"Are you okay?" I called.
|I don't care if it hurts, it works!|
I got up and walked through to the kitchen. She was holding her finger. It didn't look serious. "Here," I said, "let me get you some alcohol." I happened to have a bottle on top of my cabinet.
"No, I'm just getting a Band-Aid," she said as she turned the corner into the downstairs bathroom.
"Really, let me get you some alcohol," I pressed. "You don't want it to get infected."
"No!" she insisted. "Alcohol hurts!"
"Yeah," I replied. "That's how you know it's working!"
"Oh, don't be ridiculous," she sniffed. "How old fashioned can you be?"
So I then offered to find her some hydrogen peroxide, a disinfectant that doesn't hurt. But by then she had the Band-Aid on her finger and was heading upstairs to get dressed for work.
|My soft picks|
Why? Because, I still maintain: If it hurts, that means it's working!
Now if you're ready to take more medical advice from me, after hearing this little story, let me recommend to you these tiny little toothbrushes you use to clean between the teeth. They are called interdental brushes, or "soft picks" if they're disposable.
My dentist suggested them to me about a year ago, when I'd gone to her after yet another filling disintegrated, leaving a hole in my tooth that required the installation of a crown. You use these mini-brushes instead of flossing (although I still floss sometimes, too). And from my experience, they work great. Also . . . they are more fun to use!
|A panoply of pain relievers|
I used to take Aleve for my pinched nerve. But I stopped using Aleve because I heard it was associated with heart problems among long-time users. And, besides, my pinched nerve got better, mostly because I went to physical therapy and kept up the exercises afterwards.
I still don't know which pain reliever is the safest and best to use. If anyone has any further information, or expert opinion, I'd love to hear it. But I guess the best advice is to use as much as you need, but no more than you need.
Come to think of it, that's probably good advice for any drug or medication.