No one could figure out what was ailing Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Carson Meyer for months, something that led to the Miami (OH) forward to struggle mightily in his sophomore campaign after putting up good numbers in his freshman year.
Doctors tested for mononucleosis and other diseases. Other specialists were employed who attempted to seek out the root of Meyer’s protracted and troubling illness, which included fatigue and weight loss. And then Meyer disgustingly leaned the source of his ailment during a visit to the bathroom:
A more-than-two-foot-long tapeworm.
“I was going to the bathroom, just like normal,” Meyer said, via The Athletic. “And it came out.”
It was a 25-inch tapeworm — the head, the neck and all of the segments, about 50 of them. It was orange. Meyer almost fainted.
“I FaceTimed my mom and was like, ‘What the hell is this thing?’ ” Meyer said. “I was freaking out. Absolutely freaking out.”
To say it is perfectly understandable that Meyer was freaking out following such a gruesome discovery does not do what he experienced justice. The tapeworm was identified as diphyllobothrium latum, per Puck Daddy, which can come from eating under-cooked fish.