Tuesday, 22 September 2015

QBW251 - tick, initial, signature, date

Day -3

You may ask why I've put the day as -3 (minus three)?

Today was all about going through all the information with the Doctor about what the drug trial will involve.

I had to sign paperwork to show I understand what is to happen and that I consent to basically being a guinea pig.

The volunteers suite is stunning.  Whilst undergoing screening during this trial, I will have access to facilities such as a snooker room, cyber cafe, entertainment and relaxation room (where I can either play games on an X-box or watch DVDs, a small cafeteria and a self service refreshments section.  Plus my own relaxation garden.

I feel as though I'm going to be well looked after during this trial.

The people I saw were nice and very helpful in answering any questions asked.  Most of which were more because I was interested in what's going on rather than concerned.

Tomorrow, Day -2 I will have a screening assessment to see if I'm eligible to take part in this study.  Of course we all know already I am eligible.  However this is protocol.  This will involve taking basic information such as medical history,details of current medication and medical condition.  My BMI will be taken and vital signs i.e. pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature.  I will undergo a full physical examination.

Blood samples will be taken for CF genotyping, safety bloods and other blood screens.

Other tests will include alcohol, drug and smoke tests.  Apparently I don't need to do a pregnancy test.  Though they will be taking the piss (a urine sample), doing an ECG and lung function.

Basically, by the end of the day, I will be poked, prodded, and pricked...nothing new here.  It will be like having an annual health assessment, but more thorough.

Early night to bed tonight.  I'm up at 6:30am so I can get ready to leave at 7am to be at the hospital for 8am.

More writings tomorrow to let you know how things go...goodnight from me and goodnight from him (now where did that quote come from?).