When I was a senior in high school, I ate at Rocky Rocco's for the first and last time. I ate a salad, and made the near fatal mistake of topping with an all time favorite, hard boiled egg. I ate there with a friend for lunch on the night of my Gram's birthday dinner.
I woke around 3 AM to promptly evacuate my body of everything it held for the next two days without rest. It was my old friend, food poisoning. It was without doubt the worst I've ever suffered. (I get food poisoning about twice a year.)
After that I lost my voice and my throat was swollen to where I could not eat solids. I went to the doctor who said I had a "viral throat infection."
For the first time in my life I had to call in to work sick. The acting manager that day responded by telling me I was the only "party bear" on staff and asked if I could at least come in to work for the two parties. I just repeated "viral throat infection" and told her that if it wasn't for company policy against it... my mother would be making the call, my throat was in such disrepair.
Once I was over the viral throat infection, I then was given great news... nodules on my vocal chords.
Why am I posting this? Two reasons, to give the backstory of how I lost a thrilling forty or so pounds in under two months and to explain why I can go from shopping with a sore throat (no big deal) to holy crap I might have a viral throat infection so quickly.
I have a doctors appointment tomorrow morning to find out if my three day long smoker's rasp is just from throwing out my voice over my neato billiards filled long weekend... or if I have something contagious making my nodules freak out.
Heads or tails, viral throat infection? Your call.