Yesterday I went to Des Moines to the Jordan Creek mall to meet my friend Jodi. Jodi is someone I met through FB/blogging and I was really excited to meet her in person. We had lunch and sat and talked for awhile and it was really nice. We both have had alot of the same experiences in the mental healthcare system in Iowa and we talked alot and compared the good, bad, and ugly. And the funny.
Unfortunately, Jodi has done some time in the Univ. of Ia Hospitals ED program. You know, the place I refer to as "evil hell". So yesterday, we were telling eachother our stories of treatment there and talking about the staff who were mean to us and she brought up Shirley and she asked me "did Shirley ever accuse you of 'bowel hoarding'?".
Ok, so before I go any further, here is the disclaimer. You know I try not to dwell on specific ED behaviors alot on this blog, in case there are any pro ana's out there trolling for "tips and tricks". But seriously, if reading what I am about to discuss inspires you to try this "trick", you need help and I am not responsible. Ok, back to "bowel hoarding" (trying to type this with a straight face).
I had never, in all my days of treatment, heard of bowel hoarding until Jodi told me about it yesterday. Apparently, at UIHC, if you are really constipated, you risk being accused of holding in your poop to boost your weight, and this is what they refer to as "bowel hoarding". This is what my friend Jodi was accused of.
When she told me this I burst out laughing. We both had a good cackle over it. That's the thing about these situations. They are fun to laugh about now, but at the time Jodi was going through it, it must have been frustrating and infuriating. It sucks to be locked up in a place where everything you do (or don't do) is viewed as some type of lie or manipulation. But seriously, bowel hoarding? Maybe someone would do this, but it really sounds to me like one more thing the good folks at the UIHC made up to accuse the poor patients of.
Here's a shout out to Jodi, for surviving that place, and for giving me something to laugh about yesterday.
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