Bleary Eyed

~Bleary Eyed

Friday, August 29, 2003
Thought of the day: My gall bladder's cells look like the Greek Peninsula.

>.< is a permanent look on medical student's faces after their first histology lab. It's almost like spending 2 hrs looking at 3D puzzle images, except you have nuclei and chromatin popping up in pink and blues instead of a palm tree :) Hmm...well, I should get back to these cells...still need to check out the blood vessels in rat testes. lol

Thursday, August 28, 2003
*note* Why Asians turn pink *note*
Would anyone like to know? hehe...seems that we have a different form of Alcohol isoform that doesn't do too well in breaking down ethanol (i.e. our vodka tonics). Northern europeans on the other hand have forms that have great affinity for ethanol and breaks it down more efficiently. So it seems that we don't take to alcohol too well, lol, and our bodies in desperation to get rid of the stuff that the liver is degrading so slowly gets rid of a lot of it through our skin. lol thus the rosy cheeked asians at your local bar.


*Abi takes a bow and steps away from her podium*
Hmm...Well, I decided that I would start one of these things, seeing that it's the biggest craze since crocheting hit the grand rapids scene ;). It's become my new little side project as I sit here in my biochemistry review sessions at medical school (I know I know, not the best of habits, but what else can I do to stay awake, I've been in the same lecture hall for the last 5 hrs listening to ramblings about liver transaminases and the EXCITING new discoveries in the field of molecular gases taken up by adult hemoglobin).
Medical school has been quite a trip so far, as I'm sure my dear friends know from my numerous phone calls. Who knew med students had this much fun? hehe, ironically this is the same class that just spent a half hour tracing the path of vodka tonics into the recesses of the liver. It's surreal almost to finally be here, lol, I guess too late to ask the question "Is this truly what I want?". I sure hope it is. Maybe someday I'll tackle the question if I ever get my head above water again. LOL i can see the headlines now..."medical student tragically drowned in a sea of molecules and metabolic pathways".
Ok, guess I'd better start paying attention....we're finding out why we can't make glucose from fat. hehe...sounds important. til later....Ciao.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Whoo hoo. Finally got the damn thing up.
Books: Fiction

Anil's Ghost
Michael Ondaatje

The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho

Books: Non-Fiction

Oasis of Dreams
By Grace Feuerverger

Betrayal of Trust
By Laurie Garrett

Pathologies of Power
By Paul Farmer

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