This morning I heard that one of the talented members of the popular group Wiggles has had to step down because of illness. My kids were too old for the Wiggles' phenomenon, but I understand they have quite the following among the thumbsucking set.
So I wanted to read about what was
wrong with the sick guy, Greg Page. Apparently he has some mysterious
ailment they've been trying to diagnose since June. To no avail. He's
having fainting spells and feels very lethargic, so his understudy has
taken over his part in the Wiggles' shows.
Fainting spells and lethargy? But
they can't find anything causing it? Sometimes we have symptoms that
aren't caused by bugs that are feeding on our organs. They're caused by
something that's eating at our psyches. Fainting and lethargy can be
deadly symptoms, but they also fall into the category of psychosomatic
symptoms. The result of bad stuff that happened a long time ago. Things
you bury deep in the back of your mind's dark closet until you open the
door one day and everything starts tumbling down all over you. That's
Mrs. Linklater's psych 101 amateur diagnosis of the day. I guess they
call it PTSD lately.
I wonder when they'll stop giving him blood tests and x-rays and start
looking into the events of his life for the cause of his illness.
On the other hand, when you spend your professional life as an
entertainer traveling all over the world, the chances of becoming
infected with a mysterious illness nobody has ever seen in the US, or
in his case, Australia, are higher than we may like to think.
Then again, why does anybody, especially a talented, attractive, young
male singer, choose to become part of a group that only entertains
children? Not that entertaining children isn't an acceptable
profession. I'm just cogitating here. Any time somebody seems out of
place, I wonder why? Like a male teaching pre-school. NOTE: I learned
just this minute, right after writing that last sentence, that he had
been in school studying early childhood education before joining the
Or it could be a conflict of medication problem. Shots of tequila don't
mix well with chocolate milk for instance. Just covering my ass here,
trying to think of all the possibilities. [That's because Mrs.
Linklater's cockamammy psychotherapeuticological theories don't usually
meet with great acceptance. Plus she doesn't want to rock the boat so
much that she falls out.]
I worked with someone who was going through a whole battery of tests
for MS when I first met her. She told me about her symptoms and they
sounded like conversion hysteria to me, i.e., women who get paralyzed
or suffer numbness from the waist down after being molested. Her
difficult childhood included times in her life for which she had no
memory. Her nightmares put Friday the 13th to shame. Oddly, when she
was told she didn't have MS her numbness symptoms went away.
It seems to me that docs have a tendency to decide up front that what
they're looking for is either one or the other. They will decide that
the symptoms are caused by a bug OR something psychosomatic. They will
look for one OR the other. Not both.
Plus, in my experience, if it's a guy, the medicos always seem ready to
hunt down and kill bugs. If it's a woman, they assume the symptoms have
an emotional etiology. I was once put on tranquilizers for what used to be
called a "spastic colon." Now it's irritable bowel syndrome, I think. It went away after three months.
A man I know with the same symptoms I had was hospitalized for a week
and checked out for everything from cancer to ulcers. Before he left work
for all his tests, I told him he had what I had had.
Deciding up front that symptoms are bugs, etc. or emotionally driven
can be a deadly decision. I had a friend who was assured that her sinus
headaches were from job stress, until she had a seizure and they
finally looked for, and found, a brain tumor.
See what happens when there's no one to take my keyboard away from me?
We go from some poor guy whose career may be over because of an illness,
to contemplating the cause of his illness, to the implication that he
may have had something evil happen to him when he was young to a rant