Is anyone else terrified of the cadavers? - page 3

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   Mazieks
    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.
    We plan to donate our bodies to science. Anything to help the Medical field
  2. by   Lauren3249
    When I was pre-med, I actually had the privilege of assisting an autopsy at the morgue. I actually found it very intriguing. I really hope that we have cadavers in my A&P class. I will have to ask. I know in my A&P class in high school we had fetal pigs, now that was gross.
  3. by   Truly_Blessed
    I hope we have cadavers when I take A&P. But I am betting we have to deal with cats and stuff like that. I am not looking forward to it. i don't see how you can learn correctly if you're not working on a real human body.
  4. by   TweetiePieRN
    The cadavers aren't scary once you get used to the notion that the body is just a shell for the soul. We had 2 cadavers...a male and a female. Both of them had their heads, genitalia, feet, and hands covered. We never saw their faces so it was emotionally easier to dissect them.

    These bodies have been in Formaldehyde for so long that they are not "fresh". They don't have the texture that a living body has. This sounds kinda gross but the female's muscle tissue resembled Thanksgiving turkey meat and the male's looked like beef jerky.

    I remember that the female had stretch marks on her abdomen...and that is when it felt more REAL to me. That the body lying there is someone's mom.

    I felt that using these cadavers in my learning experience really did help me to understand how everything fit together. Hopefully, you will find that as well.

    By the way I (and the rest of my nurse buds) disagree with what an earlier poster said about breathing thru your mouth. DO NOT BREATHE THRU YOUR MOUTH!! You will "taste" the nasty smells. Just bring some Vic's Vapor rub and rub it into your nostrils and above your upper lip. It masks the smell quite well and then you won't have to "taste" the formaldehyde death scent.
  5. by   Energizer Bunny
    Man...I am still soooo jealous of all of you. crap!
  6. by   Kyriaka
    Although, there is absolutly no way I could work with a cadaver every day. Not so much as they are dead. But the smell would make me sick.
  7. by   luckymichelle
    Can I ask? Do you actually get to dissect or will you mostly look at prosections?[/QUOTE]

    Susanna! LOL, I thought you were going to tell me that I had no business being a nurse because I am scared! *phew*

    Anyway, I'm not sure if we'll be doing the disecting or not... From what I understand, we will be. I think I'm still psyching myself out, which I feel ashamed of, since I know that the people who donated their bodies wouldn't want me to be afraid of them. Do you want to trade spots with me?

    On a semi-related note... I'm also terrified of seeing and assisting surgeries. I'm going on blind faith that I will get used to seeing people's insides. Does seeing and working on a cadaver help you get prepped for assisting surgeries?