When I went to the doctor for some routine tests last week, I learned that I have something that I think is called a bifid pancreas. As the doctor explained it to me, we all have two pancreases when we're in the early stages of forming, but then they normally grow together. In my case they didn't grow together completely. I'm almost positive she said that I have two pancreases, but when I read articles like this one or this one, it seems more likely that I just have two tubes coming out of one pancreas.
This made me think of other medical things I've learned throughout the years, so I thought I'd share those here:
- This bifid pancreas thing. From what I've read, it occurs in about 2% of all people.
- I also have a bifid uvula. This also happens in about 2% of people, though it varies; Native Americans have it at the rate of about 10%.
- I have something called hyperhydrosis, which means I can perspire like crazy. It's controlled through medication, but without it, I can sweat through my hands, feet, etc., at an alarming rate. My dad also had this. We never discussed it, but with me it started when I was in high school.
- My lungs are about 1/3 larger than normal. I learned this when I started seeing an allergist about fifteen years ago, though I suspected it in high school when I learned in an anatomy class that my lungs had as much capacity as the school's best long-distance runner.
- I got very sick when I was young, at least once. I don't remember these events, but I'm told I was hallucinating, and offering flowers to someone.
- When I was in my twenties I went through a long bought with migraine headaches, and took an EEG test as part of trying to figure out what was wrong. During that test I relaxed and wasn't close to falling asleep, but the person running the test kept coming on the speaker and telling me not to fall asleep. That was the first time I can remember thinking about brainwaves, and thinking my brainwaves might show me at a sleeping state when I'm still very much awake. (I don't remember much about alpha/beta/delta brainwaves these days, so I don't know which is which.) I suspect that if someone were measuring my brain waves during the car ride in this story, I would have looked like I was asleep.
- I developed something called "compartment syndrome" when running. People usually get this through car accidents and other events where their legs are crushed, but I got it from running. As a result, I've had two fasciotomies on my legs.
- My appendix had to be removed when I was 29, and my gallbladder was removed in my forties (it wasn't fatty, but was filled with a teaspoon full of very small stones, like pebbles).
- I've learned that my bladder doesn't restart after operations.
- I learned recently that I have a freckle on the iris of one of my eyes.
Previously I described some other factors that about Why OBEs happen more easily for me. As mentioned in that article, I've been a "loner" for as long as I can remember. I know I didn't like most boys when I was young, I thought they were dumb and overly aggressive, but I also had a good male friend as far back as third grade. I had other friends in high school, but didn't live very close to them, so I usually only saw them at school events.
I'll add more to this story as I think of things, but for now, those are all the medical anomalies I'm aware of. Well, besides the whole OBE thing. :)