Friday, September 25, 2009

Happy Weekend!

A day of ups and downs, luckily the ups came at the end of the day. This morning I woke up guessed it.........another abscess. Ug. This time right by my eye. Luckily small so it's barely noticeable. Back to the doctor, and he wasn't worried about draining it, so just keep an eye on it (ha ha) and do the hot compress thing, hope it does it's own natural thing. This one apparently looks like a blocked duct, supposedly common in hot and humid Hawaii. The steroids are working though thank goodness, much much less itchy.

But the day got much better. I snuck out of work today and had lunch with Jenny and Hannah at Chilis, was so nice. Then I had an undergrad lab assistant start this afternoon. This is a girl who has worked with one of my grad students before, so I knew she's super nice and motivated. I'd finally come to the conclusion this week that I just don't have enough time in the day to do everything, and i'm not getting in the lab as much as I would like to (ever?). I'm struggling with my salary at the moment, so it seemed hard to consider hiring someone, but I need publications right now, so bit the bullet and just hope to hell I get funding in January.

So I hired a lab assistant. I would love to hire an already trained person, higher up, but undergrads are cheap in comparison, and this girl has asked me a few times if I could teach her histology. Histology is one of those things you just get or you don't and struggle (it's called more of an art than a science), so it could have gone either way. She was awesome, totally got it, a notetaker, and said after 2 hours slicing on her own that she had fun and really enjoyed it. So i'm excited, this could really help me get back on track with results. Cross fingers it continues this way!

Hope you all have a great weekend!


nicola said...

they suck, rhian. did the doctors talk to you about prevention? email me if you like.

RGW said...

I think prize winning is good prevention.......:0)

Seriously, as this one didn't originate from a cut, i'm confused, but I have a referral to a dermatologist. He did say they are pretty common here from blocked ducts/pores - sweat, suncream, heat etc. We'll see what the dermotologist says. At least it isn't any bigger today, so hoping it does it's own thing.....