sick1Did you miss me? The reason I haven’t been blogging this week is because I’ve just lost six days of my life thanks to a vicious virus that had me laid up in bed for longer than I can ever remember. It started with a sore throat on Monday morning and by noon I was flat-out on the sofa, moving later to my bed where I’ve been holed up in the dark for almost a week. Everything hurt. My hair hurt when I brushed it; my armpits hurt when I put deodorant on after a shower; my joints were so sore I could only lay in one position for ten or fifteen minutes before I had to shift to be more comfortable. I’ve had a blinding headache non-stop and thanks to extreme light sensitivity in my eyes, I could neither read or watch TV to pass the time.

So what I did with that time was lie there under the covers cursing the major pharmaceutical companies and plotting my revenge for their inability to come up with a vaccine or cure for the common cold. I am absolutely convinced this is not an insurmountable problem. As my old boss used to say, “I want solutions not excuses.”. Despite their arguments that the common cold cannot be prevented or cured because of the various permutations of the virus, I don’t buy it. After all, they found a vaccine to prevent HPV and that’s a virus. We can vaccinate against pneumonia, shingles and dozens of other diseases. And they’ve unlocked the secrets of complex DNA sequencing codes. Why not the simple common cold?

pharmaThe reason there is no cure or preventive vaccination is because it’s simply not in the best interests of the pharmaceutical giants to solve this problem. They make bazillions of dollars marketing and selling snake oil cures to the hapless public that do a questionable job of even mitigating the symptoms. I’ve always been a believer in treating the cause rather than the symptoms but how would they replace all those obscenely huge profits from questionable cold remedies if they were simply able to prevent the common cold. I’m convinced that a science nerd in some university lab has already created the vaccine but Big Pharma paid big dollars to buy the creator’s patent and silence.

And while I’m on a rant here, I have the same attitude about a cure for cancer. It’s simply not in the best interests of Big Pharma to come up with a cure when they can charge suffering patients nine hundred dollars a month for anti-nausea drugs instead. Think of all the well-meaning participants in Terry Fox runs and Susan B. Komen runs-for-the-cure that have been staged in the last thirty years. They’ve raised billions of dollars for research and yet they still haven’t found a cure?

We're ready to rock n' roll once again.
We’re both ready to rock n’ roll once again.

It’s been rather quiet for my readers this past week and the ongoing sources of my irritations and annoyances have enjoyed a week of peace. I’m now ready to resume my evil ways and call out the offenders, champion the champions and speak for Boomers who care about the world around them. And my little Yorkie’s delighted too. She’s spent the last week snuggled up against me, leaving my side only long enough to eat and go pottie. She’s dying to resume her busy life of ball-chasing, sniffing lamp posts and otherwise terrorizing the neighbourhood. We’re both ready to rock ‘n roll.


Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Glad you’re feeling better Lynda. You’re the third person I have spoken to this week who has this terrible flu-like thing. Lola Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:30:12 +0000 To:

  2. Glad you are feeling better and a well written blog……totally agree. It’s all about greed and a conspiracy theory……the GMO manufacturing companies and pharmaceutical companies working hand in hand. No doubt about it.

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