Torn straight from Twitter and Facebook, with a nod to e. for the title:
My 10-year-old just gave me a detailed explanation of the difference b/t a colostomy, an ileostomy, & an ileoanalanastamosis (sp?). OK then.
She is just generally interested in anatomy and medical conditions. We got into this discussion via another discussion of why cancer can be fatal, e.g., cancer cells outcrowd the normally functioning cells in an organ and prevent it from functioning; her example was a colon blockage, I said that one could just get a colonostomy, she then learned me about the various large intestine surgical scenarios (and expressed disbelief when I didn't know where my sigmoid colon was). Right now she is telling me about infant blood transfusions to treat Rhesus disease (i.e., Rh incompatibility).
On Saturday night Jennyalice & crew came for dinner and stayed for a family sleepover. We four adults tried our best to stump Iz on the symptoms for various medical conditions; it took about an hour and Sjogren's Syndrome to trip her.
She is having big med school dreams at the moment, naturally. I don't have the heart to tell her how much sucky foundation learning, cut-throat peer competition, and intern/residency sleep loss is involved. I'll let her think it's all pure coolness and knowledge-inhaling, for now.
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