Not for the Faint of Heart

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First off, Happy Leap Day!

Trust me, if you can’t stomach this (what I’m about to show you), move on 🙂

Let me warn you….

If you can’t stand it, don’t proceed on.

Remember, just a while back I held a human brain.

It’s kind of the same deal…..

But not really

But kind of 🙂

I wonder what my {step}daughter would have thought, especially after going to the vet with us on Saturday back in January.  Especially after she said she didn’t want to be a vet b/c she didn’t want to stick her hand up a horses/cows butt.

Sorry I’m trying to give you time to turn back.  Now I’m proceeding with pictures.

Consider yourself warned!

Monday night in A&P we dissected Cow Eyeballs.  Never in my wildest dreams did I really think I’d be dissecting any kind of an eyeball, little lone a cow eyeball, but I did it. (reminds me of the episode of Friends where Richard & Monica are squeezing tomatoes and he remarks they feel weird (or something) and she says you touch eyeballs all day and he says but we were trained not to squeeze them.) 

At first, I thought I might just sit back and watch, be the clean handed lab manual reader, but I couldn’t resist.  I knew if I didn’t feel it, it’d eat at me for a week like the brain/breast tumor did.  (still don’t have any desire to touch the cat though!)

I was shocked that my phone would work with rubber gloves on…. And no I didn’t touch this juicy stuff and then touch my phone.  I kept one hand clean 🙂  My {step}daughter accuses me of being a germ-a-phobe sometimes.

Here are 2 cow eyeballs.  Now obviously they’ve been treated, etc so they look a little blech, they weren’t fresh out of the cow.

You slice in just behind the cornea.  When you do this, if you cut in fast, be prepared to be squirted with juice.  Slow and steady wins the race.

This is what you see when you immediately open it up.  Up by the black (her left hand) is the pupil, front of the eye, etc.  Down where the white ball is is toward the back of the eye.  The white ball is the lens.

Animals have this gorgeous blue that humans don’t.  That’s why if you shine a light in a cats eye, it gives you that glow back; This is what causes that glow.  And truthfully opening these eyes up and seeing the blue & the lens made us all think we were rooting in oysters for pearls, lol :).

This was the lens.  Holy cow it was hard.  It felt like a small pebble.  Isn’t it limestone that you can scrape away with your fingernail?  Anyway, you could actually scrape at this, but it was hard as rock.

I have a test over this material, the brain & the nervous system on Wednesday (March 7th).  Wish me luck!

6 thoughts on “Not for the Faint of Heart

  1. I thought at first they were oysters on the half shell. (Which I also find disgusting) I'm not easily grossed out, but I just finished breakfast. Excuse me a minute–OK, I'm better now. You are a little weird, but I like you.

  2. Okay. I'm not extremely squeamish, but I'm glad I wasn't eating when I read this. (I ignored all your warnings! haha!)

    But I'm glad I read it all, because I never knew why animals' eyes looked so blue when I take pictures of them. Now I know!! 🙂

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