I’m a morning coffee head.  I have this little cheap drip coffee maker that turns out a five cup load in about five minutes.  It has a timer on it.  I can set it to go off at any time I choose.  It cost around 15 bucks at Target.  I figured that I could now wake up and coffee would be waiting for me instead of fumbling around in a somnambulant morning fog.  I love it.  It’s the simple routine pleasures that count.

In a related matter: recently, I have had a persistent shoulder pain that prompted me to see my doctor. She sent me to a specialist who after looking at my MRI and taking a fresh x-ray told me that I had arthritis in that shoulder and that was my problem.  So I said, “So what are we going to do. have a shoulderectomy?” I could tell he wasn’t used to using humor as a buffer against bad news.  Instead he asked me if I had any drug allergies.  I had already filled out a multi page thing on which I had answered that question several times, but I played along with him to protect his ego.  He’s really a nice guy.

To make a long story short, he wanted to put me on some nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory drug. NSAID.  So we launched into this regimen and I immediately had some mild side effects, the details of which we will not indulge for the moment.  So I did some research and found these heartening words – 

People who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (other than aspirin) such as nabumetone ( that’s my drug ) may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or a stroke than people who do not take these medications. These events may happen without warning and may cause death.”

Then I read that COFFEE can make things much worse! (God, I am doomed)  

Then I read that cocktail hour can be dangerous!  

Then I read that this chemical can cause holes in your stomach and intestines.

By now I am harboring a mild doubt as to whether or not I should be using this stuff.  

By now I am thinking a call to my much friendlier acupuncturist is in order.  He laughs at my jokes.  

By now I’m thinking that there is something at the health food store that would help.  Maybe yoga and incense.

By now, I am sure you can tell, I am in panic mode. But I’m feeling much better already.  I can deal with panic.

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  1. It seems (if I remember correctly) CA has some expertise in non-pharmaceutical remedies. It sure worked for me when we flipped your truck into that snow bank…

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