RE: [Histonet] Histotechs: born or made?

From:"Ford Royer"

When I was a practicing laboratory scientist (27 years ago), we would have
some of the wildest lab parties and everyone seemed to be on the same page
as far as having a weird sense of humor.  A work day didn't go by without
some form of laughter in our lab.  Non-laboratory people often asked me why
this was.  The only thing that I could come up with is it was how we dealt
with the profession that we chose.  I won't go into details or give
examples.  We all know what I am talking about.  It does take a special kind
of person to this sometimes morbid (some would say hideous) work and I for
one am glad that there are these types of persons to take it on.  Thank you
all for your dedication to your profession and the people that you serve -

~ Ford

Ford M. Royer, MT(ASCP)
Minneapolis, MN

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Morken, Tim
- Labvision
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 11:11 AM
To: 'Ingles Claire'; Histonet
Subject: [Histonet] Histotechs: born or made?

The first time I walked into a histology lab it was the day after the 4th of
July and there were 4 blackened fingers sitting on the grossing bench (one
guess how they got there - and it's nothing to do with anything Cajun!). My
first thought was : 'this is going to be a strange job.' I've seen much
stranger things since, so I think histotechs become strange due to exposure
to unnatural sights (among other things!). And, of course, the pathology
staff of any hospital is infamous for their "gross" humor.

Tim Morken

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Ingles
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 8:55 AM
To: Histonet
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Re: 70% from NBF

I have wondered the same thing many times myself. Whether it was naturally
me or the addition of the chemicals that made me a bit strange. I think it
may be partly both. I usually blame it on the chemical fumes though. :)
Claire Ingles Mohs Clinic, UW Hosp. Madison WI 


From: on behalf of Bryan Llewellyn
Sent: Tue 11/29/2005 11:15 AM
To: Histonet
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Re: 70% from NBF

I have often wondered whether I became a histotech because I was born
strange, or whether I became strange because of the time I spent training in
a place like that!

Bryan Llewellyn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gayle Callis" 
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 8:23 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Re: 70% from NBF

> Joseph made some excellent points here
> Chloroform is an excellent clearing agent (used it back in the 60's in 
> open dip and dunk processors - O.K. so I'm old!) but no one warned us 
> about its carcinogenic nature and there were no safety issue 
> regulations then.  Take his advice!

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