Fitbloggin Plus an ER trip!

As I posted earlier, I was able to get an extra ticket for FitBloggin.  I had a (mostly) great time, met many great bloggers and learned lots! Here’s a quick recap of the weekend. Read on for an exciting twist!

Friday was my day off and I thought I had plenty of time to get ready for Fitbloggin! Including setting up my brand new baby laptop:


An Asus Eee PC Netbook! My poor Macbook is almost 4 years old and about to die.  Hoping this baby I can use for most of my everyday task and use my Mac for bigger projects! Plus the thing is super portable and much cheaper than a new Mac:



Unfortunately, I was barely able to set it up!  I ended up in the hair salon for about 6 hours. Two dye jobs, a cut and a recut later, my hair is at least the right color.  The cut is nothing different then what I had :/ The lady I had was just so distracted and totally missed my point!  I will always bring pictures in from now on to show the hair stylists.

I ended up getting the the Fitbloggin Pom Reception late, about 6:30. It was being hosted at the Marriot Waterfront.  The last time I was in this hotel was for my prom in 2004!!  Got myself a yummy Pom Martini! Then off to meet a bunch of fun bloggers!


(Ashley’s Photo!) Please note pretty red color but unfortunate bang situation…

I also got a a great gift bag, which will be a separate post.  I am blogging from my ‘rents house and all the swag is at my apartment!

In the morning, I opted out of the New Balance 5k. I wasn’t feeling getting up before 5:30 to make it there in time! Thinking about running the route next weekend though!

I carpooled with Monica of RunEatRepeat, since she isn’t familiar with the area.

A stop a Dunkin Dounuts happened! Then off to Fitbloggin!!!


The first thing I hit up was the Oatmeal bar where I got some oatmeal with cranberries and a cute jar of Honey to go with my iced coffee!


There were many great vendors there including POM, New Balance and LA Boxing! Plus the hotel is beautiful:


My first session was ‘Don’t write about junk science: How to critically evaluate research.’ Great session that bought up great points! I am going to do one or many posts on this, as it relates to my senior research project.  This was an under attended session of the conference, which in my opinion was due to schedule.  SEO (search engine optimization), also a great topic, was more appealing to most. 

After a quick coffee and fruit break, it was off to WordPress from .com to Self Hosted: An in Depth look into one of the Most popular Blogging Software out there. Another great session that I will be utilizing soon!

After the WordPress sessions, I was chatting with Jim when Roni came up to us.   One of the other attendants was in serious pain and needed to go to the ER.  Obviously, Roni, couldn’t go and Jim (also a local) didn’t have a car. 

So I volunteered to drive her to the ER.    I told Roni I would pull my car around to pick up the girl. Poor Mary had horrible back pain and couldn’t keep anything down and was thinking she had a kidney stone.  I picked up Mary and Andrea, her room mate, at the front door.  After getting stuck at a ridiculous amount of red lights (Why does that always happen?) and my incessant talking to keep Mary’s mind off the pain, we got to Johns Hopkins Bayview.



As great as the Marriot was, they had a FAIL, no one at the concierge knew what hospital to send her.  They said she could go to one hospital but she would be waiting for hours. Mary was in so much pain at this point that was not an option.

We had an excellent experience at Bayview! Every person working, nurses, doctors, PAs, and admins, were pleasant and helpful. They took Mary in almost right away, put her on fluids and got her a room! Meanwhile, Andrea and I got to know each other in the waiting room.  We saw some interesting people as Bayview is not in the greatest area of Baltimore.

Once Mary got settled in her room, Andrea and I went back to keep her company.  A Physician’s assistant came into the room to let Mary know she was getting pain medication soon.

I then accosted the PA and asked her a TON of questions! I want to go back to Physician’s assistant school. The PA was super nice and answered most of my questions, before excusing her self to get the pain meds.  Oops, sorry Mary!!!

Next, a ER doctor came in to do an ultra sound.  Ultra sounds can check for signs of kidney stones but not diagnose them.  Mary would need a CAT scan for the diagnosis.  Mary was kind enough again to let me geek out and ask all sorts of crazy questions! It helped she received the pain meds already!

I learned all how to read an ultra sound of a kidney and bladder. We were able to see blood flow through the kidneys by using Doppler.  The doctor was patient and helpful with us. He even printed out a picture for Mary! 


By this point, it was almost 2:30pm.  I had not eaten since 9 and was starting to get shaky.  Once I made sure Mary would be fine and left every piece of contact information I had, Andrea and I headed back to the conference. 

We got back just in time for the last session but missed the snack. I had to eat!   I may have cried to one of the Marriott hotel staff.  The head guy was nice enough to get me a grilled chicken sandwich, Marriot WIN!

Ok, it was a grilled chicken sandwich smothered in cheese with Old Bay fries.  Not exactly ‘fitbloggin’ good but delicious!

I got to see some of the last session about making money off your blog.  To be honest I wasn’t interested, so I was fine with skipping out when Mary called to let us know they were releasing her.  Andrea and I headed back to Bayview to pick up Mary.

Mary had her CAT scan and was diagnosed with multiple kidney stones. The medication was managing her pain, so she was being released.

We got back in time for the closing remarks, but I opted out to speak with some of the vendors.  I did participate in the sushi and mousse JELLO reception after!  Odd but delicious combination.

Of what I participated in, Fitbloggin was  fun and informative. Hopefully, next year I will be able to enjoy the whole thing! I am glad I was able to help a fellow blogger out! Mostly, it was nice to meet Mary and Andrea, who I would probably not have spoken to other wise!


4 Responses to “Fitbloggin Plus an ER trip!”

  1. 1 Jim March 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    That was super awesome of you to do – very kind. You are a good soul.

  2. 2 jen (@jeninRL) March 22, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    so VERY awesome of you to help out!!

  3. 3 AJ March 23, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Thank you again for driving us- you rock and earned your karma points for the while YEAR!! 🙂

  4. 4 Sana March 25, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Your hair looks great! it was nice to meet you!

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