On paper last week was productive; but also super stressful and I’m glad it’s over. I feel like a daily rundown is the way to go, so here it is:
Monday: took my qualifying exam. The purpose of a PhD qualifying exam is basically to make sure you learned stuff in your undergrad classes. So it is long but not particularly difficult but did I mention long? Also, past me had helpfully made all these index/summaries of my engineering reference books (for a different exam) and I ended up not using them at all. The reference books themselves were overkill and the easiest way to extract the info I needed probably would have been undergrad class notes, but I wouldn’t know because SOMEONE threw all mine away after she finished her M.S. Anyway, that’s done.
Tuesday: I had an NCS and EMG Tuesday morning. What that link doesn’t really mention is that once the needle/electrode is in a muscle it has to be moved around. So it was super painful (for me…apparently not for everyone), but the feeling of something moving around inside my leg was even worse than the pain. A full EMG is 10-12 locations but I only made it through 4 and the doctor decided I had had enough, so yeah, it was bad. And then I was completely drained the rest of the day and I’m pretty sure I did nothing.
Wednesday: had to give a 5-minute presentation this afternoon, which I didn’t even start preparing before Wednesday morning because…a little distracted by previous events of the week. So it was kinda crap (probably the first time in my life I’ve prepared a presentation that was too long), but it’s done.
Thursday: a little backstory: I spent several hours the week before searching for a doohicky (technical term) that connects a gas tank regulator to tubing and I finally found the thing Wednesday night. The gas tank setup was necessary because when you grow anaerobic bacteria, you have to gas the growth medium and the bottles they grow in with nitrogen to get the oxygen out. So I finally got my freeze-dried bacteria revived…they’ve only been sitting around waiting for me for 2+ months.
Friday: spent most of the day taking samples and prepping them for analysis. Also finally got around to analyzing data from samples I ran Monday.
Weekend: my body decided to compensate for the stress of the week by running a fever most of the weekend. I did get some gardening done though, and since I know you’re here for the garden pics, here are my microgreens:
I also started some squash seeds (winter and summer) and planted a bunch of greens and peas outside, because they’re happy in the cold.
And finally, I found some flats that fit my wide feet and don’t slip off my contrarian left heel. Only took me over a month.
What’s the worst medical test you’ve had?
Do you grow a garden? Tell me about it!
Linking up with Meghan for week in review