Signing Off

I strategically chose a time to disconnect when others around me were doing so as well. In this day and age, we rely so heavily on our “connection” to others by social media, to resources online, and everything in between. I felt it would be easier if I kept busy with good company and things […]

I strategically chose a time to disconnect when others around me were doing so as well. In this day and age, we rely so heavily on our “connection” to others by social media, to resources online, and everything in between. I felt it would be easier if I kept busy with good company and things that would not require ‘signing on.’ My mom, stepdad, and younger sister are practicing Jews and so every week from Friday evening at sundown to Saturday evening at sundown they disconnect. They do not use any electronics or anything that has an on/off button. I did not do a full 24 hours, but I started late Friday evening through Saturday early evening. I went over to my mom’s house and studied, caught up with my family, and rested. This idea of disconnecting isn’t entirely new to me, but in the past has not been by choice, but rather out of respect for my family’s practices. Without technology, I felt I was more involved in whatever I was passing my time with and the longer I found myself being disconnected, the easier it became.

Vancomycin

Vancomycin is an antibiotic, used IV or PO for potentially life-threatening infections when less toxic forms are contraindicated. Examples of staph infections that it can treat include meningitis, pneumonia, and septicemia. It is also used to treat staphylococcal enterocolitis or diarrhea due to C. diff.  IV Vancomycin is eliminated almost entirely by the kidneys and […]

Vancomycin is an antibiotic, used IV or PO for potentially life-threatening infections when less toxic forms are contraindicated. Examples of staph infections that it can treat include meningitis, pneumonia, and septicemia. It is also used to treat staphylococcal enterocolitis or diarrhea due to C. diff.  IV Vancomycin is eliminated almost entirely by the kidneys and therefore has a high risk of nephrotoxicity. It follows that this medication should be used with caution in patients with renal impairment and the dose adjusted accordingly. It is also important to monitor the interactions with other drugs because use of two potentially nephrotoxic drugs together may cause greater risk of nephrotoxicity. Assessment should include evaluation of the 8th cranial nerve function and monitoring of the serum vancomycin levels of people with renal impairment and/or patients over the age of 60. It is also important to monitor the ratio of intake and output. If there is any sign of cloudy or pink urine, it may a detection of nephrotoxicity. Renal function lab tests and drug troughs should be monitored as well.

Reminder:

Inhale.
Exhale.
Everything is going to be okay. Or probably even better than okay!
 

Inhale.

Exhale.

Everything is going to be okay. Or probably even better than okay!

 

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