This week was a rainy one. In lab, we have been researching more science journals pertaining to our project. Each day, we go into lab from 9am to 5pm with a lunch break around 11:30/12 and dinner with the cohort around 6:30pm. We try to find somewhere new to eat every day. Melissa, Lam, and I have received our official lab schedule for the summer. Our weeks will consist of collecting data from CKD patients, weekly presentations of scientific journals relating to CKD, and bi-weekly progress reports to share our progression within the research. Our lab mates are busy with finals preparations and are not able to visit with us often. Next week, Melissa and I will learn how to use the leg pressure device so that we can use it to measure exercise capacity of CKD patients.
Last weekend, all of us went to see Jurassic World at the movie theatre. The movie was in English, of course. It wasn’t that great, but the movie theatre experience was good. We were able to pick our seats when we purchased the tickets at the counter. Interestingly, people can bring in outside food to eat during the movie. On Sunday, we went to the Kaohsiung Arena mall to shop. They had some familiar stores like H&M, Zara and Mango. After we left the mall, it was raining pretty hard, so we walked to Watsons, a local store, and waited there for about 20 minutes. Monday was the national Dragon Boat Festival. For the festival, different teams from around the world come to Kaohsiung with vibrant, dragon-shaped boats to compete at the Love River. Some students from our lab were kind enough to take us to the festival and to some night markets afterward.
This whole week, my air conditioner has been broken so it has been a very warm and humbling week. Luckily, Kat allowed me to use her fan during the week, and I slept in her room during the weekend. We revisited Cijin beach and walked around there for most of Saturday. The black sand was absolutely beautiful; I had never seen anything like it before. On Sunday, we went to Lotus Pond and explored that area of Kaohsiung. This weekend was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next few weeks.
Each week in Kaohsiung makes me more grateful for this experience. In lab, we had a meeting with some of our lab mates & they told us exactly what we would be doing for our project. The leg pressure device that was introduced to us last week measures the amount of exercise patients need based on power measurements. Our job is to test the efficiency of the device so that it can be used to prescribe patient-specific exercise programs to increase the quality of life of dialysis patients. First, we will conduct the experiment with healthy individuals. We will test their muscle strength on a preliminary machine that analyzes fitness based on force and power. Next, we will have the healthy individuals apply isokinetic pressure, in a cycling fashion, on the leg pressure device. After, we will return to the preliminary machine to test their muscle strength after they have completed the recommended training per the leg pressure device. We will be responsible for designing the exercise programs based on previous programs used in literature relevant to the experiment. I am so excited to learn how to use all the equipment and to submerge myself in the project.
During this week, I have also started preparing for a journal presentation. We were instructed to choose a journal article and make a 15 to 20-minute presentation on the article. After reading through several articles, I have finally found one that I like and that relates to the project.
This weekend, we went to the Fo Guang Shan Temple and Memorial Center. The atmosphere of the whole place was serene and peaceful. I have never seen such large and intricately detailed Buddha statues. There was so much greenery and open space. Even though it was raining, I feel like I didn’t miss out on anything. I only wish we had more time to explore all of it.