Sick Leave, Love and Other Drugs

For two days, I was on sick leave. Actually, I am still supposed to rest in bed for the third day, but for fear of losing my entire salary, I decided to just go to work on the third day. It was a bad move, because I had a relapse that made my asthma attacks linger longer than necessary.

I lost a considerable amount of weight. My work clothes suddenly seemed big. Until now, I have so little appetite for food. I don’t consume as much rice as I used to. I don’t know if this is good for my health, but it has done wonders for my waistline. It’s a wake up call to set a concrete jogging sked with Maki and Cai soon.

Fortunately, I had a hemophobic virtual doctor who checked on me the entire time that I was sick. Thank you. You know who you are. 😀 I don’t know what other type of mud people will pelt on me if I mention God in my posts again, but I believe He knows how to turn things around and not just give me some garbage that I cannot really endure or bear. God gives so many consolations I don’t deserve. I can only be grateful in the midst of it all.

Since my tonsillitis spiraled into asthma over the weekend, I had to take an antihistamine. The antihistamine made me fall asleep for more than 10 hours. 🙂 Sheesh. I was completely uneasy with this because I kept on thinking of my work deadlines when I was not asleep. These deadlines continue to haunt me now, along with a sea of thoughts swimming in my head. Distracted is an understatement.

While I was sick, I thought of how my situation resembled Anna Hathaway’s tremors in Love and Other Drugs because of the side effects of my Salbutamol prescription. I can only wish I looked as gorgeous as her. And be with a Jake Gyllenhaal for that matter. O_O


The movie was not really the one you can watch with kids because of its adult content. But I fell in love with this film because of its unique plot. I never imagined that an interesting love story can come out of something like Viagra. I like how they both started out innocently fascinated with each other just for the heck of it, and then ended up finding true and lasting love from it.

And the way they said “I Love You” to each other at different times during the film gave those three words so much meaning. Jake said it after a long string of womanizing. His “I Love You” meant that he was willing to leave his comfort zone for her. Anne’s “I Love You” later in the film meant that she was willing to take the risk when she had been so averse and distrusting about how their love story would end up in lieu of her worsening Parkinson’s Disease.

I love the complexities and the undertones sent by the cinematic details of this movie. This is the one film that I focused on 100%. I multi-task when I watch some movies, but I could not afford to miss a scene or a detail from this film.

They were just living their lives independently until that chance encounter in the hospital. I liked how Anne allowed the guy to pursue her, little by little, since that encounter.She never let him take things the easy way. In fact, she was expecting the worst. And it was in expecting the worst and bracing herself for another heartache that she found the best.

It just reminds me that in anything, it is best to just hope but never to expect. The best things in life are the surprises that you did not see coming at the beginning.

Here is my favorite line from the film, said by Jake to Anne almost at the end of the film:

“I want us. You. This.”


Those were five words said with so much conviction.

True to its name, this movie is highly addictive. It’s something you keep in your hard drive or your DVD case for a second, third, fourth, fifth… nth watching.

It is something that makes you believe that amidst all the craziness, love is beyond an addictive drug.


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19 thoughts on “Sick Leave, Love and Other Drugs

  1. Hi ate helen!

    sana gumaling po kayo agad.. wag nyo po pababayaan ang health nyo. I also love watching romantic movies.. parang gusto ko po tuloy panoorin yang love and other drugs.. hehe!

  2. you have asthma ate Helen? try Lagundi. It’s good. ^_^ Me too, I have an asthma since childhood and so I am used to having that illness. HEHE. Anyway, wag ka lang po magpapagod para hindi po lumala. ^_^


    1. hahahaha hello tahimik na meynard! 🙂 talaga? sighs, ang hirap pag nagbabago weather, trigger ko siya e… lagundi nga pala is good, i might get one soon… salamat. 🙂

    1. hi nonoy! 🙂 rescue inhalerrrr? haha. i have used around three types of inhalers already. but sometimes, tinitiis ko na lang kasi ayokong maging drug-dependent… oo maganda ang movie, palagay ko maeenjoy mo yan as much as you enjoy cebu and davao! hahaha.

    1. hi cai! hahaha, talaga? ang gandaaaa diba? last time, 127 hours yung pinag-uuusapan natin e…

      set na tayo, text ko kayo ni maki within this day. tekaaa, aadd na din kita sa FB haha. 🙂

    1. hahaha, sighs. what else do we do with the mud pelters? just brush them off and move on, right? 😉

      awww. i love this film sobra. i am not really a super romantic type, but this got me for real. 🙂 have you watched it also?

  3. Mapanuod nga. Helen… uminom ka na ng dinikdik n abo ng butiki(sabi ng matatanda).

    Ito sa albularyo, 5 patak ng pawis ng surot at ihalo ito sa 4 na buto ng kamatis n binilad sa araw ng 2 taon at 30 days,oops wag lalagpas. magiging manok ka pag lumampas.

    1. haha go semidoppel panoorin mo! matutuwa ka, malamang…

      narinig ko na yung butiki. mas gross pa nga e, parang ipapasok mo yung butiking patay sa nostrils at hindi ko na kasi narinig saan ilalabas after ipasok. hahaha. yakkkk…

      hahaha LOL dun sa albularyo potion. parang mawawala nga hika ko dun pero mawawala din ang buhay ko pag kumain ako ng surot. hahahahaha…. 😛

  4. Helen, ang late dad ko rin, grabe kapag ni asthma, nakakatakot.. Here’s what we did before, nung nabubuhay pa ang daddy ko… Sabi ni late ERNIE BARON, nung siya’y nabubuhay pa… Ang balat daw ng butiki ang nakakagaling, pero alangan namang balatan mo ang butiki, di ba? Hehehe! Nanghuli kami ng bestfriend ko ng butiki, binayaran kami ng mommy ko ng P100 kada tatlong piraso ng butiki. Ang dami naming nahuli. Ang pag prepare nito ay madali lang. Dapat mo munang patayin sa bote ang mga butiki, sa pamamagitan ng pagdarang sa apoy ng bote, habang nagkukumpulan sila.. Kapag patay na sila, isa isa mo silang itaktak sa grill… Ihawin ang butiki hanggang maging tustado… Dikdikin ito ng mabuti! You can add it in your drinks. Sabi nila, sa lugaw daw. Pero since iba ang lasa nito. I would suggest na ihalo mo ito sa softdrinks. Ganun ang pinainom namin sa late daddy ko. Hinalo namin sa coke. Sabi niya, lasa daw sarsi, hehehe! He didn’t notice it at all, nalaman lang niya nung sinabi namin after a while. Pero, bumuti pakiramdam niya since then, try mo lang, baka makatulong, hehehe! Get well soon!

    About sa FILM REVIEW mo, I haven’t really seen the film, pero dina download ko na torrent ngayon, hehehe! =)

    1. waaaaaah. hindi ko kaya yan jomi! i’d keep my asthma na lang, but thanks for this (gory) info… magiging girl butiki ako pag nagkataon, bwahahahaha…

      regarding the film, sighs, i love it i love it i love it! 🙂

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