Friday, August 04, 2006

Apparently I Used To Do A Good Impression Of Normski - I Can't Remember Ever Doing One

I'm not supposed to be here, at home. I have one sick day in a blue moon but today I feel like shit so I rang in sick and called the doctors'...

"Hello. Can I help you?"

"I've had a sore throat for the past week and now I ache all over and I'm bringing up this yellow mucus."

"I think you've got the wrong number. This is The Co-operative Funeral Directors."


Actually that didn't really happen. But just imagine if it did! No, I saw the Practice Nurse and she stuck something in my ear to check my temperature, asked me to lift my teeshirt so she could listen to my chest, and shone a light down my throat.

"You're not allergic to Penicillin, are you?"


"These'll sort you out. You'll be feeling right as rain after taking these."

I picked up my Duloxetine along with the Penicillin. My cold turkey starts tonight before I can start taking the new pills on Monday evening.


The wonderful thing about blogging is you can write anything you like about anything that happens in your life without some sharp-minded editor saying, "You can't write that, Geoff. Who's going to be interested in that?"

That's why I left The Independent (after pissing in Janet Street-Porter's coffee).


  1. I couldn't do the Duloxetine anecdote, if indeed it was one. I am actually allergic to penicillin, which is annoying because an auntie of mine was one of Fleming's medical guinea-pigs. You'd think there would be some kind of genetic pecking-order.

  2. The hypochondriac in me always wants to answer the question, "Are you allergic to penicillin" in the affirmative. But I always snap out of it and gratefully wolf down the things.

  3. You can write whatever you want and some pathologically perplexed lost soul like myself will read it and experience some relief from the humdrummery of the real world.

  4. Glad to be of service, HE.

  5. I'm not allergic to anything (that I know of) If I had to choose to be allergic to something I'd probably choose horses.

  6. I know someone who claimed to be allergic to instant coffee, although I think that was so she could avoid drinking it in social situations without appearing to be a middle-class ponce.

  7. I checked on the internet to see if I could have my Friday night glass of wine together with the penicillin.

    Aparently it's perfectly fine and the reason people used to be told they couldn't drink alcohol with penicillin was to stop the spread of vd (you're on the penicillin for your vd and alcohol will make you go out and shag someone who hasn't got the same strain of vd).

    Excuse me, I'm very otherworldly today.

  8. It's Saturday. The sun is shining and I'm stuck at my desk. I've been working all day and probably will be tomorrow.

    I've just discovered I'm allergic to work. Please advise.

    Inrofzl. No idea what this wonder drug fixes, but it sure sounds powerful.

  9. I've spent most of the day in bed. I went in the garden for a bit - too knackered to even sit out there.

    Just put Forever Changes on while Betty does the washing up. I think the antibiotics are beginning to kick in. I should be alright for work on Monday.

    This is how a proper weblog should be. The minutiae.

  10. Now if you were Fidel Castro, you wouldn't dare have a day off.
    I love the story re drinking and anti biotics ... great news for alcoholics - not me of course!

  11. I don't know if the advice is correct, Kaz. But I'm taking it as so.

    Besides, the wine is calming my digestion. That's my excuse, anyway.

  12. By the way word verification -


    I could have told you that within 5 seconds of viewing it.