Friday, June 20, 2008

I'm not *trying* to be strange...

... but I keep managing.

In dialog format:

"Hey, you hurt your hands? Whatcha got, carpal tunnel?"

"No, it's deQuervain's tendonitis."

*blank look*

"Well, it's kinda like carpal tunnel, but it affects the tendons that control my thumbs."

"Oh, okay."

Two years later (or thereabouts):
"Oh, you can't eat wheat. You got a wheat allergy?"

"Well, no. I've got celiac sprue."

*blank look*

"Okay, it's autoimmune problem that is kicked off by the gluten in wheat, which causes my immune system to attack my small intestine, causing all sorts of problems absorbing nutrients."


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