On June 30, 2008 my thinking about life changed a little bit. It was a Monday morning, the day I forgot to wake up early in the morning to go to work. I got under the cover of my bed and was out like a light. Usually, once I got into a very deep sleep it was hard to get out of it. I heard my alarm go off, and I didn’t want to get up, but I did get up and got dressed. I went out into the kitchen for something to eat and then packed my lunch for the day.
On the way to Boston University Research Lab, I was feeling very intense. I started to get nervous about what I would be doing and whom I would be working with. The closer I got to the laboratory the more nervous I became. Once I pulled my car into the parking lot and was switching the engine off, I realized that wasn’t a place I would like to work at by myself.
I was assigned to work for Dr. Solomon lab, located in Boston, Massachusetts near Boston Medical Center, which focuses on research about the inflammatory process. The principal investigator needed help getting the research into productivity. He assigned me to work with Suzan, a research assistance who has been there more than three years.
I met Suzan a couple of hours later during my first day working in the lab. She took care of me like an employee who had been told what she had to do. She gave me a bunch of lab protocols and told me to read over and study them. I took some time to read those papers. Later I learned that the protocols were easy to follow - except the one titled “how to work with and handle mice.”
(More tomorrow. It's a bit long and I'm going to bed.)