Sunday, March 07, 2010

throat ache

medusa's throat aches. it ached last night and it is aching tonight. atleast it s better than a heartache. and waaaay better than a tooth ache.
when medusa was doing her MA, one prof told the class how once when he was travelling in Italy (yeah, medusa knows, show off!) , he was suddenly doubled up with acute pain. but he dint know what the pain was, or what the cause of the pain was . that's something about pains, the pain in itself is never considered to be the problem. the problem is always something more deep-rooted, something else. the pain is merely the symptom, as a friend put it today, the real reason lies elsewhere, and eradicating it, will help eradicate the pain.
anyway, as usual medusa digresses. anyway, so this prof did not know what the pain he was experiencing was. and he had to visit a doctor proceeded to tell him that he was suffering from a toothache. the prof was using the example to explain to us how all knowledge, including knowledge that is experiential, is built on knowledge that is pre-existent.
obviously medusa disagreed with him. medusa thought, "what kind of a dumbass doesn't know his tooth is aching when his tooth aches?"
but, medusa had spoken too soon. four years later when she had an ache, she thought she had caught a cold and so something in the thorat/ ear region was aching. so she proceeded to drink a lot of warm water over the next week, but then the ache did not go down. so she covered her ear and lay on her right side to keep it warm. even then the ache did not go. then she went to an ENT, by the end of the third week, who rushed her to a dentist and she had to get a root canal done. she had to bow to the superior intelligence of her prof then.
now that there is yet another throat ache, medusa is kinda concerned.


  1. same here honey, throat aches, it ached yesterday and graduated to a cough today. dont be concerned, it's just the summer mode creeping in....get well and hugs

  2. It may be an ingrowing toenail.

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  4. Anonymous4:27 PM

    Good to see you update your blog again, Medusa :) The prof story, as I remember it, is slightly different. The prof didn't double up in pain in the first instance. In fact, he practically ignored the tooth throughout his journey in Italy. He just had an irksome "weird sensation" which lasted until it was diagnosed in Cambridge - at which point it became a VERY PAINFUL TOOTHACHE. The point the prof was driving at was how mediated even pain is, by the names we give it.