I should have known better.
I mean, I prattle on about healthy foods and such and then I found myself staring face-to-face with the devil incarnate…
And not some cauliflower crust pretend pie. A hot, ooey-gooey cheesy temptation that my buddy brought over as we prepared to watch the game last weekend.
It took me only a few seconds to decide to dive in… and even less for regret to grab hold of me.
No, not because I fell off the food wagon. We’re all entitled to a treat now and then.
But because that piping hot cheese stuck right to the roof of my mouth. And I felt like I had a mouthful of molten lava.
I mean… it really hurt. I didn’t look in there, but mostly because I was too scared at what I’d find.
It sure felt like I’d peeled back the insides of my mouth with a blowtorch.
Luckily for me, this isn’t the first time I’ve done this. (Don’t judge me.)
So I knew what to do.
First, I got a glass of cold water and took a gulp. Held it in there until it got warm, spit it out and did it again. This started to take the edge off.
All told, I probably sat by the sink with my cheeks puckered out like a guppy for a good 10 minutes. I knew enough to avoid ice, because that could stick and make matters worse.
One I put the fire out, I gently took some natural honey and… easy now… dabbed a little up in there.
It not only tasted good, but I know it has antimicrobial properties. Which could speed the healing.
Plus, it made me feel a little better about the pizza I now wasn’t going to eat.
Once the game was over, I mixed up a little salt water – about a quarter teaspoon in a glass of slightly warm water. I swished it around a couple times, and did it again.
And again the next morning.
By today my mouth feels about back to normal. Karen has been nice enough not to relish in the fact that my burning maw has kept me quieter than usual.
So I’m on the road to recovery. If this happens to you and you’re not better in a week or two, see a doctor.
And if you decide to go for that pizza… I’d count to 100 first before you dive in.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance