Wednesday, September 01, 2010

What...

is my subconscious trying to tell me?

I dreamed I was in microbiology lab, and that a tiny rattlesnake slithered in and bit me several times. Mostly in my foot (I was wearing my favorite, comfy sandals), but once in my calf.

The instructor and the other students didn't seem too concerned, they just told me to wrap my leg and foot up in gauze and elevate it. The class continued.

I think this has to do with the fact that we don't wear gloves in this lab, and that there's no hand washing station in the lab, either. I think that's a bit unsanitary, don't you?

17 comments:

Mike W. said...

No hand washing station? Is that even legal?

Christina LMT said...

Eyewash stations, they have.
Taps for water and gas at every table, but those aren't for hand washing. I dunno, maybe I'm just paranoid. It's not like we're handling anthrax!

Old NFO said...

Paranoia is not ALWAYS a bad thing Christina :-) I'm thinking a small bottle of anti-bacterial wash in the purse should work... And no, it's not illegal, it's just inconsiderate in this day and age...

Miz Minka said...

I'd bring my own gloves...

Mulligan said...

uh, no wonder you're having dreams of being poisoned by noisy reptiles

Zelda said...

I had a snake dream last night too and I hollered a little and woke up Jethro.

Matt G said...

Had an older lady that I worked with tell us that she had recurring dreams about snakes. My friend and I smiled and told her that, classic Freudian interpretation would be to regard the snakes as phalluses.

She smiled happily and whispered, "They're GREAT BIG ONES, too!"

Christina LMT said...

Wow. Well, Freud was full of it, anyway! Because the snake in my dream was FAR too tiny.

And y'all make very good points. Zelda, was it a BIG snake? ;)

I have no fear of reptiles of any variety, except for my new roommate's EX-roommate's ball python, Twinkie. And that's just because Twinkie's always hungry, and I have two small kittens he'd just LOVE to get better acquainted with!

Lissa said...

My guess? You had a kitty attack you in the middle of the night and your subconscious had to explain it away :)

Cliff Smith said...

As OLD NFO said A little paranoia is not A bad thing. Some people call it being situation-ally aware. Ditto on the hand sanitizer or maybe a packet or two of handywipes.

Zelda said...

It wasn't a big snake, strangely. Usually the are in my dreams, but it was poisonous and it was consorting with ugly little lizards.

Mike W. said...

A python named "twinkie?"

Man, that's some name for a big ass snake.

Christina LMT said...

Zelda, that sound like a disturbing dream! Ugh.

Mike, it was given on purpose. My roomie's EX-roomie is a bit...odd.

Rabbit said...

Gack. Find a bottle of hand cleanser and use it before and after micro lab. How does the instructor expect you to learn good aseptic technique without proper clinical handwashing skills? You're probably going to be working with Serratia sp. which is unpleasant if it gets in the wrong place.

As for snakebite, the best thing I've found is dipenhydramine, unless you've got access to exotic antivenins. Maybe you can find Benadryl in your sleep?

Christina LMT said...

Well, they have a hand sanitizer dispenser just inside the building's main entrance, but that's about it. I guess they figure the aseptic technique is taught in the nursing classes, this is just general microbiology (though the VAST majority of students are nursing majors...).

Jennifer said...

So I shouldn't mention that pygmy rattlesnakes are real and live in this area? Yeah, probably not.

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