You know when you really have to go to washroom, lets say, on a car ride, or while you’re in a line up, or during a lecture, and the closer you get to being in the washroom, the harder it gets to hold it in? Well in medicine, there’s a name for that: “key in the door syndrome.” It comes from the idea (or common incident) where people with urge incontinence are most likely to lose control of their bladder when they are right outside the washroom – like when they are unlocking the door to the house (and of course, the key gets jammed).
I just think it’s kind of a funny concept. Why does our mind have so much control over us? It’s not like the proximity to the washroom has any real or direct relationship to the fullness of our bladder/bowel or the strength of our sphincter. Regardless of how little sense it makes, the concept was proven valid this morning, when the clock hit 10:00am and my lecture was supposed to be over, my body was overly insistent that I leave for the washroom right then.. So I did… And I started a trend… I guess my bladder wasn’t the only impatient one in the lecture hall.