Just Another Rant

After a painful day yesterday I am enjoying my day off today and am feeling quite sprightly. There’s a slight bittersweet quality about the pain free nature of the day because I achieved it by taking a double dose of paracetamol (which is a bad thing to do) and a double dose of ibuprofen (ditto). There’s some reason that I’m not supposed to take ibuprofen. The doctor did tell me, but I’ve forgotten. They have given me a gel to use, because I can have ibuprofen as a gel, just not as a tablet, unfortunately that has one major fault – it doesn’t actually work.

The other, minor,  problem is that my knobbly fingers have an unsettling quality at the best of times. but when coated in a shiny gel they look like the sort of low-budget horror make-up associated with British TV of the 1960s.

I wasn’t actually going to talk about my delinquency regarding over the counter pain remedies, I was thinking of a piece on a social issue, or  something philosophical on writing. Somehow I just seem to find my level chatting about health, TV or sleeping. Not even talking about health really, my subject is mainly  unhealth, which probably isn’t a word. However, it stands in relation to unhealthy as health and healthy stand together, so it should be a word.

I haven’t been keeping up with drinking guidelines recently because I stopped drinking  thirty years ago. I just checked them up and see the Government suggests limiting alcohol consumption to six pints a week. Beer, that is. I was going to check it up in terms of vodka but you have to download an app to check that. Download an app? What is the world coming to? It’s bad enough that I had stop smoking and drinking, now they want me to clutter my life with apps. I really would rather be a drunkard with  a hacking cough than the sort of person who browses a mobile phone and uses apps. No wonder the world is in such a state.

Next thing you know we’ll have  a Police App. Been the victim of crime? Download our app and press a load of buttons. It won’t solve your problems with anti-social behaviour and it won’t catch burglars, so in that respect it will be just like the real police.  Oh yes, it’s that time again, voting for our local police commissioner. I will, as usual, be taking a stroll down to the polling booth to spoil my paper with the words “Why are we wasting money on this nonsense?”.



29 thoughts on “Just Another Rant

  1. Clare Pooley

    Ibuprofen can cause stomach ulcers and /or bleeding of the stomach unless taken with food/milk. You might also be taking a drug that already contains ibuprofen and over-dosing isn’t pleasant.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      It was only for a few nights as I only had one lot each night – total of ten tablets.

      I try to keep away from self-medication as much a possible, as I have enough problems without adding to them. 🙂

  2. Helen

    Oh yes, I remember the vote for our local police commissioner – I think we were automatically given a postal vote, but perhaps my memory is playing tricks. However, I do remember reflecting at the time that it’s difficulty to vote for someone when you know nothing about them/the subject.

    Anyway, ibuprofen can cause internal bleeding I believe.

      1. Helen

        Good idea! When I had back pain a chemist advised against ibuprofen – if in doubt stick to paracetamol.

  3. paolsoren

    1. I hate the actual word ‘app’. I assume it is an abbreviation and as such I also hate the word ‘veg’.
    2. We don’t vote for a Police Commissioner. He/She is appointed by the elected state government and there would have to be something dramatic for him/her to be kicked out.
    3 I don’t take ibuprofen because it can cause stomach ulcers and I already have a bit of trouble there.
    4. I sometimes wish they could amputate the worst of my fingers.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I’m not sure how we used to appoint our old police committees, probably the old boy network, but it was cheaper and no less efficient.

      Sorry to hear about your fingers, I feel the same about mine. Unfortunately it isn’t always the same ones so I don’t want to do anything rash.

      Stick in there, I’ll be back for more bera stories now I need cheering up. :=-)

  4. tootlepedal

    I recently downloaded a free app to help me recall and/or recognise wild flowers which I find on walks or cycle rides. It works very well and stops me going mad trying to remember names which I may only hear once a year so forget easily. That’s one up for apps in my view. Of course it is spying on me as well and checking all the other apps on my phone but that’s life these days.

    Sorry about the arthritis. It’s a real and metaphorical pain.

  5. bitaboutbritain

    Sorry to hear about your health (unhealth). I have discovered a new hobby, over the last year, swapping health/unhealth updates with others on the street. I’ve not had any health problems previously, but I’ve made so many new friends. As for the beer/fags, thing, it reminds me of the joke about the guy whose doctor tells him he needs to cut down on the booze, quit smoking and avoid too much excitement by reducing sex. and the guys asks if this will help him live longer. “No,” says the doctor, “But it’ll feel like it.”

    Look after yourself.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      🙂 😉 😉

      Friends are good. At one point we seemed to be running a prostate support group in the shop – lots of coin collectors are in the right age bracket… 🙂

  6. Orvillewrong

    As my son said when his car was stolen and the police answer was to give him a piece of paper with a crime number on. As he remarked ‘it would be difficult to drive this’

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Yes. One of neighbours was given a crime number (for the insurance company) and advised to drive round looking for the car as they were often dumped within a few miles. Drive? What in?

  7. Lavinia Ross

    I am sorry about the pain you are still having. We are trying different things. Some foods seem to trigger inflammation with me, but it is a trial and error process. I have learned to avoid some things though, and it helps. You might want to look up palmitoylethanolamide as an alternative, or at least an adjunct, and see what you think.

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        It might be the gooseberry drizzle cake one of the neighbours gave me for Easter. In that case it ,ay be that I decide to put up with the pain. 🙂

  8. LA

    I know you meant this as a rant, but really….you aren’t far from the truth here in your unassuming way…


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