This is not something that usually comes up in conversation, but years ago I suffered from a very uncomfortable condition called anusitis.
Not sure what anusitis is?
In the words of Inigo Montoya, “Let me ‘splain.”
“No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”
Anusitis is primarily diet-related. Eating certain foods can lead to irritation of the skin around your anal opening. That can cause pain, burning, itching and bleeding. It then results in a discharge that is extremely irritating to your anal skin.
It is – literally – a real pain in the…well, y’know.
Thankfully, I did find out that there are ways to get rid of anusitis:
- Remove things from your diet that tend to cause the irritation: coffee, garlic, pizza, Italian sauces, curry, carbonated drinks, citrus fruits and juices, cranberry juice, iced tea, apple juice, chocolate, nuts, popcorn, red meat, pork, strawberries, hot peppers, chilli, vinegar, black pepper and tomatoes. Ok, pretty much my entire diet. Not fun.
- Use a cold (yep, you keep it in the freezer) reusable suppository called Anurex. (My wife aptly referred to it as a “butt popsicle”.) Not fun.
- Eat lots of fiber and drink lots of water so your movements stay soft and regular. Not fun. But the toughest – and most important – one of all, was…
- Never scratch! Again, not fun.
Let me tell you, the itching was unbearable. Every ounce of my being screamed out to scratch. And believe me, nothing felt better than to scratch.
But long term, scratching only made things worse. As much as it felt right to scratch, it was the last thing I should have been doing. Scratching increased the irritation, which increased the discharge, which increased the irritation, which made me want to scratch even more…
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. – Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 16:25
For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. – 1 John 2:16-17
So many things in life seem right. Feel right. At first. But they lead to death.
So many things in life don’t seem like much fun at the time. But they lead to life.
When you look at them with an eternal perspective, which path is the real pain in the…well, y’know?