Archives for April 9, 2006

Helping stranded cyclists

…or, why I’ll be getting a frame pump tomorrow.

Today, early in my ride, I came across a stranded cyclist. As is my habit, I asked "you good?", which is about all you can get out in the time it takes me to pass someone standing still. Usually the answer is yes, and I pedal on. Today, the answer was "not really".

So I stopped. I don’t have rescue fantasies (I have a real job doing that) but I’m a ‘we’re all in this together’ kind of guy and I’ll help when I can. This cyclist was on flat number two, had a tube that was maybe-repaired correctly, and was out of CO2 cartridges. I have 2 CO2 bottles. One was expended (not by me) harmlessly into the air trying to inflate the suspect tube.

So, I gave away my spare tube and last CO2 bottle. Having nothing more to add, I bid my fellow cyclist farewell, and turned for home. Yes, I still have a patch kit, but no way to inflate a flat should I get it repaired. I have always wondered if the CO2 inflators were the way to go, and now I know.

Update: I now have a frame pump. It’s ugly. We’ll see if I keep it.

Pain Unit of Measurement

One of the things any Emergency Physician would put on a short list of "things I want" is an objective measurement of pain.  Separating the wheat from the chaff, knowing if pain is being treated adequately and appropriately would be of enormous benefit to medicine in general and EM in particular.

Discussing this with a colleague, a unit description was proposed: the thromb.  It’d be interesting to know whether these wind up being micro-thrombs, or need exponents following their numbers.

Only time will tell.