Majored in Anthropology and Human Biology because human evolution is awesome. Disney nerd and anime otaku. Sometimes artist. Love to read classic literature. Can't wait to buy my pretty, new stethoscope.
There is a varicella plushie in my bed and fine art in golden frames all over my walls. I want to get involved in cardiovascular research and my favorite organic molecule is cinnamaldehyde.
Slightly obsessed with oatmeal.
Today I got to fiddle around with a da vinci machine as part of a neurology research project attempting to correlate video games and relative skill using the machine. They’re all named after Transformers in the lab; I was using Bumblebee. ^_^
The machine, at least while I was using it, requires a lot of practice, hand eye coordination, and ability to multitask. I definitely damaged some virtual tissue but did successfully cauterize and snip some eensy blood vessels.
Interestingly enough, I listened to a StuffYouShouldKnow podcast today too— “Will Computers Replace Doctors?" The da vinci works with a surgeon operating the machine, which manipulates the surgical tools inside of the body; the doctor remains in control, but the system allows for higher precision on a smaller scale.
But the podcast discussed the possibility of both computer programs capable of diagnosing to a high degree of accuracy, as well as robots that can perform successful surgery (as well as anesthesiology) completely independent of the doctor.
While this technology sounds like “the future” this is actually what’s happening right now. Though I think it will be quite a while before human doctors are removed from the equation completely, I predict a mix. The use of technology to enhance a person’s surgical skills, or double checking diagnoses by running the symptoms through a database first. As efficient as these systems may become, our health and bodies are still inexplicably fixed to an array of outside factors. Is a machine capable of diagnosing lung cancer also able to coax a patient into quitting smoking. Would the database of treatment include the entire spectrum of alternative healing techniques. Can you program it to relate religion, socioeconomic status, and culture back to a person’s health.
As imperfect as doctors are, capable of missing diagnoses, causing harm, lacking empathy— although they ordinary people put in extraordinary positions— I can’t imagine a truly perfect healing system without true human emotion playing a role in it.
Sigh. Sad Argentina didn’t take it home, but I can’t be too upset for too long. It was a good game, Messi played well, and Germany just looked so darn happy. Would have been nice to keep it in the family; Colombia will take it in Russia 2018. It’ll be really interesting to see the aftermath in Brazil this week; will be watching that. And watching futbol beyond the end of the World Cup.
Caught up with Jon Stewart and John Oliver (omg love them)— watch his interview with Stephen Hawking, it’s perfect. Been keeping up with Spa Day Sundays (honey yogurt face mask, sugar scrub, and lush products for bubble bathhs).
things i’ve learned in the past week
- there is a real life tricorder (the scanning device from star trek) in fact there are like… several real life tricorders how cool is this?
- summer evenings with buckle and fireflies and mimis is possibly one of the best things in the world.
- okay so since brazil failed and my bracket is shot all i care about now is argentina winning the world cup on sunday. gotta keep it in the latin american family.
- the difference between canvas paper, canvas board, and canvas…
- mm im good at drawing abs but not hands.
- so fall lattes are pumpkin spice and there are like zillions of winter lattes and coconut became my spring latte while i was studying for immunology and microbiology i need one for summer. lavender? chocolate raspberry?
- Sketch book from this week.
- New daily planner.
- Soy milk friend for my phone. ^_^
I forgot to mention I’m back up north in the city again (although it doesn’t feel like “the north”). Honestly, the best part about living alone for the summer is that as soon as I get home, I latch the door and *woosh* all the clothes come off (off).
11a already this morning was so relaxing.
I’m already two weeks into a 9a-5p community development job which I’ll write about later. Enjoying being productive and transformed and being tired when I get home and just getting to sit and relax instead of stuying and worrying about how much information I’m not retaining.
Being in the city without having to study is funn too I can explore a little bit more. Move around a little bit more. Find new places. No plans for this weekend so I can just watch the futbol games and have some good food, fancy lattes and read and sketch in new cafes.
I haven’t been reading as much as I wanted too but I have been making time to start sketching again. I’m starting a figure painting class next week and excited about that, I’ll actually go and do things. ^_^