TMI being short for “Too Much Information”, for the newbies. TMI threads are always among the most memorable, thanks to the bizarre and often disgusting tales that emerge, and we haven’t done one in a long, long time.
I propose a medical theme for this one. You have been warned.
This was about 6 or 7 years ago, about a year after I’d had laparascopic surgery to remove my gall bladder. Over the course of a couple of days, I started to notice a pain in my belly when I sat down. It felt almost exactly like when my belt buckle catches a hair and yanks it out, but that wasn’t the cause. It got worse and worse until I dreaded having to bend at the waist. Finally, at work one day, I sat at the computer and felt the most intense pain yet, followed by a huge sensation of relief. At the same time, I detected one of the most foul smells I’ve ever encountered. I looked down at my shirt, and it was stained with what can only be described as bloody goo right over my navel. I ran to the bathroom, pulled up my shirt, and all I can say is that my bellybutton exploded. There was a huge blood clot, and pus, and I don’t know what all in there. I should say that I have a very deep innie.
Luckily, my workplace had an in-house medical clinic, so I ran right down and had them take a look. It took a good half hour for them to clean everything out. The physician’s assistant had to use forceps to pry my navel open and a flashlight to find the bottom. After quite a while of painful, embarrassing, and smelly work, she finally figured out what happened. During my gall bladder surgery, one of the incisions was made in the bottom of my bellybutton. For some reason, one of the stitches down there had never dissolved, and had gotten infected, forming an abscess. This had finally swelled and burst. She eventually managed to actually find the stitch material and pull it out. I’m sure she wasn’t expecting to deal with anything like that when she went in to work that day.
Still, to this day, I have a bit of a vague fear of my bellybutton exploding like a land mine again.