Oh boy. You’re going to love this story. In November I cracked a tooth. LOONNGGG story short – there was the root canal, the infection, the drilling, the filling, the temporary crown, the infection (again), the final permanent crown. Lots of dental visits. Lots of shots in my poor jaw. Lots of fun and games. And finally, last week, my jaw told me it had had enough. I ended up with partial facial paralysis (and pain … lots of pain, folks) due to severe nerve inflammation. Thank goodness it was temporary and it’s all better now – honestly – but a funny thing happened on the way to getting better.
Prednisone should come with a warning label – do not make major purchases while taking this medication. That’s right. Doc gave me a steroid injection to help with the inflammation and put me on a prednisone burst. Let me tell you how I react to large doses of prednisone. I get CRAZY!!
Here’s the proof. Last Saturday afternoon (in full prednisone euphoria) found me in my car, in a slushy snow storm, driving 40 miles to a pet store because I had decided that I could not live another moment without an aquarium. Holy mother.
Now I am the proud (and growing skeptical) owner of a 30 gallon fresh water tropical fish aquarium that I’m rapidly finding out is NOT merely an observational pastime. It’s a hobby folks. A labor intensive, high maintenance, chemical balance issue filled hobby. But – oh, is it beautiful!
So, let yourself be warned. Don’t drink and drive, don’t drive and text, and for goodness sake, don’t make any major purchases while taking prednisone. LOL.
Lest you think I jest – here are photos.
The big picture
Notice my little snorklers in the tank? :o)
and my little mermaids?
Okay. so they’re all cut out photos of the grandkids but they’re cute right? LOL
Buddy is enthralled
Granted, the tank is already beautiful (and will be even more beautifuller :o) when I get it fully stocked) but did the Gerard household really need a tank full of fish in addition to the dog, the two cats and the 3 horses? I think not. But I thought that thought far after I slid the plastic card through the little charge machine thingy :o)
On another note: Thank you all for going out and buying Last Man Standing and shooting it way up on the New York Times Best-seller lists. Thanks to you, LMS hit the Times Mass Market paperback list, the combined hardcover/mm list, the e-book list and the e-book/mm combo list. A quadruple score! It’s so exciting.
It’s a WOW collection of short stories (edited by Sandra Brown) and written by some of the hottest thriller writers in the business. For instance: Lee Child, Debra Webb, Allison Brennan, Robert Browne, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Andrea Kane … the amazing list goes on and on. And oh yeah – I was invited to write a story for the collection too. :o) I think you’ll all enjoy catching up with Johnny Duane Reed and Crystal (Tink) Debrowski (Whisper No Lies) in the action packed Dying To Score which finds them on the run and in bad trouble in the jungles of Guatemala.
Okay. Back to my ‘prednisone purchase’. How about you all? Anyone out there ever make an impulsive purchase they later regretted or semi regretted and if so was it drug (let’s stick with the legal stuff) induced or just a ‘what was I thinking?’ moment? And if anyone out there has a freshwater aquarium, I’m all ears when it comes to tips. I already love my little fishies and I want to keep them healthy and happy.