These are the things that came out of my back on 5/3/12. Well, not these, but this is what they looked like. I told anyone who would listen that I wanted them. In my childhood if hardware came out they washed it with Betadine tossed it in a specimen cup and let you take it.
In fact that seems to have been the policy until very recently. When I had the surgery I was informed that it was not procedure to send anything that is removed from a human body to pathology. Even if it's not biological matter. STUPPPPPPID. So, I was informed that I had to come back and pick them up from pathology within 30 days. So, I went back today unaware that it was day 31 and they had thrown it away Monday. I had told Riley all the way down there we're going to get Mommy's treasure. When the door shut she turned to me and asked, "Did they throw away your treasure, Momma?". "Yes, baby they sure did." "That's mean." "Yes, it is." "Don't worry I'll find you some new treasure." "Thanks, sweetie."
I had an MRI at Old Ortho's that showed a fracture so he sent me for lab work and some scans. I went and got radioactive isotope shot into me, had a CT scan, got blood drawn, not pick up my hardware and then do the bone scan. I had an exhausted screaming toddler, two discs full of images and another day before (hopefully) answers in the end.