Is anyone else terrified of the cadavers? - page 2

For Anatomy & Physiology lab? I AM!!! I start my class in two weeks, and I'm admittedly terrified of the cadavers. How do you make it through it?!?!?! Michelle :uhoh3:... Read More

  1. by   luckymichelle
    Quote from ktwlpn
    Honey- it's not like it can get up and chase you down the hall (he hehehe-how's that for a nightmare?) Just keep the face covered and concentrate on each particular system or organ.After you have said a little prayer of thanks that this person gave the ulitimate gift...
    No kidding! In my brain, I know that this won't happen... so what's my deal???? I'm so embarassed that I'm scared of something that will be so beneficial to my nursing career. Someone kick me please!
  2. by   Dr. Gonzo
    Quote from luckymichelle
    For Anatomy & Physiology lab? I AM!!! I start my class in two weeks, and I'm admittedly terrified of the cadavers. How do you make it through it?!?!?!

    Michelle
    Dont be scared your just looking at your future.
  3. by   Star Trek Nerd
    Quote from luckymichelle
    For Anatomy & Physiology lab? I AM!!! I start my class in two weeks, and I'm admittedly terrified of the cadavers. How do you make it through it?!?!?!

    Michelle
    I felt this way too at first, but was fine because the face was covered up...that is, I was fine until I saw her hands. Her fingernails still had nail polish. Pink nail polish, mostly intact. I don't know why, but that really affected me because it just made her more human and...I don't know. It kinda makes me want to cry to think about it. Actually it bothered a lot of people in the class so next time they brought her in, her hands and feet were wrapped up too. That helped a lot. When they unwrapped her head a few days later it didn't bother me so much because I was pretty much used to her by then.

    You've got to remember not to be hard on yourself. It's not normal for us to look at cadavers. It's not human nature and a lot of people are freaked about it. But in my humble opinion it's one of those fears that will fade over time.

    Wishing you the best of luck...
  4. by   Wolfpax
    Totally agree with my Greek Orthodox compatriot (I'm Ukranian Orthodox, similar cultures), truthfully it is the living that can mess you up much more,
    the basics are: wear goggles, and say a prayer of thanks for the person on the table that was kind enough to help you learn anatomy
  5. by   1guy2pups
    Don't get freaked out by them. They're just dead people. You'll see and handle a lot more dead people during your career. And, be respectful - treat them as you would a member of your own family (assuming a healthy family life).
  6. by   Kyriaka
    I remember when I was in high school this girl lived right next to the cemetary. She said they were the best neighbors they ever had!! They didnt bother anyone.
  7. by   Sheri257
    We had two cadavers and, also, cats, since everyone couldn't work on the cadavers at the same time.

    The weird thing with the cats was we had a problem with students taking them home and not returning them to class. I guess they studied with the cats at home, I dunno, but the instructor was upset that they took the cats and they lost points for it.

    I sure wouldn't want to bring my dissected cat home. Go figure.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 17, '04
  8. by   nursebedlam
    only the living scare me
  9. by   coolatta19
    Quote from Renee' Y-Y
    First off, just know that you should treat these bodies with dignity & respect. All of these people donated their bodies so that students just like you could learn what you needed to learn. I have heard of students playing around with them...making gestures, pretending like their talking, etc...which, I personally, think is highly disrespectful. Would you want someone treating a family member that way? Secondly, it probably is not going to be as icky as you think it might be. These bodies have been preserved for quite some time, there is no blood. The odor of the preservant might be a bit noxious.

    Of all the science classes/labs that I had to take, my only regret was that I wish I had paid more attention in A&P.
    My post, or other's before never mentioned anything disrespectful. I don't need someone telling me to have respect. I certainly appreciate what these people have done by donating their bodies to science and my education. I feel you came off a little to harsh......I'm only excited because of the whole medical/education aspect of it..I want o feed my mind not disrespect a body...I'm sorry If I come off harsh but I don't see how your post came about...
  10. by   shel_wny
    Quote from luckymichelle
    For Anatomy & Physiology lab? I AM!!! I start my class in two weeks, and I'm admittedly terrified of the cadavers. How do you make it through it?!?!?!

    Michelle
    Awww...you get to do cadavers for A&P!? I'm entirely jealous. We just get cats. I enjoy dissecting and while I understand your fear, I'd love the opportunity.

    Shel
  11. by   Kyriaka
    [QUOTE=Wolfpax]Totally agree with my Greek Orthodox compatriot (I'm Ukranian Orthodox, similar cultures),
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    Nice to meet you Wolf.

    Kara
  12. by   susanna
    Quote from luckymichelle
    For Anatomy & Physiology lab? I AM!!! I start my class in two weeks, and I'm admittedly terrified of the cadavers. How do you make it through it?!?!?!

    Michelle
    First off, you suck! NO, NO J/K...This is because I'm jealous; I ranted on and on in other post about how I didn't get to truly learn anatomy and phsyiology because our school doesn't offer cadavres for learning.

    You're really lucky. I got a chance to dissect a little but that was it. Here's what helped me: I thought about how this person wanted to give her body for me to dissect and that made me feel almost like someone had left their baby(=their legacy) to be netrusted in my hands. This person wanted you to make use of her body so that she could contribute to the legacy of medicine and knowledge of healing people. It was an experience that made me feel honored.

    Can I ask? Do you actually get to dissect or will you mostly look at prosections?
  13. by   jenrninmi
    We had several cadavers in my anatomy lab. I don't even know how many we had. We had different ones that they would set out for different reasons: ie. if a couple of cadavers had a better view of the gastrointestinal system, we would use them, we had a really good view of what they call a "page face" where the scull and brain and, well, the whole head was sliced vertically to see each layer. It was pretty cool. We also had big buckets they would set out depending on what system we were covering at that time. Buckets of livers, buckets of kidneys, buckets of brains, hemi brains, reproductive organs, spinal cords...

    What I remember about the smell was that the further I got through the class, the worse the smell got. Just learn to breath from your mouth, not your nose I guess. I absolutely LOVED that class by the way. Our instructor was awesome!

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