Friday, 6 November 2009

Testing Weirdness

Today I received the genetic test results from the UMCG hospital by snail mail. The conclusion was 46, XY, with the SRY gene on the Y chromosome. A normal male genotype, basically. They also concluded that the MRI images showed the front side of the rectum and not a vagina.

Strange is that the UMCG first said they would discuss with the German clinics on the wildly differing MRI interpretations, later shifted this to after the genetic tests and now says I'll have to do it myself; contact the German clinics and ask them. Also strange is that the mosaic test was supposed to be carried out in stages; if the first test on blood didn't show anything unusual it would be expanded to other tissues. Nothing was said about this in the letter I received today.

In short this all means that matters haven't progressed at all. There hasn't been any discussion on the MRI images and thus there is no common conclusion between all the teams of radiologists who have looked at them so far. Questionable is also the genetic testing because it has only been performed on blood so far.

Naturally this is a serious disappointment for me, and I'm absolutely not sure yet how things will progress from here. The frustrating part is that if I trust the UMCG's conclusion there is absolutely no genetical reason for the fact that I have a female phenotype, that there are no explanations or answers still, and that it may take many more years before there finally comes some clarity in this mystifying case. If ever.

In other news, the new nVidia GTX275 videocard I got is driving me slightly nuts because it's really noisy at load while running Folding at Home, irking me even when I'm just working in front of the computer, let alone while trying to sleep. A new cooler would solve this issue, but it's a sixty Euro or so I do not have exactly lying around at the moment.

Then again, I need a huge source of distraction to keep myself from doing something horrible to my body the coming weeks, so working like possessed on my work seems like a reasonable proposition. Especially with the money I'll earn from it, which would allow me to buy new videocard coolers.


Maya

6 comments:

Dennis said...

WOW what a suprise!! And what do you mean by: "if I trust the UMCG's conclusion there is absolutely no genetical reason for the fact that I have a female phenotype, that there are no explanations or answers still, and that it may take many more years before there finally comes some clarity in this mystifying case."

When it's all so clear?!

YOUR A GUY!!! FACE IT!!!

Pieter said...

My goodness Dennis, why do you still read this blog and comment on it? Is it because your (ex?) girlfriend showed too much interest in Maya or because you had feelings for her yourself?

Just about anyone who meets Maya thinks she's female, including the people at the hospital, the swimming pool, the neighbors, and the people at the voting pole. Is it truly beyond your understanding that she wishes to have a medical explanation for that so she can at least tell a potential partner what caused her body to be the way it is?

Dennis said...

No it's because he takes hormones, puts on dresses and high heels and shaves all her body hair. that's why!

The only true medical explanation is that she's a 100% male and thus a shemale. Nothing more Nothing less.

Maya Posch said...

Dennis, you're an amazingly gifted person and it's a darn shame no one else seems to acknowledge that you should have the final say on any decision or conclusion, no matter the topic.

Seriously, you're absolutely brilliant. I bow to your awesome intellect.

baka said...

Hey Maya! Long time no talk :P Glad to hear that you've started back up folding! I've been folding for a while now(for overclock.net) with 5 9800GX2s. As far as the noisy card goes, it could possibly be squealing capacitors. If you want to read more about it and possible fixes, check out this link. Hope this helps you out!

Maya Posch said...

Hi baka :)

Could you loan me a few GPUs? :P

The noise issue is just fan noise, not squealing from the VRMs, so there isn't much I can do about it, except perhaps replace the TIM with something better to lower temperatures or use a third-party cooler like the Arctic Cooling one.