WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART

labtech                                       photo source:  ivch.org

As I am prone to do from time to time, I have made another life-changing decision.  I have decided that I will not become a medical lab technician.  Not that I have had any ambition to become such; I just lately came to the conclusion that the job isn’t what I would want to do for the rest of my life.  Now, there is that word again…life.  I’ve been thinking about that, too.

Somewhere in the surrounding 50 or so miles from where I sit, a complete stranger, probably in a white lab coat, is spreading a thin layer of tissue on a glass plate and examining it through a microscope.  This individual has been trained to look at this layer of tissue, this smear of human life, and determine whether or not it harbors any kind of characteristics that may be harmful to whoever supplied the specimen.  Obviously, the lab technician has no control over what is on the piece of glass.  He/she is merely trained to examine it and report on the findings.

I don’t think I could do this job.  I need to know more about the smear…like, from whom was it taken.  Someone famous?  Someone important?  A rock star…a bus driver…another lab technician?  Of course, it does not make any difference to know the source, but I would always wonder.  Let’s say the layer of tissue on the glass came from George.   Who is this George person?  Where does George live?  How will George react to the report I have to write about his smear?  How will George’s loved ones react?  Am I ruining George’s weekend?  His vacation?  His first date?  …His life?

I guess it’s a half-full/half-empty kind of job.  Sometimes you have good news for someone; sometimes not.  It’s all kept so clinical to me.  I guess it is best that way.  Best not to know whose smear it is and how your news will change, or not change his or her life. Nope, I could not be a lab technician.  I need to know.

A thin layer of tissue on a glass plate says a lot about a person.  It holds more drama and suspense than a 300-page mystery novel or the latest end-of-earth offering at IMAX.  There’s no trailer to see beforehand, no review to read on the Internet.  Instead, you just get a lab report from someone in a white lab coat who will never know anything about you…except the most critical piece of information you’ll ever want to know.  I hope my wait isn’t long.

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Books by Marc Kuhn: THE POPE’S STONE, an historical novel that follows two descendants of a Virginia family who, despite living a century apart, share uncanny similarities in their lives; NEVER GOOSE A MOOSE, a collection of whimsical verse featuring thought-provoking “never-do’s” that children should beware of; and ABOUT A FARM, a children’s book about challenges we all face every day, regardless of where we live. All three books are available at amazon.com and each has its own .com website under its title.

Intimate details about Marc Kuhn and other exhilarating stuff at marckuhn.com

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About Marc Kuhn

I am a retired radio exec. I've worked at major stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami. That was then. This is now: I've published seven books and this blog thingy. Need to know more? Really? Okay, I bare/bear all at http://marckuhn.com The other links are for the websites of each of the books I've written. I've been busy! Hope you'll stop by and check them out. Thanks for your interest!
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