About half of my work involves troubleshooting why things go wrong. While I haven’t been in the forefront theoretical science in a while, at the very least, it’s things like this that somewhat satisfy my need to much around and experiment. My only issue is when I have to juggle the routine urgency of the hospital with the slow methodical approach of troubleshooting. In short, I’ve learned to slap something on and pray that it holds together until the next person takes over.
Some days though when I do have the time, I do like to sit down and geek out on the machines that serve me well. Much like the personal tech I surround myself with, lab instruments have a hum, an energy, a life of their own. I like to say because I’m a geek that I understand these machines more than most people in the lab. Some days I can’t stand to see these machines being mistreated because people lack the methodical patience and common sense to operate them properly. Which is why I still prefer to work alone, that way I know the machines won’t break down due to human error and I won’t have people in my way when I try to fix things.
Of course you can’t have everything in the world, so most times you have to think outside the box and deal with the situation as it comes along. Everything else is just minor details. Call it a work in progress. I’ll tell you when I’ve succeeded at that bit.