Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch

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Not for the Squeamish

I wasn't going to do this, but a comment from my commonalgebra, a new LJ friend and one of my favorite students ever, inspired me to do the disgusting. The other day, you see, I tried taking pictures of my throat. I don't know why, precisely, but it felt like the right thing to do. Unfortunately, my camera was not up to the task of getting a sharp image of the back of my throat. I did, however, manage to capture what turned out to be the problem, though the spot be distant and somewhat blurry.

If you look at the picture, you'll notice that the tonsil area on the left of my uvula is both very red and obscuring the darkness between it and the uvula. That's because it was already quite swollen. Turns out, had I not gone on my I.V. and subsequent oral course of clindamycin, that the swelling could have shut off my airway completely, necessitating intubation. Rough.

Anyway, here's the picture, hidden for the sake of those who have no desire to look into the "dirtiest place in the human body," as Our Bodies Ourselves informed me as a child, as part of an effort to make it clear how clean the vagina is by comparison.

Told you it was gross!

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