Wednesday, 5 February 2014

My thoughts on neuro - 2

Have you ever tried learning a new language? Oh my gosh, it can be so scary and overwhelming at first. It seems like nothing you are hearing makes sense. You fumble over the pronunciation and the writing. And, when you finally think you've got it, you talk to a native speaker, you cannot keep up, and you think to yourself, wait a minute - what was the point of learning this damn language in the first place?! 
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This is sort of how neuro feels right now. As I type this, I am looking at a brain stem image that appears to look like some weird, mutant, inkblot thingy (to clarify, this is a rostral medulla micrograph positioned above an inkblot that looks just like it!):

I'm trying my best to mentally break this beast down into it's components, as well as name them (e.g. what would you call those big oval shaped areas with squiggly lines that you can identify on the micrograph? Think about it for a second... do you have a guess? Well, they are called OLIVES. I am not kidding. Olives, sans martini.) Or how about the two dots in the upper middle portion that look like eyeballs? Those are the solitary nuclei and tracts. And just medial to that are the hypoglossal nuclei. And it goes on, and on, and on.

And really, even though it's totally obscure and I cannot pronounce 1/2 of the terms correctly, and have looked at so many of these inkblot looking images... and have eaten way too many cashews... I am starting to tolerate this. Sort of/kind of/sort of.

Does that make me crazy?

3 comments:

  1. I can't even imagine.......I give you so much credit for your tenacity! (It's kind of pretty though, in a weird kind of way, isn't it?)

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  2. Hehe it is pretty, in the strangest way possible! :p

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