oh diarrhea! It’s a horrible thing is it not? One minute you’re going about your business feeling fine and dandy. The next, you are overcome with an unusual lethargy. Then, you are blighted with abdominal pains and before you know it, you’re darting off to the nearest lavatory to deposit something that has the consistency you would expect of something processed by the bladder, and not the intestines.
Perhaps, also, you are a little naive. Perhaps you think those abdominal pains are just trapped wind, and you can feel something backing up, so you slip a cheek loose and expect to unleash a gust when you suddenly, desperately with immeasurable urgency have to shut that anus quick before a fountain of stinky rusty water comes gushing from your rear end. Don’t act like I’m disgusting, we’ve all been there!!!!
This is the thing I don’t understand about the shits. We’re so squeamish about them, it leads to their being treated rather like a shameful malady. Why such a stigma about such a common and relatable symptom?
You may think this stigma is harmless but, it does cause harm! You see, people are ashamed to admit that they and/or their children have the squits and so, go to work/send them to school. Now, one of things that can cause diarrhea is infection, either viral or bacterial. One of the viruses known to cause diarrhea (and some other, horrific gastroenteritis symptoms) is norovirus. Known to be highly contagious it spreads best in enclosed communities, e.g. hospitals, care homes, schools, workplaces…that sort of thing. So, say you’re too ashamed to say “Look, boss, I’m pissing out my arse, it’s quite uncomfortable, I’m taking a day or two off!” you could be subjecting numerous other workmates to a similar fate! That’s horrible! It’s inhuman! You’re a monster, a liquid-shit spreading monster!
It all comes down to this thing I hate about modern life, the ‘busy lifestyle’. We all have so much to do and when we have nothing to do society expects us to be doing something anyway. Taking any time to just chill out, relax, and possibly recover from a very uncomfortable stomach upset, is just not allowed! Instead we have to dose ourselves up on pills that stop us shitting and go about our day anyway! So much is our desire to tell people they should be doing something, we have adverts for people with the shits!
Like this one http://www.tellyads.com/show_movie.php?filename=TA0037
"Life is full of annoying little things, but diarrhea doesn’t have to be one of them…" WHAT THE FUCK!? If you’re shitting fluids,that is not an ‘annoying little thing’ it is a sign that you’re fucking unwell! You don’t need to ‘take control’ - Your body is in control, it’s shitting stuff out of you as fast as possible to clear your damn system of whatever menace is disrupting it! Trust your body, not a bloody tablet, with a patronising advert!
Or this stupid advert http://www.tellyads.com/show_movie.php?filename=TA8167
"Diarrhea is a symptom your digestive system is moving too fast…" YEAH, USUALLY WITH GOOD FUCKING REASON! You don’t need to ‘restore your natural rhythm’ because diarrhea is PART OF A NATURAL RHYTHM! It’s not some new-fangled alien concept deliberately invented to annoy us and stop us enjoying everyday life, it is a symptom possibly millions of years old to tell you you’re digesting something unpleasant or have an unpleasant illness somewhere!
And then there’s this great advert! http://www.tellyads.com/show_movie.php?filename=TA5598 That tells us that ‘When you had diarrhea this morning, you had a choice…’ Yeah, stay on the bog or go out and shit yourself! For fuck’s sake, and then look at the stupidness of it. “Oh, you stayed in to try and take care of it, comfortably sitting on your couch in your PJs watching television…Don’t you know you could have gone out and spent money to watch a shit movie with a friend eating popcorn, sharing it with a friend with your possibly norovirus infected grubby chipolata fingers!” Seriously, what is with the negative portrayal of staying home? It’s propaganda! These people want you to take Imodium and go to work! It’s that simple!
(Side note: According to these adverts, only females get diarrhea…Ladies might want to ask quite why advertisers feel it is easier to manipulate them into buying these products than men…It is more than a bit sexist and I can’t help but feel you are being manipulated and used to fuel the pharmaceuticals industry…)
Yes, we have busy lives. But that’s all the more reason to just STOP when you have the opportunity. Do you know one of the other main suspected reasons of bowel complaints? Stress…From doing too much. That’s a good enough reason right there for pharmaceutical companies, governments and businesses to want to tell you diarrhea is a disruption to your ‘natural rhythm’ - and that ‘you had a choice’ to either stay home and let your body do what it does best, or take a tablet that bungs you up so you can go and slave away at work…You do, indeed, have a choice and whenever I have a medical choice like that I trust my body until it shows me it can’t be trusted. I don’t just immediately throw pills down my neck.
Have some faith in your body, have some time to yourself and have some pride in your having the shits!