(I bet you think I’m going to talk about poo again with “Stinky” in the title. Well, you’re wrong. I CAN blog about other things, you know.)

I have come to the conclusion that I can’t take any medications.

No, I’m not a hippy. I’m actually a big fan of medicine – I don’t like waiting around for things to fix themselves, so at the first sign of a headache or a sneezing fit, you will find me running for the ibuprofen bottle or sudafed tablets.

But apparently, my BODY wants me to be a hippy.

I have felt irritable and somewhat depressed for the last two weeks, and I haven’t known why (which makes writing upbeat blog posts a VERY difficult challenge – please forgive any sub-par posts recently).

I assumed that it was stress-related, and waited for it to go away. But it’s only gotten worse, and my irritability would pop up at the most unexplainable times. Like today when I was in the grocery store and having to remind myself to breathe in, breathe out, so I didn’t snap, for no reason whatsoever.

And then it hit me: this was a very familiar feeling. I have felt this exact way many times before, and it has always been caused by a medication. I thought about it…I have been taking Prilosec for my phlegm issue for about a month, and it has really been helping.

But, just like when I was taking the allergy medicine for the same issue and had to give a class-action apology, apparently acid reducers have a very negative impact on my emotional state of balance.

I looked it up – yup, irritability, depression – they’re possible side effects. And if there’s a possible side effect for medication, I’m a guaranteed target.

The good news is that I should feel great!! and happy!! and joyful!! in a few days, just like last time. (And really, I already DO feel much better, just knowing that I’m not losing my mind.)

The bad news – I am apparently stuck with phlegm (and any other illness that requires medication) for the rest of my life.

But hey – I’d MUCH rather be phlegmy than the Wicked Witch of the East (and Chris and Ali would agree with that sentiment I’m sure).

So, next time I go to the doctor and they ask me what medications I’m allergic to, I’m just going to have to say “All of them.”

Which, in that case, I might as well save my $30 co-pay and not bother going.


However, Ali chipped in today and helped cheer me up with a rousing Medley to Mitigate Mommy’s Melancholy Mood, which she obligingly let me record to share with you:

And who couldn’t feel better after that, medicated or not?

…And yes…she apparently had quite the burping issue this afternoon.

15 thoughts on “A Stinky Reason is Better than No Reason…

  1. wow I am sorry that you seem to be magnet for all the side effects. I know how terrible it is to have them though. Luckily mine are just a select few. Glad you figured out the problem and can solve it. I hate the wicked witch syndrome too. That is one reason I am going to stop taking some of the one I take to see if it helps with my anxiety. Cute Song by Ali by the way! It made me smile.

  2. Grayson was very impressed with Ali's singing. And her burping. He's a boy, after all. Boys are generally easily impressed with bodily functions. :)

  3. LuLu was sitting with me and kept saying mo,mo (more,more)so we watched Ali several times:) Hope you're feeling yourself soon!

  4. Lol, so by your definition I am a Hippy. I'm kind of insulted, because by MY definition a Hippy is someone that partakes of the illegal kind of drugs…
    OTOH, I'm glad you figured out what was wrong and it's "fixable". I hate when I don't know what's wrong with me. :)

  5. I'm so sorry! I know what it is like to feel irritability and stress that seems unreasonable and that you can't find a source for. We'll chat sometime. I'm glad that you found the cause, and I pray that you find a way to stay healthy AND happy!! Ali, of course, was adorable as usual.

  6. That is too bad about the side effects, but at least you have an adorable little girl to sing to you when you're feeling down. :) She is WAY too cute!

  7. Watching Ali sing those songs just made my day. She's absolutely adorable. My kids used to sing the "B-I-B-L-E", too. What a cute little ditty.

    So sorry about your medicine-related irratibility/depression saga. So what's my excuse? I'm not on anything! Well, unless levothyroxin can do it to you, and I'm sure it can. That's a thyroid medication. And since the thyroid controls all sorts of stuff in the body, that explains it. Thanks for bringing light to my problems. What are friends for, right?


  8. Thanks, ladies!

    As for the "hippy" thing, my Mom said the same thing! I guess the new term is "crunchy" for people who go all natural on most things, but Crunchy just sounds funny. I just thought hippy these days had a totally different connotation than the 70's…hmm.

  9. Sorry your body doesn't seem to tolerate medication :(
    Ali's songs were precious, favorite was the 1st one, I don't know any 2 1/2 year olds who can sing that song!

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