Thursday, August 16, 2007

Today I am Thankful for...

....drug companies!!! I know at times they get a bad rap for being money hungry manipulators. But in all honesty, a lot of peoples lives have been saved and/or improved thanks to the medications we have available.

I've been struggling with a lot of pain these past few days. I think the worst thing about it is waking up every hour or so through the night. So you add pain and lack of sleep together, it makes for one very grumpy me! :-) Yesterday when I saw my GP he recommended trying an Ibuprofen based pain killer. So I came home from the chemist with some Nurofen Plus. Now I am totally in LOVE with Nurofen Plus!!!! LOL. Wouldn't mind taking out shares in our local pharmacy though after parting with another $50 there yesterday (but I am thankful they're there - so I'm not TOO grumpy about that).

Last night DS had croup (again!!!). I'm thankful we have the availability of redipred - it's so scary when your child can't breathe. He was having an awful time of it - getting frustrated when he couldn't even get enough breath to cough. :-( So he's back to the dr today (was there just yesterday). Poor little mite.

I know our health system isn't perfect (far from it) but I'm just feeling really thankful that we do have some resources to help us through the not so healthy moments in our lives. So many people in the world don't have access to the kind of medical care that we do - and I know at times I'm guilty of taking it for granted.


Kez said...

{{HUGS}} on your pain..

I love redipred! Billy used to get croup a fair bit - touch wood he hasn't had it for a while so may be growing out of it. It's so scary.. I remember the first time when we had to take him to hospital and they put the mask over his face so he could breathe in the drugs - Pete had to hold him down he screamed & fought so much :( I was in tears..

Kez said...

BTW - I just awarded you the Nice Matters Award - check my blog :)

Kin said...

Nurofen Plus ROCKS!!!

Very very cool stuff. Worst part about being pregnant is not being able to take it :(

Hope you feel better soon.

Anonymous said...

Have never had redipred but have had 2 boys with croup before! One so ill he went in the ambulance one night, other one was fine with saline in a nebuliser. However that barky croup cough is never nice to deal with at all. I now use a home remedy that my mum used on me for years and it works. (I used to laugh at her once until I was desperate) It uses a solution that you wet a piece of flannel with and attach to thir singlet or top and they sleep with it on. I have used this when away at my inlaws in the country in dire emergency and it has worked within seconds. Uses vinegar, methylated spirits and water - called a 123!

Pray you are all feeling better real soon.