Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Long Nights at the Morgue
My husband has many interesting stories about his nights in the morgue. He worked there very regularly. As a med student, it was only part-time job he had the time to work. He also wanted to be a pathologist for a while. He spent inumerable night sitting on that crappy little bed with stained sheets in that closet of a room looking out at the door to the freezer. The nights were long there. You would try to sleep, but no sleep would come. It didn't help that every night around midnight, the fire alarm outside of the freezer where the bodies were kept went off for about five minutes and then suddenly stopped. It also didn't help that your imagination could absolutely run wild in the confines of that tiny room.
My husband described his worse night at the morgue to me. It was the night after on of the many hurricanes we got at regular intervals in Mobile. A body had been found in a flooded out road after the water receeded. The body was bloated and half rotted and he had to check it in. It smell terrible and he felt sick. He almost past out. Several bodies came in that night and the alarm went off one time for each body.