Pop quiz time! (Don't you hate when you get a pop quiz on Monday? Blah. I hate myself for doing this to you.)
But this is going to be easy. One question only! I guess that makes it pass/fail.
1. In high school, I was: (A) an English and art student who ended up a lawyer because it seemed to be a fairly decent job or (B) a science freak who planned to become a doctor or die, but burned out somewhere along the way.
If you answered B, take a bow!
Okay, you want proof. Well, I can tell you what I was doing the evening of November 11, 1986. I was staining and mounting skin cells taken from the inside of my cheek. Mind you, this was with my own equipment and supplies and on my own time. !!FOR FUN!! Holy crap.
I know, not normal at all for a 16 year old. I'm surprised my parents didn't plant me in therapy.
Oooh. Oooh. But wait! Look at this one! Oooh, yeah. Kickin' cool!
Yep, that's my blood. And I even snagged a couple white blood cells by the center. Note the lovely contrast between the nuclei (blue) and the cytoplasm (pink). That wasn't easy to achieve, my friends. Just the right staining technique. (You can laugh, really. I won't hate you. Much.)
My science teachers were great supporters. They let me order stuff to culture bacteria, stain specimens, and mount them on slides. They let me hang out with them in the back room when I had study hall.
Part of me feels like I let them down.
Wait, you say you're not happy with your grade? How about another question for extra credit. One of my teachers gave me a box of old slides from a local hospital. This one is intestinal tissue. Whoever leaves a comment correctly identifying the structures marked with the black arrows gets five bonus points! Woo hoo!
No peeking at the comments! (Hint: this isn't as hard as it might seem.)
UPDATE: A medical expert/Ph.D. friend of mine pointed out that this is clearly not healthy intestinal tissue. It appears to be a section of a tumor or polyp, likely cancerous. However, that doesn't change our little quiz!
(By the way, don't ask me about the pictures. I won't tell you that I took them last night. I don't want to admit that the science freak is alive and well, just not as visible as the good old days.)