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.