Is It Just Me?


This may be the post when you wonder why you read my blog.

Is it just me…or are there more prescription commercials than EVER!

I am not a big TV watcher.

Don't get me wrong.  I have my shows but I watch them without commercials.

This weekend I saw so many commercials during a Lifetime movie.

Lets just take a detour in the middle of this post to talk about THAT.

I have not watched a Lifetime movie since before we had children because who has that amount of time!!!

The house was empty.

I was eating my lunch. 

The movie was already half over before I even started watching.

Those movies are seriously 45 minutes with 2 hours of commercials.

OK..that is now off my chest and we can move on.

Commercial after commercial talked about different symptoms you could suffer from and the little pill that would help you.

Every problem now has an acronym.  Have you noticed this? I think it is hilarious.

The commercial I saw went pretty much like this…..

Do you have Overactive Bladder?

If you have OAB….this will help you.

The side effects may include constipation, diarrhea, blindness, vomiting, uncontrollable flatulence, permanent erection, dry mouth and in some circumstances…DEATH.

OK.  First of all half of the side effects in these commercials sound worse than the actual problem.

When a side effect could actually end in death….I think I will take the wetting my pants or OAB:-)

Now lets make up a few of my own.

Do you write horrible blog posts….if you have WHBP….

Do you talk too much…if you have TTM…..

Do you think about creating all of the time….if you have TACAOTT…….


On a side note I was wondering how your Valentine's Day was.

We took the kids out for a date on Saturday night and last night Kelly and I went out.

I even shaved above my knee…nothing…I said NOTHING…is too good for my man:-)

Have a great day!!!

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  1. deborah

    I’m a see-saw of emotion because my supportive husband did NOT buy the GIANT red-foiled heart of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Ah, I’m off sugar. It’s a drug too. I think it might be crack. Though, out for Japanese food with the whole family, before he flew out on a business trip was really yummy.

  2. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    Your mind works like mine to an eerie degree…
    We spent a couple of days in Ohio w/ my family, then left the kids there, where they’ll stay for a few more days.
    On the way home, we bought $40 of crusty, old shutters from a junk collector, met friends for dinner, and stopped along the side of the road to take hundreds of pictures of trees and snow.

  3. Shannon

    lol, don’t we all hate shaving? πŸ™‚ We did the same thing Saturday night took the girls out to dinner and on Sunday husband made dinner. Oh how I miss watching those darn addicting Lifetime movies!!

  4. Beth Perry

    no, it is not you….it is like that all the time now!! MY FAVE one is the depression one. (maybe this isn’t politically correct..but whatevs!) and it says the same thing…”if you start to have thoughts of suicide, stop taking the pill and contact your DR.” …really? REALLY??? hmmm…for some reason, I think it may be too late for them.
    and hahahahaa WTG (acronym) with the above-knee shaving!
    Hope you had a great Valentine’s day!

  5. jamie

    It’s not just you..If I see yet Another commercial for Mens Issues..(you know what I mean) I will Spit!! I generally only watch Politics all day, (I know, don’t laugh) and every commercial break is about Men and their issues..I see them even on the kids channels when they are watching. Im Telling you, Thank God for Tivo and DVR to fast forward through the JUNK! Jamie

  6. Becky G.

    You are absolutely right! It makes me want to never, ever have to take a prescription med! A few years ago we were on a cruise and had a family of 3 (mom, dad, daughter) at our table. Dear daughter had just graduated from pharmacy school. I couldn’t resist! I said, “so, why is it that there are so many drug commercials on TV now, and, ummmmmm, why do they make you want to die rather than take one of these drugs? I mean, all the side effects and such sound so much worse than the actual illness.”
    Thankful I asked this as we were having dessert, and were able to excuse ourselves soon, because this girl had not ONE clue! She tried to sound so smart (I think more to impress her parents than us) and I smile and nodded my head until we could graciously leave, with her still explaining to her parents. I hope they felt they got their money’s worth! ;o)
    As for V Day, we had a nice one! Dinner at our favorite Japanese hibachi restaurant (no sushi, thank you) Sat. night, then yesterday we went riding up into the N. GA mountains to see the snow. A pleasant day!

  7. Laurie

    Oh, I know, those commercials are ridiculous. It scares me to think we live in a place where we have to advertise medications! We had a nice V Day here…celebrated Friday night with our son along, which was just fine. I got flowers and candy. Lovely!

  8. angela

    What is worse is when I sit down with the hubby and 3 boys to watch tv and all they show is the couple sitting side by side in separate bathtubs(what has that got to do with the problem?) and talking abt. mens issues, it’s loads of fun when the 10 yr. old, 8 yr. old and 5 yr. old just sit and stare and then look at us. ugh!!!
    I definitely have the WHBP or the TUPS(take ugly pics syndrome) and am really at a loss as to what to do abt. it, think there’s a pill out there for me? ha

  9. Lori

    Jeanne, you crack me up…i guess it was a hot date {ahd} if you shaved above the knee…i save that one for special occasions…LOL…i think the surge in drug commercials giving the rundown of all possible drug side effects is in response to the maddening number of lawyers soliciting business via commercial for those who have been “injured” from suffering a drug side effect…both of those commercials make me want to gnash my teeth…

  10. Janet

    Oh yes, the commercials take longer than the actual show! And some, you know the ones, have way too much for little ears!
    Hope you had a fun date with the Hub and a great week!

  11. Kacey

    I have the same thoughts every time I catch one of those commercials! Seriously, I think one must really have to be suffering from the symptoms of whatever condition they have to risk all the (worse) side effects.
    Above the knee? WOW!

  12. Modern Prairie Girl

    My hub’s old company sold a product that “may result in ‘oil leakage’ or spontaneous BM’s”
    Seriously, I’m with you…I’ll take whatever my ailment is over the frightening list of “possible side effects”.
    I’m with you on the commercial thing—people will ask, “Have you seen the ad where….?”
    “Um, no…I’m too busy fast forwarding through the mess while I get up for a snack”.
    Glad your V Day was fun!

  13. Kerri

    You are too funny! I don’t watch t.v. except for when I am on the treadmill and even today I saw the one for birth control and even that sounds scary with its side effects.
    Have a great week!
    πŸ™‚ Kerri

  14. sheila payne

    Jeanne, you are not alone practically ever time I hear these stupid commercials we laugh and get mad at the same time. I too do not watch much tv and it is all usually tivo so yeah no commercials πŸ™‚ have a great day!

  15. Bec

    I was recently prescribed an anti-seizure med for migraines (I thought that was a little weird to begin with) and it had the longest and weirdest list of side effects I have ever heard of. The one that really made me choose not to take it was that if I got pregnant, they would suggest aborting the baby. I started taking a decongestant and vitamins instead and it worked! Drug companies are creepy….

  16. mkg

    I couldn’t stop laughing at your own acronyms. Very funny!! Sounds like you had a very nice weekend with your whole family:)

  17. Hope Ellington

    My poor husband…I thought we only had to shave above the knee before we went to the beach…not for Valentine’s Day. Ok…I learned something today…thanks for teaching me Jeanne…& my husband thanks you too!

  18. The Little Red Shop

    Are you shy? Are you uncomfortable in social situations? Are you afraid to leave your house? Take our pill and you’ll be the bell of the ball. (Side effects may include anxiety and gas with oily discharge!) Yeah, that’s from an actual commercial…the first pill commercial I remember seeing…years ago. It’s all pretty sad. My mom is an RN…we have very strong views about this subject…about the pharmaceutical lobotomizing that’s going on in the world today.
    On a completely unpharmaceutically enchanced happy note…I’m glad that you had a lovely Valentine’s day!
    : )
    Julie M.

  19. Courtney Walsh

    Oh my gosh, Adam and I just had this conversation! He told me he was watching something and noticed the same thing. He said, “All of the symptoms eventually lead up to death. Do you believe that?”
    Who out there is thinking, “Whoa! Gotta get me some of that. I’m lookin’ to die today!”
    PS. I watched a Lifetime movie recently called “Accepted.” I swear it’s the last time I’ll ever do that.

  20. Gabrielle

    Isn’t watching a Lifetime movie the biggest waste of time? I’m usually depressed after it, thing of what I could have done with those two hours I sat on my rear!
    I totally agree about all the medicine. Fixes one problem and creates 25 other problems. The way they promote them like cereal really bothers me…. Disturbing, actually!
    I laughed out loud about shaving above the knee!

  21. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

    Oh your pulling out funny Jeanne…getting all ready to make us laugh aren’t you?? I have the hugest grin on my face right now.
    The shaving above the knee was going way way above…hope he appreciated it:) Can’t wait to see you girl, only 4 days!!

  22. the domestic fringe

    ROFL! Loved your last statement. You know it’s a ‘love’ holiday when you shave above the knee. Fantastic.
    I hate the drug commercials too. They actually make me NEVER want to take medicine. I automatically think the pill is going to kill me.

  23. Amy Muffoletto

    This had me crackin’ up. I hear ya. I say the same thing about those commercials. Actually…I love to sit when nobody is home and watch all those sappy movies but I make sure I have a project next to me for all the commercial breaks…. Wow….You go girl. Hope you had a great Valentines day. Hugs, Amy

  24. Rebecca

    I think I put on my FB something like: Shaved, applied Hello Kitty Bandaid, Chanel sprayed, Aqua Net sprayed, Chanel sprayed to cover the Aqua Net.
    Chanel would roll over in her grave if she knew I mixed No. 8 with Aqua Net (in the purple can)!

  25. Brooke

    I know exactly the commercial you are talking about — or one EXACTLY the same. My hubby and I laugh every time we see it. Seriously, I’d rather pee my pants than take that medicine πŸ˜‰
    Glad you had a great valentine’s! πŸ™‚

  26. Sharon A. Kyser

    I complain quite often about watching more commercial time than NCIS. So my answer is to turn on TCM and leave it on. No commercials, not always the best movies but at least I have a mirror in front of me so I can watch and bead at the same time. Commercials are made to treat us like we are downright dumb and they are the smart ones. Come on! Wouldn’t most men be thrilled to have an erection that lasted four hours? They would be calling the doctor to brag and not complain.
    I loved the comment about shaving above the knees…I thought I was the only one who thought it had to be a holiday before I shaved there…lol
    Great post!

  27. cate

    I finished the biggest box of valentines chocolates and loved everyone…a week at the gym is worth every bit…Cate:)

  28. The Little Red Shop

    My mom said that most of the people she sees in the ER who take mood altering drugs..don’t even know what they are taking. She really enjoyed hearing about your blog post…and we just giggled up a storm reading through it and all of the comments!
    : )
    Julie M.

  29. Zita-Mlle Magpie

    Jeanne, that is one of the big reasons we don’t have a television in our house. I can’t stand commercials. Nice to hear your whole family had a wonderful Valentine’s weekend.

  30. Heather

    I almost choked on my toast while reading this! Thanks for the laugh this morning…I could use it! I suffer from both TTM, TACAOTT, and CMDIC (Can’t make dinner I’m Crafting) as well as several others. πŸ™‚ Your such a good wife..I didn’t even shave!

  31. Suz Reaney

    It is getting inane, Jeanne. Psychology is almost worst…ADD/PTSD/OCD/ADD/ODD/
    My favorite PDDNOS. Now don’t you think if you could remember those initials, you might be able to remember the name of the disorder?
    Fun and thoughtful entry and love the music (I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You). I am getting all my new music from you!!!

  32. JerriR

    “Hot Topic”…HT for this nurse…why do people think there is a pill that will FIX anything and everything????
    On a side note…post surgery I no longer have to shave above the knee except in the Summer but when I did I found that the more I did the more I had to…hope that makes sense!!! he he

  33. Alyssa

    Ah yes…the flurry of ridiculous prescription commercials! I loathe them as well πŸ˜‰ You hit it on the head!
    Shaving above the knee?!? Now that is love.

  34. Leah C

    You crack me up…and that is just one of the reasons I read your blog:) When I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter, I would watch Lifetime movies during my older daughter’s naptime! It’s been years;)

  35. LuLu

    this was hilarious… i completely agree about all the commercials… if i have to explain erectile dysfunction on more time to my kiddos i’m going to write it on a post it and have them read it… good grief! and don’t even get me started watching tv when the inlaws come visit… it’s down right embarrassing!
    Wow shaving above the knew was a good night for the both of you!!! i LOL cause i did this Thursday night for our black tie affair hee hee

  36. Stephanie O.

    Well, you just made me chuckle…again! We’ve been housebound for several days now due to snow and I have watched my fair share of Lifetime movies over this period of time…and, you just posted exactly what I have been thinking.
    And while we are on the topic, don’t you always feel like a fool after you’ve watched the Lifetime movie because you realize you knew the obvious ending all the time…BUT, you shake that knowledge off and start watching ANOTHER one!!!! It’s like I think the next one is going to be different—more movie, fewer commercials, and a trick ending…

  37. Theresa Hein

    Too Funny! I agree, when will we see commericials that tell everyone that if they take better care of themselves they won’t need most of the stuff their selling? The fact that our societys health is BIG business for the pharmaceutical cos. should be able to wake us up to BE HEALTHY! I mean I’d rather spend my $ on something chippy, rusty and worn than a pill… hmmmm, maybe I should make a commercial:) Theresa

  38. Michelle

    Jeanne, You are so funny and so right. There are so many commercials like that. I have often wondered if taking any of these are safe when you factor in all of the side effects. T.V. is all about commercials, by the time they run 25 commercials you forget what you were watching.
    xx, Michelle

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