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Offline kellb

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Keeping the leftovers...
« on: August 22, 2017, 04:43:20 am »
Hi all,

   So, I apologise for the eccentric nature of this post, but I just had to ask...  Has anyone, or does anyone know of anyone who has, had her removed testicles preserved in alcohol, formaldehyde or some other preservative solution to take home?  I am interested in keeping mine, both as a medical curios and also because I feel like I need to know where they are so as to not feel like I'm missing something.

   I'm honestly afraid to ask the clinic for fear they will think I'm crazy.  I'm 98 days away and I don't want to mess this up by asking!  But I'd hate to get there only to have them say "Oh, yes we could have if only you'd asked!"

   Since I'm getting it done in Thailand, presumably I'd need to also fill out a form for transporting medical specimens back to Australia... but that seems more achievable.

   Any ideas?

   cheers

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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2017, 04:45:29 am »
Oh, just to note - I have a position in a biomedical research group, so my interest in having the specimen is not entirely out of nowhere. ;)
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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2017, 09:08:35 am »
Great question, I have always wanted to make keychains out of mine lol.
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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2017, 03:29:19 pm »
Normally they examine the tissue for signs of cancer or there irregularities so anything that's left might be pretty cut up. Because of this, they aren't likely to give you the tissue back with out a good reason.
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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2017, 03:47:59 pm »
Well....you could take like a rubbermaid container with you into surgery.
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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2017, 08:26:25 am »
Julia: I've actually done my homework.  I've obtained some borosilicate glass specimin jars with PTFE seals on the lids - so far as I can tell, this is what all the cool professional science kids are all preserving specimins in.  I've also got a small amount of Formalin - 10% buffered formaldehyde solution.

Curiously, as long as the sample is 'fixed' properly with the right chemicals, I can take it through Australian customs (which has some of the most stringent biosecurity rules anywhere).

Primer on sample preservation: http://www.loris-conservation.org/database/wild_survey/necropsy/Collections.html
Standards in the care of wet collections: http://conservation.myspecies.info/node/33
Australian import laws (search for "Preserved and fixed animal and human specimens"): https://bicon.agriculture.gov.au/BiconWeb4.0

So yeah - I'll let you all know how I go and if I'm successful.  The only thing that worries me is if the surgeon just says "Nope" and that's it. :/
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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2018, 09:24:38 pm »
Quick update - SUCCESS!  Got mine back through customs.  Was far easier than I expected... the surgeon's note ended up being enough. :)
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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 05:18:02 pm »
Ummm Congratulations I guess? LOL if that is really what you wanted.

They are welcome to grind mine up in a garbage disposal if I ever do get them cut off.

Keep them over there,
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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 05:26:42 pm »
Quick update - SUCCESS!  Got mine back through customs.  Was far easier than I expected... the surgeon's note ended up being enough. :)
As for airline travel, this brings the term, "carry on" to a whole new level.
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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2018, 06:42:03 pm »
Wow, and here when I saw the Thread Title I thought it was another Foodie Thread
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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2018, 06:52:25 pm »
This makes me feel a bit icky, but to each his own!

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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 06:55:13 pm »
This makes me feel a bit icky, but to each his own!

I'm sorry my comment made you feel icky.

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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2018, 06:58:40 pm »
I'm sorry my comment made you feel icky.
If it was your comment that made me feel icky I'd have quoted you.

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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2018, 06:59:51 pm »
Okie Dokie

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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2018, 06:33:41 pm »
Airport security: "So you want to use your 100ml liquid allowance for what??"
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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2018, 09:48:39 am »
Maybe I'm just in a dark mood but the idea of mailing one to my father and the other to my mother kind of appeals right now...

Or fix them and get them encased in acryllic and then send them.  You know, keep it classy and all.

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Re: Keeping the leftovers...
« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2018, 03:16:47 pm »
Maybe I'm just in a dark mood but the idea of mailing one to my father and the other to my mother kind of appeals right now...

Or fix them and get them encased in acryllic and then send them.  You know, keep it classy and all.

Or if you are REALLY, REALLY KEWL, HAVE THEM encased in acryllic and turned into bobbing earrings!!!!!!

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