Monday, September 28, 2015


And the winner is.... Hyperthyroidism?? Oh man. What an underdog. There's no predicting Margo's crazy endocrine system!

According to WebMD, Margo has been exhibiting many potential symptoms of hyperthyroidism, including feeling moody, nervous, weak or tired; shakiness and sweatiness; and of course, eating more than usual (remember the breakfast bowls at Diner?). Things that haven't come up: her frequent bowel movements and missed periods.

Hyperthyroidism doesn't seem super dramatic or life-threatening, but hold on! WebMD says:
In rare cases, hyperthyroidism can cause a life-threatening condition called thyroid storm, which occurs when the thyroid gland releases large amounts of thyroid hormones in a short period of time. 
So here's hoping for the GREAT THYROID STORM OF '15!!

So, sadly, no one wins the guess-Margo's-disease contest. I'll just look for a real zinger of a hyperthyroidism quote in this week's strips to replace the banner caption. I think it's what we all deserve.


fauxprof said...

Nice to know I wasn't the only one to look up the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. It sure doesn't seem to warrant Tommie's hysterical response last week...or the week. Before. I've lost track.

Barking Monkey said...

Thyroid storm, eh? How about The Doors “Riders On the Storm”

Thyroid in the storm
Thyroid in the storm
‘neath turtleneck is born
into this plot is thrown
Like a fawn that’s left alone Or a war vet cancer-prone
Thyroid in the storm

There’s a Packard on the road
Will Margo’s Thyroid gland explode?
If Dawkins should X-ray
Or LuAnn fails to pray
Did Diane’s needle stick inside the doll where Margo opens wide?
Packard on the road, yeah

Girl you gotta love your man,
Girl you gotta love your man
Despite a thyroid gland
That doesn’t run as planned
Manhattan General now depends on your healthcare dividends
Girl you gotta love your man

It's hard to believe that Schulock passed up 'Thyroid Storm" for "Hyperthyroidism". "Thyroid Storm" is almost monster-truck-show level rhetoric.

Allen said...

Everyone's comments have been keeping me laughing through this pain. Thanks for that guys and gals.

So, wow. This whole psychic swindler Diane/Gabbie's wedding/Gabbie and Martin having issues/Eric Mills coming back from the dead story line was all to reveal Margo has... a glandular problem?? I guess Shulock can't make the story-lines much more exciting than that, considering the majority of her readership is over the age of 90.

Anonymous said...

Dammit. I knew I should've gone with "dropsy".

Anonymous said...

This is very exciting for me, given that I suffer from hyperthyroidism and indeed went through an episode of thyroid storm (which actually is no laughing matter and really did almost kill me). But once your thyroid is under control, it's really not that big a deal. Mind you, I never did suffer from the psychosis that seems to have taken hold in Margo's case. And the hand tremors that are the most telling feature would I guess be hard to convey in a comic strip. But ultimately I blame my inability to guess this diagnosis on the constant turtlenecks, which I now understand to have been part of a clever plan to mask the enlarged mass on Margo's neck. How wily to make all the characters wear them to disguise their true intent!

Scott P. said...

Far be it for me to correct a professional like Tommie, but isn't it actually _Hypo_thyroidism?

Mattie said...

Hypothyroidism is the opposite of hyperthyroidism, Scott.

Obtuse said...

I love your songs Barking Monkey!

Dawn Weston's Evil Twin said...

Wow, Tommie is really a fountain of medical wisdom. "Margo's case has gone on too long ... but let's not worry about that, Eric ... Let's just go outside onto the street and have a meaningless chat that will be both boring and uninformative!"

What a missed opportunity for drama and hilarity!

My vote for the banner is Eric's quote today: "Is that the best you've got?" It sums up everyone's daily reaction to A3G, I suspect.

pq said...

is it weird that i am genuinely concerned about Frank Bolle's well-being? Margo may be delusional, but that doesn't explain why the backgrounds have no relationship to the action in non-Margo scenes. Does anyone at the syndicate even care?