I have perhaps the must unique collection of you all! My main collection reflects my long medical history, and my other collections reflect my childhood history.
From my lifetime's worth of facial reconstructive surgeries (due to a rare craniofacial disorder), I have saved and collected the craniofacial bone plates, screws, facial implants, hearing aids, dental equipment, and other medical equipment used on me.
A short list of stuff used on me that I've saved:
*Lots of weirdly-shaped tiny bone plates with screws, for holding rib grafts and facial bones together (from my many jaw, upper jaw, malar bone, and facial bone reconstructive surgeries)
*Exact duplicates of the Biomet (TM) porous white shaped malar and chin implants that are in my face
*My old bone-conductive hearing aids (all of which are large, bulky body-worn devices with headband-mounted vibrators connected by cords)
*My old retainers and palate obturator appliances, as well as my old dental models showing my cleft palate repair and fistula
*Anaesthetic equipment used on me--endotracheal tubes, LMA tube, even a used, empty spray can of Hurricaine throat topical anaesthetic
*One of the large 60cc Toomey piston syringes I used to feed myself with when I had my jaws wired shut (this particular syringe dates to Christmas 1991)
*A stethoscope used on me by Mom when I was a baby so she could confirm correct placement of the nasogastric feeding tubes I was fed with at that age
*All the surgical and anaesthetic records of my surgeries at St. Louis Children's Hospital (St. Louis, MO
) and JW
Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis, IN
) from my birth in 1975 to 1996, as well as other records relating to my speech and hearing therapies
*Records from my two summer camps--speech camp in Michigan (1984) and Camp About Face in Indiana (1989-1993), including the audiotape made of my speech at camp in Michigan in 1984, when I was 9!
What I wish I had:
*The X-rays and CT
scans of my skull from all my past hospitalisations (showing the effects of Treacher Collins syndrome on my skull) and surgeries
*The suction machines used for cleaning my tracheostomy tubes (those were all rentals, so we couldn't keep them)
*My ORIGINAL tracheostomy tube--a specially-made sterling silver 00 trach tube when I was a newborn (the Riley hospital didn't have any trach tubes small enough for me!)
*The other tracheostomy tubes I've used throughout life
*My original gavage feeding tubes
*Especially--if I could travel back in time with a camera--I wish I could take pictures of my experiences (the operating rooms, my surgeries, and my life back then) and document them that way!
Other devices I have collected as a hobby:
*Antique/vintage glass syringes (including from Russia, too!)
*Old surgical/dental instruments and other medical instruments both from home and abroad
*Old surgical textbooks and (newer) books on craniofacial surgery
*Old metal tracheostomy tubes
*The list could go on!
Non-medical collections I have:
*A few diecast airliners (TWA 747, Aer Lingus 747, ATA L-1011, US 767, etc)
*A small box of airline timetables
*A few inflight magazines from US and foreign carriers
*Musical instruments: My 1914 Hobart M. Cable upright grand piano, my green violin, my 2001 Epiphone Hummingbird guitar, a Hohner soprano melodica, a blue harmonica, an English pennywhistle, my snare drum and glockenspiel I used in school bands as a pupil (boy, am I old!), and other assorted instruments around the house
*Some of my old books and toys from my distant childhood (Legos, Brix-Blox, Curious George toys and books, Snoopy, my old toy airplanes, etc)
*An audiotape I made of my Treacher Collins syndrome seminar I presented to my graduate school professors and classmates in 2001
*My old school records from my many schools, my university, and now King's College London
*Sporks and Splayds
*Many other things reflecting my eventful life!
As you have seen, my collections all reflect my medical history and my childhood/growing-up history. As a historian in a way, I tend to save and archive all the artifacts from my life!
[Edited 2006-04-07 17:06:26]
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)