I guess Grandma’s not into robo-tripping?

June 3rd, 2015 · 78 comments

Our submitter, a pharmacist, says this note was written on the back of a patient’s invoice. “She often has hand-written notes demanding an explanation for charges she incurred, but I think this might be the first product complaint I’ve seen,” he says. “I’m kind of surprised it has taken her 80-some years to learn that cough syrup tastes like ass.”

iphone 5/5s/5c/6/6s/6 plus/6s plus replacement screen It is one of the worst things I have ever tasted — tussin DM. To put it bluntly it would gag a maggot! So I guess I will have to toss it — Consider it close to a $7 dollar loss. I hope you don’t recommend it to anyone else.” href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/passiveaggressive/4158271653″ target=”_blank”>When I was in there this past Sat. a guy suggested this stuff for my cough. It is one of the worst things I have ever tasted -- tussin DM. To put it bluntly it would gag a maggot! So I guess I will have to toss it -- Consider it close to a $7 dollar loss. I hope you don't recommend it to anyone else.

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  • #1   Wetbee

    The tasting stuff is called guaifenesin. It’s always been the nasty tasting thing in cough syrup. Perhaps grandma should stick to honey and whiskey !

    Jun 3, 2015 at 1:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   The Elf

      Mmm! Honey and whiskey! I know what I’m having tonight….

      Jun 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   the cat

    I know the stuff she is referring to. It does taste awful, but the 8 cough free hours that follow are totally worth it, especially at night. And it is by no means the worst tasting cough syrup- in fact there is no such thing as an effective cough suppressant that does taste good, as anyoneher age should have long ago found out.

    Jun 3, 2015 at 1:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   buni

      Tussin DM is also my preferred cough remedy. But, I will never forget the time I was sick and up coughing all night and I guess I was keeping my Dad awake too because he came into my room, dragged me out of bed and out to the kitchen and force-fed me Formula 44D. It was so horrible, the experience ranks in my Top 10 Childhood Traumas.

      Jun 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   LittleBirdy

      I haven’t needed it for a while but Delsym has worked for me in the past, and doesn’t taste bad at all! So there may be one exception ;)

      Jun 3, 2015 at 7:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   pooham

      One summer went to the doctor b/c I had been sick for several days and also had a cough. The coughing had made my ribs and back hurt and had caused me to become incontinent (I would pee whenever I coughed b/c the coughing had just weakened those muscles). Turns out I had pneumonia. One of the medicines he prescribed was some cough medicine with codeine which suppressed my cough for hours at a time. I was so thankful.

      Jun 4, 2015 at 12:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Jami

    Guess grannie forgot that medicine normally tastes bad.

    Tussin DM doesn’t work for me. All it does is give me nightmares.

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Lita bang

      I’m allergic to it. :|

      Jun 3, 2015 at 4:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Jami

      Ug. And I thought being woken up either by cough syrup induced nightmares or coughing was bad enough. Allergic reactions are far worse!

      Is it the “tussin” part or the DM? For me it’s the former that caused my nightmares. So I can’t take Tussin, Robo-tussin, Tussinex, etc. Cause I’ll still be coughing up a storm, but also dreaming (when I can sleep) that giant killer zombie hedgehog robots are taking over the world. But I can take other medicines with the DM. I usually just take Mucinex DM.

      Jun 3, 2015 at 7:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   Lita bang

      I’m not sure which one it is actually…I’ve taken guaifenesin before and I think I’ve been able to tolerate it, but in OTC cough meds, I don’t seem to be able to. I have really funky allergies though…so I guess I’m just lucky I only get horrible coughs every once in a blue moon!

      Jun 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   Jami

      I have some funky allergies too. There’s some medicines I can take in one form but not another. Like I can take tetracycline if it’s a capsule, but if I take it in a tablet I throw up. The doctors and nurses always give me a weird look like they don’t believe me. I guess filler allergies are so rare they don’t believe they exist.

      Jun 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   Malibu-Linda

      Didn’t everyone back then take castor oil for everything?

      Jun 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.6   Lita bang

      Ah, filler allergies – a big part of the reason I really hate taking my migraine medication… (don’t have $160 to spend on 3 pills a month, and the generic fillers make me break out into hives. Sigh.)

      I’m a medical mess, honest.

      Jun 5, 2015 at 2:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.7   Jami

      You and me both, Lita.

      Glad to know I’m not alone in filler allergies though. Cause the doctors and nurses always treat me like I’m crazy when I bring it up.

      Jun 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.8   Lita bang

      My neurologist thankfully doesn’t think I’m crazy, but there’s nothing she can do to get the name brand covered. *sigh* So I suffer hives in the name of not having a splitting head, because honestly it does enough for me that I’ll still take it even with the skin reaction. I do get very reluctant, though.

      Jun 7, 2015 at 8:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.9   Dana

      I’m allergic to codeine, azithromycin, and percocet. :/ Makes treating pneumonia fuuuuuun when I get it.

      Jun 12, 2015 at 1:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Roto13

    God, how old was I when I figured out that I had to take cough syrup by pouring it into the back of my throat because I’d gag if it hit my tongue? Maybe 6?

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   The Elf

      We always did chasers in my house. Take the cough medicine, and then you can get the taste out of your mouth with delicious food or drink. Since they were usually things we never got otherwise (like Coke), I took that cough syrup like a champ.

      I still do cough syrup with a chaser. Only now it tends to be the booze variety!

      I’ve heard that chilling the syrup helps too. And the coldness doubles as numbing agent for the sore throat. Well, at least it helps when I chase the syrup with some Benedictine or Sambuca I put in the freezer!

      Jun 4, 2015 at 8:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   pooham

      When my daughter was little we would give her liquid medicine (cough syrup, liquid Tylenol) while she sat on the counter next to the sink in case she had to spit it out or throw up because she just had such a problem with it. She was probably three or four when she learned how to swallow pills so she wouldn’t have to take liquid Tylenol or Benadryl anymore.

      Jun 4, 2015 at 12:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   L

      My mom went away on a business trip recently while I was sick and brought my home some bulk candy, and chewy candy of some sort really does WONDERS for chasing the taste away. Something sticky that clings to your tastebuds, like if you liked sour patch kids, that would work, or those candy keys.

      And I’m 22!

      Jun 4, 2015 at 2:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   JoDa

      My mom was under the weird impression that if you drank anything for 10 minutes after taking any kind of liquid medication, it wouldn’t work. So, I learned to tough out the taste of all kinds of nasty stuff. TBH, I don’t even mind the taste of the “tussin” stuff. Then again, I’m also a big IPA fan, so take that as you will. :)

      Jun 5, 2015 at 1:10 am   rating: 91  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   Jami

      Did your parents never give you Dimetapp? That stuff is tasty! And knocks you right out too. Or at least it used to.

      Jun 7, 2015 at 3:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   JoDa

      Yes, I had to take Dimetapp daily for my allergies (never knocked me out, but not much does…I can take a Valium (I have some joint/muscle issuesm and they sometimes get bad enough that CNDs are the only things that help) and work all day just fine). That stuff was the bomb. Tussin and other drugs, not so much…

      Jun 10, 2015 at 10:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   captain obvious

    Cough syrup SHOULD taste bad, lest the kiddies develop a taste for it. I remember this awesome frothy chalky yellow banana-flavored prescription stuff we kept in the fridge – it was delicious. Ditto Gripe Water! Learned at a young age to hold my breath to prevent having to taste anything I didn’t want to – meds, food or foodlike items – a skill that comes in useful now (hello, green smoothies).

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   FeRD bang

      I was totally expecting that story to go a different way at the end.

      Or is “green smoothies” some deviant sexual practice that I’m somehow unfamiliar with? (If so, spill!)

      Jun 3, 2015 at 7:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   Poltergeist

      “Green smoothies” are what militant vegans secrete during sex. Since humans are technically animals, any fluids we naturally produce count as animal products. Injesting them would obviously be inhumane, so vegans have, through sheer willpower, trained their bodies to squirt out healthy vegetable smoothies composed of spinach, kale, and chia pets. It takes a while to develop this skill, so an acceptable alternative for inexperienced vegans is to pull out early and inject their partner with a syringe of V8.

      Jun 4, 2015 at 11:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   L

      Banana penicillin, I bet you a dollar. The banana flavouring is REALLY good. It’s like a thing with people who get ear infections XD

      Jun 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   JoDa

      No way, bubble gum flavored penicillin was tolerable, but that banana amoxicillin was the DEVIL. Then again, I hate bananas, so YMMV.

      Jun 5, 2015 at 1:12 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.5   The Elf

      Any of those artificial flavor add-ins are awful! They take something nasty and attempt cover it with something just as nasty. Then you get nastiness multiplied. It’s like spraying “Tropical Breeze” air freshner in the bathroom after you just took a massive dump.

      Jun 5, 2015 at 11:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.6   The Elf

      Story time! I once had a ferret who was a very sick little baby. He was separated from his mama too early, couldn’t eat the hard kibble food, and got beat up by the other ferrets in the store. I only did shelter adoptions up to that point, and since, but I just couldn’t resist the poor thing at the pet store. I ponied up $100 for the half-dead tiny weasel and took him right to the vet. In addition to having to feed him special food, he had picked up some sort of bug and started having breathing difficulties a few days in. Poor thing went from .55 lbs to .45 lbs in 2 days!

      The vet prescribed some liquid antibiotics. When we picked it up, the pharmacist said they had added bubble gum flavoring for “our son”. I just shrugged and paid it. I figured I’d have to scruff him and force it down his throat no matter what.

      Instead, our little baby ferret loved it! He licked it up out of the syringe! He begged for more! He’d grab the syringe out of my hand and try to shove it down his throat! (He was never very smart…..)

      Of course, these are creatures who lick their own butts, so take that how you will. I always thought the bubble gum flavor tasted like ass.

      Jun 5, 2015 at 11:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.7   L

      To be fair, I’m in Canada, but the banana flavour is kind of notorious for being really yummy.

      Jun 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   FeRD bang

    “Gag a Maggot” is totally going to be the name of my hardcore, nihilist, post-punk band. I’ll die of a heroin overdose halfway through our first gig, to keep it legit.

    Jun 3, 2015 at 5:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Dane Zeller

      FeRD, I’d forget the heroin. You’ve done almost all the work by coming up with the band name. Very creative. You might learn music. Wait a minute. Hardcore, nihilist, post-punk? Forget the music, too. Just hum a few bars.

      Jun 4, 2015 at 11:42 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Kjeri

      LOL I love the phrase ‘Gag a Maggot.” A gold star to grandma for creativity.

      Jun 5, 2015 at 11:08 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   The Elf

      “Gold Star To Grandma” is Gag A Maggot’s hit single from their self-titled debut album.

      Jun 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   squib

      This is one of my dad’s favorite expressions, only he uses the full form: Gag a maggot in a gut-bucket. Maybe your band can play at my bar, the Gut Bucket?

      Jun 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Belaani

    It’s MEDICINE, you silly old bitch – it’s not supposed to taste like sherry! ( which would probably do more for your, um… affliction. )

    Jun 3, 2015 at 6:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Havingfitz

    You can’t get it over the counter, but Tussinex tastes like baby angels. It is basically a combo of Benadryl and Vicodin, suppresses a cough for hours, and may be the reason I tried to put a load of laundry into my oven. Five stars.

    Jun 3, 2015 at 9:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Lita bang

      This sounds like complete and utter bliss and almost makes me wish I had a horrid wrenching rib-breaking cough.

      Jun 4, 2015 at 12:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   FeRD bang

      Ugh, that sounds blissful, but I can’t really take Vicodin. I mean, I can, but I definitely shouldn’t. It turns me into a complete asshole — er, into even more of a complete asshole than usual. I am just awful to the people around me when I’m on it!

      I see it happening at the time, but I just can’t stop myself. And, trust me, I’m not that nice a person to begin with, that I can afford to take a pill that makes me into a surly dickhole.

      Jun 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   Kimberly

      I have had that and I enjoyed that.

      Jun 4, 2015 at 2:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   labdude

      Ferd – I can relate.
      I was having undesirable side-effects from a particular med I was on. The doc suggested taking an occasional medication ‘holiday’ a day or so in advance to counter the effects.
      Problem was, after 24 hours without my beans, I got so cranky that *I* didn’t want to be around me – so getting laid, while now theoretically *possible*, was no longer very likely.

      Jun 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   The Elf

      That’s a bit of a Sophie’s Choice, isn’t it?

      Sorry, labdude.

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  • #9   Brad

    In Grandma’s day, a hot toddy cured what ailed ya, and it was good enough for drinkin’ even when nothin’ in particular ailed ya.

    I still live by Grandma’s wisdom, and as a result, I have no fucking idea whether Tussin DM could gag a maggot or not. I do have to go to these meetings every week, though. They say it’s ‘Anonymous’, but every time you stand up to speak, you have to say your name. Still don’t know what that’s all about.

    Anyway, I’m off to mix a drink.

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  • #10   jugstopper

    Bourbon, heavily laced with sugar, was my Mom’s go-to cough syrup. Guaranteed to put the kids to sleep!

    Jun 4, 2015 at 12:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   The Elf

      A little bit for the kids, a little bit for Mama…..

      Jun 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   Maanvi

      Memories are always big as our life…
      Recover your nostalgic childhood memories…!!
      http://worldschoolphotographs.net/

      Jun 4, 2015 at 10:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   havingfitz

      Thanks for reminding me that I don’t have any happy school memories because I was bullied constantly for 13 years. I don’t WANT pictures of people throwing gum in my hair! *runs off sobbing*

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    • #10.4   The Elf

      That’s why we have the bourbon heavily laced with sugar, havingfitz. After I recovered my big as life, nostalgic childhood memories, I had a double.

      Bourbon. Keeping demons quiet since 1820.

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  • #11   assiveProgressive

    Store brand cough medicine tastes much worse than the name brand stuff. Don`t waste your medicine, old bat. Give it to one of those people standing by the freeway off ramp

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  • #12   sunshynegrll

    Like OMG, Gramma, you’re supposed to mix it with 7-Up.

    Jun 4, 2015 at 3:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   The Beast Among Us

    Cough syrup tastes like ass?

    I beg to differ. Ass tastes better.

    Jun 4, 2015 at 10:17 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Jami

      I think that would depend on the ass and how often it’s washed along with what the ass’ owner eats. Don’t you?

      Jun 6, 2015 at 11:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Haterade

      I’d have thought it would depend more on what the ass eats.

      . . . what do asses eat, anyway?

      Hm. Apparently, they eat grass and barley straw. I have no idea why I was thinking they were omnivores like goats. (www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/feeding-donkeys)

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    • #13.3   Lita bang

      (I know you meant donkeys, but)

      Oh come on, everyone knows asses eat plums. Haven’t you ever seen Willy Bum Bum?

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    • #13.4   Haterade

      I’m very afraid to ask. (^_^);

      Jun 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.5   Lita bang

      I’ll quote the relevant line for you:

      “And my bum eats plums cause a plum tastes yum.”

      Now it’s stuck in my head again, Gorrammit.

      Jun 7, 2015 at 8:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.6   The Elf

      Kinky!

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  • #14   Belinda

    FYI, the tussin ingredients have come in pills for years now. I remember there was this bright yellow syrup my mom used to force on me when I was really sick as a kid. . . Just seeing that bottle made me scream, “I’m better! I’m better!”

    Jun 4, 2015 at 10:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Cerys

    I really like the taste of cough medicine. I long ago came to terms with the fact that this clearly makes me a mutant.

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  • #16   nameless

    hands down worst cough syrup ever – Creomulsion. Made from the same tree sap that brings you creosote, so you know it will….keep your throat from bursting into flame?

    Jun 4, 2015 at 7:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Brad

      I’ll have to invest. I’ve suffered from a crippling fear of spontaneous tracheal combustion for ages.

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  • #17   JoDa

    Dear old bat,

    Be thankful you just had a little cough that could be cured by some mildly-unpleasant OTC cough syrup. A few years ago, I managed to snag a nasty case of bronchitis that required an inhaler to cure. That shit tastes like burning rubber, and I had to use it every couple of hours. You know what? No matter how bad it tasted, I could BREATHE after using it, so it was all good.

    XO,

    People who realize getting better is worth some small discomfort.

    Jun 5, 2015 at 1:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Dana

      I had pneumonia a year ago, and had to do the inhaler thing a few times. Not fun. My sympathies!

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  • #18   Kasaba

    I work in clinical/drug research, so I am used to complaints from older folk about medications. Actually the worst/saddest complaint I have heard in recent months, was from a lady sharing a hospital room with me, and who ever day begged nursing staff to let her die. It was pretty damn painful to listen to. She was in her 90s and actually had her birthday in hospital. Her complaint? “These drugs make us live too long.” She still had a spark in her eye, but she hated being immobilised, dependent on people to clean her. And her husband had dementia and did not recognise her anymore. The drugs made her better, while her life got worse. There’s a song title for Ferd’s band.

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    • #18.1   Poltergeist

      That is really sad, and I think this is an issue that will only become more significant as time goes on and medical science continues to advance. I think most people who have had to watch a loved one suffer before dying can relate to this, having to question whether it is right to force someone to keep living. I remember reading an article about Stephen Hawking’s position on it and how he thought that he should have the right ask for assistance in ending his life if he ever decided that he couldn’t stand being a prisoner in his own body anymore.

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    • #18.2   havingfitz

      I agree with him. We are willing to put animals down to keep them from suffering, but we tell humans who in agony that they have to suck it up. A coworker of mine blew his brains out after finding out he had stage 4 liver cancer. I feel like he should have been allowed to end his life legally and with dignity rather than resort to that to avoid spending what time he had left in that much pain.

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    • #18.3   Poltergeist

      There was that young woman with terminal cancer last year who did just that. She talked it over with her husband and family and decided that she would rather die on her own terms and avoid a lot of the suffering, so she was able to legally ask for assistance from doctors in ending her life. And really, who the hell is in a position to judge? But you still wouldn’t believe the comments directed at her from ignorant religious zealots, condemning her to hell for taking control of her own life, a.k.a. “playing God,” because she wanted to avoid months of pain and spare her family some of the financial burden of caring for her. Truly disgusting people.

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    • #18.4   Haterade

      “If I’m not allowed to impose my religious beliefs on others, you’re taking away my freedom of religion.”

      I could die happy if just once in my life, I saw a spectral disembodied hand reach down and smack one of these people in the back of the head. Bonus points if a sepulchral voice intones “For Me’s sake, would you knock it off already?”

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    • #18.5   JoDa

      This thread is incredibly sad, but incredibly true. We have developed the technology to allow people to live longer, but without consideration to their quality of life. We have developed the technology to allow people to end their suffering in a humane way, but withhold it over the objection of unrelated people who can’t even begin to understand what what person is going through, but, but JEEBUS!

      Those places that have stepped forward to allow humane euthanasia for terminally ill people have put in plenty of safeguards, including mental health evaluations and numerous required consents while they are capable of giving informed consent. With those i’s dotted and t’s crossed, I don’t understand the upset when people choose to end their life humanely, when they will NEVER get better, only die a HORRIBLE death otherwise.

      The young woman with brain cancer who ended her life last year had to move to a different state and live there for several months to establish residency to gain access to that option. She then postponed the pre-determined date because she was feeling well (her right, she was of sound mind in making that decision), and then ultimately went through with it when she started having severe issues a couple weeks (I believe it was) later, including seizures and the like.

      I had a neighbor die of brain cancer a few years ago. My locality doesn’t allow euthanasia, and he wouldn’t have done it anyway because he was religious of a flavor that wouldn’t allow it. The last few months of his life were comprised of weekly or more frequent trips to the hospital for very nasty issues (I once came home to find him passed out on the sidewalk and had to call 911 to get him an ambulance and heard the EMTs say they didn’t think he’d make it when I informed them that he was suffering with late-stage brain cancer), followed by weeks of hospice care where I could occasionally hear him yelling for no reason but delusions. When I bumped into a nurse from time to time, they’d always say “he’s not there…the tumors are doing all the talking now. Sorry if he’s bothering you, we expect him to pass any day now.” Bothering me? The only thing I was thinking was how incredibly sad it was that he had to suffer so much, first through nasty side effects of chemo and radiation, then through the increasing issues when those stopped working, and finally losing all dignity and just becoming a body with nerve impulses. Also, I hugged those nurses regularly, because they deserved a goddam medal for doing what they did with incredible compassion.

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    • #18.6   The Elf

      And let’s end this sad thread with a PSA: Get your end-of-life wishes in writing, no matter what they are, NOW while you are still healthy. Then make sure your next of kin/executor of those wishes knows what they are and where the document is kept.

      Jun 11, 2015 at 8:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.7   JoDa

      So true, Elf. I’ve had friends and family in the healthcare field “joke” that they will get “DNR” tattooed on their chest if they get sick to the point of no decent recovery. They’ve seen the worst, including the family fighting over what to do. The only thing I would add is to pick your medical POA/executor carefully…go with someone who won’t let their emotions get in the way of doing what you’ve instructed them to.

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  • #19   Kasaba

    I think when you are young and vital, it can be a very difficult thing to understand. For me, it was especially crushing, because I was in hospital desperately wanting to get better, and live life to the fullest again, and here is someone right next to me, saying, I don’t want this (life) anymore. Without access the medicine and intensive care facilities, I would have died from pneumonia. Something which, unfunnily enough started with a little cough that wouldn’t go away. No matter how much cough syrup I took.

    When I was delirious in hospital, all I could think of was everything I wanted to still do and my family and friends. Totally clawing at life. What does 94-year old Bessie have to look forward to? Feeling like she is a burden to her 70-something year old daughter. Seeing her husband of >70 years not recognize her. Sitting in a dirty diaper till someone has time to clean her. It makes me sad, ’cause she’s a nice woman. Older people can be very bitter sometimes and she wasn’t. Just sad and unselfish. “I don’t want to be a burden”. Why is someone who has given so much to society, who lived through WWII, being made to feel a burden…..argh.

    There are aspects of the drug development industry that I hate, but I cannot argue that in many cases it allows people a better quality of life, and it can save people from critical infection and disease.

    Jun 5, 2015 at 2:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Kasaba

      Obv meant to add that to previous thread.

      Jun 5, 2015 at 2:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Christine

    Friend of mine who grew up posh in Mexico told me that whenever he or his brothers or sisters would get a cold, the family cook would mix rum, honey and lemon juice in a little bottle and for the next 24 hours or so, minus sleeping, the childen would carry it around taking little sips until it was gone. When it was gone (my friend claims) their colds were all better!

    Jun 6, 2015 at 2:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Raichu

    She…really didn’t know that cough syrup tastes awful?

    She’s how old again?

    Jun 6, 2015 at 10:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Lita bang

      Blame it on the memory loss.

      Jun 7, 2015 at 1:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   Amy in Toronto

    In Canada, one of our main brands of cough syrup is Buckley’s Mixture, which is herbal and contains pine needle oil, camphor and menthol, among other things. It tastes like what I imagine pine tree ejaculate would be. The instructions on the bottle should warn users to employ every curse word they know after ingesting.

    It works though.

    Jun 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up