All things considered, I’m still glad I went.
Ok, so for those of you who know me, this will be a surprise. For those of you who don’t know me, let me tell you a little about myself…
When it comes to medical stuff, it takes a lot to gross me out. Ok, needles and gaping wounds do gross me out. Although, I really wanted to see my surgery photos – and that was cool. When I did wildlife rescue, I learned to suture wounds and give injections. That creeped me out because I do not like sticking anything with a needle.
I am not freaked out or offended by death or open casket funerals. So it should be no surprise it has been my long-time desire to see the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. For those of you that don’t know, the Mutter Museum is dedicated to medical oddities. Bodies, parts, dissected errant growths, freaky medical tools, and a lot of embalmed things in jars.
Of all the odd things I saw, many of which I wish I could unsee, the two things that surprised me the most was the massive crowd, and the constant battle in my head: “OMG That was super gross. I feel so bad for that person who suffered. Just leave. It’s ok to leave.” followed by “You can’t go. You’ve waited years to see this. Years. Just stay, you’ll be ok.” I opted to stay and see it all, but I moved quickly through the varied displays.
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view (figuratively, not literally), the museum does not allow anyone to take photos. The did allow photos of a couple displays in the lobby – a giant skeleton and a glass case of skulls.
It should be noted that I went with a friend who refused to go inside. He sat in the truck the whole time I was in the museum. He was right; that was probably the better decision. That said, I certainly don’t want to deter anyone from going. As we drove back I debated, knowing what I now know, would I have gone? Yes, if I had it to do over again, I would.
Now that that’s out of the way, I would like your comments on something I’m working on, an RVing ebook. Whether you want to be an RVer, or are an experienced RVer, please take three minutes to answer five short questions. Thanks in advance! 🙂