Day-o, Day-ay-ay-o….

In one of my earliest blogs I mentioned a drug that “shall remain nameless.”  Actually, I believe I said if I mentioned its name the evil drug would come back to haunt me and make me dance around the dining room table to the “Banana Boat” song like in “Beetlejuice.”

Since I have such a low opinion of this drug and this might be quite the bitch session I’ve decided to keep it light and when the drug’s name is needed, I’ve decided to sing some lyrics of the “Banana Boat” song instead. 

“ah-hem” “cough, cough”… here we go!

 

 

Dear Makers of (Day-o, Day-ay-ay-o),

I hate the commercials for your drug.  I took (Daylight come and we wan’ go home) for about six months and I feel that (Day, me say day, me say day, me say day-ay-ay-o) has stolen those six months away.   I feel that your commercials for (Work all night on a drink a’ rum) mislead patients into thinking their fibromyalgia will be cured, and that the people in your commercials don’t reflect an average day if a fibromyalgia sufferer.  (Daylight come and me wan’ go home), the wonder-drug??  I think not.

First of all, why do the people in your commercials for (Stack banana till the mornin’ come) all seem to move in slow motion?  It’s always a middle aged woman working or walking REALLY slowly with her “husband.”  Why do they always seem to have jobs most of us do not have, like baker, or fashion designer, and they’re always walking through a perfect park full of blossoming flowers. In real life, the fibromyalgia patients are probably trying to figure out how to comfortably sit behind a desk for eight hours, or trying to manage while they work on their feet all day, or they’re chasing after toddlers, who definitely DO NOT move in slow motion.  Why can’t you show a woman actually being more active than a slow walk?  Why not show a yoga class?  Or swimming?  Oh, and while we’re at it, makers of (Daylight come and me wan’ go home); I love the high heels on the women in your commercials.  I’ve taken your drug, and while there was some very minor relief from pain, it definitely doesn’t call for some stilettos, which is what you imply in your commercials for (Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana).  Oh, and why are there never men with fibromyalgia in your commercials?

While we’re on the subject of these middle aged women, I would also like to point out that they’re all very, very thin.  You only briefly mention that the most common side effects of (Daylight come and me wan’ go home) is weight gain.  And why is it when these skinny women mention they’re pain, they only ever grab their shoulders.  Why doesn’t (Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana) go into any detail that fibro hurts everywhere?  I would love to see a nice curvaceous woman grab their knee, or collar bone, or even their toe.  And did you know in one of your earliest commercials for (Daylight come and me wan’ go home) the skinny middle ager even pronounced fibromyalgia wrong? 

I’ve also noticed the women in your commercials always seem to be walking (slowly of course) and smiling, walking and smiling.  I’m pretty sure this is because (It’s six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH) causes fibro fog to be so severe you can’t hold a conversation.  While the world is talking, you’re there, walking by with a goofy smile on your face because you have no idea what’s going on.  When I was taking (Daylight come and me wan’ go home) I couldn’t do my job.  I couldn’t alphabetize, I couldn’t remember meetings I had been to, I couldn’t remember names.  It was horrible.  I was not taking my life back as (Six foot , seven foot, eight foot BUNCH) claims it will help you do.

I don’t feel the warnings you have on your ad’s do any justice to what will actually happen when you try to go off of (Daylight come and me wan’ go home).  If you do have the “possible” side effects that are listed in your ad, and your doctor advises you to go off of (Day, me say day-ay-ay-o), it isn’t as simple as it sounds.  It took me almost 2 months to completely go off of (Daylight come and me wan’ go home).  I have never experienced such terrible withdrawal symptoms in my entire life.  I was addicted to (Day, me say day, me say day, me say day).  I tried to wean off as the doctor advised.  Every other day skipping a dose, and every other day was filled with headaches, diarrhea, stomach aches, and serious mood swings.  When I called my doctor for advice he stated those were normal withdrawal side effects of (Daylight come and me wan’ go home).  I had two options.  I could suffer through, or continue on the medicine.  I could not stand the thought of being addicted to (A beautiful bunch a’ ripe banana) for the rest of my life so I suffered through and got off the drug.  I couldn’t just go off of (Daylight come and me wan’ go home) cold turkey because I found out that since (Hide the deadly black tarantula) was originally used for the treatment of seizures, I ran the risk of having one if I came off too quickly, even if I have never had a seizure in my life. 

I admit, my experience might not be the same for everyone who takes (Daylight come and me wan’ go home).  I believe (It’s six foot, seven foot, eight food BUNCH) may really help some people with fibromyalgia.  However, I wish your advertisements would more honestly reflect what fibromyalgia is like.  I suggest really listening to what fibromyalgia patients would like to see in your commercials for (Daylight come and me wan’ go home).  I also think there should be more emphasis on the side effects.  Those side effects when you’re taking the drug, as well as those if you need to go off. 

Thank you for your time and attention in regards to (Six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH).  Hopefully as well all learn more about fibromyalgia you can re-evaluate the impact of your ad’s for (Daylight come and me wan’ go home).

Sincerely,

Jennifer

**Now tell me next time you see one of these commercials that this song doesn’t get stuck in your head 😉

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQXVHITd1N4

 

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