Monday, April 4, 2011

Only If You Are a Pathologist

This afternoon, I was headed out of my office to grab my afternoon coffee. I ran into a histotech, who had a slide tray in her hands. She stretched her arms out and handed it to me, beaming, full of official importance.

"Doctor, here is your herpes! It is finally ready! I can give it to you now, if you want it."

She was referring to an immunostain I ordered on an active esophagitis.

I doubled over with laughter. "I do, I do! I have been waiting for someone to tell me that my whole life!"

I know. I'm not very funny. It's a Monday following a vacation week. I'm sure you can think of a lot better responses. Still, I love that my job creates moments like this.

8 comments:

The Duchess of Cookies said...

*giggle*

The Mother said...

I think it's hilarious. But then, I am a pathologist.

Pink Lady said...

Love your blog!

I love your story here!

This reminds me of a story when I sent a friend of mine who was doing his residency some stuffed giant microbes (specifically, bed bugs, gonorrhea and syphilis) as a birthday gift. (see http://www.giantmicrobes.com/) A few months later, we were out with my sister and husband at a pub, and after a few pints, I said loud enough to be heard over the music 'While I gave you gonorrhea for your birthday, you didn't have any of the fun attached with it!' At that point, the entire pub went dead silent...

Mortification overcame me.

rlbates said...

Very funny! :)

Kyla said...

That is hilarious!!

Gizabeth Shyder said...

Pink Lady - that's funny! I'll have to check out the stuffed gonorrhea for partner gifts next year.

PA Supertammy said...

I'm a grossing tech and we had a pathologist getting ready to gross an assortment of things which were still being numbered and accessioned. She asked me if there was anything ready to go. I replied with, "Well, I can give you the finger," completely not realizing what I had said until she started laughing.

Gizabeth Shyder said...

My best friend at work is a grossing PA. She has never given me the finger, but she gave me a once in a lifetime gallbladder this week - primary squamous cell carcinoma.

Hilarious! Thanks much - Giz