Friends' daughter: I was hungry but I didn't have an appetite.
SH: That's impossible.
This photo has nothing to do with this post, but it has something to do with what my friend the Bodacious Red-headed Pediatrician is writing about on her excursion to Israel.
Me: No it's not.
SH: If you are hungry, by definition you have an appetite. They're the same thing.
FD: No, they're not. You can be hungry but not want to eat.
Me: That's right. Hunger is when your stomach is empty and your blood sugar is low. Appetite is the desire to eat. They are not necessarily connected. I have an appetite almost all the time but that doesn't mean I'm hungry.
FD: And I can be hungry but have no appetite.
Now I remember where I took these photos. SH and I went to Huntsville to the Space Museum last year right before I sold my Memphis house. One of the first things I do on any trip is look for The Facilities. Imagine my chagrin at finding the Ladies' to be in disarray. And yes, I did look for the display on How do the astronauts use the toilet in space. Doesn't everyone want to know that?
Me: That almost never happens with me, but I have heard of this phenomenon.
SH: That's just crazy. How can you be hungry but not want to eat?
Me: You're a guy. You don't get it.