No More Popcorn

“This is the second time in three years that you’ve had a diverticulitis attack,” Dr. Levine said. “I’ll give you a prescription for antibiotics today, which will relieve the pain, but I want you to get a CAT scan with contrast so I can assess the situation. In the meantime, avoid eating nuts, anything with seeds, and popcorn.”

I was in a lot of pain and was willing to do whatever the doctor said. But cut out popcorn? It’s my favorite snack. “No popcorn? Seriously?” I said.

“Look, you need to adjust your diet accordingly. If you have another attack like this, the next step is surgery.”

“Fine, just give the antibiotics so this pain will stop before I kill myself,” I said.

The doc reached for his tablet and transmitted an order to my pharmacy for the antibiotics. “The prescription should be waiting for you at the pharmacy in about an hour,” he said. “In the meantime, I’ll have my receptionist schedule the cat scan and ask her to give you a pingback with the date and time. Any questions?”

“Really, no popcorn?” I said. “Where’s the cachet in watching a movie without popcorn?”

Dr. Levine looked at me and shook his head. “Where’s the cachet in being doubled over in agonizing pain or in having surgery to remove a portion of your colon?”

“Point taken, Doc,” I said. “No more popcorn.”


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (diverticulitis), My Vivid Blog (pingback), and Your Daily Word Prompt (cachet).

14 thoughts on “No More Popcorn

  1. newepicauthor August 3, 2021 / 2:02 pm

    I had these bad stomach pains that sent me to the hospital and they determined that I had diverticulitis. They gave me a room in the Gastro-Intestinal ward and I shared the room with this guy who had colon cancer. This guy went into the bathroom to take a dump and it was the worst thing that I ever smelled. I was on a fluid drip so I grabbed the pole that held the bag up and dragged it out into the hallway, so I could breathe. My wife saw me in the hallway and asked why I was out there and I told her to stick her head inside of that room and she would know why.

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  2. RuthScribbles August 3, 2021 / 4:35 pm

    yeah—not eating popcorn is sad!! I’ve been eating dry Cheerios instead. (teeth issues)

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      • RuthScribbles August 4, 2021 / 6:04 am

        a friend of mine told me. Itself crunchy and low calorie …. I have a snack bowl almost every evening while watching tv

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  3. Nope, Not Pam August 3, 2021 / 5:27 pm

    No I’m sorry, no popcorn? This is a tale of horror 😟

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  4. Sadje August 3, 2021 / 5:55 pm

    There are harder things to give up than popcorn!

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  5. Shweta Suresh August 3, 2021 / 9:15 pm

    Life over popcorn indeed. It sucks when you have to give up stuff.

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  6. leigha66 August 17, 2021 / 8:23 pm

    My Mom ignored the doctors and ate cherry tomatoes and strawberries anyway… she ended up in the operating room twice too. Good story.

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