Wednesday, August 26, 2009

drink up

so yesterday was a bit . . . rough. more on that later. first, i must bring you the latest news on something very close to many of our eco-loving, health-embracing hearts:

yes, it concerns your water bottle. and it's about BPA.

i don't know how we even got on the subject, but yesterday, not even knowing that i've been chugging H20 from a sigg for the past year, the intern casually mentioned that he had read on some blog about how many of the bottles actually DO contain the substance.

i am not a super-organic, chemical fearing person (although perhaps i am headed that way). however, from what i have read, there is enough research on BPA to have me concerned enough to want to avoid it when i can, especially since there are many drinking vessel alternatives available. after all, that was what i thought i was doing with my sigg!

but unfortunately, through the brassy metal interior shines the truth: my bottle does contain the stuff. whether it actually leaches out of the old lining or not is up for debate, but i know that i still would have chosen a different bottle if i had known there was BPA present.

HA. yes, i designed this one myself.

the story is much more fleshed out in the link (also posted above), but the gist is that the sigg company quietly continued to sell off BPA-containing stock for over a year (some old bottles are still available!) while marketing their bottles as a safe alternative to nalgene, which took a ton of BPA heat around that same time.

not very honest, and not very nice.

since i dislike hormone disrupters, i now need a new bottle. and perhaps so do some of you! here are some alternatives i am considering:

above, we have the klean kanteen. a truly BPA-free alternative, this bottle looks fairly similar to the sigg. cons: i wish they had more colors, and that a better speller had created the brand name.

now THIS is a bottle. presenting the absolutely gorgeous kor. it's like a bottle of vodka met an iMac and had a clean and fashionable baby!

ooh, COLORS. but this bottle is $30 and bigger than i would want (750 ml = more water than i ever drink at one sitting). if they made a mini version, i'd be all over it.

finally, there's always the classic NALGENE, which is now BPA-free. however, for some reason this brand conjures up images of dirty hikers and tie-dye and doesn't really attract me like the others.

so i'm leaning towards the klean kanteen. but the jury is still out!

what kind of bottle do you carry? and was anyone else dismayed to learn about a tainted sigg?

mec madness
all right, with all of that fuss over hydration, i've run out of time to say much about yesterday's happenings. there was one rather dicey meconium delivery that had me trying to intubate -- twice -- and failing. luckily, the infant perked right up with a little bag-mask-ventilation, but i was really not happy that i had been unable to get an endotracheal tube in for suctioning during the heat of the moment like i was supposed to.

i'm discouraged. i feel like i need a remedial intubation tutorial or something. it's not that i don't understand the mechanics of it, or what is supposed to happen -- i can tube a mannequin in 0.02 seconds. however, in real life i can NEVER SEE WHAT I AM SUPPOSED TO SEE. there are interns that have racked up more intubations than i have, and it's disheartening. even though i am not ashamed to admit that i HATE codes and emergencies, i want -- and need -- to be competent at dealing with them.

cindy, want to come to NC and help me out!?? i'm only half joking.



workout: 35 minutes elliptical (levels 9-12) + weights
- 2 x 12 pushups
- 2 x 12 leg press, 90 lbs
- 2 x 12 walking lunges, 8 lb weights
- 2 x 12 bicep curls, 12 lb
- 2 x 12 lateral/forward raises, 5 lb weights
- 2 x 15 ball tucks (abs)

i was supposed to run but didn't look at my schedule! oh well, easy enough to switch things around.

doin' time: no martha -- instead we used up some leftovers! but i do have this lovely laptop leftovers lunch photo to share:

yum, fridge clean-out.

reading: 35 minutes on reflux.


  1. Anonymous8:26 AM

    Ugh! I have a metal bottle, but I don't think it's a Sigg. I wonder how I know if it's BPA free. I got it earlier this summer so it's pretty new.

  2. What!!!! I am seriously mad right now. I definitely got mine before August 08 and I looked and it has the old liner. GRRRR!!!

    Don't be frustrated with yourself, you will do great!

  3. Anonymous9:10 AM

    eh in all honestly i'm not really worried about BPA. i love carrying around the (totally un-eco friendly) plastic water bottles though. this does not sit well with my friends so for my bday last year they bought me a klean kanteen so i use that just because it's there...

  4. I've been meaning to get an aluminum water bottle for awhile now. I'm just being picky and waiting for one that I really want to appear. So sadly, I'm still using plastic water bottles and refilling them...yikes!!

    I need to stop that because I'm definitely concerned about BPA and just my over-dependence on all things plastic.

    I like the Kor :)

  5. I have zillions of water bottles - a new, actually BPA free SIGG, a Klean Kanteen and a plastic CamelBak that most closely resembles the last Nalgene you displayed.

    I love my CamelBak, because it has the straw/sippy thing, which I like, and between the Klean Kanteen and SIGG, I like the Klean Kanteen better - its stronger than the SIGG and dents less, as well as having a wider opening for ice.

    I must say its frustrating to hear about SIGG's fib. Its always a letdown to hear that a company with seemingly good intentions isn't morally sound. Given our BPA-phobia, I'm sure SIGG will end up paying...big time.

  6. I have a Nalgene similar to the one you posted last, except it's taller and skinnier...and RED! It contains 750 mL, which is a good size for me. Holds me over long enough when I need to do some chugging. It's purse friendly least for me!

  7. I have a Nike waterbottle that I suspect has BPA. I don't want to pay tons of money for one! Let me know what you decide.

  8. I have a Klean Kanteen and I love it. I have the 27 oz. size, which is great... slim enough to slip into a book bag. Mine's pink and the paint has chipped over the last year, but not so much that it bothers me. It's also dented when I've dropped it when it had water in it, but I usually just hammer it out. I noticed that LL Bean has some other colors & styles, including a great sport top!

  9. Anonymous8:48 PM

    There is another reason not to buy disposable plastic water bottles for some of you who commented that you do: the cost to our environment, and not just the non-biodegradable aspect of it. Bottled water companies consume huge amounts of energy transporting water between different parts of our country, wasting fuel on a rather heavy product (weighing more than a pound for each pint). So, we should not be supporting this industry out of concern for our environment. So this is yet another reason to use something re-useable, and without BPA.

    -- a devoted reader

  10. Anonymous10:13 PM

    This couldn't have come at a better time. I've been very unhappy with my water bottle. Its stainless but has a metallic taste that concerns me. I went out this afternoon and bought the beautiful KOR. Thanks so much, I can't wait to drink :)

  11. Re: intubations:
    go in deeper than you think you need to and be pulling UP to the lights. Slowly pull back until you see the epiglottis and then throw the tube down. Like Colt 45, it works every time.

    Re: much more important:
    When you go for the martinis - super cold, don't be afraid to smell the drink as would wine - drink it in through your nose. revel in the brininess, which is totally novel from all other beverages and remember that it's an acquired taste that will suggest you are incredibly sophisticated.

  12. atilla10:40 PM

    forget the mannequin... go to the OR and intubate a bunch of babies with the anesthesiologist helping

  13. That is infuriating! I gave up my beloved Nalgene for a Sigg because of the BPA scare a while ago. NOT COOL, Sigg.

    Thanks so much for posting this information! I will be looking for a new water bottle.

  14. lol - that assesment of the KOR bottle is dead on - mac makes a baby with a vodka bottle! :) love it!

  15. First time visitor to your blog (I saw the link about Sigg on Tina's blog) and I just wanted to say that I have a Klean Kanteen bottle and my only issue with it is that if you put cold water in it or ice to keep water cold it's almost impossible to hold because it's metal and gets SO cold. And maybe it's just mine, but when you screw the top on or off it squeaks so badly that you can't do it in a class or movie theater or museum, etc. I have a Nalgene I love and it's not too dirty hiker looked! :)

  16. Thanks for the info on Sigg! I'm happy now that I never bought one!!!

  17. wow. that is sick. you can't trust any companies these days.

    it reminds me of the time everyone in my old gym ate these detour bars, only to find out that the nutrition stats were completely bogus and they were pretty much eating candy bars. luckily i didn't fall into that one.

    le sigh. going to go check out my sigg now.

  18. wow - that is not cool that they would do that.

    I guess I need a new one, too.

  19. hi...saw a link to this post from Hangry Pants. Very interesting information! I have a camelback bottle that has a straw/sippy thing and i LOVE it. It actually holds 750ml of water, which is a lot, but I notice I drink more water b/c of the straw. but i love that mac/vodka baby!

    I guess the fda approved certain amount of bpa to be "safe" but its in SO many items, that it is best to avoid when you can.

  20. Azusa4:27 PM

    SIGG just announced a Voluntary Exchange Program for all those (including me and you) who've purchased the older, BPA-lined bottles:

    I'm sending in mine to get a new (and dent-free) bottle!

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