Saturday, January 22, 2011
(look, my nails match!)
I finished up the PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) study I participated in since last year. It was an extended study to test the effect of estrogen on women with PCOS and without. It was time consuming in the sense I had to complete 2 overnight admissions. For each admission, it went like this:
4 days prior: Blood sample to check blood count, start estrogen patches
Evening of admission: Admitted, about 1cc of blood drawn every 10 minutes.
26 hours later: Released!
* This was through the University hospital
* The nursing staff / my doctor were REALLY nice.
* It was a great opportunity to contribute to research studies that especially benefit women.
*They fed me very, VERY well, if only because I gave a lot of blood and I had to eat and drink a ton the whole time.
Overall it was time consuming, but I'm glad I volunteered for the study. It was a good opportunity and as a bio major it was interesting to learn some stuff as I went along.