Last night Yujiro came to have a serious discussion with me.
I knew it was serious because he took away the clambering kitten and locked it outside the living room.
Then he sat down and told me: I think you should fast for 5 days.
If you don't eat your body will have to use up what it's got, and it will start with the unnecessary thing - the mammoth cyst.
This of course comes from the teachings of Katsuzo Nishi - this wartime Japanese health guru that Okaasan and Yujiro fervently believe in. That if your body is sick you should fast and the body will right itself and find the balance etc etc
Okaasan has done it various times in her life - no food for 5 days etc - and Yujiro too. They both believe this is a good thing.
I can see the ideas behind this. I think fasting is a good idea too. But in certain situations.
I don't think a fast is going to reduce the size of or make this cyst vanish.
It gives the body a break from all the food processing and cleans out the systems.
And I think a fast should be done under a nice relaxed circumstance - preferably at a Five Star resort in Thailand with soothing yoga, tropical flowers and circles of love on the mat flooring.
Not in suburan Sapporo with 20 English lessons to teach between Monday and Saturday. And the account information for August to be input on the computer, two teenage felines and other life stuff.
So I politely said: No thankyou. I respect the idea. But this isn't for me now. I need energy to get through a working week. I enjoy food.
I am sure Okaasan has been hassling behind the scenes on this...it's her solution for all body ills.
They can think of me as a weak-Westerner who is isn't open to alternative Eastern methods and all that stuff. I don't care. I've tried many things in my life that are a bit out there health-wise...and for this, for now...I am going to go with a hospital chock-full of MRI machines and needles.
So. Saturday. A day of classes at my classroom. Telling students I will be off the radar in mid-September.
Came home at 4 pm a little tired and stretched out on the bed for an hour with the cats.
Felt tired in the evening. Yujiro went off in the car to do a mammoth shopping at COSTCO to buy BBQ stuff. I had to feed Okaasan.
It was easy though: a quiche that I'd bought at COSTCO last time, a tomato sauce that I made, rice, soup, salad with things from the garden. Should have been ok. But I had no energy to sit and be friendly with some chat. It was hot and sticky. It was grim 20 minutes of eating and false conversation starts - two weeks in hopsital to escape these evenings at the kitchen table will be SO WONDERFUL!! I really have no idea at all about how to chat to an old Japanese lady who can't remember what she did today and isn't interested at all in what I did. It's hard work.
The quiche. It was ok. Not great. But ok enough. However. Okaasan didn't like it. She picked around at it. Asked me several times what it was. What was in it. Did I make it or buy it? I could tell the quiche wasn't cutting it. She actually said it was "Oishugunai" - "Not delicious".
Finally I got some tofu-cooked-in-soy-sauce leftovers from the fridge - zapped that in the microwave and gave her that instead.
Can't be fucked. Sorry. Ugly word.
But really can't be fucked.
I HAVE A CYST THE SIZE OF MY HEAD INSIDE MY STOMACH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wanted to shout at her.
But I didn't.
I washed some plates instead and wiped a kitchen surface that didn't need wiping.
Yujiro came home from shopping about 8 pm and wolfed down the remaining quiche and I could retreat to upstairs and leave him happily BBQ prepping.
We'd planned a BBQ here ages ago. But I really dn't feel like doing it. A long day of prepping/hosting/cleaning up. And I can't eat and drink loads. Lots of noise and chat.
Not my scene at the moment.
But Yujiro needs some let out in life, so I told him to go ahead with his friends and have the BBQ.
I am going to slip away to the hairsalon, a friend's house to borrow big, loose clothing...and probably a hotel spa for the afternoon. I need relaxing time....
I talked to a friend last night on the phone. Got a bit weepy. Despite my gung-ho approach to it all - jokes about melons etc - I am scared and sad about this. I have never stayed in hospital. I have never had an operation. I read stuff on the Internet about loss of sex-drive, and increased risk of heart disease.
I wish it wasn't happening to me, so much.