Me: My throat really really hurts.
Me: But not like I have a cold. It hurts when I swallow. It feels like I have something stuck there even though I know there isn’t. Well, I didn’t look, but I know there isn’t.
Mom: Maybe you have a swollen gland.
Me: Maybe, but I just felt like telling somebody cause it hurts so much.
Mom: Yeah, I understand. Go take some tylenol.
And then we didn’t go to the doctor because we’re poor white people and our mentality is, “If it still hurts in a week THEN I’ll go to the doctor.”
Or if you’re me, “My tooth has a fucking cave system in it and is killing me, but if it still hurts in 6 MONTHS, I’ll go to the dentist.”