Today was so much better. First, I had an orientation meeting, which gave my day structure. Then, I got to do a little cell culture with one of the senior techs, which was awesome. During lunch, I got to eat with one of the postdocs and discuss career goals a little. Afterwards, I talked with one of the other postdocs about his project, and he went over it with me in great detail for at least an hour. He was very patient. I asked lots of questions. Actually, it was really interesting, and it gave me ideas and made me feel included. One of the other techs already has plans for me for Wednesday. I have another orientation (sigh) in the morning, and then I get to go out to lunch. Yipee! Afterwards, I'm going to practice i.p. injections. I love doing things with my hands instead of reading all day. It's so engaging. Anyway, the time passes more quickly, and I am beginning to feel more involved. Plus, I know I'm doing everything I can, and it's going to take time to get up and moving. Meanwhile, I'm trying to get a handle on all the papers I'm reading while I have a chance--filing, entering them into EndNote, outlining, etc. It will really help me get started. I'm learning a ton about atherosclerosis and macrophages! It's really cool.
I am feeling better and stronger during my workouts though I have a long way to go. I biked on the trainer for a solid 45 minutes today. That's an improvement for me. Plus, I took a nap and ate dinner first so I really had to motivate myself. Steady and little and often. I have a 10K this weekend. Yikes.