See this thing right here?
That is a combitube. Within the two to six weeks or so, I will be licensed to stick one of those down your throat.
All the way down. The parallel black lines you might see on the neck mark the part that will be at your teeth. The balloons? They'll be deflated when I insert the tube, and then I'll blow them up. 100cc's in the upper, 15cc's in the lower.
Not to me either. I have intense claustrophobia and a strong gag reflex. I'm horrified at the thought that someone might put in combitube in me sometime.
Here's the thing, though. You know when we use a combitube? When you're not breathing and you're unconscious. As in, if we don't do it, you will die. So, not only will you be glad a combitube was inserted, but, in the heat of the moment, you don't even know it's being done. You'll have more pressing things to worry about. Like just hanging on and fighting for your life.
Why am I talking about combitubes? Besides being a fun peak for you into my EMS side, there is another point here.
Sometimes, when you're perusing the blogosphere or reading articles or going to seminars or chatting with your writer friends, you will run into some downright depressing news and some stories that seem dark and daunting. The publishing world is full of challenging, poltical, and downright brutal situations.
Reading about them can be like looking at the picture of the combitubes.
Thinking about facing them in your future as a writer can feel like thinking about having someone insert a combitube down your throat.
But here's the thing. It's not happening to you now, so save the stress for another day.
And you know what? When it happens it will hurt like mad. Knowing about it now helps, because you know that writers come out on the other side of their challenges all the time, just like patients arrive at the hospital alive and well with a combitube. So when it happens, and it hurts, you can know it's survivable.
Plus, when it happens, no matter how it hurts, and how uncomfortable is, you have more important things to think about. Fighting for your life. Or at least for your writing.
It's a big, scary world out there, but there are people who will help you, whether you're not breathing or just trying to publish your book. And hundreds and thousands of people have been through it before.