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Priority Score Confusion
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Working from home sucks; aka "Preeclampsia for Dummies"
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Editor's choice
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Dr. O

After a frustrating year on the tenure-track job hunt, my eyes are still on the prize, and I've learned that sheer will might be the most important quality required for this career track.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

I'm seriously planning to get back to my career-focused blogging before tooooo long; I even have an email from a (patient) reader that I've been meaning to address. But it's been a very overwhelming past couple of weeks, and I haven't had time to gather very meaningful thoughts into one post. In the meantime, I've experienced a bit of pregnancy-related hilarity that I thought I'd share. Let's just say I'm learning new ways to have quite a bit of fun at work, at the expense of others of course.

For one, it's evidently a bad idea for a preggo to yell "oh shit" or "ouch" in the lab. A year ago, these tantrums may have garnered a quick look-see, just in case the mishap required help cleaning up (or just some good ol' pointing and laughing). These days, a similar outburst leads to bunch of easily-excitable lab mates running to my bench to make sure I'm not on the floor having a baby.

Speaking of things you shouldn't say while pregnant... I work at a pretty huge medical campus, complete with two hospitals that both have yummy meal options in their cafeterias. It's not all that uncommon for one of us to run over there for lunch, or to pick up prescriptions (it's rather nice having a pharmacy at work). I learned this week, however, the phrase "I'm heading over to the hospital" stirs things up quite a bit among my lab mates, who instantly stop what they're doing so they can carry me to the ER.

Lastly, I've found a great way to get out of conversations with people I don't particularly like. When they say my name, I simply speed up my waddle pace, point toward the restroom, and hurriedly say "JUST A MINUTE!" I've generally found that, by the time I emerge from the ladies room, the coast is clear and I can escape back to my bench. I'm thinking of adapting this idea to my frequent snack breaks, but still working on the precise methodology.

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UC Davis
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Ha ha, brilliant, nice to hear about the advantages of being pregnant!  Work it girl!

Washington University School of Medicine
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Awesome! These are very important lessons. Thanks for sharing you advice with us!

Jason Goldman
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Years on, people will refer to "the waddle manuever" or "pulling a Dr. O."

UC Davis
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I love how it's the three in the lead for the competition who were all first to comment here!

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:thumbs up: on this post

microbiologist xx
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I typically wear my timer because I tend to move around a lot during the day, so the running joke in my lab toward the end of my pregnancy was for my lab mates to start yelling, "Is it time, is it time?" whenever my timer went off. It got old after a while.

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Pulling a Dr. it!

Dr. O
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Not sure what I think about my name becoming a restroom-related maneuver...have to think on this some more.

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