Tuesday, 13 February 2007
Recently I received a letter telling me I had been randomly picked from the electoral role to optionally particpate in a study related to diseases which effect the immunisation system such as MS and lupus.. anyway I had to fill out a form giving heaps and heaps of detail about my present and past including, the number, type and name of each pet I have had since I was born.. (well ok maybe not the name but they wanted to know the other details). They also wanted to know where I lived, where I worked and how much time a day I spent in the sun for each year since I was born. It was quite extensive - and that was just the paperwork. The physical side was going well until the research nurse had to take a blood sample - I'm normally ok at these things but today I ended up as a pale, clammy, shaking mess and I had to lie on the couch for 10 minutes before I felt better. I think there must be a finite time that my body and brain can tolerate the stress of giving blood and today we went well and truly over that time limit as the nurse fussed over which arm to use for ages, then took a while finding the vein.. Actually I think the thing which tipped me over the edge was her commentary of the whole thing - first she mentioned that my vein was bulging (after wearing the torniquet for a while) which was pretty bad - but not as gross as her saying she just had to massage the vein into the right position - arrgh.. that was probably what started my ears ringing and my downward spiral to the couch..
Some of the results were quite interesting including the fact that my skin is so pale (measured with a zapper thing) that I wasn't even on the graph of skin type by population percentage in Tasmania