Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Woe is Me (but I'm better today...)

Last night I had a very unusual reaction to the proverbial 2 carbon fragment, the innocent looking structure shown here. CH3CH2OH.

Even with a nice big glass of H20 and
two of these as a bit of preventive treatment......

I got sicker than a poor, old pathetic dog but not before I ate a delightful 2 egg omelet made with cheese, bacon bits, and a goodly, tasty amount of diced jalapenos. Oh, and a Skinny Cow mint ice cream sandwich (yum) for dessert (of course).

Don't you just love waking up to a splitting migraine which turns out to be refractory to this:

I couldn't figure out what was making me so sick in the middle of the night, long after the 2 carbon fragments should have been metabolized. But sick I was and as light of day dawned and with the help of this:

I was significantly improved and now am just about back to normal.

Lesson learned? Not sure. What the heck happened? Glad I was at home. Glad Denny was here to watch over me, pathetic as I was.

Translation for the non-chemists: I had one too many glasses of wine (such a nice Chenin Blanc) and despite taking a couple of aspirin with a glass of water (a pretty good prophylactic measure to avoid a wine migraine), I got a migraine anyway and spent the night running to the porcelain god(dess). Sumatriptan (the migraine antidote was like taking a placebo; actually worse since placebos often work if you think they'll work). By morning, the evils passed, my body is back in functional shape and caffeine has bolstered me further into the land of the living.

I did learn one thing: Jalapenos are evil little devils when they decide to propel retrograde instead of progressing antegrade like they should. Another bit of "medical lingo" translated: You don't want to experience throwing up jalapenos.

Enough information for everyone, I'm sure. Thanks for reading and I trust I'm feeling your support for my miseries. Maybe you've had similar.


  1. Thank goodness for the translation - it all sounded terrible in chemistry-speak and then it turns out it was terrible. Glad you are feeling better now though!

  2. Oh, such an ugly end to what sounds like a nice meal. Are organic wines any better for you? My daughter sometimes gets migraines and now prefers organic wine. Her headaches seem to be closely related to what's going on with her hormones. I wish medical science could unravel the migraine mystery because it affects so many women.

  3. I'm so glad you are feeling better!

  4. Youch! I'm sorry. I hope you're better now.

  5. Wow, I'm just glad it's over. It makes total sense that jalapenos would be just horrible in reverse!!!!!


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