May 30

Dear friends, I have a shocking secret to reveal.

For some years now, I have been living with the medical condition hyperbilirubinemia, commonly known as Gilbert’s Syndrome (GS). Now, before you rush to the phone to bid me a teary farewell, never fear, my condition is not terminal. In fact, let me assure you, it is almost entirely benign.

GS is an inherited disorder that results in elevated levels of the pigment bilirubin in the liver. Under conditions of stress, fatigue or anxiety I may turn yellow. So don’t become alarmed should this happen in your presence.

When I was younger I noticed the whites of my eyes often had a yellow tinge. This was in my early twenties, when I was busy with work and study. My yellow eyes were noticed during a BHP employee medical, and a battery of tests were undertaken. The doctor broke the devastating news to me, I had Gilbert’s Syndrome.

Luckily for me, there is a wide support network of GS sufferers on the internet. One website I found is called “Survivors of Gilbert’s Syndrome”. To use the word “survivors” seems a tad emotive, considering the condition is in no way life-threatening. However, this website did provide me with one gem of information: among potential symptoms it includes “chocolate craving”. So now I have a medical reason to indulge my love for the bewitching products of the cocoa bean.

Take one twice a day after meals

So, friends, treat me gently. Remember, I’m medically unstable and your unkindness may inflame my latent hyperbilirubinemia. And should I turn yellow, give me chocolate immediately.

One Response

  1. kazzibee Says:

    Hey you should go with the survivor thing… just think of all those times you survived not being allowed to have