I was half listening to the advertising for Tamiflu on the television as I waited for the weather. When the “fine-print-calming-disclaimer voice” listed the possible side-effects, I perked up. Say what? We are talking about having the flu and taking something to ease the problems wracking our system so we can return to normal life. How is this helpful?
Side-effects may include:
Abdominal or stomach pain
bloody nose or unexplained nosebleeds (occurs mainly in children)
burning, dry, or itching eyes (mainly in children)
ear disorder (occurs mainly in children)
excessive tearing of the eyes (mainly in children)
redness, pain, or swelling of the eye or eyelid (mainly in children)
trouble with sleeping
Psychiatric side effects have included abnormal behavior and delirium (including symptoms such as altered level of consciousness, confusion, delusions, hallucinations, agitation, anxiety, nightmares) during postmarketing experience. Mania has been reported.[Ref]
Delirium and abnormal behavior leading to injury, with fatal outcomes in some cases, in influenza patients receiving oseltamivir have been reported during postmarketing experience (mostly in Japan).
I’ll take my chances with the flu.
So what are we doing to ourselves that we medicate to the point of vomiting? Wasn’t I looking for cure for that exact symptom? It doesn’t seem to make much sense. Since leaving the world of health care insurance, I have paid more attention to the rhythms of my body and made changes to what I become worried about. We all age, teeth don’t last as long as other parts of the body, even if you grew up in the ’50s when fluoride was pumped into the water to make our teeth strong. Joints become less pliable and have quicker stopping points in range of motion. Eyesight becomes soft and fuzzy around the edges. Skin seems to sag and shift.
I also live in a world where many of the people I interact with all day are my age and have stepped away from contemporary medicine. We share what works for the small stuff and how diet can have a positive impact on the degeneration occurring in our systems. When I have ground my teeth all night in stress and they feel so loose it is scary, a few days of dedicated oil pulling with a rich tablespoon of Butternut Squash Seed oil will ease the pain and tighten my molars so eating is once again enjoyable.
And eating should be enjoyable. There are so many wondrous ways to cook the same healthy balance of fish, meat, veggies (even in the dead season), and cheeses to explore. Food is comfort and sustenance but also requires creativity for budgetary and availability reasons.
As to the stiff joints and small aches, they are part of life. That little finger I broke years ago when I jammed it on Night’s neck over a jump, was always slated for arthritis. A teaspoon of honey and Saigon Cinnamon every few days loosens and relieves for now. As to the flu? I did get a shot this year as always. It is required for Hospice and so far I haven’t had a flu in years. If I do succumb you can be assured I will not be taking a drug for it that has side-effects worse than the actual malady.