How We’re Using Drones to Deliver Blood and Save Lives by Keller Rinaudo

Keller Rinaudo presented How We’re Using Drones to Deliver Blood and Save Lives as a TED Talk.

Apple Watch

After last week’s incident I decided to get an Apple Watch and try to get into the Apple/Stanford Heart Study. I thought about other options of fitness trackers, but the last couple I’ve tried didn’t last long enough. Between the 3 Nike Bands and 3 Fitbits I’ve had I don’t think any have lasted 15 months. I also think having the ability to call someone, with or without having my phone on me, is a good backup plan.

I had 2 concerns that prevented me from getting one earlier, the first being the battery life and the second being the heart related measurement features not being FDA approved.  So far the battery life hasn’t been nearly as much of a concern as I worried about. I want it to be able to last the full day after only being taken off and charged as I shower and get ready in the morning. It looks like that won’t be a problem as it’s lasted over 50 hours on a single charge.

The 2nd concern probably won’t be addressed any time soon. With the FDA approval process taking around 2 years and the Apple Watch update cycle being less than that, the newest model probably won’t get approval while it’s the newest model. It looks like the FDA is working on a program to approve devices quicker, but we’ll see. The Apple Watch eco-system also seems to be trying to move the functions that need to get approved to accessories that will work with current and future version of the watch, so the watch can continue to update without being delayed for FDA approval.

It Works

A couple years ago I had an internal defibrillator installed because my heart does funky things. Yesterday I found out it works. During my morning cardio it defibrillated me, knocking me off the elliptical to my ass.

While still on the ground I called Tony, who lives nearby, to come and get me, but with it being a little before 7am he didn’t answer. I’m not sure it I was sitting or lying at this point because I was still in the what the hell just happened phase. After lying on the ground for what felt like a couple more minutes I felt good enough to stand up and try to get home. Other than feeling sore, like I just finished one of the best full body workouts of my life, walking home wasn’t a problem.

I called my doctor’s office on the way home, but it was about 40 minutes before it opened. At home I have a transmitter that can send info from the device to the doctor so I did that once I got home, then returned to lying on the floor. At this point I was feeling pretty normal other than the soreness. I decided to get up and take a shower to pass the time until the doctor’s office opened.

While I was in the shower the doctor’s office called me because they saw the data from the transmission. When I called back I let them know I was feeling alright and they said they didn’t see anything in the transmission that warranted rushing to the hospital as long as I felt alright, but to go if that changed. The specialist I needed wasn’t coming in the office that day so I don’t yet know the details of what caused this to happen, but should get more info later today.

I also cut my finger and burnt my mouth yesterday.

Walking as a Revolutionary Act of Self-Care by T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison presented Walking as a Revolutionary Act of Self-Care as a TED Talk.

Addiction is a Disease. We Should Treat it Like One by Michael Botticelli

Michael Botticelli presented Addiction is a Disease. We Should Treat it Like One as a TED Talk.