Endothelial (blood vessel) cells grown in the lab forming tubes representing early blood vessel formation.Work has been hard going the past couple of days; mainly because Alex hasn’t been sleeping well leaving me rather sleep deprived. I have, however, managed to complete the grant application on wound healing and my boss is going to check through it before the submission deadline next Friday. This has left me free to concentrate on a second grant application; focussing on treatment combinations for colon and breast cancer. Avastin is a new FDA approved drug which is now being used in the clinic and my experimental work suggests that treating with a new peptide as well as Avastin may improve the anti-tumour effects of treatment. This work is still at an early stage and the aim is to get a grant to study this further in the hopes that it will improve the health of patients in the long term.
Alex has not been quite his usual happy self in the past few days. He hasn’t been sleeping properly for some unknown reason and is occasionally off his food. Wednesday night was the worst we have had with him in ages, poor little thing, as he didn’t want his night time feed and then wanted to stay awake and play so when he was put in his bed he was really noisey, and didn’t go to sleep for hours. As a result I am shattered. We are not quite sure what is wrong with him, as although he does have a bit of a cold, there are none of the usual signs of teething. Last night he screamed for 10 minutes in the early evening for no apparent reason, and cuddling (the usual cure) didn’t help, although feeding him did calm him eventually. In between his bouts of unhappiness and needing cuddles he has been his usual bright and bouncy self, chattering away to us, rolling over, giggling, and generally being great fun. He is not far off being able to sit up now…he managed it for about 15 seconds the other day. He actually finds it really funny to be put into a sitting position and to try and sit up then topple over…as he topples over (with me catching him) he laughs out loud.
As a result of everything that has been going on I haven’t had the chance to do any crafting over the past few days so hopefully this weekend will see me playing again, especially as I have a card to make by Monday! I will try and upload again over the weekend.