There are days that I am stunned by stupid. That someone could possibly think what they have done is acceptable is by itself amazing but then they defend what they have done. A statement like that must be followed with examples or you could correctly think I am ranting and stop reading but I have…… Continue reading It’s Just a Stupid Job
I have a medical condition that necessitated a couple of surgeries and several years of hospital based treatments. My insurance was not accepted at the hospital where I worked, which was the best hospital in the area. Because of that, and because I couldn’t afford the tens of thousands of dollars my healthcare would cost…… Continue reading As a Patient
A case I remember well involved a simple endometrial scraping, a curetting, a common type of specimen. An error occurred and it nearly resulted in a patient getting treatment for cancer that she didn’t have. As a patient, do you think the lab should have reported this error? It caused the patient no harm.…… Continue reading Will Your Doctor Tell You When They Error?
I didn’t know why Nancy wasn’t at work today, again. I asked and learned she has the rest of the week off. We don’t work the same shift but it was obvious she hadn’t been there because she is one of the powerhouse cutters. What I mean by that is, she cuts a lot and…… Continue reading Pink Slip
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
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
I sit at a microtome to do my job. I sit in a histology lab with other techs. I cut surgical blocks that contain small samples of human tissue; lung, heart, bowel, skin, bone, anything that is a part of a person. Some days all goes well. This day the tech sitting next to me…… Continue reading Reprocessing