Many years ago, when I was in my teens, I spent a pleasant afternoon with three friends drinking Tussionex, which is a prescription cough syrup. Personally, I preferred to spend my time at the other end of the spectrum, doing amphetamines and staying awake for days on end. But these particular friends liked downers and narcotics, and this was one of rare forays over to the dreamier side.
The four of us shared a bottle of Tussionex that afternoon, consuming maybe an ounce and a half each. I just remember melting into their couch and spending the afternoon in a dreamy haze. I remember thinking it probably wasn’t even possible to get any more comfortable. I still remember that afternoon fondly, although nothing actually happened. Just four people in a room, completely relaxed, not doing anything, not even talking.
It was a one-off. I never did Tussionex again.
Fast forward to this week. I’ve still got that flu that GC had for three days, only I’ve had it for 12 days. On Wednesday I went to see my doctor. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t turning into pneumonia (it wasn’t). Secondly, all the coughing had resulted in me throwing my back out.
She wrote me a prescription for Tussionex, so that I won’t keep hurting my back by coughing. I’m supposed to take one to two teaspoons three times a day. I got it filled on Thursday night, and I took two teaspoons and went to bed. I read for an hour or so, then fell asleep.
Friday morning I was okay till I got out of bed. Then I was dizzy, weak, nauseous and completely depleted. Showering took what little energy I had.
I stumbled downstairs, opened the bird cages, and lay on the couch. I didn’t even want coffee. I didn’t have the energy to feed the birds. GC and Rosie came back from their walk and GC fed them. Simon bit GC hard enough to draw blood. He’s a one-person bird, and I’m his person.
Then GC and Rosie and Duncan went off to work and I just slept on the couch for hours. I don’t work Fridays so at least I didn’t have to call in sick. But I did have to cancel a breakfast date with a friend. I finally got up and had a coffee and some dry toast, and then I went back to bed, and didn’t get up again till 5:00ish.
I ate dinner, stayed up a couple of hours, and then I slept all night. Today I feel intermittently icky.
I haven’t taken any more of the Tussionex, in case that’s what caused all this. (Which is really a shame, because the stuff costs $100 a bottle and I only had one dose.*)
Maybe it’s a new virus on top of the old virus, and the Tussionex is just a coincidence? I don’t know. Have you heard of anything like this going around?
*I’ve checked to see if the Tussionex formula has changed over the decades, and apparently it’s time release now.