Information you might want to sit on.

I was never one to talk about poo before I had a kid, and I swore I wouldn’t do it after, but you really can’t help
it, can you? Especially when you have friends over for a round of Wii
and everyone puts down their joysticks to watch the real match: Junior
vs. His Large Intestine.

Despite our best efforts (vats of
stewed prunes, moon howling, pear juice), Junior just can’t seem to
produce anything larger than what might come out of a rodent. In a
word: Raisinets®.

So this morning, I took him to his pediatrician, Dr. L.

Depending on the visit, Dr. L. is either charming or churlish. He looks like House;
he acts like House. He is more apt to talk about Hugh Jackman’s
enviable physique than cater to my paranoid questions (in all fairness,
they’re not that paranoid). He asks us every appointment if we like his bright yellow Audi. He doesn’t appear to change his socks.

The funny thing is, he thinks I
am crazy. When I asked him whether he thought Junior would be
developmentally happier in daycare or at home with a nanny and a
playmate (the question came out more like “should I give him his
daycare wings and set him free?”), he patted my shoulder and said in
all earnestness, “Mrs. Mullet, your son is not a caterpillar.”

Doctor L. listened patiently as I described Junior’s symptoms (a
tomato-red face, popped blood vessels, grunting) then told me to sit

“Junior has CMD,” he said.

“What’s CMD?”

“It’s pretty serious.”

“What? What is it??”

“Colonic Motility Disorder.”


“Yes, I’m sorry. Junior is extremely constipated. And now they have a fancy name for it.” He waited for me to laugh.

And he waited…

And waited…

I might
have laughed had I not had a similar experience with my dermatologist,
who told me he couldn’t remove the mole above my eyebrow because I
would forever have a
permanently raised eyebrow. He warned me I would always looks
suspicious, or rather, that would people would feel I was always
looking at them suspiciously.

years I kept the damn mole. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. I made
an appointment and said I would risk the suspiciousness—just please get
the damn thing off my face—and he burst out laughing.

He had been kidding.

with all the doctors who think the you’re-dying-just-joking shtick is
funny? I’m thinking of starting a petition called “Raisinets® have
feelings, too” and bringing the dipshits down.

Mwahahahaha. Are you with me? I swear I won't look at you funny.

(If you want to read more about CDM because you think you might have it—ew—read about it here.)


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