Stud Earrings in 18K Gold
Yes, Sheldon, that "Oh, joy!" is sarcasm.
For the past 20 years (give or take), I've known that I am subject to Essential Tremors (ET):
Essential tremor is a nervous system (neurological) disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking. It can affect almost any part of your body, but the trembling occurs most often in your hands — especially when you do simple tasks, such as drinking from a glass or tying shoelaces.
It's usually not a dangerous condition, but essential tremor typically worsens over time and can be severe in some people. Other conditions don't cause essential tremor, although it's sometimes confused with Parkinson's disease.
My physician told me that the cause of ET was unknown as was effective treatment. She did advise me, quite rightly, that by cutting caffeine intake I could minimize severity and occurrence. Of course, at the time of diagnosis, even one of her students failed to recognize that I even had tremors. By watching a video of myself a couple of years ago I could see that I had more tremors (at least on that day) than I, myself, am aware of.
Well...tremors are an annoyance, but minor in the huge scheme of things. Yesterday evening, however, I noted that my tremors were much worse than usual. I wasn't sure whether I was suffering from low blood sugar, from too much caffeine (I had consumed a Diet Dr Pepper with a lunch that included white bread.), or both.
At bedtime, I removed my earrings and, in putting the back onto the stud after removal, I fumbled one. Yeah. Before I could stop it, it had tumbled its merry way down into the sink drain. Oh, joy! I got to remove the trap to retrieve the earring*. Not an exercise that I recommend; but, hey, if Bogie hasn't already had the plumber out, I can go help her plumb in her bathroom sink!
* It wasn't my most expensive earring, but it is a 7mm, 18-karat gold ball. I was surprised that the price in the offering (inserted at the beginning of the post) was not higher. As I recall, that is precisely the price I paid for my pair of earrings in about 1990; but then, the internet offering does not include backings. Backings ran about $30/pair for 14k gold about 5 years ago. At any rate, I believe the gold ball studs were the 1st or 2nd pair of earrings purchased after having my ears pierced - that I could wear, at least. (The first pair I bought turned out to irritate my ears within a couple of hours. With time and experience, my jeweler concluded that I was allergic to the nickel that is in most silver earrings.) So...it was worth it.