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April 02, 2007


Timothy Burke

I hear you. I'm supposed to be on long-term asthma control meds, but I can't seem to focus on the need to do so with enough intensity to make it a habitual part of my day. I'm supposed to take folic acid and one children's aspirin a day for cardiac health, same thing.


What utter whatnottery!
I'm also very bad at taking medicine, largely because I think my body ought to be able to deal with stuff by itself.
So if I ever get an actual serious illness, I'm toast.


"...because talking medicine isn't fun."

Sounds more creepy than fun.


Sorry, I don't mean to be a rude lurker, that was just an amusing image. It is good to hear you are feeling better.

belle waring

"because talking medicine isn't fun"
that only happens after I've been palming the pills for a few days. ;)


I take my blood pressure meds Every Day with the reminder of a friend who was disabled in her early 50s by being in denial of having high blood pressure. She stood by the myth that her "Scandinavin genes" would make her more tolerant of high fat/high meat diets, which she did often to fight overweight. She lost. She's in a very nice residential home, and happy here, but her husband suffers guilt that he can't keep her at home. But home is a ginormous Victorian house which just did not work. And he's as old as she is and a thin man, and caring for her was going to break him too.

I take my meds. They keep my bp in the 120/80 range. I like that.

Adam Roberts

I've been asthmatic all my life, really quite seriously as a child; now I take a single inhaler every morning and every evening ('Seretide' is the proprietary name) and it absolutely controls the asthma. It is the difference between having a perfectly normal life and me lying on my bed in a cork-lined room wheezing. I really don't exaggerate when I say that.

When I play that mental game, 'which historical period would I have most enjoyed being born into?' I'm always brought up sharp by the knowledge that had I been born into any century before the C20th my asthma would have killed me as a child. Modern life has its flaws, but the advance in medication for chronic asthma is not one of them.

Which is a roundabout way of saying: asthma medication are the sine qua non of me living my ordinary life. I guess I've been on them so long that I don't feel like my butt is being kicked; I feel a sense of near-miraculous enablement.

Matt Weiner

I would say Wow! I did not know that, but actually I did not know anything about Highlander II. I'm not even positive that that's what you're alluding to.

Anyway, yay breathing.


Just pretend the meds are birth control pills. That'll improve your compliance right quick.


My predictive text thinks I am more likely to talk about a nun than my mum. This annoys me greatly.


My T9 won't let me swear. The number of text messages I've sent that say "What the duck?" Not small.

belle waring

I think you mean "why the dual", cala.


T9 also confuses anal with cock, just so you know.

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