"I BELIEVE IN PINK! I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."— Audrey Hepburn

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every night, friends. You have done what you could. Let it go.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, July 19, 2010

Manic Monday!

Hi again,
Somebody asked me if I could maybe post about my job...Yes, people really read my blog!!

Well, this may not be the best day for that, but here goes...I posted a picture below of a human blastocyst. (scroll down to the bottom of the page) It has no zona (outer edge) because it is hatched out. This is a good thing. This is what happens to an embryo just prior to the time of implantation.

Today it seemed as though we had a million of these little microscopic things to look at and a very limited time frame to do it in. We also had to thaw a few and then we had to freeze a bunch...On top of that a few women were ready to pop so we had to retrieve their follicular fluid, find the oocytes within said fluid, and then use their husband's sperm to do a procedure called ICSI to inseminate the oocytes that we retrieved from them. We did make sure we got the right sperm with the right eggs...ICSI is a specialized procedure where we pick up one sperm and inject it into one egg. This is repeated until they are all done, This happens when the sperm is of poor quality and or the couple has had previous poor fertilization.

At some point in there we had a few women that had embryos at that beautiful blast stage shown below and so we transferred their embryos back into their uterus and now they will come back in about 10 days to see if they are with child. I hope so...If not they will begin the process again. It is stressful. It is rewarding. It can make for days like today where we are lucky to get a chance to eat and if a co worker had not jumped in we might still be there...Hence...Manic Monday...

Then I met my lovely daughter at the doctors office because she is afraid of needles and she had to have a two second ppd test...I am telling you it took longer to walk over to the office than it did to stick her...the man in the office waiting for his appointment was laughing...

Once home, I took part in a conference call for my other job...Komen Advocates in Science...somehow during that call I became the co chair of the Opportunities Matching Working Group! Yikes (actually I volunteered)...LOL ...What a Monday!

So that was my day, how was yours?

Stay Pink!


  1. ICSI - made me think 'I see sperm implant'! I know see doesn't start with a C - I just heard it in my brain..... interesting work. Hard on your eyes as well as stressful? Lots of microscope work?

  2. yes it's all done through a scope...ICSIis an acronym for introcytoplasmic sperm injection.


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