I tried to take it easy yesterday so I'd have the energy to attend last night's Pink Martini with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops concert at the Kennedy Center. (More on that in a separate post.)
I did a little cleaning in the morning, but then forced myself to stop at noon so I wouldn't wear myself out. I'd also been coughing horribly, so I decided to do two things: take some of the cough syrup (prometh with codeine) the doctor prescribed the day before and take a short nap. (The aforementioned syrup looks like Jonestown Kool-aid. Still, it tastes better than a lot of that OTC stuff.)
The directions on the prescription say to only take a teaspoon and that's what I did. The stuff worked great on my cough, but the side effects? Oy, the side effects. I'm lying in bed trying to get some rest, but I can't because I'm feeling restless and out of sorts. I start paying closer attention to what parts of me feel jittery and loopy and at one point I realize, this must be what it's like to get buzzed.
Being a non-drinker, I have no point of reference for this phenomenon everyone swears by and claims is the great reason to drink. After today's experience, I am not at all convinced. On top of that, the stuff gave me a stomach ache. If this is what drinking gets you, I think I'll take a pass. I hate feeling all wack-a-doo and out of sync. (If I'm wrong, though, and this just sounds like a bad reaction to a med, say so. Otherwise, pass the ginger ale, please!)
Needless to say, I never really ended up rested and I was a wee bit of a cranky butt when I met up with my mom and sister last night. (Of course, it didn't help that Mom liked my current hairstyle, which is long, drab, limp, and in horrible need of a haircut. But then, she's always liked my hair longer and I've not liked it, mostly because I end up looking like her. Besides, at this length, it has the potential to be very bouffanty, which is never a good thing in my book!)
Screw the prescription! I'm going back to my trusty, ever-faithful Vicks Formula 44 E and I don't care if the doctor does scoff at my layperson remedy. That other stuff just isn't worth it!