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My friends call me “Mike Vila”

January 7th, 2008 2 comments

4 months ago I turned this:

My old kitchen

Into this:

Finished kitchen

It took 22 days from start to finish.

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Boston EMT-Basic course

December 13th, 2007 1 comment

Boston EMS ambulance

In September I signed up for an EMT-Basic class. The class is taught by Boston EMS‘s Captain Scarna. The class is 150-hours, and meets every Tuesday & Thursday, and every other Saturday. When I finally graduate next month, I will be eligible for the state certification and licensing examination.

EMT’s provide life-saving medical care at the scene of medical emergencies and during the ambulance transport of ill or injured patients to the hospital emergency room. EMT course training prepares students for the evaluation and treatment of various medical emergencies, including cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, stroke, poisoning, burns, fractured bones, obstructed airways, childbirth, and severe bleeding. – Fall 2007 Brochure

(photo:Philly40)

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More detailed description of free vascularized fibular grafting

October 3rd, 2007 3 comments

Free Vascularized Fibular GraftingDue to its high complexity, free vascularized fibular grafting for the hip is performed at only a few medical centers throughout the country by fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeons, who are highly experienced with this procedure. Vascularized fibular grafting involves removal of dead bone from the “ball” of the hip that has poor or no blood supply and replacing it with a healthy, vascularized (blood-rich) bone from the lower leg, the fibula. A portion of the fibula (the smaller bone in the lower leg) is removed with its own blood vessels and then inserted into the “ball” of the hip. With use of a microscope, the blood vessels of the fibula are then attached to the blood vessels around the hip to restore blood flow to the “ball.”
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MRI explained

October 3rd, 2007 No comments


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Never forget

September 11th, 2007 1 comment

WTC Cathedral

(H/T to Lex)
New York, N.Y. (Sept. 14, 2001) — Rescue workers conduct search and rescue attempts, descending deep into the rubble of the World Trade Center. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson.

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