Thursday, March 15, 2012

Foulness Redefined

I have taken a lot of pills, tinctures, drops, syrups and capsules since being diagnosed last October.

Some were big, some were sticky, some were chalky. But none of them prepared me for my vitamin C gels.

They look pretty innocuous, no? If you've ever used energy gels, you might even expect them to be tasty.

NOTHING could be further from the truth. The taste is so bad, words can not describe it.

So...all I can say is that they taste like "___."

And I have to eat 6 of them, 4 days per week.

I feel like I've been pretty clear that I don't want people feeling sorry for me.

Screw that, I am asking you now.


  1. You have my deepest sympathy. While I can't imagine how vile these taste, I have had my share of vile things. One herbal Chinese tea comes to mind - it tasted like mud, with a hint of dog poo. In fact I'm not at all convinced that my acupuncturist didn't just dig the ingredients up in her back yard.

    But enough about me. Is there anything you could add to these things to make them more palatable? Maybe cinnamon? It does a good job of keeping your taste buds busy so you don't notice nastiness.

    Well at least I didn't suggest a spoonful of sugar...

  2. Foulness is in the eye of the beholder. Or in the throat of the imbiber.

    My friend Corynthe (I know...entitled folk lose all sense of perspective when naming their children) says whale semen is the worst flavour on the planet. Lest you imagineer bizarre aquatic shenanigans at this point, I should point out that she made this pronouncement while having the aforementioned substance smeared on her face in an over-priced spa during one of her futile periods of rejuvenation.
    She apparently licked her lips a little too excitedly - hence the experiential data.

    Perhaps you could encourage Bill, Will, Chris and Patrick to conduct a thorough taste-off of whale semen versus Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C as a fundraiser for charity? I'd certainly throw in a couple of hundred bucks to witness that. Seriously, I would.

  3. I'll agree with comments from Jane. I grew up with my Grandmother boiling Chinese herbs (one or twice every year). The stench alone filling up our entire house (along with the fermenting Kimchi in the garage) has given me terrifying complexes bringing friends home (especially girls!!!). The rule of thumb is never prepare your own medicine and chase everything with a heaping tablespoon of organic honey.

    or get suppositories..

  4. Hi Kevin,
    I am a fellow midwife of Christine's.
    Don't fret over the Vit C - my sister takes the same one's - just put them in a bit of water - don't mix (the C won't mix in but it helps them just slime down your throat) - it makes them very easy to take. I made the mistake of taking them once without water - VILE is right! Try the water thing - makes them soooo easy and you won't taste a thing.
    Just some big-C tips from someone who made it to the other side!