There’s a first time for everything, or so the saying goes. Have you ever noticed that your scale at home and the scale at the doctor’s office never match? Which one do you weigh more on? The obvious answer to the last question is, the doctor’s scale.
Well, I had a first this past week. I weighed myself, fully dressed, at home before my appointment. A couple of hours later at the nephrologist’s office I weighed about 3 pounds less. Wonderful news one might think. Wrong! What does the doctor always say concerning one’s weight? If you said they always say that you are to heavy for your height (polite way of saying, ‘Lose some weight’), you’re right. I’ve finally found a doctor who is concerned that I’m losing weight. ‘What’s with all the weight loss?’, he asks. Quick thinking provided me with, “I got circumcised.” After he picked his jaw up off the floor, his comment was, “In your dreams!”, and dropped the subject.
He’ll probably ask the same question at my next appointment. Planning ahead this time, my answer is going to be that I donated some organ. Not wanting to look dumb, I’ve done a little research on which organs you don’t need to sustain life. Before reading any further, can you name 8 organs your body could function without?
- Appendix – is located off the end of the colon and it has no function in today’s human. It is thought that it once caught bones and other indigestible things consumed by early humans.
- Some parts of the Brain – may be removed with little effect except those parts that control necessary functions like breathing, swallowing, speaking, etc.
- Gallbladder – helps digest fat and stores bile produced by the liver. If the gallbladder is removed, the liver will still produce bile but it will not be stored.
- Parts of the Intestines – may be removed as there are lots of them. Digestion will still take place, but storage space will be reduced.
- One Kidney – is generally enough to filter the blood and remove waste through the urinary bladder.
- One Lung – is all that is absolutely necessary to fill with oxygen in the breathing process. Breathing will be more difficult with only one lung but life goes on.
- Spleen – recycles old red blood cells and acts as a reservoir for extra blood in your system. With help from the lymphatic system, it also produces specialized white blood cells, lymphocytes, in containing and stopping infections among other functions.
- Tonsils – are big lumps in the back of the throat that are part of the lymphatic system. It is thought that they defend against upper respiratory infections.
With all the light weights in the list, I may have to go with a combination of organs.
Keep your fork