My life in Science whilst raising a child with type 1 diabetes

Biomedical Science, Type 1 Diabetes, Coeliac Disease and other findings

A profile of myself

So far I have been studying for my degree in Biomedical Science as a part-time student, to allow me to care for my son with all the intricacies that come with dose adjustment of a life threatening drug in a very young child.  I’ve had more sleepless nights now than when he was a baby, but still, I plough on.  My plan is to finish my degree (ahem.. with a decent pass), and then try to gain relevant work experience at entry level.  In the meantime, here is a small snapshot on the vast array of techniques and subjects within third year of the degree programme at the University of the West of Scotland.

A list of some of my favourite module titles to date so far:

Haematology & ImmunologyIMG_0270

Medical Microbiology

Clinical Chemistry & Cellular Pathology

Protein: structure & function

Human Physiology

Bio-professional Practice

There are other modules to come including “The Biology of Disease”, “Clinical Immunology” and “Clinical Microbiology” along with my dissertation/research project, but safe to say I’m just concentrating on what I am learning at the moment, which includes an essay on the ethics of animal experimentation – a subject I owe my son’s life to, but still one which feels very difficult to put into words in the third person!

So far, the practical aspects of learning laboratory skills include:

Following laboratory protocols for each experiment

Understanding the techniques applied to each experiment

Analysing the data produced from each experiment

Conduction behaviour in a responsible and safe manner, following all safety guidelines

Learning how to operate technical machinery and microscopes

Applying all classroom based theory to the procedure at hand

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Oh, and wearing my shiny white coat…

If you are interested in Biomedical Science, please follow this link to find out where it could lead you.

“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.” Hippocrates
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