Today I spent some time on the PKD Foundation's FB page. I'm so glad they have this page, because 1)it's a sign that the PKD Foundation is moving with the times (seriously, when I got diagnosed, nobody I talked to at the PKD Conference had even heard of a blog) and 2)because it's a great dumping ground for good stories and questions and stuff. Plus, you can connect with other PKD folks in a non-threatening, non-creepy way. (Unless you ARE threatening and creepy, in which case, please stay away, thanks.)
Anyway, today, I came across something fun. Somebody has put up an AWESOME picture of some polycystic kidneys:
They are kinda gross, so don't click if you don't have the stomach for it.
I "shared" it on my own personal FB page, hoping that it could explain why you can't just remove the cysts, which is one of the non-stupid questions I often get. I mean, it seems logical, if cysts are growing on something, why can't you just go in the and lop them off?
This picture, gross as it is, explains why that doesn't work. Worth a thousand, no, a million words.
Even if the million words are "ewww", said a million times. I'm cool with that.
But I thought about it for two seconds, and took the picture down from my page. I figured there was no way that I could put something like that up without a warning for my peeps. It's kind of like the time when another friend posted a picture of a gnarly cut on her husband's leg that was, granted, stapled up and stuff, but was also red and oozing. I'm definitely not the squeamish type, but it was just so in my face in my newsfeed, I was initially taken aback.
So I figured I would spare the poor souls who don't have the stomach for shocking kidneys.
But I think I'll put up a link, though, and see who clicks in. I bet I could tell you EXACTLY who would get excited about geeky anatomy stuff like that.
I know I do. Get excited about anatomy stuff, I mean. Yes, I'm a geek.