Tuesday, April 24, 2012

U - Underneath

I've been struggling to find a topic for the letter U so I've decided to write about Underneath.  Underneath the tongue that is.

"What?"you say.

Here's the story.  A couple of weeks ago my dear husband went to the dentist for the cleaning and checkup and came home with an appointment with an oral surgeon.  The dentist had spotted a dark mark underneath his tongue and wanted him to get it checked out.  She said it might be a birth mark that she'd never noticed before... or it could be something else but it might possibly be melanoma!

We weren't too concerned because we feel there's lots of time left ahead, but when you hear a word like that it does niggle.  So today he went to the oral surgeon.  And the oral surgeon says he's 99% sure it's
an amalgam tattoo.  Something neither of us had ever heard of before.

Apparently sometimes the amalgam they used to  use in fillings can get into the tissues and discolour them.  They're not uncommon or dangerous and they're asymptomatic.  So now we can relax about what's happening underneath.



  1. Glad you had good news! What a strange thing--I've never heard of that before...

  2. You both had good news, that's the main thing. What a relief.

  3. That would be a worry! Glad he's not got anything that serious. But I've never heard of an amalgam tattoo. Now I have to look in a mirror.

  4. Wow, somewhat scary but good news in the end.

    cheers, parsnip

  5. What a weird thing. Glad it's good news.

  6. Amalgam tattoo? Who knew? Glad it wasn't something serious.

    Happy A to Z-ing!


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