a pain in the butt (adventures of a timid anatomy student)

Hey there chicklets!
Today I had an adventure. 
If you've been following along for awhile, you may remember that I'm taking an Anatomy class this 
semester. And, if you happen to be following along on twitter, you may have seen that today was my very first day of cadaver dissection.
                                                                        Oh. Em. Gee.
See, my school is very, very proud of the fact that they are one of the only schools in the region to "allow" Anatomy students to do their own dissections rather than watching an instructor. They say "allow," I say "force" or "punish"...tomatoes/tomatoes...right? (Okay, that comparison really doesn't work in print. But you know what I mean.)  Anyway, can I just tell you, when I walked into that horrible-smelling cadaver room on the first day of class I nearly passed out? How embarrassing would that have been??  So when I found out with all of one day's notice that my dissection would begin this morning I immediately had a mini-freak out. (Like The Bachelor meeting a 2-star general. So intimidating!)

Now, I'm not sure if you know -and somebody probably shoulda told Sean- but Chinese takeout happens to be one of the best cures for a mini-freakout. (Major freakouts require the addition of chocolate. And wine. Obvi.) Plus, I pulled this baby out of my fortune cookie...thanks universe (and Royal China!) crisis averted!

Eddy the photobomber says "hi"...just can't resist the camera-action!

Surprisingly, the first couple hours of this morning's process went...not terrible. I might even say "good" if I hadn't sort of cut a tendon...oops! But hey, there was no fainting, no emergency trips to vomit in the sink and only one minor scalpel injury (win!) Also, I managed not to make one single inappropriate joke which, when you happen to be dissecting gluteal muscles is impressive in and of itself. (See post title...lol)

I made it home, and now my lab coat, reeking of formaldehyde, is soaked in Febreeze and hanging in the backyard (where my dogs are apparently worshiping it) ready for another 5 hours of torture fun tomorrow.

So...how was your Wednesday? :-)


  1. EEEWWW, lucky you! LOL.

    I don't think I was lucky enough to get to hack into a dead body, in my Anatomy class. I do remember that terrible formaldehyde smell though, yucky~

    Have fun!


  2. OMG! I just...can't. The smell alone! But, I do want to know who these people are that want their bodies to be used for this very purpose. Anyway...

    High five for sticking it through and not being a total girl about it. Catch me up...what are you going to school for?

  3. Consider it didn't include cutting human human flesh ... it was great. :)

  4. OMG. GIRL! I literally LOLed when I read "where my dogs are apparently worshiping it". In fact, I just LOLed again. OMG! You are hilarious!! New follower from The Life of Bon. :)

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  5. Sounds like you did great - way better than I could have!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

    The Hartungs Blog

  6. Oh wow... You cut open a dead body. I'm seriously in awe! I would have let out a high pitched girly squeal and fainted, probably taking out the instrument tray and the professors in the process. You rock!!!


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