One of the best things about living in Oxford is our incredible research hospitals. I’ve been part of the Oxford Biobank for nearly 8 years, and every 2 or 3 years they ask me if I’d be interested in participating in a research study to help doctors understand certain diseases.
I’ve always been extremely grateful to have such good health, and am so conscious it can be taken away at any moment, so I’m happy to donate a little time and a few bodily fluids in the name of science every once in a while.
This particular study was looking at how brown fat burns when activated (the fat used to store energy for hibernation) in healthy bodies vs people with a genetic disorder, which involved measuring my carbon dioxide output while they cooled my core temperature down (hence the bubble) and checking my temperature, blood pressure and taking a few vials of blood here and there.
The nurses as always were wonderful, and I like being able to give something back every once in a while.