Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Too much of a good thing.

When the directions on the Tylenol PM bottle say to take 2 tablets before bedtime, don't assume that 3 will fight off your splitting headache any sooner and give you a better night's sleep.

I am an avid over-doser when it comes to Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, and the like. Don't worry. My mom's a nurse and she tells me how much I can really take without going into a self-induced coma.

I tend to be very drug-tolerant, as in, nothing takes my pain away or it takes a whole lot of something to affect me. Let's just say that that 6-hour epidural during my 22-hour labor gave me the same affect of 3 baby aspirin. Ah ... wait ... maybe those days of sneaking baby aspirin out of the medicine cabinet when I was 7-years-old really affected me. I popped those pink smartie-like tablets like candy.

But, 3 Tylenol PMs did me in ... not last night, but this morning.

Imagine my surprise when I looked in the mirror and saw this:
OK ... maybe it wasn't that bad, but pretty close.

I had to drag myself out of bed at the crack of dawn to get the girls ready for school. That part of the morning was kind of a daze for me. The medicine was in full "PM" mode, reminiscent of those before-Christ college days. I don't miss that a bit.

After Beau toted the girls to school, I headed back to bed, with the same headache I had when I went to bed over 8 hours ago. People, I slept for 2 more hours. Still groggy, I forced myself out of the bed at 10:00. Yes, 10:00. That's a record in this house.

Yet, still light-headed, with the same headache, I faced my day.

I had cereal and a few hours later headed back to bed.

I dozed for another hour or so.

Needless to say, it was an unproductive day:
The vehicle that I meant to clean out still has Cheetos and sunflower seeds in the carpet.
The laundry is still dirty.
The 3-mile run didn't happen.
I burnt my Holy Trinity for my red beans and rice, thus causing me to start all over again.
My bedroom still needs to be dusted.
Those darned rose bushes still need to be pruned or trimmed or whatever you call it. If it were up to me, I'd cut those suckers down with my hedge-trimmers. Oh, wait, I tried that. They just won't die.

Here's my word to the wise for today:
Taking 3 Tylenol PMs when the directions call for 2 = foolishness.
However, doubling the butter, sugar, and whiskey contents for Beau's bread pudding = mucho wisdom.


The Hat Chick said...

I have a friend who takes benadryl every night before she goes to bed even though she doesn't have allergies. I won't take anything to help me sleep, but I'll sure take a big ole honkin' piece of that bread pudding!

"Rachel" said...

Oh my gosh, 3??? One of those knocks me out.

I am like Hat Chick's friend. When I was getting all those mosquito bites I started taking a Zyrtec before bed to keep from staying up all night and itching. Now I do it just because it helps me sleep a little heavier.

I love your snippets of wisdom at the bottom - modern day proverbs! :)

thedomesticfringe said...

I can't even take one of those Tylenol Pm's...seriously, I'll sleep for days from one. I got a sleeping pill once in the hospital and they could not wake me the next day. I just don't do well with drugs.

Sorry about your headache. I hope you feel better soon!

Lois Lane II said...

Dang, girl! I had a rotten headache last night, but, thankfully, it was gone by this morning (though it kept me from sleeping most of the evening, grrrr...). I hope you're feeling better now!!

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

When our boys were in the NICU, I had a screaming headache for 4-5 days, and after taking my blood pressure they said I was dehydrated....
So after a trip to the chiropractor and chugging a gallon or so of water, I was good to go...

But I know what you mean....I don't think I looked as good as Amy Winehouse when I had my headache! Bad stuff!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Would it be bad to admit to liking those types of drugs??
I am more of a Benadryl girl though. I love to take them at night to give me that drowsy (MUST GO TO SLEEP NOW) feeling.

Don't tell anyone, ok?

Erica said...

That picture of Amy made me laugh so hard I snorted. I have had a Nyquil overdoes that sounds very similar. Oh it really awful. Hope you are out of your coma soon!

Autumn said...

Feel better soon, M. Belle!
I had my first experience with Nyquil this summer... I was looking like Ms. Winehouse too!
And save a piece of that bread pudding for me!

jennifer said...

When I take ONE I still feel it the next morning. I have to take them fairly often to fall asleep. I CAN NOT IMAGINE taking three.

You have got to take care of YOU even more so than roses and laundry and cars. So don't do that anymore, K? Blogland needs you!

TCKK said...

I hope you feel better soon!!!

Mama2hre said...

One Tylenol PM knocks me out! I'm such a light weight!

Amy said...

Even non-drowsy medicine makes me sleepy...I don't even want to know what 3 Tylenol Pm would do to me!