Complaint.

It irks me, I mean Really Irks me, when people just start grabbing my things, picking them up, or touching them.

I’m a germaphobe, people. I admit it. And more importantly, I don’t like things getting dirty, germy, or full of your energy.

So, please, Hands Off!

Just because you recognize a piece of jewelry, or a knick knack, or a book, sitting on my desk, or table, or wherever, does not mean you have to touch it. Seeing it, and commenting on it is enough that I’ll know what you are talking about.

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Anatomy Nerd

I took Anthropology my freshman year of college. My favorite part of the class was the day we got to pass around the skulls of various hominid species. It was awesome. I couldn’t believe how fascinated I was by them. I was afraid it was a morbid fascination. But then I realized I am just fascinated by the human body.

When I got to be a college sophomore, I became a dance major. Ballet and Modern dance. I was pretty good, actually.

I never took Anatomy and Physiology until I was in school to become a massage therapist (three years after graduating with my bachelor’s degree).

I wish I had. Imagine how much better I could have been! If I had just understood my body better . . .  I probably could have saved myself from a number of injuries and become a better dancer at the same time. It really would have been helpful to understand what I was doing with my body and how I was doing it.

Anniewho, I took A&P for Massage Therapy.

And I loved it!

We had models. Like, plastic models. They were helpful. But man, I would love to have gotten my hands on the real thing.

Luckily for me, my boyfriend at the time was in a healthcare program, too, and his school had a cadaver lab. He invited me to go see it sometime. I thought I’d probably be sick if I went in there, so I thanked him and declined for the time being. Then we got to dissection videos in my Musculoskeletal A&P class.

I could not look away. I was mesmerized by the bones and muscles being presented on the screen, how they moved, how they interacted (with help from the presenter, cuz, you know, a humerus and a scapula don’t just dance around on their own – not usually).

So the next week I went to the cadaver lab and looked around during a section of their class.

Yes, the smell was a bit horrid, but not as bad as one might imagine.

I think more health care programs should get such in-depth studies and such great specimens. Handling the skulls (probably models) in Anthropology was just a beginning. What I learned in A&P and what I saw at the lab gave me a pretty good understanding, and it all left me hungry for more knowledge.

I look forward to continuing my education and gaining an even better understanding of how our bodies function and what makes them up. It will be great to take a class to refresh my memory on muscle attachments, innervations, and all the specifics of how the body is built and how all the pieces work together.

It is also fun being able to insert a bit of info into a conversation, or use that info to leave annoying know-it-all comments on my friends’ facebook statuses in which they quote favorite tv shows that happen to include, occasionally, an anatomical term, the etymology of which I can expound upon.

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