|Posted by douggoodman on June 14, 2010 at 10:45 PM|
Oh. My. God.
I finally got a chance to crack open the new case of Fred. My wife and daughter are away for conferences/summer camps, and my son was asleep, so it felt like the right time to open the box.
First, I put two layers of gloves on. Then I draped the area with trash bags, which I would throw in the garbage as soon as I was done. I reminded myself of right hand - clean, left hand - dirty, and then I pulled the box out of the freezer. I was anxious to open up the box and see what was in there. The nurse had described some of the parts as "meaty." I was a kid looking in a magician's hat, looking for the white rabbit. I found sealed envelopes.
The first one had a prison inmate's number written on it. That kind of got me going. I opeend it, and the first two biohazard bags were nothing too spectacular - -bloody gauze. All of it bloodier than some of my best gauze, but bloody gauze nonetheless. Then I pulled something out of the bottom of the envelope. As I did, I got a good whiff. It smelled nasty. I don't mean gross. I mean, make you cough it is so disgusting. It was black and red and I think there was gauze in there somewhere. I dubbed it "the blood bag." I think there might be a half-pint of blood in the biohazard bag. I was glad I froze it. I can't imagine what it would have smelled like warm. I weighed the blood bag, then put it back as soon as I could, and folded up the envelope. Gah. I can still smell it.
The next sealed envelope offered two more bloody gauzes. I think we are good on the bloody gauze. I need to recheck, but I think I have over fifteen pieces of bloody tissue, paper towels, band-aids, and gauzes. For blood, we're good.
Again, though, at the bottom of the sealed envelope, I saw something a little odd. It was a blue-capped cup, like the kind you give samples in. It looked like a small, 1-inch long slug was clinging to the side. I opened the cup. I am just going to call it "slug meat." There was something with hair in it, though what it was or what part of the body it came from, I sure don't know.
I recorded everything in the log, resealed and re-wrapped everything and (still coughing), put the box of smell good back in the freezer. This is a great haul, exactly what a human remains dog handler needs. Good, strong scent material, which is different from most of my scent items.
Now I can't wait to use it...