Blueberry's science teacher, Margaret, PMS (pre-med student) came Friday. Now, normally we discuss ahead of time what they will do when she gets here, but this time we were sort of playing it by ear...or so I thought. This is what I found when I awoke that morning...
You see, Blueberry had asked about continuing to learn how to take vitals and do a physical, including the taking of blood. She decided that it would be interesting to not only take the blood, but to look at it under the microscope (as they do in the lab). She also decided that her father could be the donor of said blood. What you see in the picture above, the little vial of a blood-like liquid, is the result of early-morning-before-mamma-even-has-her-coffee kitchen science. She managed to get a very real looking blood color out of water and a combination of food colorings. Did you know that blood requires more blue than one might assume?
Once Margaret, PMS, arrived, they made an IV tube together. Lacking any tubing or straws, they improvised with some rolled up paper, a lot of tape and a plastic baggie. This patient is receiving a blood transfusion.
That's quite a physical if you ask me.
Next came the moment of truth -- for her father, at least. She wanted his blood. He willingly obliged (this is what he gets for working at home).
Allow me to take a moment to explain something to the kind, perceptive people with excellent taste who have already accepted Margaret, PMS, into medical school on early admission, even though she is only a junior, because she is so incredibly capable of excelling in medical school and will make a wonderful doctor some day:
Margaret fully explained the proper protocol for drawing blood from anybody at any time, including a rousing diatribe espousing the need for proper medical hygiene. She was completely against the drawing of blood with a needle and thread from my sewing kit. All procedures were executed AMA (Against Medical Advice). Please do not take this out on her or her early admission. And please skip right down to the end, making sure not to read this next part. Thank you.
Blueberry was not thrilled with her father's blood (too thin and not visible enough under the microscope), so in the interest of good science, she decided to draw a little of her own. Here is a picture of the Petit Curie lancing her own finger with a needle from my sewing kit (after sterilizing the needle and her finger with alcohol and listening to how she was STILL ACTING AMA!!!).
How many parents out there are flashing back to your child having to get a shot at the doctor or perhaps even having had a finger prick or blood draw for a test? Did they look this happy? Margaret, PMS, shared that she has always heard of doctors and scientists who risk their own safety for good science, but she'd never actually witnessed it -- until now.
Quick review: One child runs at warp speeds wherever she goes, frequently losing control and flinging her body every which way; another child likes to experiment with live wires in light sockets; and the third child is perfectly okay with gouging herself in the name of science.
Which is why we have all kinds of excellent insurance policies.