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BODIES--WALT'S AND SOME CHINESE MEN--REVEALED
10 January 2008
Chunk is getting the idea of peeing outside. The problem is that means that at 4 a.m. when she barks she really needs to go out. She pees, runs back into the house and wants to climb into my lap to finish her night's sleep. Usually I can go back to sleep too, but last night was different. So I was wide awake at 4 a.m., with a dead-to-the-world puppy in my lap.
I watched the Biography program about Harrison Ford and finally got up and started the day. It was OK. Walt had a doctor's appointment. He was having x-rays, seeing his orthopedist, and then going to physical therapy, so it would take all morning. This was going to be the big day that he would drive himself to Sacramento. I would have the house to myself and I could take a long nap.
Only Walt woke up with a stiff shoulder...and it was raining... and we decided it was probably not the best idea in the world for him to drive himself in to Sacramento.
The ride in was really a struggle. I was so sleepy that when we got to Kaiser, I told him I would just wait in the car and see if I could get some sleep.
Imagine my surprise when "a couple of minutes later" (actually an hour), I heard Walt knock on the window of the car. I had been dead to the world and felt much refreshed!
We then went to a different Kaiser facility, where he had his physical therapy appointment while I went to Petco and bought dog food.
Finally we stopped at a new (to us) Japanese restaurant for lunch.
We had been talking about going to see the "Bodies Revealed" exhibition which was running near the restaurant and decided to see if we could get tickets and go right in (I thought you had to order tickets ahead of time).
We were able to get tickets and go right in. It's a bit pricey, but well worth it. I've added the local TV news channel's report on the exhibit under "Look at these videos!" and that will give you a better idea than I can what it's like.
The process used to preserve the bodies, which come from Dalian Medical University Plastination Laboratories in the People’s Republic of China, give you an incredible look at all systems of the body and the audio tour explains what you are seeing.
Several rooms are devoted to the various systems of the body. I was able, for example, to see more clearly the nerves in the spinal cord and visualize the process where my friend Olivia had her neural stimulator installed.
There is an optional room...and I can understand how it may be painful or difficult for some people...which follows the development of a fetus. They hasten to explain that the fetuses involved all died in utero and were not aborted. I found it fascinating especially the 24 wk fetus (the largest in the exhibit), which is 4 weeks younger than our developing grandchild. Cool.
But my favorite room was the one for the circulatory system. You just have to watch the video (they end the report in this room). They have managed to separate the arteries, veins and capillaries from the rest of the body tissue and...well, it's just incredible, not only seeing your circulatory system, but seeing it as a "stand alone" organ, freed from muscle, tissue, bone etc. some of the structures are as beautiful as works of art, as are the later thin slices through various parts of the body, allowing you to see them all in cross-section.
One thing I found interesting. Almost all of the bodies are men (Walt pointed out that he had no idea so many Chinese men were circumcised). There is one display of two female bodies, facing each other and, oddly, positioned so that it looks like they are wearing high heels. There is a lengthy explanation about the mammary system and a disclaimer that no breasts are included in the exhibit. How every odd to have a penis staring at you in every room, but not a single breast.
You'd think that the exhibit (which took about an hour to go through) would end on some grandiose "thing," but the very last thing you see as you exit the exhibit is a small-ish sign which says, simply, that if breastfeeding mothers eat garlic, their babies nurse longer. I can't, for the life of me, imagine what possessed them to put that sign where it is!
Anyway, it was a fascinating way to spend a rainy afternoon and I highly recommend it, should the exhibit visit your town anytime in the future.
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