You know, some days it doesn’t pay to get out of bed. The day started out fine. I went to work, I got coffee, I started a luminex run. Everything was working well. I went down to breakfast and they actually had English muffins and crispy bacon today. Then I went down to the luminex and tried to run my samples.
Issue 1: The luminex instrument is not in our lab. It is a research lab in another part of the hospital. We sign up to use it and then walk down several times during the testing process to setup and calibrate the instrument. This is a pain in the butt. Mostly because we are the primary users of the instrument.
Issue 2: I could not get into the program that we use to analyze because it could not find the HASP file. I had no idea what that meant or what to do about it. As usual our solution is to turn everything off and back on fifty times until suddenly it works. That took about 20 minutes and started turning my mood.
Issue 3: This computer is supposed to network to our computer back at the lab. Except it doesn’t. This has been an issue for some time and apparently is a hardware issue for the computer. The ISD guys figured out the problem several weeks ago but no one knows who is in charge of paying for the part. So… we wait. I didn’t realize this when I went down today so I tried to get a connection for ten minutes before walking back up to the lab to retrieve our jump drive and put all my necessary files on it.
After all this, I walked down with my 96 samples and began my run. I was a little annoyed but I would get over it. Then as I stared at the computer screen, the urge to cry overtook me. None of my samples had any beads in them. This basically means I have no results. 94 patients and 2 controls; all down the drain. All my time down the drain. I’m not going to even mention how much these tests COST, because I might pass out over how much money I just threw down the drain.
So. Tomorrow, I begin anew. I will once again try my hand at these samples. Luckily, my supervisor and my boss don’t care. This is a relatively new test (for us) and we’re still working out the kinks in how to troubleshoot these kinds of problems. The problem is more that I am a perfectionist and I HATE when I screw things up. That I believe, is what co-workers are for.