A medical miracle . . .

29 Sep

A medical miracle

When I was twelve years old I went to live with my brother and his family in Suitland, Maryland. This was not a voluntary change of scenery and habitat. My stepfather had returned to his parental duties after having broken up our little family for the umpteenth time. My mother, my youngest sister and I were living in Durant, Mississippi and as far as I was concerned, I would have been happy to continue there through high school, and then on to whatever life might offer.

Prior to our migration to Durant, we were living on a small farm twelve miles from Columbus, Mississippi, living an idyllic existence and had I been asked, I would have said that everything was coming up roses. Papa John, my stepfather, had other ideas. Just as he had done at other times in the few short years of his marriage to my mother, my sister and me, he found an excuse to explode into a rage and dissolve the family. Click here to learn the reason for the breakup. It’s a story of chapped hands, Jergen’s lotion, talcum powder, biscuits and breakfast, a clawed cheek, a shotgun, a young boy and girl hiding in the woods and a Model T automobile. If that doesn’t pique your interest, I can’t imagine what would!

When I left Durant I went to live with a family that was unknown to me. In my first twelve years I could count the times that I had seen my brother on the fingers of one hand, and each of those times was only for a few days. Now everything was strange to me—my brother, his wife, their young son, our neighbors, my school, the community, the people and the weather.

Now in order to continue, I must discuss a mental and physical change in me that any psychologist, psychiatrist or medical doctor could have predicted—I swiftly descended into a condition known as constipation. You can Google that, but it probably isn’t necessary. Sooner or later, having birthed into an unfriendly world—probably sooner rather than later—every living creature, whether human or otherwise, will suffer from that same malady.

One should think, even at the tender age of twelve years, one would know what was causing the gnawing stomach pains that began a few days after I joined my brother’s family. What began as a slight feeling of discomfort rapidly devolved into severe pain that could only be lessened by my curling up into a fetal position and doing some audible grunting and groaning.

Okay, it took a bit of ink for the prelude to the following action, and I apologize for the delay—I felt that the background leading up to my visit to a doctor was pertinent to this discussion, but from this point I will make an effort to be brief. I realize that my readers are anxious to learn what deadly malady had overtaken me.

Very soon after arriving at the doctor’s office I was lying on my side sans trousers and undergarments, and the doctor’s index finger, the one on his right hand with the hand ensconced in a white plastic glove—yes, that inordinately long digit was uncomfortably fitted into a sensitive area in my lower part of my body—yes, you guessed it—it was in the part that can be considered a homonym, a word that sounds like another but is spelled differently and has a different meaning. In this instance the word rhymes with wrecked ‘um, a condition that describes the effect of one motor vehicle colliding with another—go figure!

The doctor, calling on all his medical study and training and the sensitivity of that inordinately long finger, diagnosed my condition as severe constipation, a malady that in his opinion was caused by my reluctance to fill my brother’s small abode with unspeakable odors, thus making me the object of ridicule, scorn and sarcasm. I know, I know—it sounds really stupid, and to echo the words of Forest Gump, stupid is as stupid does, and it was stupid of me to worry about something that is as common to mankind as breathing. The exact words of the doctor’s diagnosis were, There’s a lot there that needs to be cleared out.

Now on to my recovery, a miracle that was accomplished with a solution of warm water with some sort of powder dissolved therein and placed in a red rubber bag known as a hot water bottle—well, there was another common term for the bag, one that was not voiced in mixed company, that is in company comprised of mixed genders. That other nomenclature is douche bag, and that should indicate one of its functions to any knowledgeable reader.

Shortly after returning home from the doctor’s office I was seated in the bathroom on you know what with the business end of a flexible tube inserted in you know where with the other end attached to a red rubber bag filled with that solution of powder and warm water, with my brother manipulating the bag much as a musician manipulates an accordion.

With each squeeze of the accordion, the musician creates musical notes. With each squeeze of that devil bag my brother elicited vocal sounds from me and lifted me ever so slightly off my seat, and with each squeeze his laughter increased in tempo and volume. He was literally in tears, long before the deed was accomplished to his satisfaction.

The rest is history—I retained my seat on orders from my brother, and shortly after being disconnected from that devil apparatus following many days of discomfort and pain, I was cured by a miracle, a miracle that featured a kindly, long-fingered doctor, a red rubber bag, a medical solution and a maniacal brother, and I returned to the adventurous life I had lived before my transportation to strange surroundings.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!


Posted by on September 29, 2010 in health, Humor


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6 responses to “A medical miracle . . .

  1. Vicki Murphy

    September 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Only someone who has suffered the same indignity can appreciate how funny this post is.

    • thekingoftexas

      October 2, 2010 at 4:29 am

      That incident can only be considered a classic example of tragicomedy—I’m just glad that cell phones with cameras didn’t exist at the time, otherwise my indignity—and my dignity—would probably have been posted all over the internet—facebook, twitter, etc. Thanks for visiting, and thanks for the comment.

  2. nottodaypls

    September 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    you only wish you could do the same for him ROFLAO

    • thekingoftexas

      October 2, 2010 at 4:25 am

      Your life seems to be filled with interesting activities, what with horses and lizards and sometimes dirty feet. As for learning more about blogging, just keep blogging—the learning will come. Thanks for the visit and thanks for the comment.

  3. Val Erde

    October 2, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Hi Mike –

    Hmmmm… having had a father who was a doctor, this was one of his favourite topics of conversation, usually when were were eating dinner. The mind’s eye became fixated on different people’s posteriors – internal and external – no names mentioned, of course, that would’ve broken the hippocratic oath (though there were plenty of other oaths in my family home, coming from said doctor’s mouth).

    And imagine my amusement when, as a small child, I was given empty suppository containers to play with…

    Glad your constipation was evacuated from your life!

    Anyway – onto my second reason for visiting (first of course was to see how you’re doing) and that is – I have realised why it is that you might not be getting many visitors here from comments you leave in other people’s blogs (all assuming you do, still, leave some). You haven’t connected your username to your blog. If you do that, people will be able to surf into your blog directly, by clicking your username. It’s easy enough to do – just go to the settings on your dashboard. Look under ‘users’ and then ‘personal settings’. You’d need to put the blog URL in the ‘website’ area, then it links to your username. Hope that helps!

    • thekingoftexas

      October 7, 2010 at 3:13 am

      Hi, Val—thanks for visiting, and thanks for the tips. Your father sounds like my kind of guy—I believe he and I would have gotten along famously.


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