Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Marsupializing the submucosal nodule

Son #2 had what we thought was a canker sore on his tongue. More specifically on the bottom of his tongue. We used hydrogen peroxide on it to try to clear it up (isn't peroxide a fix all for many ailments??). The next day it was HUGE. Like maybe a 4th of a grape tomato in size huge.

Mr. Perfectly took him to the doctor, and we found out he had some sort of infection....something regarding the mucous gland or something (this is how they explained it to me). So, I went to my frienemy...Google to see what I could find abou such an odd thing. And sure enough, there is an infection...of the submucosal nodule. He needed to be seen by an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor so they could remove it, otherwise it may just come back.

We had our ENT appointment today, and the doctor looked at it, said it was a submucosal nodule, and that he could marsupialize it or my son may do it naturally in the course of things like chewing.....ewww.

Speeding forward for a moment....MARSUPIALIZE? WTF? I came home and went to my frienemy AGAIN and had to look that word up...I mean really....what does a WALLABIE (see comments, please) have to do with my son's tongue nodule that's filled with mucous? As it turns out, this means to open, or to break. Like popping a zit. So the next time you want to impress your family and friends, discuss in detail how you MARSUPIALIZED your zit that morning.

So, back to the doctor. He gave son #2 a numbing solution to put on his tongue, came back with a needle, popped the submucosal nodule, and squeezed it like a pimple. Gross. I gave up watching, because I don't do well with spit.....and spit and mucous was all stringy from the gauze........blech. He goes back in a month. Oh and will be taking an antibiotic, which I haven't filled yet. Bad Mommy!!

So, now that the medical speak is over, what are YOU having for dinner? We are havinga concoction of zucchini, tomato and onion over rice. This is a dish that my dad thought he came up with years ago from our garden produce. It's awesome. Anyway, as I got older, I realized, that lots of other people make this too. Oh, well....our feeling of originality still lingers in my mind. We must have had SOMETHING to do with local folk liking this so much.

Anyway, you take an onion, and chop it to the size of your liking. Same with a zucchini and however many tomatoes you want to add. You brown the onion a little, add the zucchini, and at the end the tomatoes. You cook it until the veggies breakdown to your own personal softness liking. I like mine soft and soupy. Add some salt, pepper and a little FRANK'S hot sauce and you've got a meal.

Spoon it over some rice, and HOT've got dinner.

Awwwwwwwww....I wish I could video quicker and better, because my kitty is grooming the dachshund. Oh they are wrestling....or like they say around these here parts.....WRASSSSLIN'.

Toodles for now. Enjoy the bounty of your garden or farmer's market....I'm SURE I'll have more recipes for you!!


Dingo said...

I was thinking wallabies and koalas when you mentioned marsupials. I know some people like to keep their removed gall bladders in a jar on their desk but a tounge zit? Now, that's just nasty.

I'm glad Son #2 is okay. But Dr. Google says those infections of submucosal nodules come from smoking too much pot. HAHAHHA! I'M KIDDING!

Perfectly Shelly said...

Okay, Okay--so a lemur isn't a marsupial........I didn't google I shall edit my post to reflect a proper marsupial in my amusing tale of tongue mucous.

I can't find exactly what a Lemur is.....a primate? Just a mammal? I don't know, but it's not a marsupial. Damn....I thought I was being cute.

Ok......we now will have a wallabie instead of a Lemur in my post. I was going to choose the Opossum, but ewwww.......Wallabies are much cuter.

Whiskeymarie said...

Now I'm going to be paranoid about getting tongue zits. I was totally grossed out by this story, but fascinated at the same time. Who knew?

I'm making braised lamb shanks tonight, which I know is kind of fancy for a weeknight. If it helps, we had grocery store brand brats with ketchup last night.

Perfectly Shelly said...

Whiskey--I'm learning that I'm afraid of food.

The small town people around here are all afraid of things like avacados and onions....or asparagus....if it ain't corn or 'maters, then they don't eat it.

Anyway, I hold myself superior to these non food types that will only eat meat and potatoes....(FRIED POTATOES).....but after reading your post from yesterday, I realize I am an unworthy food snob.

I am afraid of mediterranean food.....I don't know why!! I'm not a huge oregano fan.....I do love olives, but am iffy on capers....and lemon.......and I've NEVER had curry......

I've also never eaten lamb. Except in that pre pressed gyro meat--and it's so heavily seasoned that I could be eating shoe leather for all I know.

Help me expand (baby steps, here) my realm of food passion.......I stick alot with mexican, italian and chinese......lots of grilling (chicken, beef)

Oh, nothing wrong with store brand brats..I consider myself a brat snob, and our local grocery ones are ALOT better than the others......mmmmmmm.....

Daisee579 said...

First of all, GROSS blog today. But informative. My sister works at a zoo and I've never heard the term marsupializing in your context either.

Second of all, yummie dinner!! I don't know what I'm having yet. I may come over to your house :)

Third of all, Mediterranean food is similar to Italian in some ways or Greek. They all share a few things in common. So if you like Italian, you might like Med. Also, I can't belive you've never had curry!!! I LOVE Indian food and anything curry. I haven't always, but I've expanded my horizons. Sadly, we have no ethnic food here other than Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, and one pretty decent Thai place. We have Olive Garden, but being half-Italian I can't call that real Italian food. They even make a vegetable curry (a lot of Indian dishes are actually vegetarian), so you could use all the yummies from your garden!!!!