Friday, November 11, 2011

head to toe and in between

A full-blown head cold has taken over just in time for the weekend. Since I've decided to divulge fun facts about my health in today's post, I've included a list of true facts about my body:

1. I do not require eyeglasses or contacts. Aren't I lucky?

2. My left thumb is double-jointed.

3. I am a devoted knuckle-cracker.

4. When I was pregnant with Mr. T, a lump started to grow on the right side of my neck. After determining that it was benign, it sort of shrunk after he was born. Then we had a tough time getting pregnant again (see: miscarriage, pre-cancer cells in a pap smear) and it grew again. (I wore a lot of turtlenecks, scarves and long hair during these years.) Finally, I'd given up hope of being pregnant and scheduled surgery to remove it. I went in for my presurgical exam and the nurse asked if there was any chance I was pregnant. I told him no. He had me take a blood test anyway. A few hours later this ENT nurse called to tell me I was pregnant (with Mr. B!--I asked the nurse if he was absolutely certain I was pregnant and he assured me that yes, I was--no shit!). As it happened, I didn't have the tumor removed until Mr. G was about 3 months old. When they finally took it out, it was the size of a grapefruit. All that remains is a scar on my neck that sort of blends in with the lines on my neck and it's a lot less embarrassing than a huge goiter.

5. I have chronic tailor's bunions on both feet because of the way my bones push my little toes inward, pushing the edge of my feet outward. Once I saw a podiatrist who recommended breaking my feet and resetting the bones to make the bunions go away. I got a second opinion from a doctor who recommended wearing wide shoes. Guess which opinion I ran with.

6. My fingernails grow freakishly long and strong, which I hate, so I'm always having to cut them.

7. My calves are bigger than Mr. D's. I know this because we measured them once. I come from hearty German ancestry.

8. My right kneecap kept popping off when I was young, so I had it reattached to pull the opposite way when I was 14 years old. I have a screw holding my right knee together and a big smiley-face scar running beneath it. It never bothers me except when I have to kneel on it, then it hurts.

9. I have mild scoliosis, one of my hips is a half inch higher than the other. I used to think hemlines were crooked, it wasn't until I saw a chiropractor in my 20's for back pain that I learned it was me who was off-kilter.

10. I have had asthma forever, compounded by allergies to animals, mold, dust and tobacco smoke.

Spill it, reader. Fun facts about your body!


  1. My toes are sort of freakishly small.
    I have a nerve in my face that gets inflamed and causes me great pain.
    It's connected to the herpe/cold sore thing I get when I am horribly stressed but there is, now, medication for it.
    I have a chronic medical condition that is managed with prescriptions. Three of them. I'm learning to live with it.

  2. Wow, the is one wild finding out you're pregnant story!

    Okay, here's one for you. I got stung by a jellyfish once and didn't think much of it. It went away. 3 weeks later I had a toxic reaction that caused heart damage and a stay in the hospital. Turns out jellyfish can cause toxic reactions up to 4 MONTHS after being stung. I hope I never have another jellyfish encounter.!

  3. I crack my knuckles too and it shows! Have done it since my teen years. Silly habit to have.

  4. I almost never get colds and, when I do, they're full-blown, lie-on-the-sofa germ-fests.

    My dentist loves seeing me because I have great teeth that require almost no work.

    With all four of my pregnancies (2 before G), I knew the moment I work up on the day my period was supposed to start that I was pregnant. Same symptoms every single time.

  5. I'm 32 years old and have never had a cavity.

    My migraines cause me to lose all feeling in my arms, legs, and left side of face. My first one, I thought I was having a stroke.

    I can wiggle my ears.

    I walked on my tiptoes for my first few years of life, so my tendons in my ankle developed funny and now it's more comfortable to wear high heels than flats.

    I can bend my left hand in half. Hard to explain, i"ll show you sometime.

  6. Well, lately I am all off. I'm tired all the time, I sweat constantly, my skin is breaking out like a teenager, I've gained weight for no real reason, and I'm moody as hell. I thought it was maybe a thyroid thing, but apparently not. My doc thinks I am not ovulating yet after Grace (that and the extended breastfeeding and all the running can mess you up a bit). So, that's just great. ;) TMI?

    Also, the tips of my fingers are double jointed. I have a bone spur under my ankle. Many of my bones (back, neck, fingers) get cracked on a regular basis (by me). And I've never really had a broken bone (except for my tailbone during my 1st delivery).

    All the knee problems, and the length difference in your legs and you STILL kick so much butt at karate? You are awesome!

  7. bummer on the cold! my friend and her fam got some form of crud this week...poor thing spoke on nutrition at a conference at our church and now they're all sick (I guess "if your kids are always sick, look at what they're eating" just asks for it ;)).

    I have crazy flexible shoulders...freaks people out...our middle son is the same way! Works great when you have an itch on the middle of your back!

  8. Here's something I really hate about my body, so it's hard to call it a "fun" fact.

    I have rosacea. I have fair skin and always blushed easily, but in grad school I suddenly started turning bright red with a single sip of wine. Wine, chocolate, and hot beverages are my main triggers. Those can be avoided while I'm in public, but what is really frustrating is that 3 p.m. meetings will also consistently trigger it. I can't figure out what does it, but if I have to stay on campus for an afternoon meeting, I'll be bright red and uncomfortable halfway through it. I've tried keeping hydrated, keeping the doors open to promote ventilation --nothing has helped so far. Drives me absolutely nuts.

  9. Good grief woman! Ok, let's see: I have perfect teeth. Dentists swoon when they see them. I have never had a cavity.
    My blood shows up as 'Weird' whenever I have a blood test in a developed country. They get all excited and I have to explain that I have had dengue fever. They go "Oooooh! Can we have a pint to share out?" I say yes.
    I was stung by a scorpion once, and apparently that makes your pancreas exciting too.
    Recently, for the first time ever, I have smelly armpits. I wonder why?

  10. Wow. Your body facts are fascinating and so are the bloggers'!

    I crack my knuckles too.

    When I was a baby, my hip wasn't forming correctly, so instead of ball in socket, it was growing ball out of socket. My mom caught it early and I wore braces for a year or so. Otherwise, one leg would have been longer than the other.

    My pupils are not round. They're like upside down teardrops. It's kind of freaky in the right light.

    My left shoulder locks up when I'm stressed (and most of the time). I desperately need to go to the chiropractor.

    I'm ridiculously hairy. It's the one thing I don't like about my appearance.

    I hope your cold goes away fast!

  11. I wear glasses ~ trifocals actually
    I am hypothyroid since I was 2 ~ meds daily
    I have had asthma for the past 17 years, put me in the hosp twice ~ 2 inhalers daily
    I have had surgery on my left wrist for what was thought to be a ganglion cyst except it was in the wrong location ~ still occasionally causes trouble
    I have the following food allergies: Tomatoes, strawberries, kiwi, green bananas
    non food allergies: alfalfa, grass, trees, grain dusts (especially oats,) molds ~ so what do I do? Married a dairy farmer and milked the cows for 30+ years.

  12. Hope your cold is gone quickly!

    Almost nothing about my body is normal. I could write a book. Except no one but med students would want to read that... and it would just make them paranoid.

  13. Fellow knuckle cracker-Holla!!

    You really want the rundown?
    Arthritis/Degenerative discs since age 15, Cystic thyroid, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, I have a gold tooth (can't be seen-I'm not that ghetto)and asthma that gets triggered by cold air.

  14. If I sleep on my left side, I wake up a few hours later feeling a strong urge to vomit.
    I have a host of weird sleep issues including sleep paralysis, lucid dreams, and out of body experiences. I learned that I can stop an episode of sleep paralysis by rapidly moving my eyeballs, which are literally the only parts of my body which will move when I'm in that state.
    I got stung by a yellow jacket on the bottom of my foot, over a year ago, and the area still gets itchy from time to time.
    Laughing very hard will trigger me to have an asthma attack.

  15. I forgot, I have a heart murmur that appeared after I had a mysterious, undiagnosed illness in the summer of 2001.
    A couple of weeks ago, my husband said he felt like his heart was beating funny and he asked me to listen to it, and I heard a very distinct arrhythmia. After describing its pattern to my husband, he diagnosed himself with PVC (premature ventricular contractions) and when he got an ekg a few days later, that's exactly what he has.

  16. I have a lump in my neck too. Its just a thyroid nodule. It was discovered when I was pregnant with my 2nd son too. Its been tested and is fine. I also got screws in one of my knees. I have geographic tongue.

  17. Well, hmmm. I had frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) several years ago, and didn't believe the doctor when he told me it would go away in 1 to 4 years. But he was right, thank God. It was very painful, and had no known cause.

    I sneeze a lot. But that's just to get back at my husband, who coughs a lot and refuses to see the doctor about it.

  18. Oh my let's see. Well I've never had a cavity but just started needing glasses at night to read ugh

  19. I had a trick knee when I was a child, but grew out of it.

    After reading your list, and those of the commenters, I feel might normal--or maybe I'm the abnormal one?!

  20. Wowza!! I'm feeling really kinda normal :( ...I do tend to chew on my cuticles when I'm stressed's horrible and one of my New Year's resolutions every year to stop.

  21. Wow, girly! Feel better. I love that you are not letting anything 'beat' you...karate/asthma, my grandson has the same and is more determined than ever to beat it.

    My bod is a mess of distress but manageable for the most part.
    I have a sebaceous syst in my neck, a calcium cluster in the middle of my back, a metal rod, screws and plates in my spine, have had bone grafted from my hip to my back, frequently get torn tendons at the side of my right foot at least twice a month~surgery soon. Being a shorty, I stand on my toes a lot and it's straining the ol' tootsies badly enough to bruise them. My neck is a wreck which is so bad that they cannot correct it for fear of paralysing me...not going there. The 'Ritus' brothers, Arthur and Burt are killing my joints even tho I have repeatedly asked them to leave me be.
    In spite of all this and, oh so much more, at 60-something, I still feel like I could lick the world.
    That's a good thing, right?


Spill it, reader.