Thursday, August 17, 2006

Thursday 13 #22

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Parts of My Body That Have Been Altered or Fixed

1. Eyes #1 – I guess I had blocked tear ducts when I was a baby. They did a procedure on me when I was about 6 months old. To this day I don’t like other people messing with my eyes.

2. Pierced ears #1. When I was 11, I finally talked my Mother into letting me get my ears pierced. She got hers done at the same time.

3. Right ear #1. I guess getting my ears pierced caused a large cyst to grow on my right ear. It had to be surgically removed when I was 15. It closed my pierced ear, so that I could only wear an earring in my left ear.

4. Pierced ears #2. I was too traumatized by not having my right ear pierced that I went and did it again. But this time I had to get the piercing higher up on my ear. This allowed me to wear three earrings: one in my right and two in my left. Great for those long, dangly earrings they liked in the 80s.

5. Eyes #2 – Contacts and glasses. I didn’t like the glasses much, so I almost immediately went to contacts. But at the time, contacts were expensive, fragile, and needed the be “heated” every night. Thank goodness for disposables and for all-purpose solution!

6. Knee – I was in a car accident when I was 19. My right knee went through the dash board (or visa versa). I received a double-compound fracture. This means that my kneecap was shattered and exposed. I never looked at it. My knee was mended with wires and screws.

7. Left Pinky finger #1 and #2 – In that same auto accident, I also nearly severed a pinky finger. It’s been repaired but is not quite normal, either. About 15 years later, I started having problems with my finger again! Seems that they left a stitch in and it wanted to get out. Quick little procedure and it was removed.

8. Right Ear #2 – The cyst is back! I had to go for another surgery to remove it. I remember hearing the stitches go through my skin. Very unnerving sound.

9. Right Ear #3 - Okay, they never got all of the cysts! So I had another surgery. This time, we made sure to remove all cysts and their “roots.” So far so good!

10. Left Big Toe – As a consequence for having a bum right knee, I developed a bunion on my left foot. I think I was over compensating for my right leg. I had to have my toe broken, some bone removed, and screws put in to keep the toe straight. Seems okay now.

11. Stomach – Okay, C-sections. Two of them. My husband remembers peeking around the surgical drape to see my intestines being held up by a doctor. Glad I didn’t see!

12. Nose – My Boy, aka Wreckingball Head, caused damage to my nose. So I had to have surgery to correct my deviated septum. After a weeks worth of uncomfortable stuff up my nose, I can breathe a lot easier.

13. My “Bum” – Yep! I’m not ashamed or embarrassed to tell you about my surgery to remove a large thrombosed hemorrhoid. I should have known, when a nun at the hospital prayed really hard over me before the surgery, what I was getting into. The worst surgery ever! Very uncomfortable and very painful. My first bowel movement after the surgery was comparable to childbirth.

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K said...

Wow. Sounds like you've had some painful experiences.... especially #6 and #13. Doesn't sound like fun.

Ghost said...

Oh man. You've defnitely had some bad luck there. I'll cross my fingers that you're finished with all of your alterations. Happy Thursday. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

So, will you be getting that right ear pierced again anytime soon?


The Shrone said...

I'd have problems with Bartholin gland cysts and rectal abscesses, and it makes elimation of bodily wastes an excruciating experience, so I hear you loud and clear on the hemmorhoid surgery. Hopefully, neither of will need additional procedures done to our bodies!

Happy Thursday!

Hen Jen said...

A very original idea for a TT! You are pretty brave to bare all!
I've had 2 c-sections too, my husband watched the whole thing, I was afraid he would pass out. He actually walked over to the dr. looked intently and told me look, there's your spleen...or something like that!
have a good weekend,
Jenny in Ca

Anonymous said...

sounds like you've been a busy girl!!!

I was always panicked I'd have to have a Csection- the whole thought of it scared me to death. ya know, like regular labor is sooooo fun...

Trish Ess said...

Um. Eyew. Do you set off metal detectors at airports?! :D

Happy TT!
Mine are up.

Anonymous said...

I've had 3 regular deliveries and my gallbladder removed--that was enough for me! I couldn't handle all the stitches and pins and screws!

My TT is up--my biggst fears--and I forgot one...PAIN!

Frances D said...

When I was a teen-ager my boyfriend's aunt had the same kind of hemmorhoid surgery - but she had more than one. That was some rugged pain for her.
You've been through quite a bit, but you're here to tell the tale.
Sending good vibes your way.

Anonymous said...

This was fun to read. I'm having surgery soon so yay!

Anonymous said...

OK, you've had some bad luck... Pheeew. Luckily you may have filled your quota with that kind of things now, don't you think? *lol*

To comfort you (?) I can tell you that I know some one with a much more terrible list, so you've just been lucky ;-)

Seriously, that's an awful list that I don't envy you at all! Ewwww. Poor you.

Natalie said...

WOW! A lot of surgeries!

I had a tubal ligation the day after my third child was born. That's it.

Anonymous said...

Oh my! You've had enough surgeries for a life time! That's funny about your husband walking in during the C-section, not what he was expecting to see I'm sure! LOL

Anonymous said...

You must have had some pretty expensive medical bills! The only time I've ever been in the hospital was when I had my kids.

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Anonymous said...

ok so all I can say to that list is OUCH!! And #13 had my squirming in my seat. Happy TT

Raggedy said...

Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch

I had some of these done too!

Great TT
My TT is up
Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

MY mom and me were just talking about how many surgeries we had between us!

Unknown said...

Your doctor's been kept busy and rich it sounds like!! I'm not one for needles let alone a scalpel! I've had one surgery to last me a life time. Thanks for your great list!

Anonymous said...

What an ordeal...when you read it all at once. I pierced my own ears with sleepers and now my earrings hang crooked. One hole is more of a slit!

Mine are wearing blue.

cass said...

Ouch. What a list!

Anonymous said...

just couldn't leave that right alone?
my goodness, that sucks.
interesting list.
my tt is up now.

BlondeBrony said...

Very interesting list. It sounds like so much when you lay it out in one long list like that.

Zeus said...

My goodness! I can only imagine what it would be like to have to go under the knife so many times. I'm glad you can look back at it all now and smile or laugh at least!

Happy Thursday to you! If you get the chance, feel free to check out my list as well!

Wifey said...

Oh wow! Sounds like you've been through a lot! And to think that sometimes I feel like I've been through so much with 3 births and an apendectomy...