11 May 2009

Medicinal Compounds

Well, I am pleased to say my "cold" did not develop. I think Crystal Jigsaw may be right, when she commented on my last post, and I may have had a touch of an allergic reaction to all the tree pollen about at the moment. I have not suffered from hay fever before, but there is so much pollen around at the moment and conditions are fairly dry, so maybe this may occur again.

Greg has been prescribed some new tablets. He already takes a bucket-load of tablets each day. He has diabetes (for which he injects insulin), heart disease, circulatory problems in his legs, possible early cirrhosis and possible brain damage. The last two brought on by his heavy drinking. The rest probably caused by smoking 30-40 cigarettes a day all his life. The new tablets are to help him with nerve pains he gets in his feet. All in all, he now takes 15 tablets spread over his waking day. The new ones say DEFINITELY NO ALCOHOL. The existing ones advise against alcohol. Greg is now back to drinking anything between half and three-quarters of a standard 70cl bottle of whisky per day. Sometimes he washes the tablets down with a glass of whisky.

If I say anything, he shouts and rants. I really do despair.


14 comments:

Nota Bene said...

So glad your symptoms didn't develop into anything... a daily dose of anti-histamin for me just to keep the sneezes away.

shunningrunning said...

I love your blog - have read all of it. I cannot for the life of me understand why you put up with Greg. I admire the fact that you tried so hard to help him, but there comes a time when you surely wonder how much longer and how much more you have to endure...

Nechtan said...

Hi Rosiero,

Glad to read that you are feeling better. Sorry though to read about Greg. I cannot imagine how hard that is for you every day.

I wish you all the best

Nechtan

Ellen said...

Glad you are feeling better. I don't know what to say - Greg knows what he is doing to his body. That hardest thing is watching someone you love making terrible life decisions, which not only affects themself, but others too. Greg is exercising his freedom of choice and you deserve to begin to think about your freedom of choice too.

Robert said...

Good to hear that you're well again. I developed hay fever 12 years ago completely out of the blue. Easily controlled :)

If only Greg was easily controlled too!

grandmamargie said...

Glad you are feeling better and sorry to hear about Greg.

DogLover said...

Ah! Lilly the Pink! and her medicinal compound!

My father (born 1887) used to tell me that she was Lilly Pinkum, who sold her "medicinal compound" in Canada around the time of his birth. The tune is an old Irish one, I think, and was taken up by the Royal Tank Regiment in World War 2. The Scaffold copied it and, I suppose, made up the words; wasn't one of them Peter McCartney, Paul's brother?

That's the result of having a fragmentary memory!

Regarding Greg, are the nerve pains in his feet connected with his diabetes? My wife, also a Type 1 diabetic, suffered from them, though luckily only mildly. I hope the pills prevent the condition from getting any worse. I am so sorry he has gone back to heavy drinking. Look after yourself, Rosiero.

DogLover said...

I ought to think (i.e. Google) before I speak! She was in Utah, not Canada, and here's a link:

http://www.mum.org/mrspink3.htm

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Hi
Don't know what to say but thinking about you. Make sure YOU have some good time in between your problems.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Hay Fever's a pain if you live near fields - like me! I suffer with it every year but mildly. I can't take tablets because they tend to intefere with my anti-convulsant drugs which will obviously mean a risk of seizures.

Shame about Greg. That's a heck of a lot of tablets to take in one day but he really doesn't help himself does he....

CJ xx

Not Waving but Drowning said...

I'm with shunningrunning, I'd have soaped the stairs by now.

You deserve a medal as big as a frying pan,

GG

Flowerpot said...

I am so sorry to hear about Greg's drinking. As with the others - what can we say? Take care.

aims said...

I'm surprised they did not give Greg the medication that makes him violently ill if he drinks. Do they not have it there? Or is he taking it and learned to overcome the illness?

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

If it got between him and his booze he wouldn't take it. It sounds like a slow suicide. The question is - why?