Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Nice Touch

Our nursing school has a lovely courtyard and small garden surrounding its exterior. The exterior garden is planted with a thick bed of flowering purple-pink vinca (Vinca rosea), a type of periwinkle. The vinca is lovely to look at and is also the key ingredient in the commonly used chemotherapy drugs vincristine and vinorelbine. Nice touch, no?

So the sun is out, the vinca and magnolia are in bloom and there are suntanning nursing students in the courtyard. Sort of. The courtyard seems to be split between sunbathers and students interested in things other than vanity and skin cancer. I guess the vinca gives them hope that when the melanoma comes, the chemo will be there.

Full disclosure: I spend about an equal amount of time in the sun as not. I'm 50% dumb and vain.

4 Comments:

Blogger Ilan Muskat said...

Haven't seen the sun for weeks.*

By the way, here are some tips on safe blogging.

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*("The winter here's cold, and bitter. It's chilled us to the bone. Haven't seen the sun for weeks, too long, too far from home. Feels just like I'm sinking and I claw for solid ground. Pulled down by the undertow. Never thought I could feel so low. And oh, in darkness, I feel like letting go." -- Sarah McLachlan, Full of Grace)

12:59 AM  
Blogger Ilan Muskat said...

This is that link again, but in clickable format.

12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's my kids favourite song:

"Oh, it's 40 below in the winter,
And it's 20 below in the fall,
It rises to zero in springtime,
And we ain't got no summer at all."

sadly not too far off. Dianne

8:55 AM  
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