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!