How is everyone doing???? I’m so excited. Do you know why? As of May 30, 2012, I was officially DONE as a Master’s student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I defended my thesis on the 22 of May (which was also my wedding anniversary) and passed. But on the 30th, I took my final edited copies to the graduate office and turning in the copies. All I’m waiting for now is for the library to call to tell me my bound copies of my thesis are ready to be picked up as well as my diploma.
The 30th was on a Thursday. On Saturday, my team, The McCue Crew, walked the Walk for a Cure Lupus Walk. We had about 17 people on the team. The weather was great for it. We arrived at the zoo about 730 am. We were supposed to be finished by 9am which is the time the zoo normally opens. So we’re sitting there, I’m at my booth giving out materials from the United Pain Foundation, when a Sheriff’s Deputy comes over and orders the crowd to leave the zoo. We all moved to the parking lot and crowded around to hear what was going on. Apparently, during the storms the night before, a large tree branch had fallen over the walls of the cage – of R-E-D W-O-L-V-E-S!!!! A bit ironic since this particular animal has the Genus and species name of Canis lupus. It took 1.5 hours to catch her an get her back into her enclosure. Needless to say, our walk didn’t start at 8am like it was supposed to. At 9am, the 5K race started. One of our State Representatives was walking around with a bull horn, keeping everyone updated. Right before the 5K, which was to take place across from the zoo at Remington Park, OKC’s horse racing track, the rep comes over to our location and says, “The 5K is about to start and there are no red wolves in sight at Remington so head that way.” Mike and I were going to try to complete it but after standing around for that long, it was going to be a miracle if I even finished the walk, which was just 1 mile. Eventually we were allowed to re-enter and the walk began. After the walk, I sat for a while at the table I set up with the USPF materials displayed. Several people took things but not as much as I would have liked. I would have also liked to stayed longer but I was exhausted.
The month of June was very exciting for several reasons. First, my husband had Sundays off (rare) so we would be able to make it to church unless someone became ill. Second, the next week I would be attending my very first scientific conferences. Every few years a meeting of the ISHAS (International Society of Hyaluronic Acid Scientists) was held. This year, it was held in OKC so I needed no airfare or motel room costs and my mentor paid for my admission. I was going to present my first poster as well. The day following I was up attempting to get dressed for church (I was so excited and pumped to be able to go and enjoy the service with the distraction of worrying and fretting over how I should have been home studying and writing) when I began to feel really ill. Dizzy, shaky, nausea and narrowing of field of vision. I remember getting up and walking to the doorway of the bathroom in our master bedroom and telling Mike that I was dizzy and didn’t feel well. Then everything went black. When I came too, Mike was beside me asking me where I was hurt. He thought I had hit my head but all I knew was that my ankle was really hurting (10 out of 10). He helped me put on shorts and a tshirt and took me to the closest ER. Turns out my potassium (K+) was really low and the break was at the distal head of the fibula in my ankle joint.) Later that day, I was supposed to be at a cocktail party kicking off the opening of the conference. Instead, I was at home with my leg elevated trying to make it on my normal pain medications. Despite the fact that I was supposed to be at my poster for the poster session, I wasn’t able. I couldn’t put any weight on the foot (despite the fact that I didn’t really want to because it hurt) and there was no close parking. Someone would have had to push me in a wheel chair the whole way. I missed the entire conference even though it was in the same town.
Sunday will be three weeks of wearing my “super boot” and not putting weight on my ankle. I will return to my orthopedic surgeon Monday morning for instructions on how to start gradually moving to weight bearing. In the meantime I am very irritable and slightly bored with so much I need to do and no ability to accomplish them. Very frustrating. Finally, I asked my oldest daughter to take me to Hobby Lobby for crafts to do. I ended up buying rhinestones (fake) and blinged out my super boot.
On that note, I’ll let you go for now. I do promise I will get back to regular writing soon! Especially since I really don’t have much of anything else to do at the moment.