminine a powerful thing and not just a punchline and he showed me a lot about gender expression and identity at a young age when I had never seen anything like it.
"They’re aren’t women’s clothes. They’re my clothes. I bought them." - Eddie Izzard
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