November 22nd, 2007

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Just in time for Thanksgiving

Be sure to read the following article right before you have thanksgiving dinner. Pay special attention to the accompanying picture.

Doctors untangle the strange case of the giant hairball

It may not be the most appetizing reading before a hearty holiday meal, but the New England Journal of Medicine is devoting part of its Thanksgiving issue to a giant hairball -- and not the feline kind.

The prestigious journal details the case of a previously healthy 18-year-old woman who consulted a team of gastrointestinal specialists.

She complained of a five-month history of pain and swelling in her abdomen, vomiting after eating and a 40-pound weight loss.

After a scan of the woman's abdomen showed a large mass, doctors lowered a scope through her esophagus.

It revealed "a large bezoar occluding nearly the entire stomach," wrote Drs. Ronald M. Levy and Srinadh Komanduri, gastroenterologists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

For the uninitiated, a bezoar is a hairball.

"On questioning, the patient stated that she had had a habit of eating her hair for many years -- a condition called trichophagia," they wrote.

"It seemed like she'd been doing this for several years," Levy told CNN.

The woman underwent surgery to remove the mass of black, curly hair, which weighed 10 pounds and measured 15 inches by 7 inches by 7 inches, the doctors said.

Five days later, she was eating normally and was sent home.

A year later, the pain and vomiting were gone, the patient had regained 20 pounds "and reports that she has stopped eating her hair."

That's pretty impressive really. A 10-pound hairball in the shape of a person's stomach. I thought it was a fucking dead beaver at first.

It's too bad that they don't don't say what they did with it. At the very least, it should be sent to someone as a practical joke or something. Cover it up with some slime and then drop it on the carpet of someone who owns a cat and watch them freak out when they discover it. That's what Thanksgiving means to me.
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I feel like blah

Things generally continue to be crappy. It's crap central all the crappy crap time.

Since it's thanksgiving, I popped some steroids and a bunch of codeine, so at least I'm feeling a bit better as far as the pain issues are concerned. It was not a pleasant morning until I took the steroids. I dunno if it's something I should really be concerned about but my opiate usage has really ramped up over the past couple of months. The amount that I go through in a day now is easily 4-5 times what I used to take half a year ago. It's not longer an optional sort of thing and a dose that used to have my on the way to nausea, is just standard now.

Now, it's true that I started with pretty low doses to begin with, which is why the increase seems so dramatic. Hell, I'm still not even up to the instructed dosage on the outside of the pill bottle yet. Despite that, it's still something that has me sort of concerned. Once you get on that sort of escalator, I just don't see a way off of it. That said, it's not like I have any alternatives at the moment. Things keep getting worse and it's a hodgepodge of incapacitating agony.

Give all that, I suppose it's no wonder that I've been feeling down. My mood's been pretty subterranian for ages now and I can only expect the holiday season to exacerbate the whole thing. Feh. There's a good reason more people whack themselves at this time of year than any other. Even if you aren't prone to depression, it's easy to find bursts of melancholia. Damn Who's in Whovile. Who do they think they are, anyway?
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I <3 the internets

Isn't it great to have something at your fingertips that can answer all of life's pesky little problems? How long should I cook my turkey for? Why, ask google and you will find hundreds of helpful little responses as to exactly how you should proceed. Ever wonder how many toes a tyrannosaurus had? A couple more clicks and there it is. (On a sidenote, I actually went and looked it up, the answer is 3 on each foot)

That said, every once and a while you find one of those question/answer sites that just baffles you for a moment. Here's what I found a few days ago on an un-related search about kidney stones.

Question: I’m 14 and a virgin. Recently my penis started to bleed every month or so and it hurts. What could this be?

Erm. I just find the question sort of baffling. I find it hard to believe that someone would be there tapping out 'monthly bleeding penis' into google and go 'Ah ha! That's what I've been wondering about!' i'd like to believe that most people, if their penis was streaming blood each month, would head over to the doctor rather than run google searches. I think this falls into the category of things you shouldn't be bothering the internet with. Other situations that fall into this category might entail, 'I've just been shot in the head with a bullet, should I hold a warm or cold compress to the wound?'. Hell, I'm not sure I'd believe some internet site anyway, even if I were to solicit advice.
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