a case of the vapours

JIMothy is reserved for when Bones wants to be a special type of asshole. It's when he's in peak 'southern belle' form. It's usually followed by raised eyebrows, a hand flying to his heart, and a fake surprised "why I never!" Spock stands by and huffs quietly at the displayed--the Vulcan equivalent of the snort before adding "to coin on of the good doctor's many phrases, 'bless your precious little heart,' JIMothy." And Jim just. Implodes a bit both from irritation and from affection overload.

Well goodness I’ve got a case of the vapours *fans self very southernly*

Best of Laura Hollis - 1/? (S3 E14): “Despite Carm’s little ‘case of the vapours’ we managed to steal the sword, sneak back to safety, before the Dean even noticed we were gone. Score one for the team!” - Laura Hollis

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Guess the library is pleased. So, victory! Despite Carm’s little “case of the vapours” we managed to steal the sword, sneak back to safety before the Dean even notice we were gone.

Pancake batter holds clue to eye surgery

Scientists at University College London (UCL) have demonstrated how cooking the perfect pancake could improve surgical methods for treating eye conditions such as glaucoma.

According to the researchers, the appearance of pancakes depends on how water escapes the batter mix during the cooking process and this varies with the thickness of the batter. By understanding the physics of the process, the researchers can get an insight into how flexible sheets, similar to those found in human eyes, interact with flowing vapour and liquids.

The study, published in Mathematics TODAY, examined a range of pancakes of differing thicknesses and diameters and discovered the thinner and smaller the pancake, the more evenly the surface cooks. Professor Ian Eames, Co-author of the study and Professor of Fluid Mechanics at UCL Engineering, said, ‘We’ve discovered that the variations in texture and patterns result from differences in how water escapes the batter during cooking and that this is largely dependent on the thickness and spread of the batter.’

To explore how different ratios influence the textures and patterns of pancakes, the scientists made batters with the same amount of flour and egg, but used different amounts of milk. The pancakes were made using the batters in the same pan, at the same heat and without fat. The results were as follows –

Thick batters with a baker’s percentage of 100–120 form pancakes with irregular craters on the bottom surface. Water vapours released during cooking get trapped, unevenly lifting the pancake from the pan. Islands form on the top surface as the pancake isn’t a uniform thickness.

Thinner batters with a baker’s percentage of 175 form pancakes with an even colour on the bottom surface as water vapour is released smoothly from the base as it cooks.

The thinnest batters with a baker’s percentage of 200–225, form pancakes with an even coloured bottom surface, which is dotted with dark spots. Water vapours escape smoothly across the bottom surface and through channels in the batter. It also has a distinctive dark ring around the outer edge where the batter is thinnest.

Dr Yann Bouremel, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, said, ‘We found that the physics of pancake cooking is complex, but generally follows one of two things. If the batter spreads easily in the pan, the pancake ends up with a smooth surface pattern and less burning as the vapour flow buffers the heat of the pan. We found a thin pancake can only be created by physically spreading the batter across the pan and in this case, the vapour tends to escape through channels or diffusion.’

Co-author Professor Sir Peng Khaw, Director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology said, ‘We work on better surgical methods for treating glaucoma, which is a build-up of pressure in eyes caused by fluid. To treat this, surgeons create an escape route for the fluid by carefully cutting the flexible sheets of the sclera. We are working with engineers and mathematicians. This a wonderful example of how the science of everyday activities can help us with the medical treatments of the future.’

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Mr. Bungle

Mr. Bungle - Golem II - The Bionic Vapour Boy

Just in case people wonder why where my name is from.

pot brownies, faux outrage and ignoring the real issue...

So, our federal health minister spent the better part of the day flipping out over how people who take medical marijuana take medical marijuana. Some people don’t want to smoke it, and our supreme court recognized that… And you KNOW what that means… baked goods.

Full disclosure: yes, I’m a pain patient but no, I don’t use marijuana. Not that I wouldn’t like to.  It’s not a moral thing - my drug reactions are just next level. Something metabolically with me does not line up. And cannibinoids make me sicker than my pain and don’t provide me any pain relief. No one knows why.

Most narcotics make me sicker than my pain - something a bunch of people think is lucky - but prescription drugs are really all our family doctors have to help us.

If you manage to get believed that you genuinely have chronic pain, which is really difficult because everyone thinks you’re a faker and a drug seeker, the only thing most doctors are able to do is whomp you onto an opioid. That is literally the sum total of their medical training around non-acute chronic pain - to treat it like acute pain.

Yes -hospital based pain clinics are great for providing quality care and support for patients - it takes almost a year and a half to get seen at mine.

Good luck with that.

I fully support rational opioid use - but as a long-term treatment for a chronic disease, they’re riddled with issues. They have bad side effects, including major depression and liver damage. They lose efficacy over a fairly short period of time, and people often take more to no effect, or seek out other self medicating alternatives. They can be very dangerous - my friend died from a fentanyl overdose - and you need to have all sorts of education in using them appropriately.

It would be dumb to have something as ineffective over the long term as a painkiller be the only tool in your kit to manage severe pain, right? And yet this is the only thing most doctors are trained to do. Treat pain with a painkiller.

Further, most of the supports for chronic pain - physio, physical supports and specific physical training, hydrotherapy, massage, accupuncture, prolotherapy - none of these things are covered by the heath care system.

It costs me \$1200 a month out of pocket for these supports.

Without them, I can’t work. If I can’t work, I can’t afford the supports.

You see the issue. Ourosbouros. The snake is eating its tail. But I earn a decent wage and have benefits. This is what the government relies on, your insurance company is expected to pick up a bunch of the slack.

Ironically, to have extended benefits, you need to work. And most pain patients cannot work, do not work, because workplaces are fairly inflexible about sitting at a desk or being on your feet from 9 to 5. Or require you to not be zoned out on meds.

And so they can’t afford the very treatments that would allow them to stay working.

No work. No money. That cuts out your social supports first, it marginalizes you, and then it chews away at things like your housing and your food. You go back to the doctor, you get more drugs.

Opioids are dirt cheap. What I spend in one month on all my physical medical interventions will keep you in percocet for two years.

So, for many, the cheap opioid is the only thing they have to survive.

Behold: a perfect storm for drug abuse, for addiction. Also a perfect storm for all sorts of other diseases piling on a person who is not being properly treated (cardiac problems, blood pressure problems, diabetes, liver problems) - diseases that *will* cost the health system in the long run - and cost far more than just funding some physio.

And you wonder why we have no money for health care.

So forgive me if I’m angry that the federal health minister is having a case of the vapours about some baked goods while doing absolutely nothing to improve the situation for people living in pain.

Pot brownies aren’t the problem. And be honest, everyone - the rage is because the leader of the third party supports decriminalization and this plays to the base.

The problem is politicians are so afraid of doing anything that will lose them elections that they forget what they were elected to do - and that is *govern*.  In some ways, having a tantrum about edible medical marijuana while ignoring other major issues is unethical and negligent.

You want fewer drugs on the street? Fewer addicts? More people working? Then *act* on the problem of there being no care for pain patients. Solve the problem. Do your job. GOVERN.

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