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- Flawless Perfection
- Week 24/36 Weigh-In
– Flawless Perfection –
Usually when I first wake up in the morning there is already something preset in my mind, either a topic or concept or maybe even something I need to do. While I was going through my 24 days of study prep for my Part III exam I had one morning theme occur twice and that was Flawless Perfection.
Flawless Perfection has to do with people – pretty much everybody. I suppose part of me was thinking in terms of diamonds. Ratings such as VVS refer to Very, Very Small Inclusions which is one indicator for a very high quality diamond and that’s the way most people are – very, very high quality. I also recall a saying from a book I once read by Denis Waitley which stated, if we could buy people for what they think they are worth and sell them for what they are really worth then we would be billionaires overnight because it seems like most people don’t realize how high quality and spectacular they really are.
Although I’ve had these thoughts before about people, I think a video on YouTube may have been another catalyst to bring this thinking back to the forefront of my brain. I think I was looking up Tic Douloureux (trigeminal neuralgia) and along the side was an associated video of some type of extreme makeover for a person with an overgrown jaw. It seemed a bit tawdry but, I’m not immune to such things, so I clicked on it.
The biggest part of this makeover involved jaw reconstruction – the jaw was broken and parts of the jaw were removed bilaterally to eliminate the protruding underbite. There were also a few other docs like a dermatologist and ophthalmologist then things kept getting more superficial such as makeup and clothing.
From my perspective and observation of this individual, I could easily see that they were essentially perfect as is and I don’t mean that to be glib but literally and this could pretty much be proven mathematically as well. Just with the review books I was pouring over in the last month, we covered several hundred various inclusions or diseases and ailments a person could have but, this person in the video didn’t show signs of any of them.
I have the 23rd edition of Cecil Medicine which is 3,078 pages long and usually has multiple ailments per page so, even if this person’s protruding jaw were listed in that book that’s still a very small fraction of things that could potentially be wrong with her but, moreover – consider the ICD codes. These codes are used in health care offices to document diagnoses. The latest version is ICD 10 and according to a quick Googling there are 68,000 different ICD 10 codes. Incidentally, ICD stands for International Classification of Disease. – honestly, I thought I’ve read of there being over 150,000 codes but, I could have been mistaken.
So, even if a person has 1, 2 or even 10 different ailments or diseases – given the enormous number of things that could be wrong with them, the ailments would still constitute such a small percentage that they would still be more flawlessly brilliant than even the most flawless diamond.
Anemias – 25 to 30 Trillion
For the past week or so I’ve been working to learn more about anemias, a condition which effects about 1 out of 4 people globally. In my head, I’ve always had the approximate numbers of 4-6 million when it comes to lab results for a CBC (complete blood count) but, what finally got in my head during my studies were the units used which are given in cells/mcl – cells per microliter. A microliter is one millionth of a liter. We’re talking about something about the size of 1/10th of a grain of rice and, on average – between men and women, say about 5,000,000 red blood cells contained in that tiny little speck of rice.
So, in one liter of blood, we’re now talking 5 million red blood cells per microliter times 1 million (the number of microliters in a liter) and get an answer of 5 Trillion! 5,000,000,000,000 red blood cells in a liter of blood.
How many liters in the human body? That depends a lot on the size of the individual but, an answer such as 5-6 liters should cover the bulk of the Gaussian curve and if we use the lower end of 5 liters of blood in the human body then the total number of RBC’s would be 5 times 5 trillion or 25 Trillion Red Blood Cells! I recall reading once that the annual US budget is in the neighborhood of 4 trillion and a quick Googling stated there is about 10.5 trillion US dollars floating around worldwide. So, the number of red blood cells in our body trumps those numbers by a quite a bit.
The numbers in the human body can get even more staggering if we consider the fact that each red blood cell holds about 250 million hemoglobin molecules – what’s 25 trillion times 250 million? idk….
and – each molecule of hemoglobin can hold 4 oxygen molecules …. well, I can do 25 Trillion times 4 – 100 Trillion then take that times 250 million for the total number of oxygen receptor sites on all those hemoglobin molecules.
From Guyton Textbook of Medical Physiology (11th ed, page 3): “Although the red cells are the most abundant of any single type of cell in the body, there are about 75 trillion additional cells of other types that perform functions different from those of the red cell. The entire body, then, contains about 100 trillion cells”
idk – try putting a puzzle together with 100 trillion pieces which is to say nothing of all the individual components that make up all these cells.
I was watching a video the other day which showed that a car engine can be taken apart and it’s pieces scattered all over but, for someone that knows what they’re doing, all those pieces can be put back together and the car can run like it did before it was taken apart. With people – not so much.
If there is anything more spectacularly amazing than people, I have yet to discover what it is.
Week 23/36 Weigh-In
Why Week 23/36?
Well, I’ve weighed myself every week for 36 weeks and it’s been 23 weeks since my ….huh, i believe i made a mistake – it’s actually been 24 weeks worth of weigh ins since my weight loss contest ended (i should have counted Week 0 as week 1 for maintenance)
I like those numbers better – 24/36. 12 weeks of weight loss, 24 weeks of maintaining the weight loss.
We definitely reached a new high with last weeks weigh in but, it’s still only about 3% above where this maintenance phase started 24 weeks ago. Initially, I was considering all the extra stress inherent with that Part III exam as part of the explanation for the weight increases over the past ….well, 6 weeks now. However my frequency of running has greatly diminished and last week – my number of runs was zero which is quite a contrast from the 100 miles I put in during the month of August.
Primarily, I’ve been consciously wanting to avoid stress so, maybe nixing the running is one way my psyche went about helping to accomplish that objective. I could tell my brain was in a funky place the past few weeks and figured it would get back to normal eventually.
I did replace the picture of Southern Sardinia with one of the Swiss Alps :)
I started this blog about 5 days ago and kept adding bullet points – about 15 of them but, that’s a lot to blog about. There are just so many interesting things out there.
Alas, it’s time to do that work thing :)