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Update on a Miserable Life

October 18th, 2006

Well folks, the throat issue continues! I call it an issue because I’m not 100% certain it is a popcorn hull. Could be any number of things. Take a look for yourself. The most common alternative to my symptoms is throat cancer, so I’m still praying that it’s popcorn related.

In consultation with my mother, I attempted another bout of forced vomitting. I tell ya, there is nothing stranger than sitting down for a meal you have (a) no interest in eating and (b) no intention of keeping down. My mother recommended rice, so I made myself a giant pot of the stuff and prepared for the worse. Here, I kept a log for your review.

  • 8:30: starting making rice
  • 9:04: completed making rice, began eating rice
  • 9:21: finished eating first “bowl” of rice
  • 9:22: entered bathroom
  • 9:26: emerged from bathroom, difficult to induce vomiting, after limited success I cannot tell if the hull has dislodged
  • 9:29: starting eating second “bowl” of rice
  • 9:50: finished eating the last of the rice… still cannot tell if the hull was dislodged from the first go
  • 9:51: decide to return to the bathroom… if for no other reason that I ate all of this rice>
  • 9:56: bigger success with the vomiting… throat now very sore, no way to tell if hull is gone or not because of the soreness
  • 10:55: definitively determined hull still in place

No luck there. I then took some internet advice and did a little exploring with a directional lamp and a butter knife. Couldn’t see anything back there.

My final decision then is to just live with it, if you call this living. I’ll continue to drug myself at night so I at least get some sleep and if nothing improves after another 7 days (for a total of 14 since first signs) I will make an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat doctor (which, incidental, I will have to pay out of pocket).

Now I’m going to finish my tea.

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  1. ethan.john
    October 18th, 2006 at 14:00 | #1

    Don’t see an ENT right away. See a general practitioner. If you need it, he’ll give you a referral and the ENT will be covered under insurance.

    … or you do ::gasp:: not have health insurance?

  2. thereisnofive
    October 19th, 2006 at 13:20 | #2

    Ethan, usually the unemployed are without health insurance. Because they are bums.

    You know what probably has a much better chance of inducing vomiting and would probably be a lot more fun that eating rice?

    Unrelated surely non-rhetorical question: Don’t they sell liquor in the grocery stores in California?

  3. Brett
    October 20th, 2006 at 06:25 | #3

    Well, I, for one, welcome our new popcorn baby overlords. My condolences to their host, however. It doesn’t sound like much fun.

    Best of luck Sean.

  4. srcastic
    October 20th, 2006 at 16:44 | #4

    Sean, you need to go to a doctor. If it is something serious, you will regret not going in. Even if you are out of pocket and have to put up with a balance on a credit card, it is what you need to do.

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