Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Paranoid...a bit?

My husband has had flu like symptoms for the past couple of days. He's very cautious when it comes to taking medicine (ms. jae, barefoot, justme, DAD--back me up here). I have to literally FORCE Tylenol down his throat only AFTER being interrogated as to how many mg in each caplet? how many does it say to take? how many are you giving me?

Yes, dear, I'm trying to a) kill you with acetaminophen, b) get you addicted to aspirin, or c) just trying to get you to quit your bitching and take some medicine already!!

So Monday afternoon he went out of town for a conference. He took a bottle of Excedrin with him. When he asked how many he could take at one time, I told him not to exceed 8 tablets within a 24 hour period. He said the Excedrin helped A TON, but was afraid of taking too many. I told him to grab some Ibuprofen in between doses, but he declined with an "I don't want any more medicine" excuse. Ok.

Tonight he gets home from his trip, and he says he feels "weird". The fever and chills are coming back and he cannot sleep; his heart is racing. Through an internet search on caffeine, it was discovered that he has consumed the equivalnet of 17 cans of Coke Zero (or 22 cans of Diet Coke) worth of Excedrin over the past 36 hours.

Yes, honey, I would feel a bit "weird" too!


  1. a while later...

    "do we have anything different to take? my throat really hurts"

    ok, take Ibuprofen-I grab the bottle and he freaks out!!

    "What? I don't need prescription strength Ibuprofen! That's 800-mg! No need to break out the big guns!"

    are you shitting me? One Motrin is considered a big gun?! wow. I'd hate to be at the other end when that thing goes off...

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  3. I couldn't help but laugh just a TEENY bit here.

    I also realized that my Diet Coke consumption is just about that amount and that I need help. ERP.

  4. Anonymous8:03 AM

    In my experience (which, this winter, has been considerable), if pain killer alone is not taking care of it, AND there's a sore throat, then sinus medication works best. I'm sure he'd never take that, so you'll have to slip it in.

    And YES, it's OK to take Tylenol and Ibuprophen at the same time if one alone isn't working.

  5. Oh my! If he doesn't stop acting like a girl soon, he is gonna have to sign over his penis!

  6. I cant stand Excedrin just for that reason. I'm a downer kind of gal.

  7. OMGosh, lol! Now THAT is a lot of caffeine. I felt weird just READING it, lol!

    Hope the Hubbs is feeling better!


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