January 30, 2013

Overheard at the Wellses Part 1

Being in med school and living in a third world country is the perfect recipe for some pretty interesting conversations.

Most of the time Matt comes home and talks about his lectures, and to me, all it sounds like is the teacher from Charlie Brown except for a few bits and pieces I can pull out which are typically the strange and unusual. Plus, we are exposed to quite an array of interesting things here in Dominica that we aren't accustomed to such as food, household services and various scenery. Needless to say these new 'experiences' have all led into some interesting conversations.

So, here's a random snippet of some of things you may hear if you walk by. It's Part 1, as I'm sure this will be an ongoing series of Matt-isms.


Did you know that your mouth starts salivating when you have an upset stomach? It's so you can protect your mouth from all the acid your about to vomit. Isn't that so awesome?!

That is the biggest bug I have ever seen....Wait, no. That's the biggest bug I've ever seen.

The brachioradialis muscle is considered the beer drinker's muscle. That's because it's the muscle that's used to grab the beer stein and lift it to your mouth. We think the guy who figured this out was German. Or Irish. Or just a drunk.

It rained on me three times today. The sun was shining every time. Every. Time.

I almost got chased by a rooster today. We'll have to tell your mom about that. She'll know what to do for next time.

I just lost five pounds from a Shack Attack.

A piece of the cadaver flew in his mouth. Right in the mouth.

Did you see that guy mowing the lawn with a weed whacker?

If you drink a lot of alcohol when you're pregnant, you increase the chance of giving birth to a cyclops.

Is the water brown today?

Hey, there's a cow. Oh there's another one.

I'm heading out to study. I've got my flashlight and bug spray. See you later.

So I saw a guy walking a gaggle of goats on leashes.

Do you think we'll get all of our laundry back?

This med school thing is exhausting.

How many gallons of milk do you think we can fit in our fridge?

If you're a woman at the age of 35, you have 1/400 chance of giving birth to a child with Down's Syndrome. If you are a woman at the age of 45, you have a 1/35 chance. But, here's the crazy part. Most people with Down Syndrome are born to younger parents, because they have more babies.

Did you just see that guy walking out of the bushes rubbing his belly?

I feel like I just have a lot of farts built up.

Guess what?! I'm a part of the 14% of the population that doesn't have a palmaris longus muscle. (A muscle in the forearm). Do this (as he demonstrates a test for it). OMG! You don't have one either! Our kids are going to be so awesome!

That dog just peed by our outlet.

Does this smell like formaldehyde?



  1. Haha, I love these! I think my Matt and I have had a lot of these same conversations :]

    1. Too funny! I'm so glad we aren't the only ones! Ha!

  2. this. is. hilarious. But the cadaver one?! Horrifying! When my husband was in his anatomy lab course, I always morbidly wondered if anyone, in the history of medical training, had ever snuck home a piece of cadaver flesh to cook and see how humans tasted. SOMEONE has had to, right??

    1. Oh my goodness I want to believe no one has done that! In that instance, it was involuntary - definitely horrifying! But...there's been weirder things that have happened. I don't even want to think about that! Ha!


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