December 02, 2005

Thrombosis, anyone?

The street construction is over with, but its effects linger on. The most wonderful of these is that the building I live in has been shaken to bits, allowing even more of the carcinogenic, carbon-monoxide-laden cigarette smoke from the bar next door to filter up into my apartment than before. I'm guessing that this has also been helped along by the passage of bar/restaurant smoking bans in some of the larger cities in the area. So the people that like to smoke a pack or two with their shitty bar burgers and their watered-down drinks are being driven out of those cities and back into the small hometown bars like the one right next to my apartment.

I wouldn't worry about this except for two things:

1. I'm on Depo, and tobacco smoke + Depo = blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, and pulmonary embolisms.

2. I have a permanent sinus headache and earache now, plus constant drainage, which probably means I have a sinus infection.

If I ever again in my life hear somebody say, "Well, if you don't like the smoke, stay home," they will end up in pieces at the bottom of the lake, and I will laugh all the way to the maximum-security facility that I'll be housed in [since MN doesn't have capital punishment].

So to all you people who are whining about smokers' rights:

YOU ARE KILLING ME. YOU ARE LITERALLY PUTTING ME AT RISK FOR A STROKE WHICH COULD LEAVE ME DEAD OR PARALYSED FOR LIFE. YOU DO NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO DO THAT. DO YOU GET IT NOW?

If Merck can have their ass sued completely off--and successfully--because something like .05 people or whatever out of a thousand got a heart attack from Vioxx [fuck that, I'm not looking up the exact number], then I jolly well have a right to ask for protection from other people and their smoking, which they chose to start doing in the first place.

If it was hash brownies, or freebasing, or alcohol, or ANYTHING THAT DIDN'T TRAVEL THROUGH THE AIR, I wouldn't care. Kill yourself all you want, it's your life. Hell, you might end up like Keith Richards and be able to pump a whole Walgreens into your veins every day for ten years, and the worst effect you'll have out of it is you'll look like a mummy when you're 60. That's your risk to take. When you make it MY risk, and when you make it MY doctor bills because of sinus and throat infections,* and when you add to the risk I'm already having to take because of medications that I need to be on, that's where I draw the line. Does other people's health just not mean anything to you? Do their lives just not mean anything to you?

Now if you'll excuse me, I have quizzes to take for school before midnight. I turned up the HEPA filter and I'm gonna go take some Advil and some garlic and try to keep my sinuses in check without having to go to the doctor.

same bitch time, same bitch channel...
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*And don't forget the yeast infections that you have to fight off as a result of the antibiotics that the doctor gave you for the sinus infection--which will come back anyway because people are still smoking.

Posted by Frida Peeple at December 2, 2005 10:37 PM