Saturday, January 29, 2011
Fun-a-day 29: Trichomonas
(Oh no she DIDN'T!). Yes I did! I debated on whether or not to include this STD / parasite, but I'm afraid it's just another one of those things that are really neat to see under a microscope, even if they're not so much fun if it's your sample that it's found in! Tricomonas vaginalis is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. It's caused by a single celled protozoa (much like Giardia), and is also considered a parasite.
In the lab, we'd see it in wet preps from OB and ER, or sometimes we'd also see it in a urine sample. The organism looks similar to a white blood cell, but once you see it moving, or motile, there's no mistaking what it is. I found this video of it on youtube if you want to see it in action (hope it works). Luckily it's a curable (and preventable) disease!
I also spent the last few days getting more kindle covers onto my Etsy shop. I tried for a long time to get a "button" on my blog here. I think I might have FINALLY figured it out!! I'm afraid the computer is much more of a challenge to me than any sewing endeavor! I can't believe that tomorrow will be my last quilt block! I plan to spend Monday getting it all sewn together! Wish me luck!