Thursday, 2 December 2010
I've not seen it all before
Nicotine in tobacco is a toxic alkaloid called solanine (the same toxin as occurs in deadly nightshade and the green of potatoes exposed to the sun). Ingesting nicotine chemical results in a build up of the neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. At lowish doses it causes nausea, vomiting and palpitations and at higher dosages may cause delirium, paralysis and death! Apparently ingesting 5 cigarettes or half a cigar is enough to kill an adult!
Fortunately my patient recovered apart from a few hours of vomiting. I've lots to learn yet.
No, not that side! But thank God got through surgery ok yesterday. And thanks to all for love support and prayer.
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