I have a dream that my skin will be nice and clean after this shower.
Two more men seem to have been cured of HIV through bone marrow transplants, according to news out of the International AIDS Conference.
This is in addition to Timothy Brown, who earlier underwent similar treatment that seemed to have removed HIV from his body. Researchers are preparing to study other HIV-positive people who have undergone bone marrow transplants to look for similar results.
The two men who were being treated at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for cases of cancer at different times. One of the men is in his 20s and was infected at birth, while the other man is in his 50s, and has been infected with HIV since the early 1980s. After each receiving bone marrow transplants, the men also remained on their antiretroviral medication regimens, according to NBC News.
Within eight months of their respective transplant surgeries, it was discovered that the patients’ cells were replaced by cells from the HIV-negative bone marrow donors. The men also now show no signs of HIV in their DNA or RNA. Levels of HIV antibodies have also decreased.
I let my grass grow so ungodly long it was like knee-high. Ok, I’m only a little less than 5’2”, but it was still ridiculous. And I have these crazy bamboo type weeds that are psycho growers and end up as tall as me in no time. By the time I mowed, my dog was unwilling to go to the bathroom in the yard because the grass was too tall and I couldn’t even get the mower around the yard once. My Baton Rouge BFF #maryputty rescued me and we managed to turn it into something feasible. This is the after picture.
I think Mary and I would not have gotten through the past 2 days at work without each other (at least not without serious breakdowns). As it is, we both had major moments. Yesterday we had an enucleation, barium series, an emergency exploratory/splenectomy that wasn’t even 100% decided on until 5pm, and a DKA. Today we followed up the barium series in emesis induction in a cat (this was a science project, but ok because it was the doctor’s cat), performed spinal rads on a progressively ataxic boxer that was so poorly socialized he lunged without warning at the snap of a finger (lots of drugs involved), performed a 4 hour scope/exploratory procedure on a cat full of ponytail holders, and finally squeezed in a V/D that was probably an allergic reaction to Advantix. Oh, and we said goodbye to 2 really great patients.
The overtime is great and needed. And usually Mary and I both really enjoy training new staff members. But when she and I are the only ones able to perform the tasks at hand and that quantity of intense work comes in, it gets overwhelming quickly. So I’m going to go enjoy tomorrow off!
This is my first tattoo and it is of Calvin & Hobbes. The tattoo is on the inside of my left bicep. It was more painful than I imagined, but then again, I’m pretty wimpy. Calvin & Hobbes is my all-time favorite comic strip. I have a great appreciation for Bill Watterson and his artistic prowess. It was done at Artistic Skin Designs, Inc. in Indianapolis, IN. The tattoo artist (his name is Clint) was very friendly and professional. I highly recommend going there.
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Indianapolis, IN 46227
Song Beneath the Song:
♫ Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend. Somewhere along in the bitterness and I would have stayed up with you all night. Had I known how to save a life. ♫
Be still my heart
If you liked that letter an Eagle Scout wrote to return his badge to the ever-homophobic Boy Scouts of America, you’ll love this collection of ‘em.
Target’s awesome new ad for same-sex wedding registry.
From TARGET!? Proooogresss (in a sense)
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- How to do taxes
- What taxes are
- How to vote
- What political parties are
- How to write a resume/cover letter/anything related to getting a job
- How to write a check/balance a check book
- Anything to do with banking
- How to do loans for college
- How to jump start a car or other basic emergency things
- How to buy a car or house
Why aren’t practical things in the curriculum???
Gah. For realz