I had an eating disorder when I was 10 because I thought too much about chewing. My teacher showed our class a video on how food gets chewed up, swallowed and slowly slimes its way down the esophagus and into the stomach. The video was of a man standing behind an X-ray machine. Do you remember that movie? You could see nothing but his solid bones and translucent skin and the gooey food in his gullet. It was the grossest video I have ever seen. Night of the Living Dead never scared me as much as this movie did.
Teacher – “Digestion starts in the mouth. Our saliva breaks down food into small mushy bits so the stomach can digest it better.”
Small mushy bits…..chewing…..the man when he swallows – Oh God the horror!
This is what I thought about when I ate; I pictured the food being masticated in my mouth, then I pictured what it would look like after mastication. The visual I got in my head didn’t look at all like something I would eat. I couldn’t eat solid foods for maybe a year or two, until I came to my breaking point.
One New year’s or Christmas eve, my parents took me and my brother over to my aunt Carols house for dinner. I was frail, pale and stick thin. I couldn’t concentrate on anything. We sat down at a big long table with a bunch of other people there. Somebody made me a plate of food and set it on the table in front of me.
What I usually did at home was pretend to eat. I found a way to throw almost all my food away in napkins. I lived off of mashed potatoes, soup and salad. For some reason salad never bothered me.
So there I was at the head of a table full of people looking at me and saying how cute I was. I closed my eyes tight and taken my first bite of food. I chewed it slowly, feeling the dead animal carcass being ground up in my mouth. I saw myself behind the X-ray machine and froze. I couldn’t swallow. Shit. I chewed some more. Slowly turning the food over and over with my tongue – the more I felt its consistency, the more I cringed. I started to feel nauseous as the food digested and liquified in my mouth. I couldn’t take it anymore so I got up, went to the bathroom and spit the food out in the toilet.
I actually remember this! Man how I hate my long-term memory.
I sat back down and the same thing happened, only this time instead of getting up and going to the bathroom, I spit the food out in a napkin. This was when I hit rock bottom. I looked at everyone at the table totally oblivious to me – just laughing and having a good time. Did they not know about the savage monstrosity happening in their mouths? I decided right then and there that what I was doing had to stop. And I mean it HAD to. I had no choice and I knew I had no choice. I knew I was not normal.
And so I picked up my chin, cut a big hunk of whatever it was we were eating and shoved it in my mouth and chewed. At that moment I overcame my phobia completely. I said to myself ‘Just swallow, just swallow. I don’t care how nasty, do it anyway. Just do it anyway.’ And I did it.
Why tell you this story? I don’t know. Maybe to show you how I see the ugly side of things. But on the flip side, I see total beauty everywhere I look when I’m in the mood to see it. My brain is so contradicting it makes me crazy.
I was tired after working yesterday. My last client was a huge muscled up brick of a man who wanted a two-hour massage.
Client – “How do you find the stamina to massage for two hours straight?”
Me – “It’s about having the right body mechanics. I can actually massage for six hours straight.”
Client – “What?! What?!”
He was a hefty, virile black man who was super impressed with my strength and stamina. That doesn’t happen everyday. I love my job.
Client – “Where do I fit in with these six hours?”
Me – “Today is actually only a five-hour day. You’re my last client.”
Client – “Only five? Only five she say’s. Ha ha, well I tell ya you’re doing a great job for this being your last massage.”
Me – “Yeah.” I absent-mindedly said ‘yeah,’ and then quickly regretted it so I followed it up with “massaging is easy,” which I also regretted saying because I didn’t want him to think I wasn’t trying – or that my job is so easy that tipping would be silly.
Client – “Well, easy for you, easy for an expert.”
Then we want on talking. I gave him massage pointers and told him to have is wife walk on his back to save her hands.
By the end of my shift, I was dead tired. So thirsty, hungry, tired, I wanted to crawl in bed and play video games.
I have love affairs with video games. The affair can last weeks, months, sometimes years. But like most affairs, they have to end. I’m starting a new affair. I have an unbelievably strong force compelling me to play video games. I bought Red Dead Redemption and Valkeria Chronicles on Amazon. They should arrive tomorrow thanks to my prime member free two-day shipping.
Okay, so anyway, my hunger far out-weighed anything else and going out to a nice dinner sounded so good that I drooled over my electronic cigarette while driving to Sam the Clams to meet Lisa. I poured myself onto the chair across from Lisa and stared at a menu.
Lisa is a great talker and very entertaining. I didn’t have to say much of anything and we still had an awesome dinner conversation. After I drank half my bud light and ate a few fried oysters, I was happy as a clam.
We went back to her condo for some splendid after dinner drinks and watched girl movies all night. After the first girl movie, we smoked a little pot. First off I just have to say this cause I don’t want to get Lisa in trouble, but she doesn’t smoke much pot. She just happened to have some because a guy left it at her house (I think it’s from when he broke her coffee table and felt bad, so he gave her a bag of weed).
So there we were, two single gals with nothin’ to do but a bag of weed between us.
I took a few hits and started feeling it. I let it wisp me away to wherever it wanted to take me, but oh no, no no, not this, anyplace but this! It wanted me to go on a ramble about a certain Japanese cartoon. Noooooo! Anything but the Japanese cartoon!
I was jolted alive when I remembered the cartoon I watched the night before and it reminded me (very excitedly I might add) that I needed to buy something very badly because my dear poor soul depended on it.
Me – “You know what I need to buy?”
I was amped-up, sitting on the edge of my seat. Lisa being stoned, sunk down low on the sofa.
Lisa – “What?”
Me – “I want to buy a new…..PILLOW!”
It was just like that. I nearly shouted the word pillow.
Lisa starts laughing. “Why do you need to buy a pillow?”
Me – “Okay, so I watched this cartoon last night. A japanese cartoon and it made me really want to buy a new pillow.”
Lisa – “………..”
Me – “There was this guy that had all his bad dreams coming true because a little ghost snuck into his pillow. The ghost made his dreams come true! The ghost was a mushishi. That’s the name of the cartoon, Mushishi. It’s a cartoon about these little ghosts. Anyway, this guy realized that the problem was in his pillow, so he got a sword and sliced the pillow, only, when he sliced the pillow, it also sliced him. He sliced the pillow, and then a big gash appeared on him!”
I mimed the sword slashing to make sure Lisa understood what happened.
Me – “It turns out that the pillow, after years and years of sleeping on it, becomes a part of you. In latin, pillow mean soul or something – that’s what the cartoon said. I want a new pillow because of all the years and years of having bad dreams has wrecked my pillow.”
I reasoned that I had an abundance of negative energy stored up in my pillow from bad dreams and bad thought’s. It’s bad feng shui to keep things like this around.
Lisa – “What if your old pillow ends up at the dump? What will happen to you?”
Me – “Well, I guess I should keep it in the closet then.”
Lisa starts laughing.
I stayed a few more hours to sober up and then went home. I fell asleep right away and woke up at 8 am to a nightmare. I was attending some prestigious medical school. There were doctors there wearing bloody scrubs, holding up their “sanitized” hands that were also bloody.
I lived at this morbid school but I didn’t think of it as morbid, I just thought of it as my home. But I was scared of something, I’m not sure what, but I was very anxious.
Something happened to my jaw during this dream. I had it clenched down so tight that it became locked. I couldn’t open my mouth to speak and I felt real pain. I mean I felt actual physical pain in this dream.
That’s when I considered myself very lucky to live in a school of medicine. There were so many doctors close by that could help me, only I couldn’t open my mouth to speak. No one could hear me.
Then my front bottom tooth wiggled free. I held it in place with my tongue. Then my bottom right molar was wiggling in the gum. I jammed both teeth down into place, but they still wanted to come out. My teeth were beginning to break down and shatter under the pressure of my jaw. I felt everything. It felt so real.
I went to my dorm room and a girl was there that helped me. She was studying to be a doctor and knew exactly how to fix me. She made me bite down really hard on something in order for my teeth to squish back in place. I woke up before seeing if it worked.
My goddamned pillow strikes again! Stupid demon pillow.
I went to the mall today and bought a $60 pillow from JC Penny. It was marked down from $90.
I don’t know what else to say. Well, I have more to say but it relates to nothing here and I think you had enough for one day.
I’ll just end with this quote “Some people try too hard that they stop hearing the music.”
I found that quote written down on my little notepad. I forgot what movie I was quoting. But I like it, it makes you think. It might be from Amadeus.
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