My friends say, "It's just snowflakes!" My brother Steve says, "It's February. Snow is not out of the question." Fortunately, since he's family, I can slap the snot out of him the next time I see him. I can't help it. I have finally reached that age where I can't deal with the snow, cold, and ice anymore. I want the sun to shine every day and temps in the low 70's. If friends and family haven't reached this point yet, it's not my fault that they're behind in their development. :-)
I do my best thinking in the bathroom. I never eat in the bathroom. I once worked with a woman who would take fruit and a book with her into the stall in the ladies' room. That just creeped me out. The book is fine. If you know you're going to be a while and need something to do besides making dolls out of the toilet paper, a book is a good thing to have. But food? You've got to draw the line somewhere. That just ain't right. Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah. I do my best thinking in the bathroom. Whether taking a shower or parked on the throne, I have some of my deepest and clearest thoughts in the john.
So last Thursday, I was settled all comfy-cozy in the stall in the ladies' restroom at work. I was just sitting there, minding my own business, bouncing on the seat, immersed in thought----now wait a minute. Don't go telling me you all have never done the seat bounce. I know better. And I can tell you from experience that if you have IBS, you're for sure bouncing a lot more than you're admitting. Sooooo, someone comes in, takes a perch, does her business, and heads over to the sink counter to wash her hands. I'm already giving her 5 points for flushing (you'd be surprised how many women don't remember to flush) and about to award her with 10 more points for washing her germy hands.....when she did it. Instead of getting those fingerlets soaped up and clean right away, she grabs the paper towel container handle first and unloads a long sheet of paper towel. I don't care how much paper towel she uses. My brain is screaming because she slimed her potty germies all over the paper towel machine handle BEFORE she washed her hands. YUCK! I immediately bounced a few more times out of frustration and then took away every point I had given her.
As I said, I do my best thinking in the bathroom. And what I realized last Thursday, just after I pictured myself disinfecting the paper towel machine with a flamethrower, is that I just don't care. All right, I do care about getting a diagnosis sometime during my lifetime. But using the BiPAP machine, losing weight, exercising, eating right----I don't give a flying rat's whiskers. "BT" ("Before Therapy"), I would have not cared because I believed that I wasn't worth the caring about. That was before "BT". I know better these days. But now, after "MHH" ("My Heart Hurts"), I truly don't care. I watched as my sister died and then my mom died just 10 months later, and now I think, what's the point? It doesn't matter, all this stuff. Lose the weight, exercise, eat right, get your sleep, take your vitamins, eat those Omega-3's------it just doesn't matter. We're still going to die. I know. Someone is thinking, don't you have anything to live for? Don't you want to be at your little nieces' and nephew's college graduations? If I can do that, it would be great. But if I die before it happens, I won't know anyway. I'll be dead. I won't know what I'm missing. I know it sounds silly and I'm not expressing it well. I have more thinking to do. But for right now, I really don't care. Folks will probably get on my case about it all. I have only one thing to say about that. DON'T. Some things you just have to work through on your own.
I don't know why I don't weigh less than I do. I really don't eat gobs and gobs of food. I don't exercise much, I know, but between the butt bouncing, leg jiggling, teeth grinding, lip chewing (that takes more muscles than you realize), keeping time with the music, and all the body tics I've got going all day long, you'd think I'd be a lot thinner. Which brings me to Dr. Evil. I see her on Thursday morning, at which time she will note that I have obviously not lost any weight like she told me to start doing six months ago. In the meantime, she has been dieting and I'm betting that she is down to my size now and probably less. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to need 3 hash browns and a cinnamon melt from McDonald's after my appointment to comfort me after she gets through with me. Of course, I'll wash all that down with a Diet Coke!