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While I was all too aware of my father’s many weaknesses, he did have a number of physical traits I wouldn’t have minded inheriting, but which passed me completely by. Smooth, clear, dark olive skin that had no trouble tanning and thick, lustrous hair that refused to recede and which didn’t even start turning gray until he was in his ’70s; did I get any of that good stuff? Oh no. But sinuses that run year-round down the backs of our throats? That, I got. And I got it in spades.

My brother Ed and I sympathize with each other about this snot gene. I believe my grandmother had it too and dealt with it with a series of delicate lady-like coughs, ahem. This constant trickle down my throat is annoying year round, but when allergies descend, it turns maddening.

So I took my snotty self on off to an ENT doctor. He listened and looked and stuck some intrusive instruments up my nose and then declared that I have acid reflux.

What? It was like taking your broken arm in and being told you have the mumps. Maybe, but what do the two have to do with each other? He claimed he made this diagnosis pretty much every day. I don’t know if that means it’s common or if he just likes the diagnosis. Apparently, the irritation of your esophagus is what makes you cough. He swore there was nothing unusual about my nose or sinuses.

Of course this means more trips to more doctors including an endoscopy and an allergy test. It’s simply more evidence that my body parts are conspiring against me.

Men I would like to introduce to my body parts:

Guys this week are vintage meat, mostly from Colt Studios glory days of the 80s and 90s and Kristen Bjorn Studio from the same era. I’m just a sentimental fool. This is J. D. Amos

The massive Pete Kuzak.

The unnecessarily beautiful Doug Perry. Be still my heart.

Here we have Max Venziano batting for the Kristen Bjorn boys.

Lastly, one of my all time favorites, Robert Machado.

About mrpeenee

A former bon vivant and terror of a number of New Orleans bars in the mad, gay 1980s, I'm now quietly retired and widowed in San Francisco. I have a crooked nose due to an unfortunate Frisbee accident.

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  1. How very strange that hay fever symptoms could be caused by acid reflux! I know I get the latter, and take omeprazole to combat it – I probably should cut down on the amount of cider I drink, but sod that! There’s a pill for it. Jx

    PS Of all my – ahem – impressive collection of “art films”, I always thought Kristin Bjorn’s to be the dullest, tbh.

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    • I agree about Mme. Bjorn’s ouvre, but I always thought he managed to find the most stunning models. Much like Jim French, who ran Colt Studios, he was a much better still photographer than filmmaker.

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  2. I don’t eat after 5 o’clock anymore, if I have a spontaneous curry or some Pringles (they’re the worse!) after 5pm I can guarantee I will wake up in the early hours projecting yellow bile vomit like her out of The Exorcist.

    Manly Pic 1&2 for me please, they just don’t make them like that anymore, more’s the pity.

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  3. Acid reflux can seem like sinus drainage? Uh-huh, sure. Did the doctor also try to sell you a used car?

    Don’t know what your allergy testing will be like, but the endoscopy should mean you’ll get a nice nap. They might even give you pictures you could put in your photo album!

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  4. I’ve had acid reflux my entire life. Am always spitting out phlegm from my throat. The annoying cough showed up a few years ago. Wonder what it was. Thanks to you know I know. Acid reflux medications don’t work for me. The only thing that does is half a teaspoon of baking soda in a few ounces of water an hour after I eat. An hour after each dose another if the first, second or third one doesn’t work.

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    • Like you, I’ve been treating the symptoms but without knowing what the problem was. I guzzle Alka Seltzer (which is baking soda and aspirin) all day long, but it seems to be getting less effective.

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      • The aspirin is acidic. I would use, and am using, only half a teaspoon of baking soda an hour apart to control the stomach acid.

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  5. Sorry Peenee, I am dumb. I can not understand the connection between something like “acid reflux” that is stomach related, and sinus thingy that is head related.
    I sometimes have problems with my stomach and “Sodbrennen” (the translation for acid reflux), still some days without Sylvaner etc. cure this. It is not a chronical condition, but something that happens, well, after too much intake of e.g. strong red wine like “Regent” or somesuch – I nowadays avoid these fluids.
    I have problems with symptoms of a cold through the damn year, the one and only thing that helps through summer / autumn is “Lorano”, a free anti-allergic medication, and echinatcin, something plant based against inflammation. Sorry to be useless, but, still, I can not see what the connection should be.

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