Thursday, March 17, 2011

Iodine Pills - I Tried Them, You Don't Have To

Yes. I got a little concerned when I heard about Japan's nuclear reactors exploding. Watching all the news footage made me think, "What if some of that radioactive fallout drifts over here? What if the world is ending? 2012, AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH" 

I visualized myself huddled with my family in a dark post nuclear hovel, giving my 13 year old one of the iodine pills I purchased after 9-11 and have kept in my cupboard ever since. Even though I'm pretty sure they must be long past the expiration date. 

"I'd better take one of those now and see what it does before I start handing them out to the people I love," I reasoned. And so without further ado I popped one of those old pills in my mouth and swallowed it.

Truthfully it didn't even occur to me that there would be any more side effects than I might get from a jelly bean. That's why when I spent the next day crapping my brains out I blamed the sushi restaurant my husband had picked the night before. I felt nauseous and my muscles became stiff and achy. Not to gross you out, but I began to suspect the iodine pill the next day when my poop was greeny-black and so oddly shaped that I actually took a picture of it.

So, just in case you're wondering what happens when you take an iodine pill, the answer is; YUK!