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Sunday, November 15th, 2009

I'm currently getting over being the sickest I've ever been in my life. I think I've got a variation of the seasonal flu, but who knows.

Last weekend my parents were in town and when they left on Sunday I raked all the leaves in the yard. This took me hours and hours, so when I was done I was totally exhausted. The next day I felt like I got run over by a bus, it was awful. I couldn't tell if I was just sore from doing all that work the day before or because that goes along with the flu. Either way, I felt terrible.

I had already taken Monday as a personal-day because my parents were supposed to stay up longer but ended up leaving on Sunday. This worked out because I was totally useless from Monday on. I took a sick-day on Tuesday because I couldn't move and still had a fever. We had Wednesday off for Veterans Day which was great timing allowing me to avoid using another sick day. I dragged my sorry ass into work on Thursday and Friday, but I just kept to myself. I had a lot of stuff to do; luckily most of it I could do while quarantined in my office.

I'm a big fan of Nyquil and Dayquil, but they just didn't do anything for my congestion. So we got some liquid Sudafed, the good stuff behind the counter that you have to sign for. That stuff was amazing, it cleared up my stuffed nose, cleared up my foggy brain and even warmed me up. It wasn't until a day or two later I found out I was misreading the dose I was supposed to be taking. The package said 2 teaspoons (tsp) for adults. The little measuring cup they gave me didn't have a 2 tsp mark, it had a 2 tbs mark – which is 2 tablespoons! I know tablespoons are bigger than teaspoons, but the cup was smaller than the normal measuring cup, so I thought it must have been a trick of the eye. No wonder I was feeling good, I was taking 3 times the recommended dose.

retarded measuring cup

Why would they include a measuring cup with the medication that doesn't have a marking in the same units as the recommended dose on the package? I think I just looked at it for a 2...and only saw the top one. I'm also used to seeing tablespoons abbreviated as TBSP, so I didn't even notice the two bottom marks as actual teaspoons, I thought they were all teaspoons. By the way, have you ever seen a DSSP? That stands for a dessertspoon which roughly measures 2 teaspoons. So while I'm on my deathbed, in pain and can't breath I'm supposed to figure out that I need to convert teaspoons to dessertspoons (which I've never heard of) while avoiding the non-standard abbreviation of tablespoons. I should've just started swigging from the bottle.

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Cheryl
#1 - Nov 16, 2009 at 8:28 PM
HAHAHAHA! I was wondering what DSSP was myself! And they expect the average consumer to know this? Where is this product made....in CHINA?!
Joe
#2 - Nov 19, 2009 at 6:53 PM
Well it was a generic brand...

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