Pfizer Drug Trial: Day 1 (Visit 2)
Day One ….is done. It was a very long, 10 hour day, but productive. fMRI imaging, mild electrical shocks to the wrist to induce stress, etc. – but the worst is over.
Tomorrow I only have one fMRI/trigger session.
Today’s happenings: after reporting to the NYU School of Medicine Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), an IV was placed, ECG completed, and several blood tests were taken. Various assessments were given, and the obligatory drug and pregnancy screenings were completed, as well as a breathalyzer to verify that I hadn’t consumed any alchohol.
I was then transported to the Center for Biomedical Imaging (CBI) for the first fMRI. Electrodes were placed on my body to measure any muscle movements, and an elastic belt was placed around my abdomen to measure the depth of my breathing during the scan. An electrode was also placed on my finger to measure my oxygen levels.
Electrodes were attached to my palms to see how much I was sweating, and a special video camera recorded my eye movements and blinking.
After testing increasing shock levels to determine the maximum that I could tolerate without it being too painful, I was slid into the imaging machine and the scan began.
I received electric shocks to the inside of my wrists as a trigger, along with being shown images of people with different expressions of disgust, anger, etc. on a video screen. I was also shown images of different shapes and colors, and told to predict whether or not I would receive a shock by pushing buttons on a small handheld device.
After about an hour I was allowed to rest for ten minutes while they completed the fMRI scan of my brain.
I then went back to CTSI to take my first dose, and then was monitored for a few hours. Later that afternoon, I was again transported to CBI for another fMRI and triggering session.
IT ALSO SUCKED.
It was a really long day.
Right now I’m working on getting rid of a massive headache. Once again, the nursing staff and imaging techs at NYU have proven themselves to be exceptional. I couldn’t be in better hands.
It was a VERY LONG, ten hour day today, so I am exhausted both physically and mentally. My headache is so bad that I decided I just couldn’t wait on a cab – I immediately walked the two blocks back to the hotel.
On another note – check out the luggage under my eyes! Those are some serious bags!
Enough complaining. Even though I feel absolutely awful, fried, and overwhelmed, I feel so fulfilled. I feel like I am actually contributing something.