I freely admit that I am probably the world’s worst housewife, a pure, 100% prime sloven. Dust, mucky kitchen units, piles of crumpled laundry, murky refrigerator, grimy windows, they are my trade marks. The only excuse I offer is that I hate housework, pure and simple. I’d rather be writing, reading, playing with the dogs, even weeding.
BUT there is one area where I am scrupulous, and that’s the toilet. The bath, wash basin and shower might have soapy scum marks and dog hairs upon them, (there was one memorable occasion when I had brushed and combed our hairy black dog and put handfuls of hair into soapy water in the wash-basin to check for fleas, and forgotten about it, so that when a guest used the bathroom she found the basin filled with a floating black furry mass,) but the toilet bowl is glowing, blinding white.
I’ve used plenty of toilets over the years, both in public places and friends’ houses, where the bowl has become discoloured over the years, I suppose due to substances in the water, leaving a less-than-pristine tint to the bowl.
Now, getting back to my prize-winning white bowl, here’s the point I’m going to make.
A few weeks ago TOH noticed the slightest tinge of pink after having a pee. A tinge so faint that in a less-white bowl it would not have been noticeable. He thought little of it at the time, but a few days later noticed the same pinkish tint. A visit to the doctor had him referred at great speed to a urologist at the hospital. X-rays and scans revealed a bladder tumour. It is tiny, and will be removed within the next couple of weeks. The urologist says there is no reason to panic and that it has been caught very early. So are you seeing why I am proud of my sparkly pan? In even slightly murky conditions, the warning sign could have been missed.
So I recommend to any other slovens who might read this, if there’s only one thing that you are religious about, keep that toilet bowl snowy white and the water crystal clear. 🙂
There is a further twist to this story, which I shall reveal a little later.