Friday, May 20, 2011
Double X Double Knock Out
Seeing as how there has been a little talk about Double X recently I thought I’d recount a not so fond memory of taking this vitamin.
This was over 10 years ago the first time we were in Amway/WWDB. Our upline Platinum shrew was flogging buying the Amway vitamins like you wouldn’t believe to get the old PV up there so she could meet her goal. Ambot bought Double X and we were both taking them. I am not a morning person. I’m usually groggy and might forget what I’m doing. Takes me hours to get my act together. So I might not always remember to do things in the morning or forget if I’ve already done it or not. I think I’d been pretty good each morning at taking the Double X. I’d usually grab my 2 pills and go to the office and check my emails or do anything else I needed to do on the computer before going to work.
One morning I was on the computer and saw the 2 pills sitting beside the keyboard. Oops. Forgot to take them. I pop them in and leave for work.
The company I worked for was about a 20 minute drive from my house. Maybe 25 minutes if I hit all the red lights! I’m about halfway to work and I start to feel lightheaded. Its a cold morning but I roll down the windows anyway hoping that will help. I arrive at work and park in the lot about 200 feet from the front door of the building. I open the door and get out but I’m so dizzy I have to sit down again. Obviously something is not right here. I’d been feeling fine before taking the Double X but I didn’t make the connection at that point.
I slowly walk inside but I’m really unsteady and feeling ill. Fortunately I worked on the ground level. I shared an office with another woman whose shift started 30 minutes before mine. She is already there and talking to another co-worker. I sit at my desk but don’t say anything to them. Or maybe I said hi but didn’t join in the conversation because I’m feeling queasier by the second. By now I think I’m going to puke so I get up and go to the washroom.
This company had an exercise room on the ground floor. The washrooms here also had a shower. I go inside hoping it will be deserted. No such luck. A co-worker who I don’t know very well because she works on another floor had been working out prior to starting her day and is putting on her make up. I told her I didn’t want to gross her out but I was pretty sure I was going to throw up. I then sat down on the bench in the shower area and waited. Nothing happened. I got up and walked across the hall into the lunch room where there is a couch and laid down on it. Eventually the lady in the washroom comes over and asks if I’m OK. I said I didn’t know what was wrong but I felt nauseous.
After she left I ran back to the bathroom and was sick. I returned to the lunchroom and laid down on the couch. A couple of other co-workers came in for coffee and were concerned. I suppose when they went back to their desks they let the lady who I shared an office with know because a few minutes later the phone in the lunch room rang. I answered and sure enough it was my friend quite concerned and wanting to know if she could get me a ginger ale or anything. I said no but didn’t feel well enough to stay at work and didn’t think I could drive either so I was going to phone Ambot to pick me up. She phoned our supervisor to let her know I was ill and going home.
When Ambot arrived I was sick again. It was horrible. He drove me home and then he left for work a couple of hours later. I didn’t throw up again but I was in extreme stomach agony all day long and stayed in bed too weak to get up. When Ambot got home later that night he was on the computer and then I heard him call out and ask if I’d seen his painkillers he’d left beside the computer. He’d had a work related back injury and was taking the meds.
All of a sudden it clicks that I must have taken his medication and those weren’t Double X that I’d put down by the computer. Two of those meds were the max a guy his size could have taken. For a petite like me they were knock outs. I was pretty angry with him for leaving his meds out like that. Obviously I’d mistaken them for my Double X. Worse - what would have happened if the dog had eaten them.
There’s some medications you can’t take with vitamins because of adverse reactions. That might have been a combination of what knocked me out so hard and fast. Double X and painkillers.
I spent a day in agony because of the Double X mix up. I never took them again.