Special Staining on Your Biopsies, Waste, Teaching, and CYA

This week I am working in the special stains area of Histology. That is where we stain your biopsy, a slide made from your biopsy actually, and add colors to it so pathologists can see things better. Every biopsy has an H+E done on it. That is a pink and blue stain. Here is an…… Continue reading Special Staining on Your Biopsies, Waste, Teaching, and CYA

CJD: Contagious Dementia

CJD: Contagious Dementia One of my co-workers has inhaled a specimen infected with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, CJD. There was a case that no one knew was CJD. She cut it, which creates thin paraffin ribbons. The ribbon broke. It fluttered at her face and she breathed. The next day a pathologist called our lab and told…… Continue reading CJD: Contagious Dementia


Patient biopsies can be accidentally thrown away. When I first started this job they didn’t save the trash, as was common practice at other jobs. They tossed out a few biopsies, as happens once or twice a month, and couldn’t retrieve them because the trash was taken away the night before. Now they save the trash. They save…… Continue reading Trash

A Boy-man in the Lab

A buffoon, a boy-man, an ass works in our lab and has caused the destruction of biopsies. I say he is a buffoon and an ass because he uses distractions and poor lab practices to disrupt the rest of us who have to work with him. He is a boy in a man’s body, interested…… Continue reading A Boy-man in the Lab

Good Help is Hard to Find

Our supervisor has been searching for good techs for months. She wants someone who will work midnight shift, work fast, understand everything they are taught right away, not call off, not complain, and not quit when they are pressured to do more. She has hired, fired, and lost (they quit) at lease seven people in…… Continue reading Good Help is Hard to Find