Awareness Week (annually the second week in October), I thought I would write about
pica. Pica is a medical condition in which the affected individual
obsessively eats starch or clay or some other nonfood item. It is
unclear if this is due to some nutritional deficiency (many sufferers
are also anemic) or is purely a mental aberration. The term comes
from the Latin for magpie, Pica pica, a bird often seen carrying
bright and shiny inedible items.
The Seattle woman's bezoar was made up of tube socks.
she hadn't always chewed on tube socks. She started by chewing
on other articles of clothing, settling on her half-a-tubesock-a-night
habit by the time she was an adult. Her boyfriend told the doctor
that she did it "to relax." That was one non-judgmental
boyfriend, I'd say. Can you imagine the first time they sat down to
watch, well...hmmm...guess it probably wouldn't be "Masterpiece
Theater"..."The Simpsons" maybe, and she turns to him
and says, "Do you mind if I eat tube socks?"