Saturday, August 26, 2006


(Originally posted on Monday, August 28, 2006 by Tim)

I have proof that the classroom scheduling software at Radford is possessed. Today, I ran into one of my colleagues from the math department. He and I both teach classes that are the same size from 11-12pm. His class is in the science building on one side of campus and mine is in the math building on the other side of campus. Our offices are in the appropriate buildings as opposed to our classes. I?m thinking that we should work out a stealth switch. Now I just need to find someone running a bartending class close to my office that I can switch for my classroom on Bar Row.

A funny thing happened to me at the doctor?s office last week. I had gone in to ask about a laundry list of minor health annoyances. They are all chronic things that I ask any new doctor we switch to. I guess I?m hoping one of them will have some new or different miracle cure. They include things such as old sports injuries, minor psoriasis, and a chronic sore throat (likely allergies). While I was there I also had some baby questions and I wanted to ask if we could get a karyotype done on Cat, Dal, and me. Cat and I thought it would be fun to have a frame that had pictures of each of our chromosomes. Think of it as an alternative family picture for science nerds. I?ve looked up the procedures for doing your own karyotype on the internet. I have access to the proper equipment at work and I?m trained in the necessary skills. However, generating a karyotype is tricky and I think it would take me a week of work to get it right. As such, I was interested in how much it would cost to have it done for us.

It turns out that they don?t ever send out for karyotypes from our doctor?s office. As far as I know, it?s a procedure that is generally limited to amniocentesis. They check the chromosomes of the fetus for any major abnormalities that would indicate genetic diseases such as Down?s syndrome. Health care is limited in this area. You have to go all the way to Roanoke to get amniocentesis done. Come to think of it, you have to go all the way to Roanoke to find a midwife as well.

Since they never do amniocentesis, my doctor wasn?t sure where I could call to ask how much it would cost to have a karyotype done. Her comment in talking to me was, ?They?d surely do that with paternity testing, don?t you think?? Now I teach DNA techniques. There are a lot easier and more accurate ways to do paternity testing than amniocentesis. I mentioned this to her during our discussion but apparently it didn?t stick. At the end of our appointment, we walked over to a group of nurses where she said, ?He needs the number of the paternity testing lab.? much to my embarrassment.

Dalton had a grand old time in his bouncy chair today. He was enjoying watching the hanging ball and giraffe wobble around. He discovered that he could get all sorts of wobbling by kicking his feet (which bounced the chair). I must have taken more than 20 pictures. Many of the pictures had him smiling, but this was my favorite.

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