I never thought when I posted the factoid about my lack of uvula, that you people would be so intrigued by it! Who knew? I have to wonder what thoughts are swirling around in your heads about the reasoning behind my not having a uvula. Was I born without one? Did I have it surgically removed? Did it fall off? Luckily, it didn’t fall off, because that would just be weird.
Before I go any further, someone requested a picture. I honestly didn’t want to take a picture because frankly, it’s just plain gross. But, I did want to prove to you that I wasn’t lying, so here we go:
(Kindly ignore my super old fillings…what can I say, I ate a lot of candy as a child!)
My throat is a little blurry, but I think you get the picture. No tonsils, no uvula, no nothing! See, I wasn’t lying!
Now, where did it go? I wish I had a better story, but the truth is…when I had my tonsils out in 1st grade, the surgeon accidentally took the uvula too. Oddly enough, when I worked in the hospital a few years ago, I worked with an LPN who used to be his surgical tech. When I told her about my uvula, she said “Oh yeah, that happened quite a bit when he was first starting out.” Good to know.
Undoubtedly, someone will ask me if my parents sued the doctor, and the answer is no. I really don’t even think they thought about it. He was upfront and told them what happened and my Mom says the only thing she really remembers about the conversation was him saying “Well, the good news is, she’ll never snore!”
Did I answer everything? Oh wait, one more thing…the uvula is not to be confused with the vulva. I guess it sort of looks and sounds like the same word, but trust me! It’s not!
So, am I the only person you know without a uvula?