RE: [Histonet] Old farts reminiscing (was Polyester wax (with earliercitations))
Ooohhh, I've got really bad memories of Sheffield. Leicester used to send
techs on the advanced histology course there. The Nurses home on the
outskirts was where we stayed. After one very good night our with the local
techs, who felt obliged to show us all the good pubs, I went for breakfast
the next morning and was met by a pan full of tripe and onions, with a
similar one next to it full of black pudding- and not a plastic bag in
sight!! Some hopsitality.
Did anyone else hand process and double embed eyes through celloidin in 1%
methyl benzoate? The first time I was asked to do this procedure, I didn't
realise you had to use polyproplylene pots and just a clear plastic one.
Came in next morning to find two eyballs sitting on a shelf in glistening
goo staring at me. I couldn't help laughing, but that soon changed the the
mistake was reported, Having been out of the NHS for 24 yrs, I don't know
if Lab Head and Consultant Pathologists have mellowed any, but they were
pretty fiece in my day when they wanted to be, and some when they didn't
need to be, and my failings were pointed out in no uncertain terms.
On very rare occasions, we had a leg amputation brought to the lab fresh
from a case of osteosarcoma. We took great delight in scaring juniors to
death, by asking for help and then running a scaple blade over the nerves.
No-one actually fainted when the toes curled up, but it was a wonder.
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firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: [Histonet] Old farts reminiscing (was Polyester wax (with
Anyway, I miss the older generation of histotechnicians (as we used to
call them over here). My first encounter was with one Des Brady in
Sheffield. He was great. If you asked for a special stain, he would say
"do you want it positive or negative boss?"
That's what I call skill:-)
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