Monthly Archives: March 2013

Blood Bank

My favorite department in our lab…..Blood Bank

Recently our blood bank underwent a survey by the AABB. If you are unaware the AABB comes in to the lab, checks records, maintenance, reagents, products, employees, everything for flaws. I am very proud to say that, under the guidance of our section leader Cindy, this year we had ZERO deficiencies! Whoot, Whoot!

This post isn’t only to brag about our lab. I would also like to bring up a topic that has been in the news recently. Packed Red Blood Cell Shelf Life. Currently we store RBCs for up to 42 days There have been write-ups and news articles that say we could extend the shelf life. There are also items in the news that suggest that a shorter shelf life may be needed.

Longer Shelf Life VS. Shorter Shelf Life

What is your opinion….

I am on the side of a shorter shelf life, I buy into the argument that the RBCs lose that flexibility that allows them to fit through the capillaries to actually aid in recovery.

What ever side you are on…………GIVE BLOOD

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Snow Day!

Woke up to a great thing… SNOW!

Sariah and I had a fun time going out and playing in the snow. I had to go out and check out my trucks wipers because they aren’t working right now. Pretty good surprise i found getting off work last night in the rain and driving home without them. So before we go to the in-laws today I need to figure out what is wrong and had to scrape the snow off anyways. As you can imagine Sariah was a great help.

We had a great time, not a blizzard by any means but it was enough of the right kind of snow to make some awesome snowballs. She had fun, as did I, but it got muddy very quick as it does around here in Middle Tennessee. The only time she complained was after coming in and it set in to her that her hands were cold. Thank you to some friends of ours she had ski bins that I thought we’d never use, let alone on my wife’s spring break.

Tea

What would a post from me be without a few links….

WebMD and Life Hack

I’ve started drinking both green and black teas….I tried it on a whim one day and it was surprisingly good, and, though I’ve never been sensitive to caffeine, I got an energy boost. I am still deciding whether it was caffeine or just having a nice cup of tea. Oh, one more link, I’ve been buying my tea from Stash, they sell online, are reasonably priced, and taste great.

Blood Sucking Parasites

Ever need to get a gift for that special person who just happens to be a phlebotomist? Well I’ve found a great gift for you to think about….

Check This Out

Pretty cool even if just for show because come on they should already know the order. If that doesn’t cut it maybe try one of these…

Zazzle.com

Or you could try…

These

I work some great phlebs. I am sure they know I’d hate to have their job. They rock having to deal with the patients constantly, especially with waking them up at four a.m. I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to all the phlebotomists around the world.

FDP vs. D-Dimer

the story

Play Group and Library Day

It’s Wednesday, what’s that mean, you say? It’s library and dance day! I love wednesdays because Sariah and I get to see our friends. We are able to get out of the house and have a day of fun without spending loads of money. I love getting Sariah out and letting her socialize with kids her own age. I am sure that this group, and that socialization, will help her be more ready for school. We go to the library for story time and a craft and then hangout for a play date afterwards. If it is nice out we try to get to the park for fresh air and exercise while if its gross or cold out we head to McDonalds to take advantage of the play place. It’s safe to assume we’ve not been to the park in a while and, Sariah and I at least, can’t wait until we get to go back.

I like being able to talk to other parents, even tough they are all moms, about raising our kids. The moms I am friends with all have older kids so they have more experience and advice about things I haven’t encountered YET.

After library, as we aren’t going to drive home between the two, we hang out in town or at my moms house until its time to get to dance. Talking about the mom friends at library/play group, guess who I spend time talking to at dance…. The moms (except one dad who comes sometimes). It really doesn’t bother me that much as I’ve always been more feminine than masculine. I grew up with my mom, sister, and grandmother… Always worked with more females than males… Now I hang out with the moms. It’s cool, I like talking about food, cooking, and our kids.

Speaking of food, no dinner recipe for you guys tonight, we had Witts Bar-B-Q.

Thanks for reading………..see ya

My Visit from the Missonaries

Today was the first missionary contact I’ve had. So, if you now how missionaries are, they got me to talk about my loss of faith (well they tried to at least) in front of my wife. I don’t want you to think I was hiding it, but yeah I was keeping it quiet until I thought she could handle it. I understand how new to my loss of faith I am because of how much I just couldn’t talk about yet.

I told them I had made my last prayer. The last prayer from when I was actually trying to believe. That is the truth. I made my last prayer, basically, informing any possible “god” that I required proof. “Faith” would no longer be enough for me. My scientific mind made me search out evidence.

This search led me quite quickly into the complete lack of evidence for the mormon church. in fact, there is actual evidence that leads you to the resolution that it was started and proliferated based on lies and deceit. I know my wife and her family are deep enough into their community and faith that the evidence would simply upset them and they would not even entertain the idea. I do not intend to upset them or damage our relationships. I still love them all, I just don’t believe in their god.

It saddens me that I feel they wouldn’t still want to associate with me if this were to get out. I actually tried to start a conversation with my father-in-law about the inaccuracies in the translation of the book of Abraham. He shrugged it off and asked me to talk to someone at the church. Oh well, I guess this is it. It will all be out soon enough I’m sure. I’m going to keep this updated to track my journey; the good, the bad, and the ugly (sorry I had use that one). I’m also going to keep updating this blog with the evidence specifically against the mormon church. I doubt I will be making any brand new findings but if I can make finding what there is easier for someone else, then I need to.

My Worries

A quicky post today. I came across a post on Reddit….

Click here

I can’t say that I’ve never thought that I would end up in this situation, reading his story has struck a chord with my own journey. I love my wife and thus far I am very proud to say that my disbelief has not caused any problems with my family ties. Perhaps because I have kept it quiet, but that should reinforce to them that I am the same person, I just don’t believe in their god.

I do not want to end up in the same situation as this guy, I feel so bad that his epiphany has led to the break up of his family. I worry about his son and my daughter being in the middle of the coming battles. I am doing my best to raise my daughter to be intelligent and be able to think for herself, and if I have to stand up to my family members to protect her from the strict indoctrination she may be subject to if I weren’t here, I most certainly will.

My Renewed Faith

I met a girl, now my wife, in the summer of 2007 with a little help from the combination of Harry Potter and the internet. I was lost, wandering in my faith/lack of said faith. I had never encountered a mormon before, she introduced me to her family, her community, and her faith; all three of which accepted me (green hair and all). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, less than accurately nicknamed the Mormons. The extra beliefs (above those of the run-of-the-mill christian church) that I was introduced to when investigating the church somehow over shadowed the tales that my scientific mind had already debunked. If you don’t know about the church, click here, learn about it for yourself, I will not judge you (not harshly at least) if you choose that it is the best option.

I can’t say that I instantly bought in to everything that they believe, mostly because you aren’t even told everything you will believe (Milk before Meat….that’s another blog entry, check back for that one). The smaller differences made since: no hell, preexistence, a chance for those who weren’t taught in life to learn of the “true church” and be saved after death. But, I always had my doubts about the larger steps: a boy was given a record of a group of people, who traveled across the ocean to the Americas, on which he would found a religion. As an investigator you (as I was) are told to steer clear of the internet, presumably to keep away from misinformation but I have found it is to keep you from learning more than you can accept (milk before meat again). I tried to accept it, but it never clicked. I never fully believed, so I faked it.

It wasn’t that hard, its actually amazing how easy it was to “infiltrate” the ranks of the church. The ease of someone faking the belief in the church’s teachings became one of my major points to my second apostasy. Another was the milk before meat policy, I couldn’t understand why a set of beliefs couldn’t be all learned by an investigator. What is it they are trying to hide? It was too much, I have backed away from the church. I still love my wife and her family is awesome, but when it comes to church items I keep quiet.

I have grown in the years since The Allegory of the Cave by Plato when I simply didn’t believe some items most people held to the highest regard. Now, I am a student of life. I am still learning about the problems of faith, the problems of the christian church, and the overwhelming problems of the LDS. I do not intend to turn into a “faith basher” or an outspoken atheist. I do intend to stand up for my right to not believe. I intend to stand up for my daughter’s right to grow up learning the truths about the world and not indoctrinated into any religion without investigating it for herself. I have in fact written a letter to her, which I intend to give to her in the future, that will tell her to not believe anything unless the evidence supports the claims.

HIV

http://www.plospathogens.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.ppat.1003211

14 more potentially cured

https://www.hopkinschildrens.org/newsDetail.aspx?id=12177

A child probably cured of HIV infection.

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