Side Effects

If you’re anything like me then you hate taking medication.

Our bodies are amazing machines. It was designed to heal itself in almost any situation.  However, I believe the body wasn’t created to endure what we put it through on a regular basis.  Most diseases are preventable. From diabetes to some cancers, they can be prevented. Our environment plays a part in our overall health but it’s also what we consume that is a contributing factor to illnesses.

I stopped drinking sodas and carbonated drinks a few years ago. In the first month alone, I lost 15lbs without changing anything else. I’ve since attempted to drink coke and unless there is rum in it, I can’t do it. One time, after consuming half a glass of Coca-Cola, I experienced intense stomach pains for three days. I’ve recently cut out juices, with the exception of a glass of something now and again.

The real reason I’m here is to talk about the side effects of today’s medication. Medication that is supposed to heal you or help you.  I know it’s not funny, but some of these commercials really make me laugh.

I’m not naming names but there’s a medication that is supposed to relieve people of an ailment (I’ve yet to pronounce). Some of the side effects include, rash, headaches and possible thoughts of suicide…what? And the commercial states, if any of these symptoms occur, seek medical attention. When, after you’ve gobbled down the pills to do away with yourself? Only to realize, ‘I think it was my medication that put thoughts of suicide in my mind’.

A few years ago I was prescribed pain killers for a serious back issue and I really wish I kept the entire list of possible side effects.  What it did included was; 

  • Increased Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Insomnia
  • Weight Loss
Or possible, more severe sides effects include;
  • Black tarry stools; or loose stool resembling coffee grounds
  • Fainting
  • Fast or Irregular Heartbeat
  • Unusual Bleeding or Bruising
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory Loss
  • Exaggerated Reflexes
  • Extreme Aggression
  • Decreased Bladder Control
  • Numbness in the lips, cheeks or face; legs, arms, or other limbs (what other limbs people!) 

This was all to help my back feel better?  Needless to say, I took it once and after feeling like an addict, I opted to deal with the pain.

The pain had to be better than thinking I was being chased by the Elmo through the forest of feelings and jumping on a unicorn to make my get away from the fury bastard and his army of muppets all waving sabre swords made of cotton candy.  Not cool!

Say no to drugs kids!

There’s a new movie to be released on February 8th entitled “Side Effects”. It’s about a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects.  Ladies, Channing Tatum is in it – whose with me? 

WordPress Challenge – in a 1000 words!

Couple Embracing
A moment in time

Tommy and Kelly were visiting Italy for the first time.  They had just been married the day before and decided to go on a cruise for their honeymoon. Italy was one of the many stops.  The love birds were thrilled to be there with each other.  Tommy’s family emigrated from Italy so in a way he felt like he was going home.  They were enjoying every minute together however, unbeknownst to either of them, they were being watched.  Every step they made was being closely monitored by an old cherub looking man. 

The man blended with the throng of people so they never once noticed that they had been followed every step from when they boarded the plane in Toronto.  The man appeared to be traveling solo just taking in the sites as with everyone else.  Tommy had no clue what was ahead of him.

Tommy wasn’t one for site seeing and would have gladly stayed on the cruise ship at every port but Kelly was the total opposite. She wanted to experience every moment in each city they visited.  Though Tommy tried to convince his wife they should just relax on the ship, he couldn’t resist Kelly when she pleaded with a look of desire in her eyes.  He would do anything to make his new wife happy.  The other ports they stopped at were short visits but the stopover in Italy would be for the entire day.  Tommy had to admit, he was excited to see the sights that his grandfather spoke of with such passion.

When the ship docked, Kelly was one of the first in line getting ready to depart.  She held Tommy’s hand tight and tugged him.  Though Tommy was physically stronger than her, her adrenaline was pumping and he actually tipped forward from her pull.  She was thrilled to be there with him.  Her family was from Switzerland, but she was elated to know her husband would be visiting the homeland of his family, now her family too.

As the two of them walked down the platform, the suspicious old man was only a short distance behind.  Kelly was taking pictures of anything and everything.  The monuments, the restaurants, the locals, anything she could capture in her lens.  The old man also held a camera snapping pictures; the only difference was every photo he took was of this young couple.

They stopped for lunch at a cozy café.  The two settled down and ordered. As they shared a bottle of Cabernet waiting for their meals, Tommy took a moment to relax.  With his sunglasses on, Tommy tilted his head back and closed his eyes to take in the sun’s rays.  Suddenly, there was a commotion in the distance; naturally Tommy opened his eyes only to see the same old man who had been following them was calling after a police officer.  He was pointing at the couple saying “That’s them.  They’re right there”.  Tommy and Kelly both looked around to see who the old man was point at.  There was no one around but them.  Again the man insisted, “That’s them, you can’t let them get away”. 

The police officer was getting annoyed with this little man and due to the language barrier; he didn’t fully understand what the old man was telling him.  Tommy looked around and wondered what was going on.   Someone passing by felt compassion for the old man and could see that the officer was about to walk away.  The passerby asked the man what was happening and he told him.  The couple couldn’t hear what was being said as the man was now speaking at a normal level making his words murmurs.  The person he was speaking with looked over to the couple and said “Are you sure?” and the old man replied, “Yes, I saw them do it”.  Clearly confused, Tommy rose out of his seat to find out what was going on.  The passerby translated what the old man had said to the officer and he headed in the couple’s direction with his hand hovering over his gun.  Tommy was now concerned and approached slowly.

The officer walked towards Tommy and with a broken English accent and said “You, stop.  Walk no more”.  Tommy stared stunned.  Uncertain of what was going on, the old man started again “Don’t let him get away; he’s the one who took it, him and his wife”.

Tommy was now getting nervous. Though this was his family’s country, he didn’t know anyone in there.  The officer was steps away from him and inquired “Where are you from?”  Tommy replied “Toronto”. The Officer looked at him with uncertain eyes.  Tommy replied “Canada”.  The officer said to Tommy “You come with me”.  Kelly watched in the distance with a lump in her throat.  She had no clue what was going on but knew something wasn’t right.  She stood up and rushed over to Tommy’s side.  The officer saw her coming, and said “Stop. Walk no more”.  Kelly couldn’t help it, her husband was in trouble and she had no clue why.  She continued to rush to be beside him.

The officer grabbed his radio and called for back-up.  Though neither of them spoke Italian, they both knew that him using his radio wasn’t a good sign.  When the officer was distracted with calling for back-up, Tommy and Kelly both looked at each other and instantly knew they needed to head for the boat so they could get help.  They eyed each other and nodded slightly.  Then they bolted!!!

The officer yelled “Stopped” and chased after them.  Tommy looked back and saw the officer was close behind them and then he caught a glimpse of the old man watching with a smirk on his face.  Tommy knew there was no time to find out who he was or what really just happened.  They just needed to get back to the safety of the ship.

Though he was blowing his whistle, the crowded streets slowed the officer down.  Tommy pulled Kelly to an alley way and they both raced up the cobblestones.  Kelly glanced back quickly, the officer was no longer behind them.  They were halfway up when Tommy tripped on his flip-flop.  Kelly looked back and saw he had stopped.  They looked up and down the street and saw no sign of the officer but knew that him and his back up wouldn’t be far behind.  Kelly stood beside Tommy with tears in her eyes.  They were tears of fear and uncertainty.  Tommy knew what she was feeling as he was experiencing the same emotions.  He pulled her close to him and the two of them embraced consoling each other.

The Alphabet Race – It’s for the Kiddies! Please Share!

I’ve been writing stories for my loved ones. Specifically the children in my life. Through family and friends there are nine kids that I hold dear to my heart!

I’ve written most of them their own story that is solely about and dedicated to them.

I’m a huge advocate of educating our children and encouraging them to want the best for themselves. I often tell them “in life, an education is the one thing that no one can take from you. It’s the one thing that’s truly your own. Knowledge is forever.”

I wrote another story last week and would like to share it with you and hopefully you can share it with your children.

My goal is to get my books published and though I’m sharing this one with the world and opening myself to risk, I trust in God that all will work as it should.

I welcome all and any feedback!

The Alphabet Race 

In alphabet city a race occurs,

it’s an annual event.

The letters of the alphabet get ready,

they gather under a tent.

It takes months of practice and training,

to get ready for this big day.

Bending, curving and straightening,

preparing to make their way.

The letters line up and take their place,

standing side by side.

The lowercase letters show their support,

by cheering on the sideline.

The countdown begins and the crowd gets ready,

to see who will take the lead.

Every year it ends the same.

It’s just the way it will always be.

“3…2…1 go!” and the race begins.

Though they all know the outcome, they still wonder ‘who will win’

‘A’ jumps out ahead with the lead

‘B’ is close behind

‘C’ follows confident in third

‘D’ is determined to remain in line

‘E’ effortlessly coasts up to the others

‘F’ forges ahead

‘G’ gallops straight down middle

‘H’ hops down the path instead

‘I’ insists he’s going to win

‘J’ juggles as she turns up the speed

‘K’ kindly lets the others pass by him

‘L’ laughs trying to take the lead

‘M’ moves out in front of the pack

‘N’ never breaks her stride

‘O’ opens his bottle of water for a sip

‘P’ pauses; her shoes need to be re-tied

‘Q’ quietly coasts closer to the front

‘R’ runs up faster, making perfect time

‘S’ slithers along the winding path

‘T’ trots to the front of the line

‘U’ jogs under an umbrella

‘V’ runs playing a violin

‘W’ walks quickly to the front of the pack

‘X’ plays the xylophone, believing he will win

‘Y’ is yodelling as she skips and jumps, going around the bend

Z’ zips by in record time…everyone is waiting at end.

The race is finally over

Each letter is out of breath

The judges look at the clock

To check which time was best

‘It’s official.. .’ said one of the judges

‘We have the final list.’

‘All the letters are winners!’

He exclaimed holding the paper in his fist.

‘We need them all to read and write.

They each have an important role’

Everyone cheered when they heard the great news,

They would all be awarded with a medal of gold.

Another year, another race

Let the party begin!

If you know the alphabet song,

All together let us sing…

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z …next time wont you sing with me.

Sunrise or Sunset? Welcome to Greenland!

A good friend of mine is an avid traveler.  She’s been to countless countries on five different continents.  She inspires me everyday!

I’ve traveled with her several times and I always have fun and end up with some amusing stories.  I’ve even gone so far to stay at a hostel in Montreal.  Though it was a good experience, I can’t say I’d rather stay at hostels around the world instead of hotels.  Nonetheless, it’s with these cost-effective measures she’s able to travel the world and take in new adventures!

Over the years, she’s built up the courage to travel the globe solo.  She always manages to meet great people along the way turning a new face into a cherished friend.

She recently went to Greenland (she wanted to take in the Aurora Borealis for herself).  Where most people would be in awe of the pictures on google, she insisted she needed to see this miraculous event for herself.

When she returned, we were going through some of her photos and when I saw this one, I was in awe of it.  Like Toronto, it’s wintertime in Greenland (much colder though).  The people of this region only see 4 hours of sunlight.  In the summer, it reverses and they see 20 hours of sunlight with their nights lasting a mere 4 hours.

This photo inspired these words.

Sunrise Sunset

The sky invites the sun to rise. Darkness surrounds the land as the sun sets.

The clouds dance in the light. The stars shine and shoot at night.

The snow slowly melts in the heat. The grass stands still frozen by the cold.

The sun peaks over the hill.  The hill hides from the sun.

It’s time to get up to lay down. Rise sun. Set sun.

Sunrise. Sunset.

GREENLAND 2013
Sunrise Sunset