Middle school was so awkward. Your face was a minefield of pimples, your body was sprouting hair, your mouth was full of metal.
Having braces is a teenage rite of passage. You're practically not a real teen unless you struggle to eat corn on the cob and chew gum for months. You can't graduate to adulthood unless you know the feeling of tiny rubber bands snapping against the inside of your cheek.
Luckily though, for most of us, the braces come off one day, and that awkward time in our life is quickly blocked from our memory, never to return again.
See how these awkward memories came back to haunt an emergency room patient YEARS later.
It's safe to say that emergency room workers have seen some crazy stuff.
But still, there's the issue of human curiosity, and that's not something that can be put aside easily.
So what could be so weird that it floors and shocks even the seasoned veterans
An Australian woman recently went to the emergency room complaining of abdominal pain and cramping.
via: ShutterstockAt first, doctors believed the pain originated in her gallbladder, and once the pain subsided, she was released from the hospital, according to CNN. Two days later, the pain was back, and she returned to the emergency room.
When you realize what the cause of the pain was, you'll have flashes of both nostalgia AND terror.
When doctors did a CT scan, they realized an object had punctured the woman's small intestine in several places.
via: ShutterstockThey believed it was a fish bone at first, but the woman didn't remember swallowing anything. It was determined that the woman needed emergency surgery.
During surgery, doctors discovered the object causing the pain was a 7-centimeter long piece of wire.
via: ShutterstockIt was likely from the braces that she'd had 10 years before. This woman didn't realize she'd swallowed a wire from her braces, and then it proceeded lounge around in her intestines for a decade until it wasn't getting enough attention and punctured her small intestine. Ouch. Dr. Talia Shepherd, who treated the patient, said people with braces shouldn't be worried about this happening to them. Yeah, fat chance.
Of course, nasty old braces aren't the only strange object that's wound up in people's bodies.
via: ShutterstockSomeone swallowed a Fit Bit. You think it still tracks your steps from inside your stomach?
This case is possibly even stranger.
via: ShutterstockA woman complained of swelling in her abdomen, vomiting, and extreme weight loss. Doctors saw a large mass blocking nearly her entire stomach and it turned out to be a 10-pound hairball!!!! She had a bad habit of eating her hair (called trichophagia), and it totally came back to bite her.
Then there was that time an Australian woman accidentally inhaled her earring.
via: ShutterstockPSA to all asthma sufferers: Please keep the cap on your inhaler. If not, you risk what happened to this woman, whose earring was hanging out in her purse along with her inhaler before it got caught in there. She picked up the earring-filled inhaler but didn't notice something was off until she inhaled sharply, sending the earring up into her bronchus, where it got super stuck. We know what you're thinking: AHHHHHHHHH! Us too.
Fortunately, she lived through the unlikely choking incident, but her survival was against all odds.
Contact lenses are very small and transparent, so I can understand how someone might lose one in their eye.BUT NOT 27!!!! Yes, this woman lost 27 contact lenses in one eye. Not OK.
If you're reaching at your eye wondering how that's even possible, you're certainly not alone.
And last, but certainly not least, is the tale of the brain worm.
via: ShutterstockDoctors believed Rosemary Alvarez had a brain tumor, but when they went to operate, they discovered it was a parasitic tapeworm worm eating her brain (not the one pictured above, but it probably looked similarly gross). Cool cool cool, no big deal. She made a full recovery, but it's going to take us some time to get over this.