Sure, it has that sickly sweet taste to it. The sticky residue may stay be stuck in your mouth for awhile. You wonder what you did to deserve having to gag it down every 4-6 hours until your symptoms go away. But all in all, liquid really is the best way to take medicine. It’s over quickly. The taste really isn’t that bad. In fact, sometimes it’s actually kind of good. And it’s so easy! Everyone knows how to drink! Swallow, swallow, all done. Don’t have to think about it anymore. Not until time for the next dose, at least.
Realistically, cream isn’t that bad either. Whether it’s applying sunscreen on your face or rubbing Neosporin onto a cut, the process is simple enough. It’s a little messy, seeing as the medicine is getting spread across your skin rather than disappearing through your digestive tract. But not all of your body consists of your insides. Sometimes you have to take care of your outsides too, even if that means getting a little oily or slimy.
I feel like injections tend to get a bad reputation. And this is understandable. To administer medicine this way, after all, a nurse has to poke through your skin and make you bleed, even if it’s just a little. But it’s really not that bad. In my opinion, it’s the anticipation of the pain that’s the worst part, and if you have the right nurse, even that is minimal. My last shot was a tetanus booster right before I left for Spain, and the woman who administered it was still talking and explaining what she was doing when she gave me the shot. I didn’t even have time to flinch in preparation before I felt the tiny poke that meant the deed was done. And then I got a lovely little Band-Aid and was on my merry way :)
2. Eye drops
Though I have now been poking little plastic films into and out of my eye balls for the last decade, I am sorry to say that the art of the eye drop still eludes me. I guess it’s the fact that I just haven’t been exposed to them enough. I mean, the last time I had to use eye drops was in middle school. And anyway, it’s just human instinct to react negatively to anything coming anywhere near your eyeball, be it a pointy stick, someone else’s finger, or a single drop of antibacterial saline solution. The eyes are highly sensitive and important organs, and we tend to get a little nervous when foreign objects with questionable motives get too close.
Unfortunately what seems to be the most prevalent and accepted method of medicine administration is also the very worst of them all. Who knew so much misery could be packed into such a small amount of space? It’s just completely unnatural! Who came up with the idea to force people to go completely against their instincts and shove a large ovular object to the back of their throats to swallow whole? We have teeth for a reason! We are meant to chew things and, in doing so, protect our fragile throats from potential blockage and sudden DEATH.
Author’s Note: This list comes only from my own limited experience with medicine. If I never have to experience anything worse than swallowing a horse pill, I will consider myself lucky indeed. Seriously, though. Am I the only one who cringes at the very thought of trying to swallow an Advil? What’s your least favorite way to get un-sick?