So, last month I had an endoscopy to try a figure out why I was coughing, or rather, why I felt the need to cough. They did find some damage to my esophagus. The doctor said he stretched it, and, it felt better for about a day. However, I was back to feeling like I needed to cough very quickly.

So, this week, I decided to try to figure out if there was something in particular that I was eating or drinking which irritated my need to cough. The first thing I investigated was the culprit. Coffee!

At some of the gas stations here in South Caroline, they have put in new coffee machines which give you fresh ground coffee in each cup. Well, that’s some good stuff. It turns out, however, that I was drinking enough of it that it was irritating my throat. My favorite hot drink is working against me!

Any who, I have to give it up for a while. I am hoping that after a sufficient amount of time, my condition will get better. It already feels slightly better after just one day.

It had gotten so bad that I was sucking on cough drops most of the day. Guess what happened. I gained weight. The sweetener in the cough drop was enough to cause an insulin release in my body. I gained like five pounds. Last week I forced my self not to use them. I’m already down 3 pounds. Amazing!