Week in review: so that’s over

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 

8 Comment

  1. I’m sorry about the painful test. That blows.

    Your microgreens are looking good. I’ve got garlic, leeks, chives, parsley, asparagus and cilantro coming up right now, all from last year. I haven’t planted anything yet, but I will be in the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I need to get around to growing garlic and leeks one of these years!

  2. Cora says: Reply

    Blegh I hope your fever has now passed! You’ve had a crazy weird stressful week… between your test and those EMG etc. tests. Blegh. Not jealous of that one. But I am jealous of your seeds. Hope you are feeling rested after the weekend!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      There are SO many seeds in one seed packet. I can share 😛

  3. Hmmm, the worst medical test I’ve had. Probably an allergy skin prick test? I had to have a huge one done across both of my arms and my stomach and even though I didn’t react too badly, the 100 something odd individual needle pricks were horrid! But that doesn’t sound anywhere near as awful as an EMG! Yikes!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Eww, I’ve had an allergy test before but I think it was scratch not prick…and on my back. Your stomach sounds like the worst place for an allergy test. Ouch!

  4. Farrah says: Reply

    I hate taking exams in general and can definitely relate. :[ I hope your qualifying exam went well–I have several friends who have it coming up soon!

    I hope you’re feeling better, and I’m sorry to hear about the EMG test! We have to order it on our patients sometimes (or Neuro does) and I didn’t know it was painful. :[ Hope you get some more rest! <3

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Apparently the EMG doesn’t really bother some people – I can’t imagine! But I get light-headed just from small blood draws – I don’t do needles well in general.

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