My Greatest Fear #59: Brain Aneurysms on the Toilet

I’ve already posted two greatest fears this week…why not go for a third?

I don’t know if it’s an urban legend or a medical fact, but a long time ago someone told me that it’s possible to die from a brain aneurysm on the toilet. Ever since, the thought has crossed my mind thousands of times when I’m in the bathroom.

Here’s the thing: It’s not the aneurysm itself I’m afraid of. It would be over quick. It’s what would happen next that scares me.

If I died on the toilet, no one would know about it until the next time friends come over for my weekly game night. Can you imagine 8 of your friends walking in the door to find 2 very angry cats…and you, slumped over on an unflushed toilet with your pants at your ankles? I would be mortified if I weren’t already dead.

(As I’m writing this, I’m worried that someone is going to say that this happened to someone close to them. If so, I mean no disrespect. This is about my fear of being discovered dead on a toilet–it’s not a reflection of your loved one.)

I guess what I’m saying is, if I have to go, I hope it’s not on a toilet.

Has such a morbid thought ever occurred to you? Is there a certain way you’re really not like to depart this world?

4 thoughts on “My Greatest Fear #59: Brain Aneurysms on the Toilet”

  1. Lol! Amazingly this has crossed my mind 🙂 I have a history of bowel issues and since seeing “Big Fish” where a minor character dies of a heart attack while on the toilet, this thought quite frequently crosses my mid.
    You are not alone 🙂

  2. Somewhat ironically, I have always had this morbid notion that I would die in a car accident. Perhaps also morbidly, I have a good idea of how I’d like to go. As a conductor, I would like to give the last chord of my favorite piece of music, Mahler’s Second Symphony, and then just drop dead. (As an interesting aside, it seems the choral conductor at my master’s school shares this fantasy down to the exact same piece. It was a weird day in class when we discovered this.)


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