19 July 2017 I really don't want to go for a run. In Winter. At night. In public. I had my first scan for our first round of IUI (artificial insemination) this morning and the Doctor was happy to see multiple little follicles in both ovaries. I was going to be as healthy as I… Continue reading Running in the dark
I was sitting in bed, choosing a new cat-themed background for my laptop and checking other artsy scientists’ Instagram accounts, you know - really changing the world with my amazing undertakings when THE EMAIL came through. I burst out crying in shock and surprise… I passed my Masters degree in Human Genetics… with a… Continue reading I am a Master
My Facebook message went something like this: “Dear Reverend, I am a member of your church and I’m also a student, studying Human Genetics. We are currently studying evolution and I was thinking how beautifully it fits in with the story of creation. I would just like to know what the church’s opinion is about… Continue reading Faithless but hopeful
I used to think of symptoms as clues to guide us scientists to know where to look in the DNA blueprint for mistakes in the genetic code (mutations). Since my father-in-law, who is affected with motor neuron disease (MND/ALS) moved in with us, the term atrophy now means that since last week he cannot pick… Continue reading On being an infertile scientist
"But I don't want to go to church!" I complained to myself and threw a mini tantrum in my bed, frightening my hibernating cats. Especially not at 7:00 on a Sunday morning. In Winter. And why is it not a "thing" to bring take away coffee to church? When my father-in-law moved in with us,… Continue reading Inappropriate laughter in church
"I'm here for my semen analysis..." he whispered self-consciously. The secretary looked at my husband sympathetically: "Good luck Sir, but unfortunately you're on the wrong floor...". After two more wrong turns, every secretary in the building was aware of the lost man, desperate to give his sample to whoever had an empty coffee cup, as… Continue reading The verdict: grab your calendar, map and compass!
I have been typing a patient report for two hours, not being able to get past the first sentence: "This patient presents with..." Babies! Nope... that's not right. This patient indeed did not present with babies. Take a deep breath, let's try again... "The patient presents with..." A FREAKIN' BABY! A gorgeous dark haired baby,… Continue reading Welcome little one, you are 25% me
I'm sitting on top of my bed with the sun washing over my toes, tea incubating in my throat. I'm at home due to unforeseen panel beating issues. Let's just say that we've taken three Uber rides to go pick up my car just to be told that it's not ready for collection. I am… Continue reading Ah, ah, ah, ah, Stayin’ alive! Stayin’ alive!
A lesson in honesty "Hi Dad! I have a little home-coming gift for you!". My parents have just returned from their foodie vacation in New Orleans and Boston, USA and my sister and I went to welcome them back one afternoon after work. It was the day after my birthday, 18 October, and we were… Continue reading The fairy godmother’s honesty policy
Something that will calm the nerves and anaesthetise the butterflies in my stomach: “One poppy seed muffin and one black coffee, please!”. I have left home at 05:30 to come through to the business Mecca of South Africa – Sandton. I ate my breakfast at a 60’s themed McDonalds along with all the fancy suits… Continue reading Burgers and X-Rays