Medical trials. Of course it will all go fine?

Pre warning to all reading this, there is a large element of tongue in cheek in this, and I only hope someone doesnt ‘kill’ me for writing up this version. I could say its her own fault for blogging about a horror movie called ‘The Last Experiment’, and she, err, inspired me to this. Well, most of this…As she said of that movie in her blog, its scientifically inaccurate in so many ways, and so is the latter part of this.

First, the serious stuff, covered in a lot more brevity than my main blog. So if you want to know more, and know how to find it, go there! In May, I went to a clinical research company in Leeds, for a job interview in their call centre. Fine, to cut it short, it was one of my first attempts at a job interview post redundancy, and I made a total mess of something I still love to this day, the competency based questions. I did get a tour of the office though, and was impressed by what I saw of the place. At the time, it did cross my mind that maybe I should come back as a research volunteer, but then the job hunt went on, and I forgot about that idea.

Then in September, on Facebook, I saw they were advertising for volunteers to undergo medical trials. And given how well the job hunting was going…not…I thought again about the idea of doing this. But given I was away for a week in mid September, and then for 4 glorious weeks in October, beyond a polite inquiry, I took things no further. Though fine, I did ‘like’ their page on Facebook, and got to read the entertaining postings someone was making there. A vast majority are serious business stuff, but a few, less so.

So I’ve decided to take the plunge, be a brave old girl, and volunteered to go on a trial. Actually doing one that could be beneficial to me, as its a new trial for an arthritis drug, and given how stiff some of my old joints are, might benefit me, as well as them, results wise. My screening is actually next Thursday, so as well as everything else, I might just find out how healthy, or unhealthy I really am! If I pass that, the trial itself starts towards the end of November, should be interesting.

(This is the point where it gets less serious, in case my friend thinks otherwise)

And of course the only electrodes that will be attached to my body at any point in the screening will be when they check my heart. None will be placed on my head, and none will affect my thoughts, and brain patterns in any way, shape or form. They will only take blood needed for a blood test, and no strange solutions will be injected into my body at any point.

And during the actual trial, the capsules I will be given will only contain the drugs involved in the treatment of the arthritis testing. Nothing whatsoever that controls the mind, body, or transforms you into a robot! And again, any needles used for blood tests, and the like will not be delivering any nanites, or other sinister material into my blood stream. Nor will any EEG, or ECG checks that might be done be anything more than that, proper checks. No sinister electrical jolts to heart, or mind.

(Hopefully at this point, someone is roaring with laughter, and not threatening to tear me limb from limb next Thursday, before the screening. Well, if she wants to make notes to pass on to the medical staff lol…)

No, I know, nothing naughty, or wicked is going to happen to me at the screening, or during the trial, but I’m probably the only volunteer they’ve ever had who might wish it does! So dear, if you’re still reading this, and not laughing too loudly, if you want to set me up, in a ‘good’ way, at either, or both, I wouldnt mind in the slightest!

Fine, the video, rather apt. I only discovered tonight that Tom Bailey, formerly of the Thompson Twins is performing live again, great news for me. As I say, the video works for this

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