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Drugs!
1. I think the tech at my dealer must've been on drugs.

Well, I got into work just after 15:00. I think the dealer was still bullshitting me though. When it was ready the service guy told me the tire shop did find a leak in the valve stem and it was fixed. But he then told me the tech swore that he DID rotate the tires on Friday. OK, so if the left rear tire was leaking BEFORE Friday and it was leaking AFTER Friday, then either they weren't rotated, or there should be *two* leaking tires. None of the other three tires show any signs of leaking. So either he didn't rotate them, or he took the tires off, put the one aside to check it, and then screwed up and put it back on the same spot. Either way, I'm pretty damn sure the left rear tire didn't move. They did at least do all the work today for free, which I was going to push for but didn't have to.

2. Now I'm on drugs.

Since I had a three hour wait for the car, and it was just around noon when I dropped it off, i walked over to the Galleria, um, sorry, 'Worcester Common Outlets', for lunch. (Aside: I *know* that the name is due to the mall being on the Worcester Common, so it should be parsed (Worcester Common) (Outlets). But I always mentally parse it as (Worcester) (Common Outlets) - you know, they sell the stuff you see everywhere anyway. It was worse when it was still the Worcester Common Fashion Outlets, because I always pictured them selling generic, everyday clothing.) So after lunching on Subway and posting my last entry from my NZ90 while sitting in the food court, I still hadn't heard from the dealer. So I wandered the Mall a bit. I wandered into Media Play, which was perhaps a mistake, since I wandered out with copies of The Animatrix, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, and Read Or Die. OK, so I can be impulsive. Then I went down to CVS to fill my prescriptions from the doc.

- Ranitidine HCL 75mg, Take 1 tablet twice daily. This is the same as Zantac 75. It is for my recurring, severe heartburn which has meant eating Tums regularly.
- Hydrochlorothiazide 25mg, Take 1 tablet by mouth every day. "By mouth"... No problem, it hadn't occurred to me to take it any other way. This is a diuretic, not being a doctor I'm not clear how that reduces blood pressure, unless we're like balloons and the more you let out the lower the pressure. I tend not to drink enough as it is, so I'd better make sure to stay hydrated while on this. I like the 'Common Brand Names' - Aquatensen (Japanese super hero - Aquatensen!), Diuril (the miracle alloy!), Enduron (doesn't that sound like a new AMD CPU?! it'd be a Duron for laptops, designed for long battery life.), Esidrix (New from Honda/Nissan/whatever), Hygroton (Godzilla vs. Hygroton!), Naturetin (sounds like a rustic village or something), Oretic (OK, dunno), Renese (sounds like one of those 'modern' girls names), Zaroxolyn (didn't he team up with Ming the Merciless?) I also love "Because this drug increases urination, it is best taken early in the day." And not, say, right before bed.
- Metoprolol 100mg, Take 1 tablet by mouth every day. A.k.a. Lopressor - a name I'm familiar with from others I know on BP meds. Hey, z_gryphon, wasn't this the stuff you were on too?

Better living through chemistry.

Oh, and I've heard from impykins, she's doing OK.

I am: bleh
Current Media: office buzz

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Comments
pdelahanty From: pdelahanty Date: September 8th, 2003 03:25 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Hmmm... I'm going to mark the inside of my tires with chalk when I go in to have them rotated (eventually).
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 8th, 2003 03:35 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, I've said that to a few people today. I'll mark the tires next time in some unobtrusive way.
From: iwascaite Date: September 8th, 2003 03:45 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Sorry to hear that you're needing those kinds of meds suddenly. When you get a chance, dig through available information (web searches are very useful) so you know what kinds of side effects to watch out for. Also, pay attention to the warnings, especially if they tell you not to drink alcoholic things. Bad things happen. Put a list of all the meds you're taking next to your insurance card too, that way if you pass out suddenly the paramedics can have a hope of deciphering the problem without trial and error.

I have too much experience managing this kind of experience for someone else right now, so email if you have questions.

The car tire rotation is pretty funny. I don't think I have had my tires rotated on my 1997 car yet, though it may have been part of the 5 or 10K checkups. I know it's listed for the 20K checkup, but I'll probably have to get new tires before then anyway.
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zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 8th, 2003 05:13 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Seek help.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: September 8th, 2003 05:02 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
No, I was on Univasc. (Prescription med or 1950s computer?)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 8th, 2003 05:08 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ah - yeah, Lopressor sounds more like someone who would be Darkseid's henchman.
lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: September 8th, 2003 06:44 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ranitidine HCL 75mg, Take 1 tablet twice daily. This is the same as Zantac 75. It is for my recurring, severe heartburn which has meant eating Tums regularly.

I was on Ranitidine for a while, so now you will get lots of unsolicited advice. :-)

I think I was on 150mg once a day. It worked great until it stopped working, and it took me a while to notice. Pay attention to your body - if the medicine isn't getting rid of your heartburn completely or it seemingly stops working, call your doctor. Check up the side effects and see if you get them. My doctor had me on something else first, and it gave me leg muscle pain so he yanked me off and put me on Ranitidine.

Also, there should be some info in there about not taking Tums or other antacids within 2 hours of taking the Ranitidine. I sometimes took a Tums after an acidic supper, and then took my meds before bedtime (maybe 6 hours later) and I don't recall having any problems.
ardaniel From: ardaniel Date: September 8th, 2003 07:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Done the diuretic routine (to reduce a sight-threatening case of glaucoma by drying out the fluids). Can't stress enough that you have to drink a lot more fluid than normal. I'd recommend Gatorade, but check with your doc; drinking what's basically salty Kool-Aid may not be the right answer if they're trying to get your sodium lower to keep your BP down.

http://www.tmc.edu/thi/diurmeds.html
ladysprite From: ladysprite Date: September 8th, 2003 07:33 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
This is a diuretic, not being a doctor I'm not clear how that reduces blood pressure, unless we're like balloons and the more you let out the lower the pressure

(*putting on my Doctor Hat*) Actually, as simplistic as it sounds, that's more or less how diuretics work in cases of heart disease and high blood pressure. There are two ways to lower the pressure - to dilate the vessels so they can hold more (which is how some of the other meds work), or to decrease the amount of pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid in the system.

Diuretics like the thiazides are pretty mild, and they mostly work in conjunction with other meds to keep excess fluid from backing up, rather than to overly dehydrate a person. And... i'm rambling, and this is probably more than you wanted to know. But it is kinda keen, when you think about it.
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