Posted on December 30, 2008 by pacificyorkshirebird
Hi Readers – Hope you had a nice Christmas and are looking forward to good things in 2009! I spent my Christmas in sunny Manchester – the blue half of the city for those of you interested in Mr. Charismatic’s true ‘mancunianess’.
Like so many of you – I came down with a cold over the holidays. All that time off work and what happens? We get sick (or in Britain the term is ‘ill’ or ‘unwell’ or ‘rough’ because ‘being sick’ exclusively means throwing up here).
So, as I type I am choking down a LemsipMax. It is lemon flavour of course because blackcurrant is far too British for me. (And might lead me to the dreaded ‘sickness’). A friend of mine who came to visit a few years ago nicknamed Lemsip ‘Crack for Colds’. I don’t know what it is about 1000mg of paracetemol combined with one or two other drugs but it sure does the trick!
When I moved here I came prepared with all sorts of Costco size packs of ibuprofen and pepto-bismal etc. One by one my various american branded otc medicines expired. It was pretty scary the first time I purchased paracetamol instead of acetaminophen. I realised that in America I never really paid any attention to what medicine I bought – it was always just whatever my parents had bought. Now, I have really take a look and really know what it is I’m putting into my body. Not to mention the fact that symptoms are described somewhat differently.
Lets see… LemsipMax: paracetemol – check! Phenylephrine hydrochloride – check! Guaifenesin – Check! Warm floppy body feeling – Check Check!
Now if only I could figure out just what makes a cough chesty…