Wanna see my big muscles?

Thanks to Dr. Bray, who did a great job with the surgery, for taking these gnarly photos of the inside of my leg (showing some delicious zombie food) so that I could share them here and with Nefarious, who is very interested in such things — and is looking forward to the latest Body Worlds show upon our return. I’m all healed by the way — this surgery was some time ago and while I am still waiting for proper follow-up, the wound itself is completely healthy.

On my way out of the hospital from picking these up, the recent African immigrant parking attendant saw my truck’s logo and says to me, “what is… zombie?”

I explained to him that it was someone who had died and then came back to life to feast on the flesh of the living, somewhat like a vampire but more like a walking corpse. He looked at me with disbelief — “you believe these undead are real?” — assuming that there really was a “Toronto Department of Zombie Disposal” I guess. He was very, very reassured when I told him that no, it was only in jest and he had nothing to worry about, especially working so close to a hospital.

10 Comments

  1. Ashley wrote:

    Unfortunately, that looks much like a pressure ulcer I just packed yesterday at the hospital. Can you believe someone would let their “loved one” reach such a state?

    Hope you get good results soon!

    Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Permalink
  2. dresden wrote:

    They didn’t shave you down? That’s kinda weird. I thought they always shaved you before they cut you open.

    Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Permalink
  3. Shannon wrote:

    Shaving actually increases the chances of post-operative infection, I imagine because of irritation of the skin and the risk of ingrown hairs and so on. I think they sometimes trim hair, but as far as I know they avoid shaving when possible.

    Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
  4. Sebastian wrote:

    Hey Shannon, what am I looking at here? Back of the calf?

    Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Permalink
  5. Shannon wrote:

    That’s my right thigh.

    Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  6. Marjorie wrote:

    Fat is really prety from the inside

    Friday, October 2, 2009 at 6:24 am | Permalink
  7. Joan wrote:

    Hey Shannon, when is Body Worlds coming back?? I saw one a few years back and it was amazing, I’d love to see the newest one

    Friday, October 2, 2009 at 6:33 am | Permalink
  8. Marilyn wrote:

    I know we are suppose to be looking at the inside of your leg, but I can’t help but geek out on the beckman retractor.

    Friday, October 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Permalink
  9. Anth wrote:

    i Wonder if this surgeon records a running commentary of the surgery?

    …retractor applied….stopping to take pictures for patient…cleaning blood off camera….

    Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 2:00 am | Permalink
  10. HJP wrote:

    If you don’t mind saying, what were the results of this?
    Also, for my last surgery they didn’t shave me either, it was my first surgery I wasn’t shaved for and surprised me.

    Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

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