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Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Lady Victoria, Aug 3, 2006.
Is it OK to wear a mask in the lab? The smell makes me ill.
Yes, and the pregnant women in my class did at the time. Wear scrubs or clothes that you could see yourself throwing away afterwards.
You can, but realize that the smell will lessen as time goes on - the bodies lose their "juiciness".
You'll probably need it again later on for things like the heart, but give it a week or two and you find you'll spend more time with the mask off vs. on.
I think most people go into anatomy thinking they are going to be all sterile about it...then are promptly probably eating sandwiches in anatomy lab on the last day of class.
Where whatever you want...you'll get use to the smell eventually.
I wore a respirator starting about halfway through due to the burning of my contacts and runny nose. I thought the smell got worse as time went on, but it also depended on the body- some were worse than others. It is a personal choice becuase you have to be the one to tolerate and learn.
You wore contacts every day in a room where the air was practically saturated with formalin? You're a braver soul than I, it's glasses for me
It's not THAT bad! You get used to the smells, sights, and even sounds within a few days. Just take lots of showers and discard the scrubs you wear in lab. Anatomy lab is a privilege and an immensely powerful experience.
hm, you guys must've had "top-of-the-line" cadavers, cause our smell got worse ... in fact some resorted to spraying them with febreeze- I kid you not.
Bear in mind that the gossip mill runs overtime in med school and the word on the street will be that if you are wearing a mask you are pregnant, whether you are or not. Expect some complements on how you are "hardly showing" in about 5+ months and some hostile frowns if any of your classmates see you with a drink or cigarette in your hand.
The queasiness passes pretty quickly. Most people get by without a mask, and hardly notice it in a week or two.
I just mainly breathe through my mouth - it really doesn't bother me to do this and it doesn't effect my concentration at all.
I hated the smell as well. I recommend getting a very powerful mint or wintergreen gum and chew it during lab. It helps.