A Brain Forever Changed

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Once you invite piggies into your home, you won’t ever be the same again, especially your brain.

I would like to invite scientific researchers to investigate the impact of close proximity of guinea pigs to the brain cell structure and brain chemistry. Hereby enjoy my pseudo-scientific approach to the matter, as I’m only a reporter, who also got caught in the overwhelming effects of this matter.

At first you notice that having a human breakfast is no longer important. The first thing you think of after awakening is to serve the pigs breakfast. The postponement of carbohydrates, proteins and fatty acids causes the deprived brain to focus on one item only, as multitasking becomes impossible. That focus is set on the guinea pigs.

Throughout the day, the brain becomes a one track mind about pigs. Leave home and you will be worried if they are fine all day. Go grocery shopping and every items in the store gets investigated if it could possibly be used by the pigs. Being stuck in traffic causes extra stress to get home soon, as the pigs will be hungry. This stress has effect on the brain chemistry, as adrenalin is produced, I’m sure.

Every free moment in the day you think of ways to make the pig’s lives better. When you go on a trip, you will find that you see possible guinea pigs items everywhere and you will be overwhelmed with guilt that you left them at home. This guilt surely must expand a part in the frontal lobe of your brain, where guilt is located, leaving less room for human feelings. As soon as the brain goes to sleep, it stays in a constant alarm phase by listening if the pigs are feeling fine.

As if all this change in the brain isn’t enough, then the addiction to endorphins, the so called happy hormones the brain produces, and low blood pressure kick in. All the anxiety floods away like water to the sea as soon as the close proximity status to pigs is in place. The brain finds soothing comfort in this body function change and you will get addicted to spending more and more time with the pigs, which fuels the addiction even more.

Staring into the happy eyes of a pig, all because it trained you well to become it’s devoted slave, peeks the level of endorphins and low blood pressure, so it makes you want more. That’s when you can’t pass by a rescue site without being tempted to adopt more pigs, so the levels of the brains happy drug rises even more. If you decide not to give into this compulsion, you will feel a terrible guilt and the brain gets punished once more.

But all piggie owners will declare freely that they don’t mind all of this, of course. But these are words spoken by an already altered, addicted and completely biased brain.

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Karine Jans

KJ was born in 1964, being female and Dutch. She’s a chemist, IT specialist and a teacher. She did all of those jobs, combined those interest fields as a manager, until 2006, when she became disabled due to having MS. Having that much free time, she devoted most of it to her guinea pigs, making comics about them and writing books.

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12 Responses to “A Brain Forever Changed”
  1. Sally says:

    Very funny! And far too close to the truth.

  2. Alena Loiselle says:

    Ain’t it the truth, Karne. Thanks for the great article!

  3. Isabel Maas says:

    I confess I am a devoted piggie slave and totally addicted :))
    Very nice article!

  4. Diane R says:

    That explains my morning routine! I forgot to eat the breakfast I made this morning and yet somehow it never dawned on me. The pigs are happy, I’m happy. I think we might need another pig…

  5. Milded says:

    Haha! And there I was, all worried it was just me with this problem! It is SO good to read someone has it exactly the same 🙂 Brilliant!

  6. Jennah says:

    Your article beautifully combines humor, guinea pig love and science made accessible!

    I love the possibly unintentional double meaning, that your brain is forever changed by the presence, delight and demands of guinea pigs, but also by having MS since 2006. (I was diagnosed w MS when I was 23, in 1995.) Congratulations on your joyous art of cavy celebration!

    I have no guinea pigs myself because I already have a cat, but since I was 7 years old I’ve been fond of all rodents, especially capybaras (in particular Caplin ROUS (RIP), Gari ROUS and Dobby) and mini-baras, or guinea pigs. Lisa Maddock’s Teddy and Pip trilogy is a favorite.

    • Karine Jans says:

      Thanks so much! The Neuro’s think I have MS since 1967 … it took that long to diagnose. But, I’m not letting it get to me! For having it THAT long, since I was 3, I think I still do OK accordingly. It’s hard to ask a fellow MS patient how they are doing, as we know what it’s like, despite that it’s different for everyone with MS. So, sending you many positive and healing vibes! I love capy’s too!

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