Oh Ibuprofen. Where would I be without you? You’ve been a friend of mine for so long I can’t remember life without you. When I’ve injured myself – as I’ve done playing a variety of sports – you’ve been the one I’ve depended upon. And you’ve never let me down.
Your anti-inflammatory properties are what draws me to you most. You’re not like those other pain killers that just stop you feeling the pain (like a certain paracetamol). No, you actually do something real to alleviate the problem. Like that time when I fell heavily at football and landed on my shoulder. I could barely move my arm and it took me weeks before I could do a single pull-up again. But without you it would have taken a lot longer. As soon as I got back from the game I took a couple of your capsules. A few hours later I took a couple more. You stopped the swelling and thereby reduced the post-injury damage that would have made recovery harder.
How about the time I broke my toe? Without you my body would have overran the area with blood and caused more harm than good. But once again you came to my rescue and stopped this happening. And I couldn’t thank you enough.
But I know I can’t take you too much. You have this habit of lowering blood pressure, and that’s not such a good thing as I already have pretty low blood pressure. But even though I may ignore you for months at a time, you know that when I need you I’ll come calling. Rest assured that I won’t even look at a packet of asprin – it just doesn’t come close.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen you, but thanks to injuring my ankle (playing football as usual) I’ve had to make your acquaintance again. It’s not a bad injury – although it’ll be enough to keep me out for a couple of weeks – but you’ve already done your work to stop it from getting worse.
I just thought I owed you some thanks for all you’ve done for me over the years. Most people just take you and think nothing more of it. But for me you’ve saved me on many occasions and without your unique properties I’d have spent a lot more time suffering thanks to my body’s injury response system (which isn’t very good). You just don’t get the credit you deserve!