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? 

It’s a new year…whose with me?

It’s that time to make a new year’s resolution.

For the past few years, my resolution was not to make a new year’s resolution!  Looking back, I’ve done extremely well I must say.

This year, I’ve decided to stop taking the easy way out and set some goals that I will see to the end. 

A little tidbit about me…I’m great at starting initiatives but if I lose interest in something I tend to trail off and move on to the next project.  I always thought I would be great at opening new stores or help start up new businesses but I lost interest before finding out more I kid. I still think I would be great at that!

See that’s how easy it happens, I started about resolutions and I’m already on to something else.

Back to the matter at hand. So I’ve decided to set two resolutions. 

This first one is the common weight matter. I managed to lose 25lbs, with no resolution this year.  For 2013 I’m adding checkpoints to keep me on track.

Losing 25lbs has been great! I feel better, my clothes fit better and overall I’m healthier, another 35lbs will have me fit and lean! I know if I can do 25 with little focus, I can do 35 with a great plan and determination!

The second one revolves around writing. I am determined to write daily and get one of my pieces published. Even if I have to publish it myself. I prefer hand writing over typing (that’s just me) and I read an article with great advice!

Get a year calendar notebook where each page is dedicated to the day, were talking over 365 pages, and you write something, anything, everything, everyday!

By the end of the year you’ll have 365 pages of writings! This would work for artists, songwriters, students…anyone who wants to perfect their talents!

Believe me, practice makes perfect and theory makes sense!

So these are my challenges to myself!

I will also include resolution checkpoints in my schedule to ensure I stay on track!

If you would like to join me in my journey, send over your blog name or email address in the comments below and it’ll keep us accountable!

2013 is going to be a spectacular year! Are you with me?