Friday, November 04, 2011

Emergency Room Tapir

Astoria, Oregon ~ March 3, 2011

(With more octopus and less jaguar.)

You never know where you're going to find a tapir! Fortunately, I had my cell phone with me and it had a camera.

I had the worst flu or cold of my life - or whatever kind of bug it was - in late February and early March of this year, and on March 3rd I took myself to the Emergency Room to figure out why I felt so bad. As it turned out, I had a freaky reaction to Tylenol PM and I was having something just short of panic attacks. Since I wasn't seriously ill or damaged, it took them over three hours to get around to processing my tests. Meanwhile, look who was there to keep me company! Under the circumstances, I was especially glad to have the little tapir's company.

I don't know who got the idea to paint a mural with a TAPIR of all things in the temperate lands of northwestern Oregon, but we are, after all, in a rainforest, albeit different from the one where this little Asian tapir lives in real life. 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.


Francisca said...

You know, until I met you all those years ago, I didn't know what a tapir was. I wonder how many people who pass this mural know what they are looking at? I remember this icky time you had earlier this year... but I don't recall that it was a reaction to something as innocuous as Tylenol PM. How on earth did they ID that?

tapirgal said...

Francisca - They didn't ID the problem, it was when I tried taking it again for muscle pain and sleep a few weeks later that I sent myself back to the doorstep of that uncomfortable Twilight Zone. It was the Tylenol PM, not the flu that made my head freaky. I can't take the drugs they put in cold meds. I should have known!

Pat Tillett said...

I knew what a Tapir was, but I didn't know much about them. This was a great find and I'm sure you were very happy...