Even though I had decided not to pursue medical school, the idea of working in medical research was quite appealing. A position became available to work on personalized cell-based vaccines for melanoma. Of course this position was more like a cookie maker than actual research. I would be producing the same thing with a different patient cells. I didn't care! I wanted that job so bad and eventually after a grueling interviewing process I landed it! During the training process the primary investigator told me that if she called me in the middle of the night I should be able to tell her what to do at a given step of the vaccine process! You know what I did? I had protocols on my bedside table with tabs of important steps. You're probably wondering, "Did she ever call?". Of course NOT! It was a scare tactic to learn it and commit it to memory.
After about a year in a half, the funds for the spinoff company I was hired at was spent. At the lab that was training us, people were shuffled around and I was placed in a different area of the lab just doing research. Eventually, after some time, the director of our lab asked if I would be interested in helping to develop a therapeutic cell-based vaccine for HIV!! Of course I was!! What I haven't told you is that I've always been intrigued by two viruses; Ebola and HIV!! So off I skipped with grins to work with the director!! Best years of working yet!! I worked very long hours and I didn't care! The director was so passionate about the vaccine and that fueled the people who were working on the project.
Now, I had thought that a good compromise to working as an MD was to go to nursing school so I could work as a nurse a few days a week and still have time for my family. So during my researching and developing of the vaccine, I was also retaking prerequisite classes for nursing school that had expired since my BS degree days. I was totally submersed in research and medical-type classes and I was loving it!!! One day after I gave at power-point presentation to the director of my research when he was out of town, he suggested I work on my Ph.D. degree in Immunology. After much debating the pros and cons with my husband, it was a worth it for us to forgo nursing school and put all my efforts in my research.
So I'm sure you want to hear more but I have a little girl who needs lunch and a baby boy who just woke up from a nap...
Until tomorrow, kindest blogging wishes!