If you practice medicine long enough, eventually you’ll see everything.
Consider the case of this 75 year old man…
Doctors feared the worst when they studied Ron Sveden’s (SVEE’-dehn) X-rays and spotted a small dark spot.
The former teacher had worked for years smoking fish and had already had emphysema before he felt his health take a turn for the worse this summer.
By the time Sveden reached the hospital, he had a collapsed left lung and pneumonia. Two biopsies came back negative for lung cancer.
Nothing left to do but go in there and take a look around.
Feeding a scope down Sveden’s throat, Dr. Jeff Spillane scraped away at an encrusted mass and discovered a sprout. Spillane says Sveden apparently inhaled a pea that took root in his lung.
It’s dark, warm and moist down there– perfect pea sprouting conditions.*
Spillane removed it, and Sveden’s health has returned.
* This reminds me of when I was in kindergarten and Richard Baker told me not to eat apple seeds because they would sprout and branches would grow out of my ears. I’ve doubted the wisdom of his advice all these years and now, decades later, he is vindicated!