SC here, Puzzlepaws just got back from her birthday trip. While she got some awesome stuff for the blog, she brought home an unwanted bit of con swag…”con plague”. Nothing major, just a miserable cold.
With her disease, her immune system is compromised (it is too busy attacking her body to defend it.) The “good” news: while she’s sick, she’s not in pain as her Fibromyalgia goes into remission while her body attacks this cold instead of her. The “bad” news: Puzzlepaws has to take some pretty strong medicine to beat the cold down, so she’s essentially bedridden (and asleep) while she recovers. (Thus why I’m here.)
Thankfully, “pretty strong medicine” is available Over-the-Counter (OTC), with ID. Why “with ID”? Puzzlepaws (and myself) are part of the (large) subset of humanity for whom phenylephrine simply does not work. Unfortunately, NyQuil® stopped including pseudoephedrine HCL years ago (because yahoos use pseudoephdrine HCL to make methamphetamine). Walgreens® to the rescue!
Walgreens® makes a “Night Cold & Flu” that is what NyQuil® used to be. (You can’t feel a cold if you’re in a coma.) Unfortunately, it works just like NyQuil® used to: You take your dose, wait 10-30 minutes, then wake up 10-12 hours later. You feel better, but you lose the night and part of the day. Rinse, repeat as needed until you can function again. If you need this medicine, you have to ask for it at the Pharmacy (no buying it online), then you have to produce ID (Federal Law) before they will sell it to you. (And then you can only buy so much in a month…which varies by state.)
While this is only a cold, it brings up a good point. Diseases like what Puzzlepaws has are the reason for a thing called “Herd Immunity”. This is what happens when people who are otherwise well get immunized (Eek, Needles!). In a well-immunized society, a preventable disease has a hard time getting a foothold because most of the population is immune to the disease. Thus, individuals like Puzzlepaws (those with compromised immune systems) have a lower chance of getting truly nasty diseases because those around them can’t get those diseases. So we protect the most vulnerable individuals in our population by being immunized against the diseases that might kill them. (Example: The flu for me is 2-4 days of misery, then all better! As for Puzzlepaws, she is looking at 10-21 days of misery. That misery is extended if she gets complications like: bronchitis, pneumonia, or other incidental infections. Any of these complications could hospitalize or kill her.)
If you’re going to haul out the “vaccines cause autism” (or any other similar argument), don’t bother. You won’t get the argument you want, but you will get blocked. If you can’t say something nice…
NyQuil® is a Registered Trademark of The Proctor & Gamble Company.
Walgreens® is a Registered Trademark of the Walgreens Company.
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