The Leftovers

Shortly before Pop was released from the hospital his internist prescribed five tablets of Seroquel. This was to treat the “floating” hallucinations Pop was experiencing in his hospital room. But, once home, Pop had no need for the Seroquel because he experienced no further hallucinations—as had been predicted by one of the nurses.

So here’s five tablets of Seroquel sitting in my top desk drawer along with the tablets of Meclizine I avoided during my week-long vertigo trip in late June. I avoided the Meclizine because it only worked occasionally, and I feared constipation. I still fear constipation.

Seroquel, on the other hand, interests me, because it is commonly used to treat acute bipolar mania and schizophrenia. The white label on the candy-orange, white-capped bottle says, “SEROQUEL 25 MG TABLET ZEN.” What’s that “ZEN” supposed to mean? The bottle also instructs the patient to “Discard After 07-11-2006.”

The Meclizine, it’s good until 06-23-06.

Since Pop was released from the hospital, I’ve been in a experimental mood. You see, I envied Pop and his out-of-body hallucinations; I envied his trips on Morphine and Vicodin. But the doctors cut both those drugs out because of the hallucinations.

Here’s the point: What happens when someone who isn’t suffering from acute bipolar mania, or schizophrenia, or any sort of hallucinations, what happens when a seemingly sane individual tries the prescribed amount of Seroquel? Or, for that matter, what happens when a vertigo-free individual tries Meclizine? Or, what’ll happen when one combines Seroquel and Meclizine? Heck, why not toss it all down with a few small bottles of Sutter Home Merlot? Each 4/187 ml bottle has an alcohol by volume content of 13.0%.

Someone’s having fun this weekend.

Aw, but that someone’ll likely chicken out and just stick with the cheap wine.

Besides, there’s no rush. That someone’s got clear until next summer to conduct self-destructive experiments…

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