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The four words a scientist hates to hear:
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In which I am petty and mean-spirited
Friday, October 29, 2010

XKCD is the awesomest.
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DonorsChoose!
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Just call me "Damn Good Administrative Assistant"
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Observations from the couch
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Observations from the ER
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A scientific career milepost?
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What I wish I knew before...
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A small victory!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

DGT and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
Friday, August 27, 2010

Question
Friday, August 27, 2010

Forgetful
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Everyone should check their renter/owner insurance
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Burglaring update
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Well that fucking sucks.
Friday, August 20, 2010

Early birds
Friday, August 20, 2010

Recommendation letters
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

So many meetings
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Another talk?
Monday, August 9, 2010

Mmmm... meme....
Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ah, technology
Thursday, August 5, 2010

Up and running
Thursday, August 5, 2010
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Damn Good Technician

I'm a technician at a big ol' pharmaceutical company. A damn good technician, if I do say so myself.

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Nov 09, 2010, 12:44pm
Awesome Stuff
Thursday, September 23, 2010

The meningitis is healing, thank you all.  The spinal tap required to differentiate my viral meningitis (the non-terrifying variety) from bacterial meningitis (the oh-god-I'm-going-to-die-I'm-too-young-to-die variety) hasn't healed, and I'm stuck with a hole in my spine.  I am leaking CSF all over the place, giving me some stupendously amazing headaches when I sit up and my poor brain, derived of its cushy pillow of CSF, crashes up against the inside of my skull. 

As such, I have been stuck on the couch all week, eating painkillers and not getting up.  DrDGT has been a tremendous help, staying home from lab as much as he can and fetching me water, and snacks, and whatever else my little heart desires.  I am feeling super guilty about not being in lab all week, even though my boss has said that he understands my brains are leaking out and it's OK for me to be at home.

I am planning to go back to the ER tomorrow and have them do a "blood patch" - in said procedure (if I understand correctly), they draw 20-30mL blood out of a vein and inject it into the epidural space.  This blood applies pressure to the hole, and clots around it as well, forcing it to close.  To this, I said 25 milliliters of blood?!?  Holy frigging shit!  That is a shitload of blood to just ram into a space it doesn't normally live! 

Anecdotal evidence (plus a few papers I pubmedded) suggest the blood patch pretty much fixes these headaches right away.  Fingers crossed, everyone.

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Alyssa
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It doesn't sound fun, but I hope it works for you!

biochem belle
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That sucks. Hope the blood patch works for you. It was like a small miracle for me! Wasn't able to sit up for more than ~20 s without getting a sickening headache when I went in. By the time I left, I was able to sit up and eat an entire meal. And yay, for Dr DGT!

Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Eek!! I hope everything goes as smoothly as is possible!! Good luck!
Khalil A.

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I hope everything goes fine for you. I wish you all the best.

Professor in Training
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Ugh. That sounds absolutely horrendous. Hope everything goes well tomorrow.

Lady Scientist
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Yikes! I hope the blood patch works!

Nikkilina
Washington University School of Medicine
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Good luck! Hope you feel better soon!

Thomas Joseph
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Here's to a quick recovery!
ambivalentacademic

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Oh.My.God. I am so sorry the hear this - both the meningitis and the subsequent brain leakage. Feel better quick!

chall
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ehh... leaky brain does not sound good. Actually, kind of scary. I know, it's CSF and not brainbrain but still... hope the blood patch works!! And you get better very soon. (and yeah, 25 ml is like half of what you donate when you give blood! wow)
Isis the Scientist

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Get well soon, DGT. You're in our thoughts in Casa de Isis.

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ZOMG that is awful-sounding!!! I think spinal taps are possibly my biggest fear. (an epidural was another one of my biggest fears, but labor pain got me over that one) A "blood patch" might now be my second biggest one.

I really hope you feel better soon DGT!!!

Thomas Joseph
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... 25 ml is like half of what you donate when you give blood! wow)

Pedant alert! 1 Unit of donated blood is ~470 mL (1 pint).

chall
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Thomas Joseph said:
Pedant alert! 1 Unit of donated blood is ~470 mL (1 pint).
well, it's actually worse than that TJ ;) It's not the same for all countries... where I come from it's 450 ml... but sure, 25 isn't really half there either ^^

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Hope you feel better.. sorry to hear you're going through all this.
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