Wednesday, February 22, 2006
To sleep--perchance to dream
OmegaMom has a very odd response to some drugs. Her system is highly sensitive to doses, which she discovered as a young lass, out on her own, with mononucleosis, strep throat, and tonsillitis all at once. The nice doc at the local emergency room prescribed a codeine related concoction to soothe the sore throat and allow her to at least drink things. The pills were the size of horse pills, and the prescription said to take two every four hours. OmegaMom, being a dutiful little patient, did so. By the end of 24 hours, she was hallucinating giant white rats climbing the walls of her apartment. It was very interesting. Then there was the time she took some so-called "non-drowsy" cold medicine, and was knocked out for 24 hours. So on the whole, OmegaMom is cautious with drugs, and you would think, with the previous experience with "non-drowsy" meds, she would stick with the ones she knows work properly for her. Alas, no. Today, OmegaMom was suffering from sinus stuff. This evening, OmegaMom was supposed to march into her fuddy-duddy class and be alert and chipper and explain to non-programmers just how to wangle with Active Server Pages and databases and stuff like that. OmegaMom, in a stroke of pre-emptive genius, marched over to the first-aid kit on the wall in the admin area, and grabbed a packet of so-called "non-drowsy" cold/sinus medication. Haha. This was at 10 a.m. By 11:30 a.m., OmegaMom would stare at her computer screen and the words would dance before her eyes. She'd read and re-read whatever she was trying to work on, and it simply wouldn't sink in. The eyelids kept fluttering down, down, down. She managed to put together a typo-filled email to the contacts for her class, informed her boss that she was totally non compos mentis and had to go home, got into the Little Green Car, and was a menace on the highway on her way home, barely keeping her eyes open. (N.B.: Ask boss to ask her, the next time she says "The cold medicine is knocking me out", if she needs a drive home.) The so-called "non-drowsy" medicine knocked her out for eight hours straight. So much for "non-drowsy".