Monday, September 16, 2013

Post 2448 - Help! I Can't Breathe!

I could have choked to death this afternoon.

A bit of background.  I have tennis elbow by times, which means that I am getting a bit older and the joints are not what they used to be.  My doc suggested I take Ibuprofen for those times to lubricate things up again.  I bought a bottle of the stuff.  They're gel caps, and 400mg each.

People swear by gel caps.  I swear at them.  They are just sticky enough to get stuck in my throat on a semi regular basis, even with copious amounts of water to wash them down.  This afternoon at work, I took today's gel cap with water, and it didn't go down my throat.  It just kinda lodged at the back of my mouth and stayed there, like a relative who doesn't leave when he's supposed to.

Instinctively, I coughed.  It was all I could do, as my breathing was partially obstructed.  I took more water.  After 20 seconds or so, it went down, but not before a couple of people asked me how I was doing.   Sorry for the disruption, folks. I didn't do it on purpose.  I found it hard to talk for a few minutes as my throat had been irritated by the mishap.

This has happened one time too many with these gel caps.  I will either cut them in half and take them separately or buy  traditional pills and throw the gel caps in the garbage.  A pox on the people who invented gel caps.  I will get you some day.

Unless you get me first.


(It feels good to be able to gulp again!)

See you tomorrow.


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