Most of us are familiar with ‘The Phantom of the Opera’; a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
I bet you are not familiar with ‘The Phantom of the Pee’; not a musical with no music.
Merriam-Webster has the following definition for ‘phantom’ –
a : something apparent to sense but with no substantial existence : apparition
b : something elusive or visionary
c : an object of continual dread or abhorrence the phantom of disease and want
: something existing in appearance only
: a representation of something abstract, ideal, or incorporeal
she was a phantom of delight — William Wordsworth
Google ‘Phantom’ and first on the list of results is ‘DJI Phantom Drone’, with the following descriptions –
The Phantom is a series of unmanned aerial vehicles developed by Chinese technology company DJI. It is widely regarded as the company’s flagship UAV line, as it is the most widely used and known product DJI has released currently.
Google ‘Phantom Pain’ and first on the list or results is the following –
Phantom pain is pain that feels like it’s coming from a body part that’s no longer there. Doctors once believed this post-amputation phenomenon was a psychological problem, but experts now recognize that these real sensations originate in the spinal cord and brain.
I current do not experience phantom pain, but I do experience phantom pee. Have you heard of phantom pee?
Phantom pee is a real thing, very strange real thing and I do experience it on a regular basis. I mentioned this to my Urologist Dr. P. and yes, this is a real thing.
As you know my surgery in January removed my bladder and prostate and other male related organs. My urine is now removed from my body via a stoma into a urostomy bag on the outside of my body. I no longer have control of my urination.
But I still have the feeling of needing to pee, but I can’t.
Anyway, very strange feeling when you have ‘that urge’ and you no longer can ‘relieve’ yourself.
So, although ‘The Phantom of the Pee’ is not a musical with no music, it is a real occurrence.