Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Worm in head instead of tumor

My friend Dan, ever the kid, regaled me today with stories of his cabernet colored Pantera. A total ham, Dan has to be the center of attention at all times and the Pantera is an effective accessory. Wherever he goes people cluster around and ask him questions. He's thinking about buying another.

He wanted to tell me that he heard a report on TV about a surgeon operating on a brain tumor and instead of a tumor, finding a worm!

On a video of the surgery, Nakaji can be heard chuckling after he made the discovery.

“I'm sure this is a very strange response for the people in the operating room,” he told MyFOXPhoenix.com. “But because I was so pleased to know that it wasn't going to be something terrible.”

Doctors removed the worm and don't believe Alvarez will have any lingering health problems. No one knows exactly where she picked up the worm –- doctors said worms can come from eating undercooked pork or spread by people who don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, according to the report.

The idea of parasites is pretty obnoxious. My only personal experience with them has been ticks and leeches. After swimming in the Northern Canadian lakes, you'd emerge with 10 or 20 leeches stuck to you. We used to put lit cigarettes on them to make them drop off. Nobody thought it was a big deal.

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