Saturday, July 19, 2008

Earned The Paycheck Today

Ugh, I feel like someone sucked out my blood and tilted me on a swivel-table until head-rushes nearly blacked me out. Oh wait, that actually happened. FOR FIVE HOURS. I'm too headachy to describe it... suffice to say larger humans handle it better due to higher plasma volume. However, TILT tests are fascinating and I'll journal it some other time when my brain isn't pulsating.

Hockey-Chica Mrs. L asked, “[Along with the no-sunlight-rule], any other restrictions?"
Yes, but nothing unreasonable. We are such adaptable creatures, and it's stunning how quickly you stop "missing" things when focused elsewhere. I have few sundries here, as we cannot have any extra vitamin E or A from lotions, lip-balms, etc. We have toothpaste and shampoo, but no hair products. I didn't bother with cosmetics. No medications, no herbals, no sleep aids or painkillers except Tylenol upon request.

Any deviation from ingestion/absorption rules can alter or taint results. That is the highest aim: CLEAN DATA.

I haven’t seen anyone violate protocol; folks here seem to balance having fun and taking the science seriously. Oddly, it's like having an exciting new assignment and a complete vacation from the outside world – all at once! As I look at it, this is my occupation right now. I am on NASA's payroll as a contractor, so this is how I am "making a living" as far as the IRS is concerned. I want to put in as good an effort here as any office job or client contract, because this data is what NASA uses for development in real-world scenarios.

Today was my first “bad day.” The testing made me ill and one of our brethren just went home, which bummed everyone out, staff & analogs alike. But even on bad days, I’ll try to remember the goal as written simply in my project prospectus: “Information in this study will help plan future space flights.”

11 comments:

barbie2be said...

the no sunlight thing would bother me. :(

Mrs. L said...

Okay, I have another question. What about showers? Do you not wash your hair for three months? (you can see these things keep me up at night...hahahahaha)

PillowNaut said...

Yah, sometimes we do stare wistfully outdoors, LOL... we are hoping for a cloudy day so we can go outside again sometime soon.

NotSoccer Mom said...

you're very brave! awesome. i really don't think i could do it.

supermoose33 said...

I'd be fine with the no sunlight rule, but no hair products?!? Scary! ;-)

PillowNaut said...

You know what's funny, when I first read through the printed "restricted" list of products, I was thinking of you and your traveling pharmacy! ;)

supermoose33 said...

[sigh] Yes, I really should streamline my toiletries. But then how would Sephora stay in business? I'm singlehandedly keeping the U.S. economy afloat with my beauty product purchases. haha!

Anonymous said...

As a nearly-bald computer programmer who sleeps odd/few hours, this sounds like my life. How sad.

But I admire you giving up those things for science.

Anonymous said...

not making love for 90 days? that's hard (no pun intended).

Anonymous said...

For those faithful of us with spouses in the military, we go up to 12 MONTHS without IT. I saw my hubby last on Feb. 14 and he won't be back til Dec.
Now the no napping during the day I couldn't stand.
Your adventure sounds very intriguing. Love your descriptive narrative.
Good luck keeping your sanity...

Norman Copeland said...

It's not about the plasma volume darling, it's about what you do with it...

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