I missed Sisyphus's mention of it in the comments to my brief post—and, somehow, failed to think of it myself—but the kidney stones that struck me down last weekend were also featured in one of the most remarkable moments in recent television history. In the second season of Deadwood, a similar affliction knocked Al Swearengen to the floor:
"Help me Christ!"
Your eyes do not deceive you: passing those kidney stones robbed Swearengen of something so fundamental to his being it's right there in his name: the ability to swear.
If the pain can do that to a beast like Swearengen, imagine what it did to a baby like me.