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15 February 2012 @ 11:13 am

Two nights ago, in an attempt to thwart my burgeoning cold, I took some vitamin C. One of the pills went down sideways and stuck at the top of my esophagus, where it would not be dislodged by water. Over the course of the next several hours, it worked its way down to about mid-breastbone, where, when, at 2:30am, the combination of esophagal discomfort and having to pee drove me to the bathroom. Water and gravity then persuaded it to the bottom of my esophagus, where it then remained until it had dissolved enough to be knocked loose by breakfast several hours later. I spent all of yesterday burping unproductively but uncomfortably, and in pain every time I ate something, because my esophagus was clearly bruised from this maltreatment. Today it is less painful but still not right.

File under: Do Not Try This At Home. Or At All.

(x-posted from the essential kit)

irishkate: bouncyirishkate on February 15th, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)

No, very much a case of do not try this at home or ever.
mikaela_lmikaela_l on February 15th, 2012 11:02 am (UTC)
Ow. I hope you feel better soon. I must say, it wouldn't happen in Sweden, since most of the C-vitamins sold here are supposed to be dissolved in water first :).
Laura Anne Gilman: MEDICsuricattus on February 15th, 2012 11:21 am (UTC)
1. you are rather remarkably talented.

2. as someone who had to have the Heimlich maneuver done to her, and vividly remembers the pain in her throat and chest the rest of that week, you have my utmost sympathies. Applesauce and yogurt. *nods*
Mindy Klaskymindyklasky on February 15th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Ow, ow, ow. Maybe some milk to counteract the acid of the Vitamin C? Feel better!
Mary Annepers1stence on February 15th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
i hate it when that happens!! every once in a while something similar occurs to me....that's why i switched to gummy multivites and C vitamins where possible....
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on February 15th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
...that is kind of an amazing event!

(Also, I am reading Wayfinder and my vow of 'two chapters' was blown out of the water last night. I think I read 10 before I forced myself to go to bed at midnight.)
kit: worldwalkermizkit on February 16th, 2012 10:36 am (UTC)
I think I read 10 before I forced myself to go to bed at midnight.

I win!
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on February 16th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, you do.

Then I finished it last night. :) I was not quite expecting the ending it had, so good job, yo.

Edited at 2012-02-16 04:43 pm (UTC)
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on February 15th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Ow indeed: sorry to hear this. I'm glad it's finally unstuck itself.
T. Revst_rev on February 15th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
I once had a gelatin capsule of some antibiotic do that. After a few minutes of trying to get it to go down, I burped--and a cloud of powder flew out of my mouth, to the general merriment of the witnesses.
kitmizkit on February 16th, 2012 10:36 am (UTC)
*laughs* That's a special kind of spectacular.