That is the way I felt a couple of nights ago. As I spent some time preparing details for my school trip the next morning, my gut started to speak to me. It wasn’t providing a soliloquy on the merits of the meager dinner I had just consumed. It wasn’t philosophizing on my eating habits. It was poking me with a stick and shouting obscenities.
After I went to bed I did not stay in it long. I rolled around and rolled around. Eventually I was up and emptying my innards. I got to know the plumbing fixtures, at least one of them, quite well. We had some conversations, the toilet and I; first I made some rather loud utterances, then it responded with a rather consistent flushing sound response. It was civil, if not gentlemanly.
I spent yesterday in a weak and achy stupor. Wasn’t that a good time. It gave me time to reflect on how healthy it is to purge one’s system occasionally. I was purged. I was as empty as I could get. My painful belly gave me pause. Was I about to continue this process? Or was I just hungry? It turns out I was hungry.
I was not alone in my experience. My wife and my son enjoyed the fine winter evening as well, out of bed often to check out the night’s wonders. They, too, enjoyed the benefit of indoor plumbing. My daughter did not have quite the same experience, but she was a witness, even crying in distress at one point, wondering if we would all be OK.
That next day we all stayed home, although my daughter never did get sick. Lucky her. She might as well have taken the bus, but neither of her parents would have been up for collecting her were her body to opt for the purging plan. She was fine today as well, it turns out. She is a healthy bugger, even without the cleansing.
Today I was home again. As late as 2:00 I debated whether I should keep a meeting I had set for 5:00, but it wasn’t going to happen. Too dizzy. I still don’t feel 100%, after a day rest that included a two-hour nap, although I feel like I should fake it a little so my wife doesn’t think I am a total wuss. Food has helped. Lots of water has helped. Hopefully another night’s sleep will do the trick. I can’t miss another day of work. It is way too much of a hassle to miss even one, and I’ve got three missed days under my belt this month with last week’s snow day.
No more circling the drain for me. I am rising to the top now. Soon I will swimming about, flush with health. So to speak.