The heavy ammo

I pulled into the parking lot of the Rite-Aid, where I spotted one of my neighbors. “Sinuses are killing me,” I said.

She nodded emphatically, and pointed to her face. “I feel awful,” she said. It turns out we’d both been taking generic Claritin after we ran out of the generic Zyrtec, which was probably a mistake. Zyrtec seems to work much better on the summer weeds and mold.

Of course, I had to show ID to buy Sudafed (and then it was registered in a database. But we can’t track guns, of course!) I added to this a Pepsi and a chocolate bar, because the massive infusion of caffeine kicks the drugs into gear more quickly.

So now I’m sitting here, sucking on a soda and eating chocolate, and it’s not even lunchtime yet. Oy.

8 thoughts on “The heavy ammo

  1. Speaking of germ warfare (what’s in the air), Fort Riley, Kansas, the 1918 Spanish flu, and infected Indian blankets. WWI was at a stalemate and then the Spanish flu (H1N1) showed up. It killed between 50 and 100 million mostly healthy young adults before it ended in 1920. The first known case came out of the Fort Riley Kansas Army Base. Fort Riley had been involved in biological research since the 1850’s. Those soldiers trained at Fort Riley (and there were tens of thousands) went to Boston (which was hit hard by the flu) and then onto Europe. On the war front in Europe the motality rate among German soldiers was much, much higher than it was among American, British, and French soldiers. By November of 1918 the Germans had given up because their army had been decimated by the Spanish flu. Guess where those infected blankets given to the Indians came from?

  2. I find that during the warm months, when i work outside, I need Claritin (generic). But I have to take Zyrtec year round at night to get through the night without my sinuses clogging up.

    So, back to the bedroom to take a Claritin before I go outside (I often forget and then begin having a runny nose…and finally remember).

    Chocolate and caffeine really help kickstart these meds? Hhhhmmm….must try.

  3. Thanks so much for the clarification! I use Sudafed only when I have a really bad sinus headache, which nothing else works for. Then I’m willing to put up with getting speedy and being unable to sleep because, well, I can’t sleep due to the pain anyway.

    Knowing there’s some way to rev up the effect of the Sudafed is a great thing to know. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate anything which might shorten the sinus headache pain — it gets so bad I feel nauseous from it.

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