This one is short. But I promised myself that I would write more consistently, and to be okay with writing small. I've finished my first days in anatomy lab and honestly, I still have so many thoughts with it that it'll take me a while to get them fully crystallized and synthesized.
But for now, I can say that working with a cadaver for the first time is a complicated, complex process. In many aspects, our cadaver is considered our 'first patient'. They entrusted their body to us so that we may learn the art of healing, generously offering themselves so that we may one day heal others.
It's hard to confront death multiple times a week, to be reminded of my own mortality (and those around me); to see my own muscles in their muscles, to see what we might look like once the breath leaves our lungs. But I'm also amazed and in awe of what our bodies do for us every day. Lately, I've been inspired to learn as much as I can, so that I keep folks healthy and happy for years to come.
I'll be back to process this some more. But I just wanted to put this out there. Til next time.