Jul 31, 2013
commented on The Worst Jobs We’ve Ever Had
I worked as a research assistant at an unnamed hospital for an unnamed doctor who was investigating the effects of certain drugs on migraines. I worked 5 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm, sometimes 7 pm, and recieved a $5 an hour stipend. Typically I just did paperwork drudgery; I spent hours organizing massive boxes of billing forms and contact information after which the doctors and nurses rummaged through in an effort to locate a SPECIFIC document (despite me telling them I had implemented a simple and intuitive organizational system), leaving me to reorganize what I had just organized the next day on top of the other boxes that would be dropped off requiring organization.
Other times they would use me to calibrate their equipment they used to measure the intensity of their patients migraines. The device worked in this way: a sort of plastic wand with a ring at its tip would be lightly rested against the base of a patient's skull. At random intervals, it would send a short electromagnetic pulse through the brain while a series of electrodes would monitor brain activity and other vital signs. Imagine a piece of yarn, pulled taut and then energetically plucked. Every time that wand went off, I would feel this plucking sensation inside my skull, following a pathway that began at the base of my skull and ended just above my left temple.
The lead doctor was neurotic about ensuring that the machine was functioning properly and so they had me serve as a subject for calibrating this machine about 3 times a week. Each calibrating session consisted of 100 pulses, more or less. Eventually I actually DEVELOPED migraines that lasted long into the afternoons of calibration days.
Feb 11, 2013
commented on It's Sumo Season!
Got the same thing, Megan. Get ready for serious sinus drainage down the back of your throat and sleeping sitting up (if you can sleep at all).
Dec 14, 2012
commented on White House Says "Today Is Not The Day" to Debate Gun Control
It's not just gun laws that need to be fixed in America. It's the mental health system as well. We need a government that both refuses to let guns and ammo be bought on a whim as well as a government that refuses to let those who are suffering with mental illness go unnoticed and find themselves on the path that leads to self-harm and the harm of those around them.
Sep 5, 2012
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