As a Patient

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

Pink Slip

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

Lab Errors

I have worked in labs for over thirty years. Most of that time was spent in clinical labs which are labs that service the needs of patients and the clinicians, your doctor. Over that time inspections have increased. Rules have been made to insure tests are done correctly. Those rules are usually the result of…… Continue reading Lab Errors

Friday and You

Fridays can be a bad day to have a biopsy taken. To explain why, I’ll give you the following, a phone call that came in to my lab on a Friday afternoon. To understand this call, I work in a large lab that receives specimens from other hospitals and the call is about a biopsy the…… Continue reading Friday and You

Lost Again

They lost another patient’s specimen today. I noticed the supervisor, assistant supervisor, lead tech, and two of my fellow techs searching under every piece of equipment, desk, and through all the garbage. They came around to each of us who were cutting to see if the lost block was among our blocks. Maybe it was…… Continue reading Lost Again

Fast Work in the Histology Lab

Karen is going on maternity leave and that is met with sorrow. It’s not that she is so fantastic to work with. She is nice and she tells funny stories, but the thing everyone loves is how fast she can cut blocks. Cut blocks. Maybe you don’t know what I’m talking about. If you have…… Continue reading Fast Work in the Histology Lab

Trash

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