This weeks case was entitled "AstroBoy", about a 5 month old boy with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID). You might know him as a Bubble boy, since he has no acquired immune system,and could easily be killed by a cold. So in conjunction with the case, we are tackling the Immune System as a whole in our lectures and pracs. At least they are starting with a system I know something about! It's all to lull me into a false sense of security, I suspect. I have started going to a tutorial session on Thursday as well, which is taught by second year students. Just to focus on what's important to remember (like the Cardiovascular System. Yawn.)
I happened to win a raffle from first week, resulting in me becoming the proud owner of an Ultrascope. My first thought was "what the heck is an Ultrascope?!!?" I had to look it up on the internet. Turns out it's a super sensitive stethoscope that works on pressure more than your average scope. And it works especially well for those who are hard of hearing (ahem. WHAT?) So I had an appointment to pick it up from the med student union office (UQMS) on Tuesday afternoon. I figured (correctly) that there would probably be a picture involved. So I attempted to dress up a little nicer than usual. I even wore nice sandals instead of my runners. On the way up the hill to my Microbiology practical, I realized that they will not let you into the lab without closed shoes (with good reason). Nuts! I came up with a solution- I ran to the bookstore and purchased a disposable lab gown ($2.50). They won't do a debit transaction under $10, so I grabbed yet another plush microbe (#26- Varicella- www.giantmicrobes.com). Gah! I ran back to the lab and went to work. I ripped off the sleeves, and with some rubber bands fashioned booties! Now my feet were covered. Unfortunately, no dice. I was kicked out of lab! I have never been asked to leave a class before. I felt like such a rebel. Fortunately, I could make up the session the next day. So I did. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.