Wonder Drugs

“Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is.” ~ Norman Cousins

The midweek challenge over on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Zombie Reality.

Wonder Drugs ~ well, they’ve certainly caused GC to wonder about a few things! It was his turn to write our midweek challenge and he chose to write about his ‘Zombie Reality’.

For some weeks, Gerry has been suffering from debilitating flu-like symptoms coupled with a cough. He wasn’t aware that his physician had prescribed medication that contained opiates, and this concerns him. He also tells us that his doctor is reluctant to prescribe antibiotics.

Personally, I feel short-changed if I’m not prescribed antibiotics, those magic capsules are a cure-all, or are they?

bacterial infection speechvirus speech

Infections  ~ the most important distinction between bacterial and viral infections is that antibiotic drugs usually kill bacteria, but they are not effective against viruses. – Mayo Clinic.

Antibiotics ~ seventy years ago they were a life-saving discovery; but due to overuse, our bodies are becoming resistant. The Truth about Antibiotics Today, responsible doctors think twice before prescribing antibiotics. 

Feeling like a zombie is often par for the course with opiates, even when taken in a small dose, therefore Gerry has my sympathies with this. 

 Opioids ~ some are known as morphine and diamorphine. Other opioids can be used in a lower dose to treat severe coughing, the chemicals in the drug relax the body and at the same time relieve pain.

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020. word/photo challenge Zombie Reality.

http://weeklyprompts.com/2020/01/22/w-p-challenge-zombie-reality

15 thoughts on “Wonder Drugs

  1. I found this article for you Sue…..
    “The Zombie Apocalypse is not only a very real possibility; I believe it’s already upon us. While it might not be the typical scenario that you’re used to seeing depicted in Hollywood movies, the reality of the situation is no less frightening.”

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      1. Sorry Sue, I didn’t copy the link..silly me…… I’m doing a post for you at the moment…. by adapting/changing one of my old poems….xx

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  2. When I was first ill a few years ago, I felt like a Zombie for weeks. Thankfully, I didn’t have any drugs, simply because by the time I did get to the Dr’s, the worst of the situation was over. I do have inhalers which contain steroids, but I feel better with them than without. The Opioids can cause lots of problems, particularly addiction. I hope Gerry feels better soon, Sue.

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    1. I hope you don’t have further problems Trev.
      My last flu virus was a year last September, I was ill for weeks. Eventually, I was given antibiotics because an X-ray showed a side effect of the virus had developed into a chest infection. Thank you for your best wishes to Gerry.

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  3. Murphy's Law

    So sorry Gerry is still not feeling well. Being sick for a few days is bad enough, but when symptoms linger for weeks, it can be devastating. And feeling like a Zombie can be worse than feeling pain sometimes.

    I’ve never understood why people insist on antibiotics for a virus-caused illness, and doctors give in and prescribe it for them. Just makes no sense to me.

    Thanks for the reminder of properly treating a virus vs bacteria.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Maybe we think it might not be a virus and that antibiotics just might help, sometimes we’ll try anything in the hope it will make us feel better!
      It’s no fun feeling ill!
      Thank you very much Ginger. 🙂

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    1. You’re right, Lois, it has dragged on for weeks and can’t be very pleasant for him.
      He has some kind comments on here. and hopefully he’ll get back on line and see them.
      Thank you, Lois.

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  4. Poor Gerry! 😦
    I hope and pray he is well soon! I send prayers, bestest wishes, healing vibes and gentle hugs his way!
    Tell him that many of us care and wish him well!
    Illness is bad enough, but then having the Zombie-ness makes it even worse. 😦
    HUGS!!!

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    1. Carolyn, you are such a caring person and I thank you very much. As I said to Lois, although he is doing little online at the moment, hopefully, he may read these very kind best wishes for himself. Thank you, Carolyn. 🙂

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