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Man of Blood and Guts

After a job search of approximately four months, I have finally found full time employment at a hospital laboratory. It was very unexpected. Well, Deo Gratias.

I have unexpectedly entered a field which I have absolutely no experience and knowledge about: Histology. Still, the first week of work was awesome. Very eye-opening. It was more exciting than whatever I learned back in polytechnic. Ten times ten.

As expected, this is really not a job for those with weak stomachs. Speaking of stomachs, I managed to come across some gastric biopsies and a couple of excised gall bladders. Bile included. It’s green, just like the mint jelly that comes with lamb chops.

This place is really like a human meat shop, only thing is that people sell their meat to us for processing. Among the other parts I have handled this week include: a one kilogram right kidney (my upperstudy showed me how to cut it into half); someone’s right testicle; several breasts; large colons; ovarian cysts and fibroids.

During one of the days I also came across a curiously named Products Of Conception (POC). I only realized upon asking my upperstudy that this ‘POC’ are aborted or miscarried babies. They fit into a small, bloody bottle. I repeated ‘Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine..’ to myself a few times.

One of the Pathologists asked me on the first day, ‘How was work?’ I chirped that it was good! ‘I see that you enjoy handling the specimens.. Not many people like specimens.’

So far so good.

On to lamp chops. We had a free lunch on the first day because they catered some food for the office ladies to celebrate Secretaries’ Week. Indian food was served, complete with naan and tikka. Not forgetting the lamb chops. Excellent..

Looks like I won’t be touching the syringe and tourniquet for a while. Instead, sharp blades await!


Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us

Stella Matutina, ora pro nobis

Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, pray for us

St Michael the Archangel, pray for us

St Jude, pray for us

St Benedict, pray for us

St Dominic, pray for us

St Anthony, pray for us