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Swallowing is undervalued

It says something very messed up about the adversarial relationship I have with food and my own body that, as my throat started getting so sore that it literally hurt to eat, one of my first thoughts was Well, good, I guess I won't be stuffing my face so much over Christmas.

Either that, or it's a very pathetic attempt to find a silver lining on this particular shit cloud.

I've felt mostly recovered from my cold since the 23rd, really. I actually felt good enough that I exercised pretty vigorously on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The sinuses are all cleared up, my nose is no longer runny, I'm not coughing or anything. The problem is some of the throat pain I built up while I was sick - centered around my right ear - has stuck around. And gotten worse. A lot worse.

I pretty much just can't make myself eat unless I've taken painkillers. Alcohol has been completely out of the question, which means this is the first Christmas I've spent in England where I've been completely sober for the whole thing. (The verdict: I contributed a lot more toward building the Christmas jigsaw and also did not require a midday nap, so that's kind of nice.)

If it's still this bad tomorrow - and odds are good that it will be, if not worse considering the pattern of the last three days - I'm going to hit the walk-in clinic in Brighton once Mike and I get down there. Mostly I just want someone to stick a little scope in my ear and tell me if I'm going to die or not. Because there are times where that admittedly sounds kind of nice, namely when I make the mistake of doing silly things like swallowing.

I'm looking forward to trying out the hospitality of the NHS. I've been assured multiple times that, unlike in the US, this is not going to make my bank account cry out in terror. It'll be an interesting experience. I mean gosh, if some of the propaganda from during the healthcare debate is to be believed, I'm going to come out the other side with a membership to the communist party and all my good American values surgically removed. Or possibly just dead.

I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.



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Dec. 27th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
please warn us
I especially want you to give your opinion if you are dead.
Dec. 27th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
Re: please warn us
I think if I died, my opinion would end up being something like, "braaaaaains."
Dec. 27th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
Yep. They'll cut out the capitalism center of your brain and replace it with a socialism implant, which can be activated from UN headquarters at any time to turn you into an unstoppable half-human, half-machine zombie soldier with only one mission: flying out in your black helicopter to round up good God-fearing Americans for extermination in the massive disposal facility under DIA.

Feel better soon!
Dec. 27th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
I can't really see any drawbacks to this plan. :)
Dec. 27th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I had a very good experience with NHS years ago in Scotland. It was a bit hilarious too, since that doc had apparently never seen nor heard of that bladder infection drug that turns your pee bright orange. His initial horror was beautifully expressed in a charming Scots brogue :)

Hope your throat is better soon!
Dec. 27th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a through throat infection to me, might need antibiotics. As a US citizen, I'm not sure how it works for you in other countries that the US don't have an insurance agreement with, or do they have that with the UK? (They don't with Sweden, so I had to take a special extra insurance to not have to pay through my nose) NHC doesn't mean that ppl who aren't residents get cheap treatment, it basically just means that ppl who pay taxes in those countries get it, and visitors from such countries who have a special agreement with your country of residence. (Not trying to be a pain in your butt, just worried that you may end up paying more than you expected)

Get better soon!
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