Yesterday started out like all my other days; get up, drink coffee, watch local news, read the newspaper and then brush my teeth. Well I
got quite a shock while brushing my teeth. My tongue had turned black! Not a "just ate a purple Popsicle” black, “a blacker than night, scare the shit right out of you black.” I looked like a purebred Chow.
I went through an inventory of everything I had eaten or drank for the past 24 hours and came up with nothing at all. By the time I finished brushing I was convinced that I had a serious medical condition or that someone had done some voodoo magic and placed an evil spell on me.
I Googled “black tongue” and the first option that came up was
“hairy black tongue.” WTF! I ran back to the bathroom to look, thankfully there was no hair growing. I went back to my computer again, searched and found regular black tongue and the cause. I wasn’t going to die!
The day before I wasn’t feeling so hot, a touch of the flu I think. I was eating chewable Pepto-Bismol tablets right up until bedtime. Turns out, Pepto combined with your saliva can cause a black tongue.
I was so relieved. I had never, ever, ever, heard of Pepto turning a person’s tongue black. I looked on the Pepto site and sure enough it
clearly says, “When using this product a temporary, but harmless, darkening of the stool and/or tongue may occur.” So there you have it. Blogs are powerful tools. Just think of the time and trouble I will save you the next time you or your children wake up with a black tongue.
And I wanna know……did you already know this?
Every now and then a story will come along that makes me shake my
head. Today that story was about twenty-seven year-old Trevor MacDonald, from Toronto Canada. You see Trevor was born a female but decided she was living in the wrong body and began transitioning into a male. Testosterone changed his/her voice and helped him/her to grow hair on his/her face; surgery shrank his/her breasts by removing tissue.
Here’s where the story gets more complicated, Trevor decided he/she was gay and found a boyfriend. So here’s a female who decides to live
life as a male and once she begins transitioning, decides she’s gay. Trevor and his/her boyfriend decided to have a baby because Trevor still had all of his/her female plumbing.
After the baby was born Trevor decided to breastfeed but because
he/she had surgery to reduce his/her breasts, he had to do it through a tube. Using donated milk the baby sucks on his/her nipple and the tube of milk at the same time. He/she began receiving help from the LaLeche League in Canada and then decided he/she wanted to be a group leader. Basically he/she was rejected because the league deals with women breastfeeding and they felt other women would not feel comfortable having a he/she as a leader.
And of course now he/she is upset and believes that transgender
people should have the opportunity to have some of the same roles as the non-transgender community. A women partially transformed into a man who claims to be gay would still be a straight women who just looks like a man, right? I'm confused.
I’m speechless. I think breastfeeding is a great and wonderful
thing when done without exposing breasts to the entire world. I don’t agree with hospitals not giving formula to those who don’t want to breastfeed and I don’t agree with the little breastfeeding dolls designed for children. I don’t believe women, even those in uniform, should post pictures of themselves breastfeeding in public either. So the picture of Trevor breastfeeding his/her 16-month-old son really is a turn off and a strange one at that.
I think the gay and transgender community has come a long way in
the past few years. It’s too bad attention whores like Trevor come along and set them back a few paces.
Have a cozy Sunday!