The first photo is Dr. Daniela fertilizing some oocytes in vitro (IVF)!! The next photo is in preparation for what she is able to do in the lab, it is called Ovum Pick-up (OPU), where a technician uses the ultrasound machine and a needle to aspirate the ovaries of cows to ‘pick-up’ the oocytes on them. Learning how to make bovine babies in a laboratory, it has been one awesome first week!! From learning how follicular waves work, to how each hormone affects superovulation, palpating ovaries, and learning how to move the cows reproductive tract – mastering these things are just the beginning!
It feels great to be back in the Golden State, and I am enjoying the warmer weather as I’m used to colder South Dakota weather in November. As one who tends to over-think many things about life, this week was no different. Not only did I learn a lot of the the details of embryo transfer and in vitro fertilization, I learned a lot more about myself as well — a win, win! Praying for guidance and looking to make choices that I will be happy with later in my life has always helped me make decisions. The future is not certain, nor is life. So I came to the conclusion this week (FINALLY!! …and will certainly need reminding in the future) that I don’t need to stress about my veterinary school applications, the future, or honestly anything. For many, it’s way to easy to get worked about things that we have no control over. I know I am not alone on this. Control, what does that even mean?! We have to give it up!!! We’ve got to keep doing our best no matter what we do, and keep learning.
For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —-Jeremiah 29:11
“The reason many people in our society are miserable, sick, and highly stressed is because of an unhealthy attachment to things they have no control over.” —-Steve Maraboli
“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in the face of certain defeat.” —-Ralph Ellison
“Incredible change happens in life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” —-Steve Maraboli
This verse and these quotes are reminders that we need to trust and take a leap of faith each and every day of our lives, no matter if we are young or old.