The Kernel

7 years ago

Kat Spitzer The Happy Hypochondriac www.happyhypochondriac.com

How can something as seemingly benign as popcorn cause such havoc? My family has taken to eating air popped popcorn in the evening in an effort to curb our dessert problem (really, my problem as I seem to have an insatiable appetite for sweets). The problem is that I'm not particularly keen on popcorn. I mean, it's okay, but I find that I often have a wrinkled nose as my kids and husband munch on it all night like woodland animals. 

Tonight I decided to partake in the festivities and eat the popped confection along with them. But now, I have that sliver, that corn skin, stuck to the back of my throat. It's making me gag, choke, and cough. Sometimes it only makes my eyes water. But it's not budging. I keep drinking water. I attempt to dislodge it by contorting my face and tongue and trying to use my teeth. It's not working and it sure makes me look pretty. I'm also making very attractive noises. I stuck my finger down there to try to retrieve it, to ill and entirely predictable effect. Will it ever come off? Have people had to go to the doctor before for this issue?

What does my family see in this treat that makes them revisit it every night?

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