This morning I woke up and took six pills. One for high blood pressure, one for reflux, an over the counter antihistamine and a decongestant for my allergies, and two Aleve because I woke up with right wrist tingling (probably from the 3 gigs I played this week). Is this what it's like to get old?
Halfway through Shacharis I realized that is was a mistake to take the Aleve on an empty stomach and I could barely wait to get home and pour some Cheerios and Milk into me.
The pharmacologist in me knows that some of these pills directly counteract the others. For example, I know that the decongestant is working to raise my blood pressure even as the angiotensin receptor blocker is trying to lower it. And the proton pump inhibitor is barely a match for the anti-inflammatory medication.
Still, there is a part of me that thinks it would be cool to observe the chemical interactions in my blood stream, like two sets of superheros fighting for supremacy of my body. The good guys duking it out with the supervillains. Who will emerge supreme? Will they join forces with one another? Can we get a Justice League of Medicine with Benicar and Protonix on the side of good battling the evil forces of Sudafed and Naproxen? And what side will Claritin take?
I think it would make for an interesting new TV series. Or at least a commercial.