Tuesday, August 25, 2009

do I look hysterical to you?

I eluded to the fact that I had spent some time in the hospital recently. I was vague--intentionally. Mainly because I have had narcotics running through my veins and putting any rational thoughts together were... well, beyond my abilities.

So today I sit here, having only had one vicodin with my morning latte. Fairly cognoscente and feeling minimal pain. I thought I would share something I learned in nursing school that is now relevant to me. It involves Greek history in some ways and just how much we have learned over the years.

This might be time when my couple of occasional male readers can the hit the back button and head back to where they came from. They may not find the following facts as funny as those of us with "birthin'" parts.

Interesting tidbit here, the surgery where you remove a woman's uterus is called a hysterectomy a marriage of the word for hysteria and "ectomy" which means to remove. Coincidence? The Greeks and their root words, hysteria is derived from the Greek word for uterus! Seriously.

It seems in the days of old, the uterus was a mysterious thing. When women started to act a bit wacky they referred to that as hysteria or being hysterical. Plato actually believed the uterus was an animal that lived in women only to become pregnant. If it did not become pregnant it could become a rogue assassin traveling around the ladies body making her into a head case or "hysterical".

My how we have progressed.

My little procedure was not done to relieve my hysteria-I will probably have episodes that would make Plato shake his head every once and a while. Endometriosis was a major contributor in my case, it was kicking my ass. I am glad to be starting fresh even though, now when they do a bladder scan, I was told they have to tell the machine I am now a man. I have missing "girl parts"now, you see. Lucky me?! Good thing I do not have any body issues with my little surgery.

Can I share another little root word trivia.
The word orchid comes from the Greek word "orchis", testicle. They named an entire group of flowers after male anatomy! Women are crazy and men are flowers.

Hmmmm... Go figure!

8 comments:

Meeko Fabulous said...

Tamis! How I've missed you friend. Actually . . . Ever notice that a lot of women's problems start with men? MENstruation, MENopause . . . Saw it in an e-mail once and couldn't help but LOL. :)

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

that is hysterical!!
I mean interesting...
love,

Mom

The Good Cook said...

Oh - I like Meeko's comment!

So far as hysteria.. interesting.

And what is UP with that - a beautiful orchid for men?? Makes me want to chuck my orchid...

Jeve (aka John and Steve) said...

This is totally fascinating!

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I've heard of the "old fashioned" ways of curing "hysteria" by giving the female an orgasm. Niiice. I hope you feel better soon!

trash talk said...

Looking at the orchid, I couldn't help wondering if that's where the term "nipping it in the bud" came from. Wouldn't that be a hoot?
Glad you're feeling better. Went through that myself long ago and in another galaxy, but never regretted it. It's amazing how great you can feel after feeling so crummy for so long! Take it easy and don't go getting hysterical on me! Just another thought...why is it "HIS" terical and "HIS" terctomy? Just sitting here thinking, hmmm!
Debbie

mzbehavin said...

You've had parts of your body taken out.... and I'm laughing like hell, here.....

I love this blog!!!!!!!!!!

Eva Gallant said...

You are too funny! Csmr here from Meeko's blog.
glad I did!