Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My throat is seized up after I ate steak ...

Since I couldn't find everything in one place (or at all) I have decided to share information and potential treatments for my condition. I cannot consume anti-caking agents such as Tri-Calcium Phosphate (synthetic MSG/anti caking) or Angus Beef MSG (a naturally occurring MSG / food protectant)


First, I want to make sure you understand that I am not a doctor. However, my experience is that most doctors do NOT take this seriously or have never experienced it so they may misdiagnose or mistreat the occurrence of DISPHAGIA (also spelled DYSPHAGIA) or difficulty swallowing due to swelling/inflammation of the esophagus.

I have been thoroughly tested for this phenomenon as it relates to Tri Calcium Phosphate as it pertains to MY issue.

To describe it as an allergic reaction maybe inaccurate. It may actually be termed as a non-immunological food reaction. It could also be termed as Phlarangial Edema - although typically I can breath after I have a flare up.

In 2009, I was tested with drops of the following Monosodium Glutamate samples:

Red Fish (2 types)
White Fish (2 types)
Shell Fish
Vegetable (8 types)
Pork (2 types)
Beef (2 types)
Chicken / Bird (4 types)

For me, 1 type of the naturally occurring substance found in Angus beef triggered my issue violently. My throat did not act favorably to Venison.

Some ways to treat the issues of nausea, vomiting, hiccupping, dehydration, inability to swallow (even your own saliva/ spit) ....

• Place a wet in your mouth and gently "suck" the water from the napkin

• Use Phenergan suppositories (maximum dosage is 25mg every 7-8 hours) Do not use on children under 5 (notes say 2 but this would be too serious of a condition for someone under 18 I believe) 

• place Vicks / Menttholatum under nose and on throat

• try to eat ice chips.

• try to sip gently on a non dyed energy drink.

• sip gently on Claussen brand pickle juice

• sip gently on pickled beer juice

• sip gently on benedryl or it's generic equivalent (I like to use kids strength)

•I have a spit cup beside me to spit in

• I have found Pepcid to the most affective antacid.

Second Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I do not even to pretend to be giving sound advice here. This is what I've done and works for me. 

I hate that I've had this more than once in my life. As of (while I type) this is my 6th time having this throat issue. 3 times required ER trips.


Thursday, July 07, 2016

Who's on soup?

Here's a funny story from my journal on this day July 7, 2006 ...

So I go with [a friend] to Four Chefs restaurant tonight ...

I love all of the food there; particularly their soups. I have to order a cup, no matter what kind they're serving. The menu says 

"Soup Du Jour $1.99 cup / $3.49 bowl"

A new, first hour on the job waitress comes up to our table and I order a French Dip sandwich and ask ... 

"What is your soup for today?"

Waitress: "Soup Du Jour"

Me: "I know, but what is it?"

Waitress: "Soup Du Jour, it's really good."

Me: "I LOVE your soups but what kind of soup is served today?"

Waitress: "It's called soup du jour it's like a creamy corn chowder"

Me: "Ah, ok, it's corn chowder."

Waitress: "Well, they call it soup du jour here. I always called it corn chowder. My grandma used to make the best."

(I gave up at this point trying to argue or understand)

We laughed at the table for a bit.

One of the chefs came out with our soup ... 

Chef: "Here's your soup of the day, it's chicken corn chowder. I'm sorry, but you were our new waitress's first customer and I guess I just assumed she knew that we changed our soup of the day."

Me: "We were like who's on first there for a while - I felt like Costello saying, "I know it's soup du jour Abbott, but what kind is it?"

I left her a cash tip of 25% 

In the field on the credit card receipt I put 

"     See your cash 
___du jour on table___"

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

"You can't say that you don't either."

This is the side of Jim Henson that few knew ...

Love these Wilkins Coffee commercials: