Phenylephrine: Say What?

It’s winter again and that means everyone has a cold. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating. But a lot of people are suffering from stuffy noses, coughs, sinus pressure, and the list goes on.

You head to the store looking for some medicine and you quickly find yourself looking at a wall full of options. Suppressants, decongestants, expectorants, antihistamines; what do they all do and which ones do you need?

Well, I’m no doctor so I’m not going to tell you what to get and what not to get, but I will tell you what I learned in looking into some of the drugs for congestion relief.


This stuff is for realz. I say that for three reasons: (1) people make meth from it, (2) they sell it behind the counter, and (3) it seems to be the only true nasal decongestant drug that works.

But I’m afraid to take it, BECAUSE THEY MAKE METH FROM IT!

I know people who swear by it, so again, I’m no doctor. I’m just a guy afraid to take pseudoephedrine.

The Substitute

Once I started looking closely at the drugs in the various cold meds I realized that they really are all the same. This is what I found in most cold/cough meds: acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, diphenhydramine, and phenylephrine.

Now acetaminophen is the primary ingredient and that’s the same as Tylenol. The only other ingredient I’m going to get into is phenylephrine, because I was buying this medicine for the nasal decongestant and phenylephrine is listed as the decongestant drug.

This is what Wikipedia says about phenylephrine: “Phenylephrine is marketed as an alternative for the decongestant pseudoephedrine, though clinical studies show phenylephrine to be no more effective than placebo.”


For those that don’t know… “placebo is a harmless pill, medicine, or procedure prescribed more for the psychological benefit to the patient than for any physiological effect.” This according to the dictionary.

No wonder my nose is still stuffy.

Enter, Neti Pot

I’ve used a Neti Pot for quite some time since I generally have sinus trouble. However, what I didn’t know is that you can use it up to every two hours throughout the day.

So after I took this placebo nasal decongestant for weeks since I’m too afraid to take pseudoephedrine, I finally turned to the good old Neti Pot. And it works pretty well. For me.

Once again, I’m not telling anyone what to do for their situation. I’m simply relaying some info. Do what you will. And I hope you find something that helps because sinus pressure is a real pain in the nose/face/head.

Handwritten Blog: Memories of a Girl I Never Knew

I’ve wanted to create a handwritten blog for some time now. The subject matter has unfortunately eluded me.

Today I stumbled upon a website titled, “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew.” It’s beautifully simple, and all done by hand.

There’s just something elegant about a website that showcases handwritten text only.

Coloring Books for Adults?

More and more adults are buying coloring books. Why? Because it’s trendy.

That’s not the only reason, though. Coloring is a very therapeutic activity, which is an adult way of saying it’s mindless and pleasurable.

We adults are stressed out. We need cheap therapy. Thus the return of coloring.

Adults are stupid, let’s be honest.

One more thing…

The picture above is Creemore Springs Brewery in Canada. I looked it up online after I colored about 80% of the page and discovered the company’s official color is actually light blue, not yellow. That’s the beauty of coloring, though. In my world, Creemore Springs is yellow.

Up, Up and Away!

My wife bought me some model rockets for my birthday this year. Since then I’ve slowly worked at building and finishing each one.

Finally a few weeks ago we were ready to launch one for the celebration of our son’s first birthday. Our family gathered in the middle of some soccer fields, we did the countdown, and then nothing.

What?!? Are you serious?!?

I labored over this stupid rocket, followed all the directions along the way, and now my whole family was anticipating the thrill of seeing a cardboard tube with plastic wings get blasted into the sky by some cheap explosives.

Long story short: it didn’t happen.

I could go into detail and document the sequence of events that resulted in mass disappointment and hours of troubleshooting, but I’ll spare you.

In the end, my wife and son were the only ones that saw the first of hopefully many of my rockets fly into space (well, not quite space). But it was perfect. The explosives ignited. The cardboard soared. The parachute deployed. The model was recovered in one piece.

Oh, and we documented it so our family could experience the thrill virtually. One day my phone will successfully upload it to Youtube and I’ll post it here.

Summer Time

Summer is a perfect time to put your feet up, relax, and enjoy some sunshine. If you aren’t too busy, that is.

Here in the midwest when the weather gets nice the plans get heavy. Pool parties, barbecues, little league, swim lessons, yard work, vacations, and more yard work. We have to squeeze it all in while we can because next thing you know it’s twenty degrees out and we’re exchanging gifts next to an indoor tree.

No matter how much I try to slow things down during the summer months time simply gets the best of me. Perhaps it’s related to that old saying, time flies when you’re having fun. Summer is incredibly fun despite a busy schedule. Heck, even yard work is enjoyable when the sun is shining.

But let’s be honest, the first thing to get dropped during this busy time is blogging.

Impressive Collaboration: Pyramid of Giza

While putting together a Pecha Kucha presentation about the power of working together, I read a bit about the Pyramid of Giza.

What amazes me most is that of the 4,500 years this pyramid has existed, it was the tallest structure in the world for 3,800 of those years.

That’s crazy.

Also, the heaviest of the 2.3 million blocks used in its construction were transported over 500 miles. That might not seem like a big deal today, but in 2,500 BC?

That’s mind-blowing.

Amazing things can happen when people work together on a common goal.

Baseball has brought back the beard

Sports Illustrated put together The Definitive Guide to MLB’s Best Facial Hair. And it’s awesome.

The fact that baseball players are sporting such daring facial hair these days is fantastic. Well, at least in my opinion it is.

The last US president with facial hair was William Howard Taft in 1913. Our country has basically been in a dreadful facial hair drought.

But baseball players are leading the way in bringing the hair back. Other professions should follow suit.