I WON?

Occasionally I will enter an online contest via Facebook for one of the businesses that I follow. Up until a few days ago I had never won. And then I did.

Most contests require you to “click like”, share the post, tag 12 friends, write a paragraph as to why you should win, take a picture doing something ridiculous. A litany of things to say they least. This time around it was just a simple “click the like button” and move on with your day. 24 hours had passed and then I get a notification that I had one.

When I saw the notification I thought it was BS, but after a few message exchanges with the company my prize is on its way. (Just to clarify for inquiring minds it was a dress shirt from Paul Frederick.)

If your going “what’s the deal with him rambling on about all this nonsense”, its because I generally don’t win contests or games of chance. When I play the lottery I either come up with nothing, or break even on the cost of ticket. On the rare occasion I venture into the local area casino at best I make a 20 to 50 dollar “donation” and leave.

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Epinephrine Pens

For those of you Facebook hero’s that have discovered how cheap epinephrine is by the ampule is now touting that everyone should be asking their doctor for a script of that and for a syringe please stop. I applaud your good intentions, but it truly isn’t a viable option. Pull up a seat and I will explain.

Yes, it is a cheaper….a lot cheaper. However, there is a trade off here and it’s time….that when it comes to the need to use epinephrine to counter act an anaphylaxis reaction there is precious little of. You see when opening an ampule of anything you first need to sterilize the top with an alcohol swab and then essentially crack the top off. (Each ampule does have an etched line around the neck to help with breaking it off) Even in an ideal setting you don’t always get a clean snap. (Since were talking about an emergency situation use you can most likely throw any semblance of a clean break out the window.)

Now that the vial is open remember to sterilize the top again. You must also make sure that before drawing any of the solution out of the ampule that you are using a filter tip needle on the syringe. Don’t want to draw up any glass shards. You may keep the person from suffocating, but failing to use the filter tip may result in micro pieces of glass being injected into a person. This could result in internal micro cuts throughout the body causing internal bleeding and/or high susceptibility to infection.

Let’s assume that you have done everything correctly to this point. (Did you draw up the correct amount of liquid?) Now you need to switch needle tips. (The filter tip doesn’t trap the glass, it just keeps it from contaminating the epinephrine in the syringe.) With the tip now changed you are ready to administer.

My point here is that again although this is a cheaper alternative it is not a viable alternative. It is a time consuming process in order to ensure the safety of the person receiving the medication. Which is why the brand name Epipen comes in the preset pens. Unless beyond the shadow of a doubt you know you can safely transport and maintain the integrity of the ampules, syringe, and needle tips don’t. You also have to ask yourself are you the kind of person that can maintain their cool to help administer the correct needed dose to save someone.

I’m sorry, but it is a much better idea to pony up the money from the pens than it is to try and quickly get through that process. Since I’m already on my soap box and I have everyone’s attention let me enlighten you to something that the manufacturer of Epipen doesn’t want you to know. THERE IS A GENERIC ON THE MARKET.

That’s right boys and girls there is a generic to Epipen on the market. It is significantly cheaper. (By a couple of hundred dollars.) The problem is that there aren’t enough studies out to prove that it’s an “AB” rated generic. To translate there isn’t enough data that allows for pharmacies to just change it to the generic that exists. When getting a prescription from your doctor for an epinephrine pen ask them to write it for just that. Saves time and money.

That way you don’t have to wait for congress to legislate something and you could start hitting the manufacturer in the bank account. Instead just lean on your legislature to start making inquiries into why the FDA is dragging their feet on getting the “AB” rating studies done.

 

 

 

 

Facebook Memories

For however long now Facebook has been giving people a daily notice of their memories. Essentially  a look back at the same day for up to about five years ago. I like this feature and find it to be useful.

I think the original intended function was to give people a look into the past so they can relieve fond memories and laugh at themselves a bit as well. I do this myself as well, but I also take some time to purge some things from my wall as well.

Mostly things that just have horrible spelling mistakes or nonsensical posts that I haven’t the slightest recollection as to why I put them up, but also don’t get rid of things from people I don’t associate with anymore. Some people will probably say that I shouldn’t try and erase my past and I agree with said people. However, I have learned from that said incident and moved on. I don’t need a yearly reminder of it.

Facebook Friends

At the moment I have 177 friends on Facebook (FB). 180 is the number I can never seem to break and I am perfectly fine with that. People add me as they interact with and inevitably we will connect on social media. However, as time goes and we stop interacting in the real world or cyber space I will purge people from friend/contact lists. I honestly just don’t like to have a litany of people to go through.  For the people who have anywhere north of 300 friends/contacts I call bullshit.

There is no way you possibly interact with all of those people on a monthly basis especially when we are talking about 1,000+ individuals. In that case I hope your profile is a fan page. After many months of coaxing I finally got my fiancée to start clearing out some of her friends on FB. She was pretty close to 1,000, but I figured out a few things.

1. People will either deactivate their account or just become inactive so over time the webmasters will begin shutting them down so essentially you are friends with non-entities.

2. How many of them are actually someone you know and not just robo accounts?

3. Finally when is the last time you interacted with some of these people. My personal belief is that if I haven’t interacted with you in the last 6 months even if it was you just commenting on something I posted to break my balls I have no reason to maintain contact with you. Especially if your news feed is nothing but drama and unwarranted bitching.

Now she does have  a small side business so having more than 300 contacts is understandable, but 1 & 2 are holding true.

What I am trying to say here is think about purging your friends/contacts list. Clean out non-active profiles, get rid of the robots so your personal info is less vulnerable, and start thinking about if you really need to continue being in touch with some of the people. You’ll have less BS to sort through and you’ll see more things from people you actually want to interact with.