A big idea…
You ever have an idea that you just KNEW would change the way you were doing things. Like the first person to invent a surgical robot, it was just a good idea and it completely changed the way things were done. I don’t think that this idea is going to change things that dramatically, but much like my super secret technique, I think my recent revelation is going to mean some great things for me. Lighting struck the other day and it has hospital-PI incredibly excited.
What is the story we’re taught in schools about Newton and the apple tree? He sees an apple fall and eureka! When ideas strike out of nowhere, your suddenly Archimedes running down the street naked. To be fair, neither of those things happened (probably), but they are fun stories that capture the feelings behind that moment when you realize something that was previously hidden to you.
My brain works in mysterious ways. I’ve already established this fact after a few years of blogging I would say. So when I looked down and saw a piece of equipment I must have seen a dozen times prior and suddenly felt like I was truly seeing it for the first time, I wondered what took so long? Because an idea formed, or at least the outline of an idea and as it precipitated out of the ether, or wherever ideas live until they are realized, I started to understand the implications of what my brain had just done.
I had just come up with a zero cost solution to a problem I didn’t even realize we had. When I clumsily explained what I had just realized to hospital-PI he was skeptical. After he realized what I was saying and what it would mean for the lab his enthusiasm grew and now both of us can hardly contain the excitement.
In the grand scheme of things, this revelation won’t change the way medicine is done or at least I don’t think it will. I didn’t discover some universal constant or come up with a unified theory of relativity, but in my line of research, I may have done something similar. Hospital-PI has already proposed several different ways we could use my idea and the timing is almost perfect because we will have plenty of chances to test what I came up with.
So what is it? Well that’s for me to know and you to find out my dear readers. I don’t mean to tease, I really don’t, but I do want to commemorate this moment to the archives that are the internet because one day I will look back on this post and say, that was the day I did something no one else had thought to do.
I am a mess. I won’t lie about it and even though this is the internet and our feeds are a constant deluge of photoshopped and staged movements of people living “their best life,” I don’t want to be that person. It’s always a struggle to get out of bed and some days it’s a struggle to even want to be alive. To say I’ve had very low lows would be an understatement in the extreme. It has been a struggle just to function like a normal person on a regular basis and even now I don’t work normal work hours because I cannot. I say this because it’s days like today that make me want to keep going.
I don’t regularly get to have days like this, days where I really feel like I’ve accomplished something important. So, future self, should you ever have a bout of nostalgia and read this, good work. Now let’s go do something great.
Compliments on your revelation! Vague compliments, since I don’t have the slightest idea what it is, but I’ll believe it’s a big deal. See, you are smart.
Even though you can’t share details yet, I’m happy that you chose to make this post, because today I was not having a very good day. I spent the morning with my soul aching like somebody had stepped on it, and I wasn’t even sure why … it’s not as if anything bad had happened. Maybe I just didn’t get enough sleep; whatever the reason, chasing elusive bugs in my hardware for the Nth day in a row (seriously, I’ve lost track) felt like a useless burden and I wanted to go home and go back to bed. Then the alert for this post showed up in my e-mail, and I read it, and I thought “well at least somebody is having a great day” and it dialed my mood up a good notch. Then in the afternoon I managed to actually be productive, and went home feeling better. So thanks.
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December 9, 2021 at 8:47 pm
Thank you! I’m sorry you were having a bad day, but I’m glad my news made things a little better for you. Software bugs are never fun, I can see why that may ruin your day/week/however long it’s been. You’ll get it figured out though!
As for what I came up with, well we may be revealing it sooner rather than later. Hospital-PI is so excited about it he’s got approval from the head of the department to start some experiments with the modified equipment. While it will still be months before we get anything published, that’s still far quicker than I had anticipated. I really think I hit on something big since Hospital-PI is running around trying to deploy it as quickly as possible. For me, it means my weekend will be spent making the proposed changes to the equipment. We should test next week so I’ll be dropping pretty routine updates regarding how it’s going (even if I can’t talk about it explicitly).
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December 10, 2021 at 11:55 am
That’s a great feeling, to have done something that you yourself deem valuable. I too would record it on my blog if I did such a thing. Wishing you more moments like this!
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December 10, 2021 at 5:52 pm
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