Hi All --
Thanks for your concern. Sadly, it was not misplaced. A third visit to immediate care on Sunday led to an emergency room visit, a "procedure" on my throat that I won't even describe (except to say that it was both painful and disgusting), and a two-night stay in the hospital on a constant antibiotic drip. I'm home now, and hoping to be writing soon.
Negative: I still haven't managed to get a latte.
Positive: I appear to have quit smoking.
More work-related dispatches soon. I'm going to go eat some soup now.