Tuesday, June 29, 2010

apart from explaining the above photo,
i will just begin this neat little story.
i got sick a few days ago.
not sick-sick,
just sick.

my throat hurt so bad that i couldn't sleep. i would wake up in the middle of the night unable to breathe because i couldn't breathe through my nose and it hurt my throat to breath through my mouth. (and i am the world's heaviest sleeper. i mean, borderline narcoleptic. flashback: julie and sally complaining about not having slept at all thanks to the 5 hour lightning/thunder/hailstorm and me saying, "it rained last night?")

apart from not sleeping/not breathing, i've been sneezing non-stop. i think it's because i'm dog-sitting as well as house-sitting (all in one house) and i might be allergic to the dog. as i am most dogs....

anyway, i went to lunch with robee and hannes the other day and i asked if we could stop at the apotheke on the way back to work. getting a prescription works a little bit different here -- sort of like the minute clinic at CVS, i suppose.  robee explained my symptons to the pharmacist, who then gave me the appropriate medicine and told me what dosage to take 3 times a day.

so i took it yesterday afternoon and it helped a lot. my throat felt a lot better, instantly. then i took it at night and i fell asleep approximately 30 seconds after swallowing. it helped so much. i slept a full 8 hours, but when i woke up i was more tired than i have been in a long, long time.

i didn't have time to take it before work, because i had slept through both alarms (i was so tired). i made it to work on time and then proceeded to take my morning's dosage. this means that i've taken 3 dosages. shortly after taking the morning dosage, i looked at hannes and said, "i am so tired. i mean, really, really tired". i was having trouble concentrating and i just wanted to go to sleep. i asked him, "do you think this isn't non-drowsy?" (the pharmacist said it was non-drowsy).

i handed hannes the bottle and he said, "well i don't think it should be half empty in less than 24 hours..." and i said, "oh my gosh, have i been taking too much?"

come to find out, i had been taking twice as much. which, in my defense, is easy to do when you're reading the instructions in a language that is not your own.

it wasn't enough to really harm me, and for that reason, hannes thought it was hysterical and proceeded to publicize the incident to manfred and robee, who kept walking by my office and asking, "are you still drunk?". i ended up drinking a lot of water and eating a rather large lunch and then all was right with the world and i had a very productive and successful work day.

Needless to say, I am taking the correct dosage now.
And I am a repsondible individual.
I promise.
Jan said...

Loved the Lucy picture!! You be careful with those directions!!

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