Monday, October 27, 2008

Pill Poppin' Mama

Generally speaking, I don’t do drugs…

I tend to get by with out prescription (or non prescription drugs)

I was crazy, but got better (OK, better but not 100%!) with a ‘talking cure’.

I don’t have allergies (I lie—I do have some allergies—but they don’t cause serious reactions-and packages of Benadryl go bad before they get used up)

I’ve inhaled, in the past, but by and large, I am too cheap to spend money on recreational drugs… (I tend to factor in the cost of use, not just the cost of purchase—and dang—the USAGE cost can be expensive!)

But…
Lately, I have become a pill poppin’ mama.

First, the multi-vitamin…a big name brand one and big is both literal and figuratively.
That multi vitamin is so big its hard to swallow!

But it doesn’t have enough Vitamin D or calcium
(It’s not just that I live in too far north—I hate to walk or sit or be in the sun.. (it bothers my eyes!) So I get little enough sunshine, and less of it on my skin)

And if you take calcium; well it just doesn’t make your bones hard…
So I take fiber.

Then, there is the Omega3 oils—and Omega 6, and some other number.
I eat fish, but not enough—not that anyone knows what enough is!

I take extra vitamin C too. Lots of small (60 to 250 mg) doses—because it’s more effective to take small doses every few hours, than 1 mega dose a day.

Finally, there are the ‘anti Aging factor’ pill that a friend convinced me to try.
Don’t know if I’ll stick with them.. they are way to expensive. (and I haven’t noticed a difference –half way through the months supply)

I do notice a difference when I forget to take my Vitamin C or Omega3—(my hair and skin loose luster—and I don’t feel as peppy.)

Lastly there is the daily dose—or frequent daily dose of an NSAID—Arthritis has been a companion for more than 30 years—a chronic condition, with acute attacks… (and lately, it seems I am always suffering somewhere. (today, its my thumbs.)

I look at the pile of pills, and I am always slightly amazed!

Mentally I feel like a teen--No better than that, I was unhappy most of my teen years--physically, well I recognize I have less energy--but I stay up latter, and rise earlier than I did when I was younger.. There are consequences to burning the candle at both ends!

But all these pills everyday--They make me feel old! (but I feel older when I don't take them!)

2 comments:

LizzieK8 said...

I compensate for the old pill taking feeling by reminding myself that only two of mine are prescription. I take the vitamins, Omega 3s, calcium (Tums), MSM, Glucosamine, and right now Sudafed and Tylenol for a sinus infection. My scrips are for thyroid (unavoidable) and cholesterol (which I'm still not convinced I need).

Too bad we can't get what we need from the food we eat....

gayle said...

If it makes you feel any better, you could think of the vitamins/supplements as food-in-another-form... Therefore, not pills at all!
Nothing wrong with a little self-delusion...