The worst thing you can wake up to…

Aasmund Ryningen
3 min readJun 27, 2020


…in my mind, apart from the death of a loved one or war, is a leaky toilet.

Especially if you cannot properly locate the source. You know how annoying it is when the toilet is leaking from several parts, including the pipes that are attached to it? And you really don’t know what to do?

Well, you want to know what’s even worse?

If you’re renting the apartment, studio or house where you’re living and you have no option of fixing it yourself, because it’s on your landlord. And you can’t get a hold of your landlord.

And when you finally get a hold of them, they’re not on board with your suggestions to shut off the water to supply to the toilet so that the leakages stop and call a plumber.

No, they want to ‘see it out’, and just try to prolong the slow flooding of your bathroom because it costs time and money to fix the thing.

So, you’re left with nothing but a bunch of towels and various boxes to deal with the leakages.

Every hour or so you have to go into the bathroom to check how much water there is on the floor.

Empty the boxes.

Wrap the towels that you’ve left on the floor to soak up the water. Anyone who’s wrapped soaked towels knows how much force and grip strength you must use to get rid of as much water as possible.

And it’s just a pain in the butt.

There’s literally no stop to the misery. You cannot shut off the water, because that means that you cannot use the toilet.

And you cannot fix it yourself according to your contract.

So, you’re literally stuck at home. Can’t go anywhere because of the leakage.

It just sucks.

Plain and simple.

This happened to me some years ago. I swear, on the day it happened, I almost lost my mind. I’d planned to go to the beach and enjoy a nice day in the sun and go for a swim in the ocean.

Instead, I was almost forced to go for a swim in my bathroom.

Every hour I had to check on those towels. Empty the boxes. And curse myself that I couldn’t do something about the situation. To add fuel to the fire, it was a whopping 60 or so degrees outside. I was sweating just as much from being outside as I was from dealing with the flood in the bathroom.

Now, what you think would’ve happened to someone with a chronic pain disorder that had to deal with a situation like that?

Blistering heat. No love from the weather. Makes it feel like your skin is swelling up. The pains work on overtime.

Then crouching down in the narrow space between the toilet itself and the bathroom walls to fit in some boxes that are supposed to collect the dripping water.

Wrapping soaked towels. Using brute finger grips in the heat.

Bending over and stretching muscles you didn’t know you had.

I’m sure you know where I’m going with this.

It could happen to you.

If you have a chronic pain disorder and your toilet isn’t all that good, you might want to fix up that toilet before it starts leaking.

And also, consider taking something against pains.

CBD oil does the trick. At least, that’s what thousands and thousands of people claim. It has given them new lives. Making them able to use their bodies like they did when they were young.

And, in very rare cases, totally remove pains altogether.

CBD oil cannot help you with leaky toilets, though.

For that, better call your local plumber.

However, for pain removal, I know what my main choice would be.

What about yours?