Dictothon Day 3: Pulse

Drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum, drum.

That’s the sound your pulse makes if it’s loud enough for you to hear.

Thanks to Katy, today’s blog is our thoughts and thanks to me, the thoughts must be about the word ‘pulse’.

There are multiple different types of pulses; a seed that is edible like chickpeas, lentils and beans, or the throbbing of your artery as the blood is pumped around your body.

I don’t care much for chickpeas or lentils, or even most beans (I’m a fan of baked beans, but I would rather starve than eat kidney beans). The throbbing under the skin though, well, it’s vital, isn’t it? Without it you would probably be dead, unless you’re one of those people that has an artificial heart.

Yes, they exist.

‘Currently, 50 calves and three humans are using the pump, which completely replaces their natural hearts.’

Amazing.

Though a little scary, imagine having no pulse, no real heart?

It would be like not having a belly button. You couldn’t test your pulse to see how healthy you are, you probably can’t get on a plane without it causing you some sort of problem. What if there was a malfunction like there is with mobile phones and other technology? What if you drop down dead because of it?

I’m sure everybody spent at least one physical education less at school testing their pulse. Your teacher would make you put your fingers to your neck or wrist and count. Then you’d run around and do it again.

I could never feel mine before the exercise, not strongly enough to count it anyway. I probably made up some number similar to everyone else’s.

If you didn’t have a pulse, you wouldn’t be able to do that task. Imagine a child in a school all ready for PE, standing there checking their pulse and not being able to find it. Would they know that they don’t have a pulse at eight years old if the machine had been fitted when they were younger? It’s a strange situation that probably has no current answer, after all, just three people had been fitted with the artificial heart at the time of the article in March last year.

If you want to know more about the artificial heart, you can find out here: http://www.dailytech.com/10000+RPM+Artificial+Heart+With+No+Pulse+Replaces+HumanAnimal+Hearts/article24157.htm (the link made my computer go slow until I forcibly closed Firefox and opened it again, just to let you know.)

I wonder what tomorrow will offer up…you’ll just have to come back and find out!

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