Friday, October 18, 2013

Scaredy Cat

I read the warning on the quit smoking medication: 

SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE SUICIDAL AND HOMICIDAL IDEATION, DEPRESSION, AGITATION, ANXIETY, HOSTILITY, ARACHNOPHOBIA, COULROPHOBIA AND CRAVING FOR CIGARETTES

Why am I a scaredy cat?

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I wrote this for the Week 90 Trifextra Writing prompt where we are to write exactly 33 words about what scares us or our character. 

Your comments are appreciated.

48 comments:

  1. HI you.
    Oh this was just right...written with just enough tongue in cheek fun.

    Hey , there are rational reasons to be hesitant. Am I right?
    (just don't take a drag on the filter while you decide)
    ;)

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    1. Thank you Kir. I'm glad you enjoyed the bit of humor. Loved your entry. :)

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  2. Never read the side effects if you're a hypochondriac. It's a recipe for disaster!

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  3. arachnophobia? Shit, I'm gonna start smoking.

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  4. Those side effect pamphlets are worse than the disease sometimes. Good take on the prompt!

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  5. Oh... do they really want to stop you? I wonder...
    Loved it.
    -HA

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  6. lol. Being a smoker, this made me smile a bit. :) I never read the warning labels or side effects. If I did, I'm almost sure I'd build a plastic bubble to walk around in, like a hamster, almost.

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  7. I never thought phobias cud spring up as side effects of medication - ARACHNOPHOBIA, COULROPHOBIA - is that really possible ? Arent phobias such as those psychological ?

    Well presented lumdog...hope u beat that fear :-)

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    1. Thanks Sini. I have to confess to some slight exaggeration in my piece! ;)

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  8. Don't worry about the side effects...they have different drugs to take care of them.
    (In teeny, tiny print: the side effects from those other drugs will require more medications to treat...and so on.)

    Living with my parents during their bouts of quitting smoking (they never quit for long), I can say that depression, hostility, agitation and cigarette cravings happen even without the meds :)

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    1. Haha! Point well taken. Thanks Janna.

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  9. lol
    Case in point: when the cure is worse than the disease.
    Great one, lumdog!

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  10. The key words are "may include". I say take the chance!

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  11. Good heavens makes you want to keep smoking!

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  12. Cure sounds worse than smoking complications. Loved the humor.

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  13. And no advantages? :) Nicely wry.

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  14. People should come with these warnings!

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    1. Absolutely! Perhaps there are even a few more warnings to include. Thanks.

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  15. LOL! Nicely done, Lumdog! I particularly love the last side effect. :D

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  16. LOL! Nicely done, Lumdog! I particularly love the last side effect. :D

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. I tried to make each one sillier than the previous one.

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  17. lum, this is seriously funny-and seriously true! It seems like a lot of the time the side effects put a person in worse shape than the original condition-and the fear of those side effects can be overwhelming! And as an ex smoker I know how calming those Marlboros can be;)

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    1. Valerie, thanks for your kind, supportive words. :)

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  18. You always find the humor, lumdog! Or maybe it's just my kind...no! And a case in point why I never read the pages and pages of side effects...

    Didn't know you were a smoker (are you?). Quit! We aren't getting any younger. The years count!

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    1. Thank you Gina. I really appreciate that you like my humor. :)

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  19. HA! I love it when the side effects include what you are trying to treat... it is like "really?"

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    1. Thanks Wordi. I was exaggerating a teeny bit. :)

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  20. Lord! Who would ever want to try that stuff, after reading all of that?

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  21. I love this...not only the originality and comedy....but for me, I have severe drug allergies (antibiotics -all but two classes- Anti-inflammatory meds-Anti-depressants) to the point that one pill put me in a 3 month coma....so you are dead on...something to be feared ..or at least taken with caution. Excellent imaginative use of the prompt.

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  24. Sweet post! Hilarious and valid. Its nice to see more people notice that the side effects of many drugs are worse than the ailments.

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  25. Ha! Although I still think smoking is worse than all of those. Thanks for linking up! Be sure to come back and vote for your favorites.

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  26. And cravings for cigarettes! LOL! Well I think all those things are caused just from not having cigarettes when you're trying to quit. It's a scary thing alright!

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  27. Hehehehe! As I recall, you could have plunked the word "depression" in there at least (3) more times!

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  28. LOL! As a former smoker that made me giggle for sure!! :)

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