I've got a bifid epiglottis. It's like an upside down heart that lives at the back of my mouth, doing the clever job of stopping food going into my lungs. A bifid epiglottis is very similar to a normal epiglottis, except that it's got a split in it, hence the upside down heart shape. But I can live with it. Like Freddy Nietzsche said, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."*
However, there are rare occasions when the bifid chap is a pain. Usually happens when I get a throat infection. One half of the epiglottis swells up so much that it just sits on the back of your tongue, constantly making you gag, and making it really difficult to eat or drink.
Annoyingly, it is happening again right now. The epiglottis is engorged and I haven't eaten properly for three days. And I've got a fever to go with it, so I can't concentrate on anything - reading is tricky, telly has to be in bite-sized chunks, and I can't play with Ruby because I don't want her to catch the lurgy.
I went to see the doctor, who gave me some pills and told me to lie down for a bit, and it was he who revealed the proper name for my epiglottal condition.
Does anyone else have a hereditary condition that they'd like to share with the group?
* I had to look that up. I don't know Nietzsche quotes off by heart.