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“You’re Gonna Be So High”

Saturday was a warm and sunny day at Vegoose, the music festival where we spent the weekend. Although everyone around me was standing and dancing, I laid in the grassy field outside of Las Vegas with my eyes closed, soaking up vitamin D.

I’d been a good patient and remembered to take my Chinese herbs with me to take throughout the day. I needed two doses of four of each of two kinds of herbs. Space in the backpack was at a premium so I crammed all 16 gel caps into an Advil bottle.

I realized my fatal mistake when I remembered to take my first dose — the two different pills are almost identical. To sort them into the two required doses, I had to sniff them all, looking for the ones with the stronger scent.

After a few minutes of this, a friend leaned down to tell me that everyone one around us was staring, trying to figure out what kind of cool new drug I was taking. My hands shaking, as they always do, signaled to onlookers that I was desperate for my fix.

I threw back all eight pills at once and a man said, “You’re gonna be so high.” Little did he know that less headache pain was the only high the herbs could offer.

Lying back on the grass, I couldn’t stop smiling. Everyone around us thought that I was on a massive dose of some mind-altering drug. And there was no way I could convince them otherwise. (“No, really, it’s medicinal Chinese herbs.” Who’d believe that?)

I laugh now imagining the stories told to friends about the drugged-out woman at the Raconteurs show.

2 Responses to “You’re Gonna Be So High”

  1. Jackie says:

    LOL, I remember a similar thing happened to me last year around Chirstmas time. It’s good that you can look at the brighter side of things…

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    It’s too funny not to! It may help that I was mentally writing a post about it while lying on the grass.

    K

  2. Audra says:

    Cute story! I took so many herbs while seeing the acupuncturist! Most of the time I had no idea what I was taking because I couldn’t read the language on the bottle/package so I couldn’t look them up online or anything. Goes to show you the trust I put in people in the hopes that maybe, just maybe they can help me…

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    It’s hard not to trust someone who thinks they can make your headaches a little less hellish!

    The first acupuncturist gave me herbs that were written in Chinese and I was too nervous to try them. My new herbs have ingredients written in English, but it’s still not helpful. I trust this guy so much that he could tell me to swim across the Puget Sound in December and I’d listen to him.

    K

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