[Histonet] RE: Histology Stories

Andrea Grantham algranth <@t> email.arizona.edu
Thu Mar 11 15:27:42 CST 2010

This story reminds me of the time I had to run into the lab over a  
weekend and I had my son with me. He was about 6 or 7 at the time. He  
tripped over a bucket containing a brain suspended for fixing in  
formalin from an autopsy that was just done and as I was cautioning  
him to be more careful he asked, "what kind of surgery did that person  
have?" Needless to say our dinnertime conversations were very  


Andrea Grantham, HT (ASCP)
Senior Research Specialist
University of Arizona
Cell Biology and Anatomy
Histology Service Laboratory
P.O.Box 245044
Tucson, AZ 85724

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On Mar 11, 2010, at 10:05 AM, Beckham, Sharon wrote:

> Your introduction into histology brought back a very funny memory  
> for me.  My kids are in their 30's now, but when my daughter was 7  
> or 8 she also saw her first grossing specimen which was also a leg.   
> She tried to talk about it in show and tell and her teacher made her  
> stop.  She didn't want to hear about it and my daughter was so  
> excited about being able to share the information with her  
> classmates.   When my son was 14 or 15 he wanted to see a brain and  
> we happened to have one from an autopsy case.  I took it out and he  
> got one whiff of the formalin and said "Mom, no wonder you are so  
> weird, having to smell that stuff everyday".  No one can appreciate  
> what we do quite like our children!!
> Jessica, that was a really cool story about your Mom introducing you  
> to histology.  It brought a tear to my eye!
> -----Original Message-----
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> ] On Behalf Of Jessica.Vacca <@t> HCAhealthcare.com
> Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:49 AM
> To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> Subject: [Histonet] Histology Stories
> I was introduced the color world of Histology, when I was about 7 or  
> 8. I saw my first leg being grossed. I was the cool kid in  
> elementary school that during show and tell,  would bring in a  
> section of brain or perhaps an embryo floating in formalin. I worked  
> my summers filing blocks and slides (Not to worry I understood the  
> importance of numerical order!), and as I got older would work my  
> summers as a lab aide. After high school, and very undecided in  
> which direction my life should go, the Histology Supervisor had  
> encouraged as she did all her lab aides and others she felt needed  
> to add their mark in this profession into this career. She had a  
> histology program (at the time when it was OJT) and she would have 3  
> students at a time. We would work nights assisting with gross, and  
> mornings in class. She would give us weekly exams and instill in us  
> the importance of the profession. The majority of her students that  
> she had taught have moved on to become supervisors and charge techs.  
> I have to say that I come from a "family" of histologists. I was  
> very fortunate that this woman who had an interest in my future not  
> just in me as a person but as her daughter. You see, this supervisor  
> was my mother, and I will forever be grateful to her for introducing  
> me to this field. Her name is Sofia Roberts and I'm sure that there  
> are many members that know her. So to her I say "Happy Histologist  
> Professional Day"!
> Jessica Vacca
> Histology Supervisor
> Brandon Regional Hospital
> 119 Oakfield Dr
> Brandon Fl 33511
> (813) 571-6410
> or ext 2454
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