September 19th, 2012

Pre-Biopsy Stuff

Winter must be 'a coming. The morning here in Ottawa is, to say the least, nippy.

I came in to work to find that there was a pile of work on my desk waiting for my attention, but there was also a message in among the memos and the like asking me to call the hospital and a specific number. It was the number for the Ultrasound Booking Office for all of Ottawa's hospitals and medical clinics.

To make a long story short, the nice lady that I spoke to, Jessica, told me that they had received Dr. Quack's request for the neck and throat biopsies, but before I can have those done, they need to do a specific set of ultrasounds to localise some of the lymph nodes, and a series of blood tests to check some "factors" that need to be examined before they can do the biopsies. I've got an appointment for 2:30 pm on Monday (have to be there ten minutes earlier) to have both the ultrasounds and the blood tests done at the Riverside.

Oh, joy. Oh, bliss.

In the meantime, time to drown my sorrows in a cup of peppermint tea, and get back to this pile of paperwork on my office desk.

Catching Up with Palaeo News VIII

Once more, catching up on dinosaur and all things palaeontology news...

The NHMU's Ceratosaurus, based on Cleveland Lloyd Quarry bones, is now up. Here's a lovely photo.

Ceratosaur Photo

Ceratosaur Photo 2

Remember the business with the illegal Tarbosaurus bones? Well, the judge says that there isn't enough evidence that the Tarbosaurus bones were smuggled. What the heck??

Judge Rules Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton Was Not Smuggled

Some newly recovered letters have highlighted Texas connection to 19th century Bone Wars, including a poetic tribute to the badass fossil amphibian Eryops.

Newly discovered letters and translated German ode expand Texas link to infamous Bone Wars

Giddyap, Tricerajeep!

Ida's hands are palaeontologist playthings - the life and death of a famous fossil primate:

Ida Hands are Palaeontologist Playthings

Olorotitan was one of the most elegant dinosaurs of all time:">Outlining Olorotitan</a>

Sometimes, "sauropods" turn out to be hadrosaurs in diguise.

Sinking a Sauropod

Dinosaurs swept out to sea were a rare treat for mosasaurs...

SciArt of the Day

Dinosaurs are, of course, awesome. But there are many other ancient creatures that deserve attention.

And that's it for this time around. :)