Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sad on many levels.

I learned something new today.

A bezoar is a mass of indigestible yuck that is found in the digestive tract of animals and humans. It’s made of hair and fiber and gunk.

Basically, it’s a giant hairball that gets stuck in your intestine. Like the gunk that clogs up the pipes in a house. Only it’s in your body. And about a gazillion times more disgusting.

I learned about this at book club tonight, where Alice was telling us about her latest adventures in healthcare lawyering. She has the best stories. Stories that put that weird mole you have – the one with the hairs growing out of it – to shame.

And the lesson about bezoars was fitting, as today I spent $200 getting a new bathtub drain and can trap. Because taking a shower when the tub doesn’t drain is disgusting … although not quite as gross as having an indigestible mass of hair and vegetable fiber in your intestine. Evidently you can’t just drink Draino and make a bezoar go away.


So, I’m having adventures in plumbing. And it occurred to me today that all sorts of things are happening, lo these four weeks post-break-up. I wouldn’t even know where to begin to get The Ex-Boyfriend Formerly Known as Mr. Wonderful caught up.

I wanted to die! And then I met my rebound, Zoloft! And then I got a new TV! And Poochie rearranged all my furniture! And I went to New York!

And I realized today that the sound of your voice is fading from my mind.


LaDue & Crew said...

I don't know... the 2 inch long sewer roach that crawled up my drain while I was in the shower a few years ago was purtyyyyy disgusting ~*shudder*~

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Okay, so that's a good thing right, things fading? Hope it's good, means your healing, perhaps? Moving on? Forward and upward?

With all sarcasm intended, thanks, Cha Cha for sharing the explicit gross hair ball details! Oh, if you only knew! I cannot, simply cannot, clean out the drain without gagging. Buttons and hair wads (and various hair situations like the one you mentioned about moles with hairs) are the only two things that cause an actual and real physical reaction that tightens up my throat and makes me break out in a sweat and run for the potty. (the button thing is another long story) So, I could not have joined in the discussion with you at the book club (hope you're not reading a book about such things - yuckedy yuck yuck yuck!)

Thanks for your friendship today. I needed it. You are such a beautiful person. Wish you lived closer!

Anonymous said...

And you're learning about gross hairballs! I am amazed at your personal growth and development;) Seriously, GOOD FOR YOU to have that voice grow dim in your ears.

Linda Summerfield said...

One of my favorite childhood memories was seeing a replica of the world's largest hair ball, I was quite troubled apparently.
Glad you are better.

Madge said...

oh girl, that is something, sad and good, having his voice fade away...... having things happening that start to fill in the gap, the space, well not fill the space, but the time....

Mrs. G. said...

let the healing begin!

Rima said...

Thank you! I will now add "bezoar" to the list of Things to Lose Sleep Over !! :)