I don’t know if any of you have ever gone through this, but I went through a nasty health scare the past week or so. I had had a sore throat for about the past two -three weeks, and it would go away, come back, go away, etc., so finally last week I went to the doctor to get it checked out. I had no fever, just flu symptoms and a recurring sore throat.
At any rate, while there, my doctor mumbled something about leukoplakia over a molar, and as a former smoker, that sent me into near panic (for obvious reasons), and then after a battery of tests confirmed I did not have strep or mono or anything else, it was off to the CT scan. I’m not exaggerating when I state that the past week, until I got the results, has been one of near constant cancer panic. Maybe it was silly and I shouldn’t have been concerned, but I think all former smokers know what I am saying in that we all are waiting for the axe to fall at any given moment.
At any rate, I got the call a little bit ago, and I am clean. Today is a good day.
BTW, this is sort of related, but have any of you been reading the weekly Dana Jennings pieces at the NY Times? When people talk about the arrogance of newspapers and almost sneeringly want the papers to fail, I think of stuff like this and the NY Times magazine and all the good work they do and wonder if maybe people just don’t appreciate how good some of our newspapers really are.