I remember reading the first blog from Andras, about getting omentum for his cell culture on Friday afternoon and thinking well, that sounds like a bad luck on Friday afternoon but when it comes to surprises from surgeons
My EuTRiPD PhD destination is University Hospital Heidelberg, where I got the great opportunity to take part in the PD Biopsy Study, an international bio bank sampling peritoneum and omentum specimen from healthy, uremic and PD treated children from many centers from all over the world. More than 150 samples are from Heidelberg. Although the samples are only 1x1cm big, they are very precious. You understand this, once you evolve a very personal relationship to your clinic phone, which you carry everywhere with you (yes, even the toilet), just in case, you are called and then you run to the surgery not to miss your patient.
The young generation is always accused to be addicted to their smartphones. Yes, I like my phone and use it quite often too, but not just for fun as you would think. Because the operations don't take place only on Friday afternoon, but also during the night ..so when my phone rings at 3 am, it's not some drunk friend who has an urgent need to talk to me, but surgery, saying you can come and get the biopsy. And those moments, I'm really happy I've moved and live now even closer to the clinic. And I think of the doctors and their night shifts and how hard their jobs are.
Ok, let's be honest nobody loves their job at crazy times in the morning or at the weekends, when you need to work instead of doing something else but on the other hand routine kills and this work is everything possible, but definitively not boring or routine. One day you do your experiments in the lab, on the other you're happy to sit down and work on the computer, analyzing, writing reports. Then you run around picking up the biopsies. Meetings, conferences, seminars, lab exchanges. Always new challenges (some call them problems, let's rather call them challenges), opportunity to meet lot of nice and interesting people. I'm happy to be part of this!