​ The times are changing and as responsibilities demand, we keep updating our knowledge repository. The illiterates of the 21st century are actually those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. 

In my bid to relearn the life history of some protozoan parasites, specifically Entamoeba gingivalis, I stumbled on the tonsils. The parasite inhabits the mouth of humans and can also be found at the crypts of the tonsils. It rarely causes any disease and could be found in the mouths of over 50% of those reading this post.

The palatine tonsils, or we can simply put, the tonsils (called UGA in my dialect), are a pair of soft tissue masses located at the rear of the throat. Each tonsil is composed of tissue similar to lymph nodes, covered by pink mucosa. Running through the mucosa of each tonsil are pits, called crypts.

The tonsils are part of the lymphatic system, which helps to fight infections. However, removal of the tonsils does not seem to increase susceptibility to infection. Tonsils vary widely in size and swell in response to infection. In cases of tonsils that are too large or repeatedly infected, surgery to remove them may be necessary. This is called Tonsillectomy!

There are however some commonsense lessons, not necessarily Medical or Parasitological lexicons, that we can understand from the Tonsils.

Original Part: The tonsils are soft tissues that are part of the mouth of every human. God made it, and it functions as a part of the lymphatic system helping the body with innate immunity for fighting germs and diseases.

There are relationships that are part of our lives, some existing even before we were born or could even choose for ourselves. They became the usual and we flowed along with them.

Interference: However, even though the tonsils help the body immune system, when it gets too infected and swells, it begins to interfere with other crucial body needs. Eating and swallowing becomes very painful and difficult. The person is now left with the option of cutting it off.

When people begin to turn themselves as hitches in the wheels of our progress, they thereby make their usefulness outdated. Rather than endure and loose the good taste of life, it’s better we cut them off. That they’ve been a part does not mean they must remain a part till eternity. Life still goes on!

Painful Removal: You need to see those who have had their tonsils removed, they are literally incapacitated for days. It could be very painful and demands great care. You don’t simply pick any sharp object to cut it off, you will end up with a secondary infection.

Those relationships would definitely cause you some pain. You may need some nights to cry. You may need some days or more to get used to it. Some privileges may be lost also. However, the truth is that it will heal! Give it time, all will be well.

Just like the tonsils, not every soft and calm mass, call it friends, are meant to last forever. When they get too infected with pride, lust, and all manner of superfluity of naughtiness, they begin to interfere with your real life.

You know, when you don’t have an infected tonsil, you have no business attempting tonsillectomy. You go wound!

Let those who read, do with understanding…..

© Patrick Ozaveshe JIMOH, writes from Igarra, Akoko-Edo LGA of Edo State, Nigeria.


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