Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday follies. . .

I know, I'm late. 

Well, I've got a few excuses for that, really, honestly. 

OK, maybe not, but it was worth the try. 

Seriously though, I've been knee deep in creating video trailers for both my November releases and that in itself takes quite a bit of time - but it's so much fun.  The only downside - my shoulder's been acting up something fierce and after creating the videos - I had no energy to write the blog. 

And today got away from me between the doctor and the day job, I didn't have a moment until now. 

I found out what's wrong.  Tendinitis.  Painful bitch of a thing too.  And the prescription anti-inflammatory warnings were scary as hell - but laughable.  Check this out:

Stop taking this medicine and seek emergency help immediately if you experience:
Shortness of breath, fast or irregular breathing, fever, joint pain, fast pulse, light-headedness or fainting, swelling of face, hives & itching.   

OK - those seem reasonable to me.  However the next paragraph gave me pause. . .

Stop taking this medicine and notify your doctor as soon as possible if you experience:
Skin rash, swelling of feet or lower legs, visual disturbances, itching, stomach or intestinal bleeding, weight gain, headache. 

Visual disturbances - WTF is that?  Does that entail seeing ghosts?  Fashion faux pas?  What?

OK now I'm a bit nervous and I read other common side effects.  I won't give you the whole list - but here are some of the more eyebrow raising highlights:
Swelling of face or lips,  blurred vision, confusion, and hallucinations.

Whoa. Now I'm confused.  Is that a side effect of the medicine - or just the sheer bizarreness of the side effect list?  

Not only those lovely "common" side effects but more serious ones like Congestive heart failure and gastric or intestinal ulcers are also on the list.  

I was much better off thinking of this as my 'happy pill' - the one that takes the edge off the pain and allows me to function in a semi-normal capacity.   

It's supposed to help but dayem, with the list of ailments accompanying it, one has to wonder if the pain relief is really worth the risk of these things.   I've taken some heavy duty anti-inflammatory before, but I don't remember the litany of side effects attached.  

Despite the growing concern for the side effects, the pain in my shoulder dictated my choice.  I took the medicine and (knock on wood) haven't experienced any yet.  I took as directed, with food - so I'll have to remember that because getting an ulcer on top of the tendinitis would be a bitch. 

Anyhow, that's my round about excuse for not getting this post up first thing in the morning. 

Forgive me.  Or not. 

Next week, I have the pleasure of having Jonathan Maberry on my blog, so swing in and make him feel welcomed! 

That's all I got. 

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