Toxic Protection / Confidence Shock /  Talkin' Toxic /  Diabetic Hyperosmolar Syndrome






'Humble Suggestions for Reid and Pelosi' Adam McKay

Huffington Post

I'm out of practice dealing with good political news. It's been a bit of an overload these past two days. It's kind of like getting a letter from my doctor informing me that I can now suddenly windmill dunk a basketball. I almost hesitate to bring up the House and Senate victories to people for threat they might inform me I feel asleep near some model glue with CNN on and the whole thing's a Testor's-induced hallucination. We.... won the House.... and the Senate? And Rumsfeld resigned?! And Bush said he's meeting with Democrats?!!! It's so wonderful I'm a tad suspicious.

Okay, here's what I think Bush and Rove cooked up. I think they figured that we were all in shock from winning the House and, at the time, likely the Senate, and they thought "Hey, this pony ain't used to the sugar. Let's put him into toxic shock." And so they had Rumsfeld resign. It was an attempt to overload us with goodness so we'd all faint from joy and injure ourselves. I'm telling you... And they had no idea how close they were. I almost wrecked my car driving west on the 10 from whooping when I heard Bush announce Rumsfeld's resignation. If Bush had then gone right to Cheney announcing that he was coming out of the closet my head would have exploded and Bush would have won. Brilliant I tell you.




In the above example, found at, Adam McKay describes his happy disbelief after hearing so much "good political news."  He presents a humorous scenario in which Bush and Rove, realizing their political opponents were "in shock" after winning the House, try to intensify that shock, to the point their political opponents end up injuring themselves by "fainting from joy."


Not only does toxic shock syndrome not resemble "fainting from joy," when someone "faints" from too much sugar (as mentioned in the above example), it is actually related to diabetes, specifically diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome, as described on the Mayo Clinic website:




Diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome. If your blood sugar level tops 600 mg/dL, the condition is known as diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome. When your blood sugar gets this high, your blood becomes thick and syrupy. The excess sugar passes from your blood into your urine, which triggers a filtering process that draws tremendous amounts of fluid from your body. Left untreated, diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome can cause life-threatening dehydration and loss of consciousness. Diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome is most common in older adults with type 2 diabetes.



Obviously, "Hey, this pony ain't used to the sugar. Let's put him into diabetic hyperosmolarity," doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "toxic shock."  But then again, since enterotoxins pouring into the bloodstream are what cause toxic shock, perhaps that syndrome should be renamed "hyperenterotoxin syndrome."  What do you think?











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