WEEK TEN: Solved The Mystery

Yajaira G -

Hi Peeps!

Throughout these couple of weeks, I have been able to discuss and learn about the mystery of what happens behind the Doors at a Medical Examiner’s Office. With the help of my previous blogs, I have been able to unveil the mystery at our hands and share the findings with you, the reader. But now this is my final blog. I have so many mixed emotions about this. I am by far satisfied with every opportunity I was given at the Pinal County Medical Examiner’s Office. This experience has helped me decide that this is a career that I want to pursue. I am a bit upset that my project is coming to an end; I do not want it to be since I have enjoyed every part of it. But my happiness always overtakes that feeling. Other than that I will detail how my final week went.

This final week I went into the office at around 6:50 A.M. I left some gifts I bought on the table. From there I went in to change into the scrubs. I then waited for exams to begin since they finished preparing the 3 cases beforehand. Exams began at around 8. I put on PPE and proceeded to walk into the morgue suite. Then the post-mortem examinations began. From here the same process I have detailed in the previous blog went on. I was allowed to take out a spleen and I struggled. It was my first time doing this, so I didn’t quite know how to do it. It was very fascinating though. I just need more practice. I was also allowed to remove the brains and close the body cavity. After exams, I asked if I could present a rough draft of my final presentation for the project. Even though it was a very rough draft, I was able to get very useful advice! During this time, I also discussed what my Final Product would be. I have decided that I will be doing a sculpture of the human anatomy during a post-mortem examination, along with a diagram that will include information about the process. After the presentation, I changed back into my normal clothes and said my goodbyes to the incredible staff. Then got into my car, and began the journey back home.

With all honesty, it is hard to put into words how grateful I am for all the opportunities I have been given with my project. I just want to say thank you so much to everyone who has stuck with me throughout this amazing journey, that has meant so much for me. I would also like to invite anyone who has been reading my blogs or is interested in my project to attend my senior project presentation which will be on Thursday, May 9th, 2024. The presentation is free and open to anyone who would like to attend. The doors will be open at 4:45 P.M. and presentations will begin at 5 P.M., and they will take place at 1901 Prescott Lakes Parkway, Prescott AZ. Feel free to stop by and listen to my presentation, or any other classmates of mine!

This has been a wonderful journey, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read!!!

Just for fun here is an overview of things I have been allowed to do: Take fingerprints, Take all three blood samples (femoral, subclavian, cardiac), take vitreous humor samples, help move decedents onto the table and off, close body cavity and head, attempt a limited autopsy, remove certain organs, remove dura mater and pituitary gland.

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