Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Assistant obtained and conversations relevant to my interests

The new assistant started on Monday. He's learning all the ropes and seems keen. I'm fairly low maintenance so, I'm fine waiting until he's finished learning all the non-gyn processing and administrative tasks before making him learn any random preferences of mine (how the rack is oriented in the formalin tub matters!!!).

In other news, my husband and I were out watching soccer at a local wine bar and the lady next to me was discussing a friend of hers with diabetes. She checks up on him every other day and runs errands for him. Apparently he had developed a festering foot wound and for months the odor was nauseating. When she found out it had maggots she manufactured an issue with his prescription refills (working with the pharmacy and doctor's office) that forced him to go to the doctor's office for a follow up visit. Now, maggot therapy is a thing but that is under controlled circumstances and not wild maggots that have just shown up after being attracted to the necrosis. So the woman says how the man's doctor referred him to a wound care specialist and things are being treated currently.

It was a great conversation to be around and I joined in, because how often do I get to discuss maggots and necrotic toes in public serendipitously?

Friday, June 6, 2014

Having an assistant is great!

I really miss having one! All the little things that used to just get done aren't magically getting done! So the histotechs are doing some of them, I'm doing some of them, and the pathology manager is doing some of them. It'll be so nice when someone is hired again and trained.

I'm taking the gross photos myself, which I'm able to do and it isn't an onerous task. It is just an end of day thing that stands between me and going home. Whereas when there is an assistant it would all just happen while I was still grossing and it would have a picture before I even got it to describe. It was nice. The interviews continue on, but I think the last one will be next week sometime. I'll be out of town!