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Jan 15, 2018 12:28PM
Jan 15, 2018 12:28PM
Well, the cap in question was on a prepackaged OTC bottle of store-brand cetirizine. Never occurred to me to request a pharmacy tech to repackage it in a reversible-cap bottle (if they even stock them), especially with the long lines at the pickup & dropoff windows. I usually have no trouble with those push-and-twist (nor, on Listerine bottles, squeeze-and-twist) caps--and they generally don't put them on OTC meds & supplements other than acetaminophen--but this one was a doozy. Those little detents that keep the cap from unthreading are thicker and taller than usual. I didn't full close the cap to the point where it clicks, for fear of not being able to reopen it. Wrist feeling a bit better after taking that Aleve at bedtime.
But oh, boy, did I ever pay for that Aleve! Couldn't sleep for an hour because Bob kept kicking the bed as he slept. Finally fell asleep after he got up to go to the bathroom. Awoke suddenly from an interesting dream, 3 hrs. in, with sharp midepigastric pain: colicky, in waves, just below the breast crease & sternum. Couldn't burp or fart. Poked Bob awake and asked him where the pain from his small bowel obstruction started, and he replied "periumbilical" (around the navel). Nope, not mine. Asked if it were a heart attack: nope--regular normal (low 60s) heartbeat, not sweating, no trouble breathing. Went to the bathroom & consulted the Merck Manual on my iPad (my "loo library"), and thought maybe pancreatitis or the retained common duct stone from my 1994 lap. choly. Not the latter--I think I passed it in 2005 just before I was about to have an ERCP done. And my temp. was absolutely normal. No unintended weight loss either, even gained a couple of lbs--not a surprise, as I've been craving carbs more than ever and usually giving in.
That left either food poisoning or norovirus. Not the former--Bob's fine. Not the latter--no nausea or diarrhea. And again, no fever. Meanwhile, sitting up, I was able to force a burp or two, and the pain began to lessen. Then a teensy fart. Went back to bed (after an hour awake) and my big cat Happy jumped on to me and began to knead on my chest & stomach while purring like crazy--then he flopped his neck on to my face and purred himself, and me, to sleep. He woke me up at 1 pm--this time for food (2 hrs late, mea culpa).
Also noticed my elbow bandage had loosened (I was sleeping in short-sleeved PJs). Rather than replace it with some more antibiotic ointment, I decided to follow a Parisian pharmacist's advice two years ago and let it air out and scab over, which after a few hrs. it has. Not oozing any more. No cellulitis yet, so I'm hopeful.
Not taking any chances for breakfast: boiled egg, 1/3 of a toasted bagel (nothing on it) and black coffee. System making up for lost time, but still normally. TMI.
OMG, I'm turning into my mother--only 15 years before she started giving "organ recitals!"
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)