One of the things I didn’t realize I did was blame virtually every health ailment on my smoking. Snoring? It’s probably the smoking. Shortness of breath? It’s probably the smoking. Cold? Smoking, probably. Sore throat? Smoking, probably. Coughing? Puh-leeze.

Granted, if you had ever asked me I wouldn’t have said “But for smoking, I would be the picture of good health!” but for any individual problem, I’d attribute to the smoking.

Smoking was responsible for quite a bit of it. Especially, as you can imagine, the lung stuff. I learned this when I switched from smoking to vaping. It took longer than expected, but eventually a lot of the problems I’d had did start getting better. But not all of it. Which is consistent with using a product that has some of the dangers of smoking but not most of them.

Now I don’t vape anymore. And some of the remaining problems went away. I don’t know how much of it is attributable to quitting the ecigs and how much of it was attributable to other lifestyle changes that occurred at the same time. I quit vaping and started eating healthier at about the same time. This wasn’t a coincidence – I wanted to make sure I didn’t start putting on weight I couldn’t afford to put on. So I’ve lost more than 20 pounds and am rarely gorged out. The combination of the two has given me new levels of energy. I feel a lot healthier.

Right now, though, it hurts to swallow. Eating isn’t especially pleasant. My uvula is swollen something fierce. It’s the exact sort of thing that used to happen not-infrequently when I was smoking. The solution has always been “cut back on the cigarettes.” I would and it would get better.

But I can’t cut back from zero. My fallback problem and solution is gone and I don’t know what to do but… I don’t know. Wait I guess? So weird.

I am also reminded of all those times I cut back on smoking when it may have had nothing to do with smoking at all because the swollen uvula happens anyway.

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3 Responses to No More Instant Explanation

  1. Murali says:

    Sometimes you’re just dehydrated. Drink more water man

  2. Michael Cain says:

    One time my throat was so sore it hurt to swallow — I didn’t drink, just sort of poured water down slowly. The doc who looked at it said, “I’ll bet that hurts” and rated it 4+ on their 1-4 scale. Sent me down the hall for a soft-tissue x-ray to make sure things weren’t going to swell shut. Started me on a strong antibiotic even before the positive strep test came back. 24 hours on the antibiotic made a big difference.

  3. fillyjonk says:

    I once had a sinus infection that affected my throat to the point where the doctor looked at it, and said, “I can’t believe you’re still talking with that” and I was like “I kind of don’t have a choice” (college professor).

    Also, that picture reminds me of another issue I have – tonsilloliths. If you don’t know what it is, don’t google unless you have a high tolerance for gross mouth things. They gross me out and I’ve had them off and on since I was a teen.

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