Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sifu Ralph Mitchell's 60th birthday video

It was my teachers 60th birthday a few days ago. Here is a great video that was put together in his honer. Happy birthday Sifu!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Go away cauliflower ear!




Damn cauliflower ear! I, Phillipe Nover for the first time after training
in martial arts for over 15 years started to get symptoms of cauliflower
ear in my left ear. Probably from training wrestling so much. It started
to hurt and I could feel this liquid moving around underneath the
skin on my ear.

For those of you who don't really know what cauliflower ear is. It
occurs from blunt trauma to the ear. The cartilage of the ear has no
other blood supply except that supplied by the overlying skin. When
the skin is pulled from the cartilage, and/or separated from the
cartilage by blood (as with accumulated, localized blood from injury,
called a hematoma) or infection, the cartilage is deprived of
important nutrients. Ultimately, the cartilage dies and the risk of
infection is increased.

Untreated, the ear cartilage begins to contract on itself forming a
shriveled up outer ear classically known as the cauliflower ear
deformity.*1

Blood and fluid leak into the space between the cartilage and the
overlying skin. This area is drained and a compression dressing should
be applied for up to 9 days.

Applying this dressing for almost 9 days can be difficult. I drained
my ear and attempted to put magnets on each side of my ear to keep
the two surfaces areas touching. It didn't work and was very painful.
Then I put all sorts of clips and they were all to painful. A training
partner of my told me to use tape. But the tape wouldn't give me that
sort of pressure to keep the area from filling up with fluid again. So
I decided to try something new.

Instead of draining the area over and over, night after night just to have it
fill up again. I took an angiocath (The needle nurses start IVs with)
and I stuck my ear with it. I hit the right spot and let the fluid
leak out. This time however I connected a hep lock (The initial part of
an IV set) to the angiocath. In a sense it was as if I started an IV
lock in my ear. But this time I wanted to make it more of drainage
system for my ear. I also wanted to create a close pressure system. So
I took a 10cc syringe and connected it to the hep lock. I drew back
1.5cc's and taped up the end of the syringe so it will hold a decent
amount of drainage pressure. Keep in mind this is a closed and sterile
system. (Don't try this at home.)













I slept with the thing on and when I woke up more fluid came out. I can not
keep this IV thing on my ear all day long so I had to take it out. And yet
again my ear blew up! Night after night I drained it again.













I finally found something to clip onto my ear that doesn't hurt bad after
I drain it. I use a small portion of a metal finger splint. I would cut
it and bend it to the shape of my ear and wear it. Seems to be working
well for now. I'll let you guys know how It looks in a few days.














*1 -http://www.medicinenet.com/cauliflower_ear/article.htm

Monday, October 12, 2009

5 Questions and answers from MMASports Mag

1.How old were you when you had your first real fight?
I think I was in the 1st grade so I must have been 6 or 7. A kid named Steve took my lunch so I put him in a head lock and drove him into a desk. He cried and I got in trouble! Don't mess with my food. You'll either get beat up or I'll do something bad to your food. haha

2.What is your favorite food?
I love love love love sushi! I can't live without it. I love eating raw salmon. I love shrimp tempura rolls! I must eat sushi at least 2 to 3 times a week.

3.What was your nick name when you were a kid?
This is hilarious! My dad used to call me "Pookie Rice" because I used to eat a lot of rice when I was young. I guess he used the word pookie because it sounds cute. It also means something bad in Filipino. I used to be a really cute kid. Now... I don't know what happened.

4.Who is your favorite superhero and why?
The incredible Hulk! He is the man! Don't ever piss him off. He's so powerful he'll rip your limbs right out of there sockets! I like the green color too.

5.If you weren't fighting for a profession, what would you be doing? I'm being at Coney Island Hospital giving some poor old women an enema! lol. I'd be working as a nurse. Which I still do once a week.