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I know from the following-
1. My own horrendous experience (I am 4 weeks patch-free after 7 years at 150mcg/hr and now feeling GREAT)
2. The countless posts about people's nightmares using Fentanyl, its side effects, and of course worst of all, getting off this demonic stuff (apart from the wonderful posts by people who are finally free of this hell, and the huge encouragement and hope this gives to others, as it did me)
that, Fentanyl and the associated issues outlined above, is hardly a laughing matter, to put it lightly. BUT having said this, I do think that a light-hearted distraction, whether an interesting thing to read, funny movie, etc, can help just as much as a medication (we all know the famous saying!). With this in mind, I thought I would post the following, and hope to take peoples' minds off the heavy issues for a minute...
When I was a kid, I often got motion sickness. Nothing terrible, but I would avoid long car journeys along bendy roads, and when we went on an airplane somewhere, even light turbulence bought on nausea, and often vomiting (I grew out of this in my late teens by the way). When I was about 9, I found out by chance, that eating marmalade (is it called this in the States too, and other countries? I mean like jam, but made only from oranges? Pardon my ignorance!!) in sandwiches or on toast, was a huge help, and my nausea and sickness almost vanished in 10 minutes.
So, forward about 25 years, and I am fighting my way off the evil patches. One of the MANY hellish symptoms (not the worst though by far) was that I had nausea and vomiting, every day, far worse in the mornings (erm.... no, I wasn't pregnant, I'm a guy, LOL!!). Someone suggested I try the marmalade on toast, like when I was young. Why not? Nothing to lose. So when I could finally keep down some food, I carefully tried it, and guess what, it was WAY better than anything the Docs gave me for nausea! (I would recommend trying ...it can't exactly harm you!!). So what, you say? Well here's the interesting, light hearted bit:
I learned (and I'm 99% sure it is true, and I'm not just a gullible fool!!) that the origin of the word "marmalade" comes from the French, some 250 years ago. It began as
"Mal-Mer-Aide", which when translated, literally means, "Bad-Sea-Aid". Allegedly, the French swore by it whenever they took to the seas, to aid the terrible sickness and nausea on the old galleons and boats!! Over the centuries, the name got distorted a bit, to today's! So there, a little bit of light hearted trivia to distract from the misery that the Patches can cause. Anybody got something light & distracting?? Mark.
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