Tuesday, June 17, 2008

embalming room happenings

i had to come in to the bakersfield mortuary this morning to work on a case. she was very emaciated, and there is this technique (or trick as the old embalmers like to call them) called tissue building (couldnt find a good description of it on the clickyweb) that allows us to fill out a person that has lost a lot of weight prior to death. well, it's not something that i do to most cases, but is sometimes necessary, and today it was. the new apprentice (i find myself calling her 'pretty girl', lol, that cant possibly be okay in the workplace (but i dont call her that to her face)) had never seen tissue building and was AMAZED at the whole process, and at how the case looked afterwards. anyway, i might let her try it one of these days, we'll see...

13 comments:

Ann Thrope said...

Your job sounds so cool.

carly said...

I was really hoping there'd be camera phone pics.

Le sigh.

timidvenus said...

its not, i promise.

although, i do like this new apprentice. shes hi-flippin-larious. and i can tell her ANYTHING and she believes it (um, yeah, they totally move after theyre dead, and their hair and nails still grow). lol for sure

timidvenus said...

oh, and photos are totally illegal, unless you have permission from the next of kin, which i dont.

A.J. said...

Hello fellow geocacher/blogger... I saw your blog on your geocaching profile and thought I'd check it out. Okay, you really are super funny and I can't wait to cache with you. I love me a good blog and plan on adding you to my "list of blogs you should read." Anywhoodle, have a good one. Tall Grass Kid - Audrey

carly said...

I figured they would be...but a girl can dream!

timidvenus said...

audrey-
yay!!! im gonna be in colorado for the rest of the week, but i think we should totally go caching together when im back!

Daisy said...

ok, next time we're hanging out, I've just got to hear about tissue building. It sounds morbidly fascinating. And how exactly does one become an apprentice to a mortician while not knowing the first thing about dead people... like they are DEAD...

A.J. said...

Wow! Colorado? Please tell me you're going to Geocache :) Even if it's just one. You should take some of those Travel Bugs I left near your work if someone else hasn't taken them. Email us and we'll figure out caches we both haven't done. I can't wait to meet Georgia, I've never Geocached baby style :) I bet she's good at spotting them! lol Anyway, have a safe trip. ~a

miriam said...

I wannaa seeeeee

timidvenus said...

daisy- most of the people going into the mortuary business have had NOTHING to do with the industry before. id say 80% of the people i went to mortuary school with were never before in a funeral home, other than for a funeral.

audrey- found our first cache in colorado yesterday, and am going again this morning to find more. the one we found yesterday was along the colorado river and was sooooo cool! we went rafting down the river a few days ago and it was really fun, and i wished i had my geocacher machine so i could have known what speed we were going (although the biggest rapids we hit that day only got to a class 3, i think we were moving pretty fast).

miriam- i guess i could show you one or two...

edluv said...

uh, it was the arkansas river. not colorado. however, it was in colorado.

Gye Greene said...

To echo Ann Thorpe's comment: You have an interesting (or at least, unusual) job.

I just can imagine you at a singles bar, replying to some guy's "So, what do you do for a living?" :)


I'll bet if you went to some Goth club, you'd have guys clinging to you like a magnet...


--GG