It’s one of those moments that is horrifying while you’re in the middle of it but a complete comedy of errors afterwards. We can laugh now and hope our little comedy may save someone the awfulness we had or at least give you a good laugh.
New medication nightmare
My husband was given a new medicine in nasal spray form to try. At the same time the doctor recommended an over the counter nasal spray that was homeopathic, Ausanil, and was supposed to be taken to stop a migraine from spiking. Are you seeing the common denominator in this yet?
He had tried the first one and it helped just a little but made him so very loopy. He wasn’t sure he wanted to try it again but decided he would give it another try. I’m standing in the kitchen cooking with my back to him. He asks me “when I take this I’m supposed to spray it up my nose and then take a big sniff, correct?”. “I answered yes, that’s correct”. The next thing I hear him say is “Man this BURNS, it didn’t burn last night!”. I whirl around really quick and said “which medicine did you take?” He took the homeopathic one, not realizing it. They look very much alike!
WELL, it’s made from capsaicin, do you know what that is? It is basically pepper spray. It’s the part of a pepper that makes it hot. You are supposed to spray and NOT sniff. IT will not work as well and BURN LIKE FIRE!
Now just imagine taking pepper spray shoving it up your nose, spraying a whole bunch of it straight into your sinuses! Better yet take a handful of ghost chilies and push them as far up your nose as you can get them and take a big whiff of them! Can you imagine????
Screaming Side Effects
He started hollering, went straight to our room and rolled back and forth on the bed holding his face. His face was cherry red! Man that spray! It reminds me of scenes from the three stooges after one of them would start a task and it would all go utterly wrong.
It took about 15 minutes to begin to subside. The tears were streaming down his face from the pain! It was horrific! It was like a train wreck. You couldn’t look away. The kids were watching but didn’t want him to know it.
I felt so bad for him and there was nothing that could be done but to give it time. Now that spray sits on the cabinet, ironically right next to the spray he was supposed to be taking that night. He has not touched it since. We have no idea if it worked, there was too much pain. I’ve only brought it up once or twice since then and the look of utter terror on his face answers the question of if he is willing to try it again.
Maybe this medicine, Ausanil (you can find it online here), will work for you, but BE WARNED, IT BURNS! Let this be a lesson to read all labels before taking any medicine. It’s a lesson to me to make sure I know exactly what he is asking me about in the future before I answer.
Next lesson, DO NOT SNIFF or you’ll be the one rolling around while others watch your train wreck. Lastly learn to laugh with each other, laugh at yourself and laugh at the mistakes, no matter how crazy, in this thing we call life.
Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh, (Luke 6:21). Boy did he do some weeping, but now for the laughter.