I was drawn to think about this issue last week because I was in the pharmacist. I was in the pharmacist because my neighbour across the valley called me at work to say that she and her husband were poleaxed by the Australian 'flu and good for nothing but the bed.
Could I pick up a couple of packets of Lemsip with the turbo-charge of paracetamol on board?
It was bit of a rush because I was just about to leave the office, late, and I was 20 minutes from the four (4!) pharmacies in Bagenalstown [pop. 3,000] which closed in 25 minutes. Nevertheless, I barrelled in through the door of Nolan's before they were shuttered and asked for the 1000mg paracetamol Lemsip .
- Is this for you?
- No, it's for my sick neighbours
- Are they on any other medication?
- Because they don't want to take this stuff if there is paracetamol in their other meds.
- I don't know
- Well make sure they don't overdose on paracetamol it will destroy their livers [prev]
- Hey, can I have two packets, one for him and one for her?
- I'll ask The Pharamcist
- Okay, I can sell you two packets, that will be €15,80
- Thanks for caring about my neighbours' liver.
- We can't be too careful.
- Do you remember Dozol? (she was of the right age)
I went round to the Pharmacy by the back-gate of Trinity College Dublin and asked for six (6!) bottles of Dozol. Well, the pharmacist had a fit and lectured me strong about how dangerous the stuff was: Six bottles is a LOT of Dozol. Telling him that the load was for export to England put an abrupt stop to his gab - he was quite happy to take my money if it was British kids that I was going to do to death. Really folks, don't do this at home. Dozol replaced Woodward's Gripe Water in the years after WWII despite the latter being a very effective soother of colicky or teething childer. Gripe water contained sodium bicarbonate and dill Anethum graveolens and . . . 4% alcohol! It was a lot more expensive than gin and thrifty mothers soon saw through the marketing and just put a tot of gin the baby's bottle - vodka would do nicely as well. There is nothing so wearing as the sleep deficit caused by a continually crying baby.