Gut Rumbles

May 18, 2006

she meant well

From my emails:

Rob, I'm sorry you feel bad. I will send you some drugs if you want them. I have extra-strength Tylenol, some buffered aspirin and some kind of little yellow pill that I think is either a muscle relaxer or maybe a sleeping pill. Those are about six years old, so I think you might have to take a bunch to feel anything.

I have your mailing address (Ha! Ha!) but I've never sent drugs in the mail before. Can I be arrested for that? How do I send them? I'm not asking for any money. I just want you to feel better.

See? I have spammers bugging me and NOW I have a pusher tryin' to get me hooked on buffered aspirin. What the hell. I told her (Ha! Ha!) to send me the little yellow pills. I'll take a bunch and tell HER what they are... or WERE... or whatever.

Good friends are hard to find.


If I remember my rock'n'roll history, that would be "Mother's Little Helper." And I quote:

What a drag it is getting old
"Kids are different today,"
I hear ev'ry mother say
Mother needs something today to calm her down
And though she's not really ill
There's a little yellow pill
She goes running for the shelter of a mother's little helper
And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day

Posted by: BlogDog on May 18, 2006 11:51 PM

Sheeze -- LOTS of 'pills' are yellow -- but 6 years old are most likely just a tad past their expiration date, dontcha think? Not a good idea, as I'm sure you know.
Listen, it's absolutely about the money, and I don't know what your insurance coverage is like, but most hospitals give significant discounts for cash -- the one I work in gives something in the nature of 45-55% off for cash paid within 1 month of service -- just so WE don't have to jump through all the insurance co. hoops -- everybody saves. Just find yourself the most reputable ortho group around and get their best shoulder guy (ASK how many of these procedures he does a month -- shop as least as smartly as you would for a new car or a new guitar!!), see what kind of a deal they'll cut you for cash and go for it. Get the mechanical shit fixed first and then see if you even need a pain program. First things first. Astounding as it may sound, most medical people DO care about your health and well-being, and all this insurance crap is as frustrating to us as it is to the patients. But you'll get better, faster service for cash or with a good PPO insurance. Sad but true.

Posted by: Marianne on May 19, 2006 03:39 AM

if you don't know what the yellow pills are, then you should probably go ask alice ... i think she'll know.

Posted by: erica on May 19, 2006 08:36 AM

A LOT of pills are yellow. If you don't recognize them, at least look them up in the PDR before you pop em and then discover you're growing tits because they're hormone replacement pills.

They don't give pain pills for rotator cuffs I think because if it didn't hurt and you keep stressing it, you just make it worse. But I can't believe they didn't give anti-inflammatories or at least tell you to take the Motrins. Why aren't you taking those?

I'd note one more time, cause I know you don't pay attention, I had the same thing and I solved it without surgery or PT by favoring one shoulder at a time. Put one arm in a sling so you don't use it at all for a couple of two three days, take the Motrin and see if that doesn't help. And once you get the inflammation down you have to build up to physical activity slow so you don't put it out again.

Posted by: Libby on May 19, 2006 08:37 AM

"cause I know you don't pay attention"
boy does she know you or what?! haha

Posted by: livey on May 19, 2006 08:42 AM

The little yellow pills are most likely Flexeril, genericly known as Cyclobenzaprine. It is a muscle relaxant, not addictive (unless you develop a psychological addiction to it).

If they are six years old, they are probably not potent anymore.

To check on any medication, find the numbers/letters on it and put it into a pill ID guide such as this one from

Your doc should prescribe flexeril for you anyway. It is cheap, and it's been around forever.

Posted by: Rivrdog on May 19, 2006 11:01 AM

though a muscle relaxant may take some of the pain away, you may do something during that time to further injure yourself. Take some ibuprofen, and switch doctors. Hope you feel better soon.

Posted by: oddybobo on May 19, 2006 11:44 AM

Bejus! You people took me about that post?

I think YOU have been eating little yellow pills...

Posted by: Acidman on May 19, 2006 01:33 PM

Let me know if you received the heroin I dropped in the mail.

Posted by: Steve H. on May 19, 2006 03:37 PM

When I was going through my PT for the same thing I was given Toradol and Cytotec. Given your history with stomach problems they might not prescribe Toradol long term. But be careful with the Cytotec; if you get pregnant it can cause miscarriage...

Posted by: Steph on May 20, 2006 02:51 AM
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