Watch what you drink in Hoboken!
Be really careful the next time you chug a drink in the Mile Square City of Hoboken!
Hoboken411 reader Tom details an uncomfortable situation he was in at a local bar this past weekend…
“Gag me with a cap…”
“While drinking at one of my favorite downtown bars, I ordered SIX cherry bombs and unfortunately the one I took had a Miller Lite bottle cap in the bottom. (reminder: cherry bombs come in rocks glasses not shot glasses) so we raise our shot glasses and slug them down in one gulp…
Immediately after I started to gag feeling something in my throat, I went outside and “pulled the trigger” and the feeling wouldn’t go away. A few minutes pass by and the ambulance comes and take me to the HUMC.
I get there around 1:30am and within half an hour I’m getting X-rays. All the while I’ve got this extreme pain in my throat and can’t swallow. I look at the film with the xray tech and its clear to me that an entire beer bottle cap is stuck in my throat. I go back to my bed to try and relax as they tell me that they need to assemble a team together for endoscopy in the morning. I tell them that waiting 6 more hours is going to be hell, so I try pulling the trigger again and I can’t dislodge it.
I can’t lay back because it feels like the cap is going to rip through my throat, and I refuse the narcotic pain medicine, opting for Tramadol. Made me feel a little better but as soon as I would relax I would start to choke and gag. 7am comes around and I get wheeled up to the endoscopy room. They set me up and tell me the details as we wait for the doctors to come in. Another half hour goes by and the doctor comes in and within a few minutes I’m given the anesthesia and wake up feeling slightly better and the bottle cap is no longer in my throat.
It’ll be a few days until i can eat solid food again since my throat is all cut up there’s some pain swallowing but at least I didn’t swallow it and have it do damage to my stomach / intestines. Now I’m a bit more careful when i order my drinks… and no, I wasn’t drunk either believe it or not!”
411 Followup – Tom added later: “HUMC treatment was good, the nurses were real nice, I wasn’t too thrilled about waiting all those hours but i wasn’t bleeding or choking so no immediate danger – (There were surgeons on hand if something terrible were to happen) Also I had to wait until the endoscopy team got together, two nurses, the doctor commuting from Brooklyn, and the anesthesiologist.”
He also added that the things were worked out with the bar that provided him with the “Emergency Room Shot…” – However, if I were the bar owner – I’d fire that bartender pretty much on the spot.
HAS THIS EVER HAPPENED TO YOU???