I wish that I could truly say that without knowing full well that I would be lying through my teeth. Full disclosure, I am not the biggest fan of staring into a microscope for longer than necessary, which has made the pathology rotation a challenge. It is not as if I do not get a thrill from finding a rare basophil in the monolayer or microfilaria in the so-called “feathered edge” of a blood smear, but after looking at slides for the better part of four hours, my eyes begin to tire. Sometimes it gets to the point where I have trouble focusing both of my eyes through the lens and switch to only using my left one in order to visualize slides.
Some of the more exciting finds I have made while using the microscope were those that displayed interesting nuclear patterns. During the perfunctory task of zig-zagging through the monolayer of two slides and seeing neutrophils and monocytes, I came across two particular cells that caught my attention. Viewed in 40X magnification, a heart-shaped nucleus and the number ‘3’ were evident. The latter number sparked an image in my head of Chance the Rapper’s hat featured on the cover of his third mixtape, Coloring Book. Instantly, I was awoken from my torpor at the scope and was able to continue my white blood cell and platelet count per ten high power fields. Sometimes it’s the little things (even as small as cells!) in life that keep us going!