I have been doing battle with the head cold from hell since the end of last week. (I think it's FINALLY going down) In this struggle there are a few indispensable weapons. I gotta have my hot salsa and OJ to eat. I gotta have my Gypsy Cold Care Tea with honey to help my nose. Do NOT expect me to use anything but the softest Puffs tissues (but don't give me the lotion coated ones, they are not very absorbent...yuck). Now for the drugs. I'm allergic to aspirin so it has to be Tylenol. For helping my mucous filled head drain I rely heavily on frequent doses of Sudafed. Now, there has been a recent development in that the original formula for Sudafed contains an ingredient used at meth labs so the stuff has been reformulated to be chemically unsuitable for such uses. Read that as chemically unsuitable for relieving head congestion as well.
Fortunately, I can still get the real deal from behind the counter. The ridiculous thing is now I have to present my driver's license and have my name and address entered in a gigantic volume called the Federal Log for Sales of Pseudephedrine Hydrochloride or some such and then sign my name to it. I am also only allowed to purchase a certain amount in a certain period of time because clearly I am not really tie dyeing in my basement. It's all a clever ruse to throw the authorities off the trail of my meth lab. This ridiculous example of application of the Unpatriotic Act astonishes me (I could rant at length regarding many other more outrageous applications of this law but this is the one that bothers me today) . A little over a year ago I was taking all sorts of narcotic painkillers for an extended period of time due to my inclination to wind up with bones protruding from my forearm after ziplining. At that time and even now, I could give my 14 year old a $20 bill and ask her to go pick up MY refill for narcotics with no problem but as a 38 year old woman, I can't get my own head unblocked without dear old Dubya requiring my ID.
I'm thinking as a responsible and law abiding citizen of this nation I want to make very sure Dubya knows I really needed the Sudafed for legitimate purposes. I'm thinking I should have saved up all my used tissues to mail to him as documentation of my head cold.