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November 18th, 2004

(no subject) @ 11:15 pm

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Shooglenifty - Glenuig Hall-The Wrong Box

I feel no need to type on a mini laptop keyboard, so you'll all have to excuse any spelling mistakes caused by my slow fingers and/or my wireless keyboard's lack of skill in communicating with its receiver.

Things continue to speed toward the end of the tunnel with blinding, excuse the pun, speed. I finished Reactor Design this week and tomorrow and next week's project before I go home is going to be organizing the completion of Analytical Chemistry. I'm not concerned with my grades, but this week's done a hell of a lot for the old grade point. Imagine having like 12 hours of F on your transcript. Next imagine those F's mysteriously disappear and reappear as A's. I was really actually surprised about those grades in some of my classes I finished this week because I basically had to take a final at the end and that counted for a big part of my grade. The only one I was border line on was Reactor Design, but I pulled that one out.

I've continued working on getting Chemcad, the simulator program that I need to use for my internship, to work via some form of deadly force if necessary with Jaws. Right now, Jaws is winning the battle with some bloodshed, but its looking promising. The software company is at least receptive to opening up a channel into the innards of the software so I can get what information I need out of it. The problem at this point is that I can't build anything without totally stressing myself out with moving little graphics around on the screen. They say they'll get back to me, and we'll see. My overall impression of the program is good, though the crucial parts of the process, building a plant, I can't do right now. There's few times that you ever go into a job and have a working simulation. That's why I'm becoming an expert in chemical simulation, so I can design plant models for people so they can optimize them the way they can't. If I can't build, I'm screwed, and I've lost, but I will win, I swear it.

After having a successful and relatively painless physical chemistry session today, I went over to the new health center to get some lab work related to my calcitriol regiment. I figured, yeah I'd be there for fifteen minutes, get blood drawn and pee in a cup, that kind of thing, and I'd be done. fate didn't have it in the cards for me today, confusion reigned supreme. First they had to find my lab orders. Then once they found those, they had to decipher my doctor's hand writing. All I could do was smile as they tried to figure it out. A bit of background, I was getting a calcium and phosphorous blood test done, and for urine, they were analyzing for Calcium and creatineene. Here was the conversation paraphrased of course.

Person 1: "So we're getting chromium done right? It says ... (crinkle crinkle flip flip) CR I think. That would tell me Chromium."
Person 2: "Well hmmm, why would we be testing for chromium."
Me with super ears and lots of time on my hands then yells over from the waiting room "creatineene, not chromium"
Person 1: "Oh, maybe we should call the doctor and make sure what he wants."
They then call the doctor and find out what I've told them, they never listen to the patient I swear :). Then chemistry 101 commences as they determine how they're going to get these tests done.
"Let me look this up, it says that we need 6 N, I mean N, I mean M, no wait, its N, yeah N, onormal. We need 6 ML normal HCl."

I know I am a weird case so I can't claim that they're incompetent, they're far from that. It was just funny listening to them argue whether or not it was Chromium or not, and where exactly the HCl was.

The outcome of all that crap, after thirty minutes of course was that I got my blood taken at least. The only hitch is that my doctor changed his mind and decided to get a 24 hour urine sample. This means I get the pleasure of peeing into a jug for a day starting tomorrow morning. I can't freaking wait. Actually it'll be interesting to see just how much you actually pee over a whole day. I'll stop that, I know I'm the only one who would be interested in this scientific yet gross fact of life.

nd with that, I suppose I'll have to leave you with that pleasant thought. All of these little challenges in my opinion are worth it. Not only are these trials interesting to read I'm sure, but they're interesting to act out as I do on a daily basis in my life :). Thank goodness I like challenges eh? More soon.
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Date:November 18th, 2004 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you're definitely weird! :P
As for peeing in a jug for a whole day and seeing how much you actually do go...yes, that could definitely be interesting, especially if you, like many people I'm sure, myself included, really don't keep tabs on that kind of thing as a normal part of my daily routine, but then I'm weird, so I guess that answers that ;). I'm sure it could even be classified as educational. :)
Date:November 18th, 2004 11:32 pm (UTC)


I have had to do those 24 hour urine tests. It is really very interesting how much you can expell in just one day. Also people who just do not listen to patients are the lose. I have had my fare share of having to deal with those types. Good luck to you. Hugs.
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Date:November 19th, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
as an older person I qualify for the 'frequent pisser' merit badge -- and maybe extra miles on PamAm!! your 24-hour test gives me an idea. maybe I should save up my output on some weekend day when it's safe to pee in a jug. since I drink a lot of water, it should be interesting.

have a good weekend!

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Date:November 19th, 2004 11:12 am (UTC)
I am all too aware of how much my bladder can hold, having to cathetize myself each morning. It is sort of amazing and then it is just gross after like the 3rd time, haha
Date:November 19th, 2004 07:57 pm (UTC)

message from your wonderful aunt

FYI: Alexa, who I told you about yest, takes renagel to bind up phosphorus in her bowels. It's prob only for someone like her who has renal failure, but I pass it on for what it's worth. love you, aunt carol
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Date:November 19th, 2004 09:30 pm (UTC)

me too

Yeah, so I'll admitt it, I'm as curious as the rest about the peeing thing. You will tell us all the results I hope.
My uncle once did it cause he was working with this red crystal thing. It grows from vapor I believe. i guess if one knew anything significant about chem they might have a clue. It was really cool, and I wish I could still remember the name of it. Perhaps I'll have to ask him.

I am so sorry for not responding to your comments. I had my account set up to send comments to my e-mail, which I have decided is no good, and it has been changed. By all means, I would love to have you be my friend :-) (Confession: i already added you to my friends list,... might be Fiona's fault, but the pee thing has me hooked... just kidding)

As for idots in the health profession that don't listen to patients. I appologize on behalf of all of us. The patient is an excellent source of information. If I ever forget to be the kind of nurse I want to be, someone please but a boot up my arse!

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