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Once more it's taking far too long to get around to updating this blog even when I have lots happening in real life to tell people about.

Firstly, bad news. My nan has been recieving radiotherapy for cancer in her throat and lungs over the last two weeks with a more speculative aim on treatment than one which is definitly going to do any real lasting good. We're all hoping for a good outcome but the realism is sitting at the back of the mind saying "This may not go the way you want it to." We can but wait and see.

Good news, [profile] graceunplugged, (my everloving wife, for those who don't know) is going to South Africa at the end of June with her new job to work (probably) with a church ministering to people suffering from AIDS. To say she is looking forward to it is something of an understatement. The only downside is that I'm not able to go with her. OM will pay for her to go (since it is her job to make all the arrangements for the people going on these trips, it will help her to actually go on one) but it would cost me somewhere in the region of £1000 to go too and unfortunatly we just don't have that to hand. This, combined with the short notice mean I'll just have to keep the home fires burning till she gets back with all the stories.

As for my news, I spent all of last week shadowing the Tissues department at work with the view to seeing what is involved in issuing the product out to hospitals. We got to see the whole process from start to finish, begining with a retrieval from a dead donor. This was probably the most interesting part of the week since it's unlikely I'll see anything like this again (although I have since been thinking of appling for a job there since the job as a whole is a great deal more interesting than what I'm doing at the moment).
The team retrieved sections of skin, both knee joints, both femoral heads (the round ball at the top of the femur that fits into the hip socket) and the Achilles tendons from the back of the calf. It really is a bit strange seeing a person dis-assembled in front of you but also very comforting to see how professional and dignified a process it is. I've been an organ donor since I was 18 and have always said that they can take any usable parts of me once I'm dead (not before, obviously) and seeing how this was done and then the care taken in the processing and storage of the tissues before they go out to hospitals for surgery has only reinforced that.
All the tissue is processed in clean-room enviroments to avoid any possible contamination and so when observing it I had to be all gowned up. Fortunatly, no pictures exist but I'm embarressed enough by my ungainly attempts to get in to the suits without touching the outsides or the floor. I'm assured it is an aquired skill but even though i thought I was a little more gracefull than that.
All in all, a good week. I'm a lot less concerned about the impact that the changes to my current job will have when we take up the issueing of the bone and tissue and I know some of the Tissues staff much better now.

To finish with a few meme's. First, one pinched from [personal profile] greygirlbeast

Your results:
You are R2-D2






















R2-D2
72%
Yoda
71%
Chewbacca
69%
Obi-Wan Kenobi
67%
Qui-Gon Jinn
67%
An Ewok
63%
Darth Maul
62%
Lando Calrissian
61%
Luke Skywalker
59%
Han Solo
57%
What you lack in height
and communication skills,
you make up for in industriousness,
technical know-how and being there
when others need you most.


(This list displays the top 10 results out of a possible 21 characters)


Click here to take the Star Wars Personality Test



And now one pinched from [personal profile] trixie_chick

You scored as Either. You brain is neither specifically male nor female dominated in the way you perceive things and as bad as this sounds it can easily mean that you are capable of combining both limiting gender aspects to your advantage. Rather than being genderless you are possibly able think freely. This does not nec. mean that you are bisexual or androgynous or indecisive, though it might.

Either

 
75%

Male

 
57%

Female

 
43%

Neither

 
25%

Should you be MALE or FEMALE?*
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and lastly, one in honour of having seen X3 last saturday (quick review - could have been much better but I suppose it could have been much worse as well. Bryan Singer had better turn in a cracking film with Superman Returns though to merit deserting the franchise)

You Are Iceman

You tried to live a normal life, but it just wasn't possible
A bit of a slacker, you rather tell jokes than cultivate your powers

Powers: turning self and others into ice, making ice weapons, becoming nearly invisible

I quite like the answers given by these three, whether thay are accurate or not is another matter altogether though.

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