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Mona’s Tale of Woe
By Walt Hardester
Last edited: Thursday, March 13, 2008
Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Drug companies are in the business to make drugs, sometimes for ailments we don't need a drug for, if you weigh the pros and cons.

Up to this point, Mona’s life was a dream come true . She had a loving husband who was a Deacon of their church. A devoted father, he attended all the children’s games, at whatever was the sport of the moment. Endless recitals and school plays. Despite the demands of a busy CPA firm of which, he was the founder, he found time.
Their home was a beautiful colonial. Decorated to perfection by Mona herself, it had been featured in interior design magazines many times.
Both the children were in college, so Mona and her husband enjoyed a much more “playful” life, like the time before the kids.

Mona knew she was a lucky woman. Still, even though she had been a Cheerleader and Homecoming Queen, she was almost an insomniac. She found that she had a nervous twitching in her foot just before sleep, much like a child rubs a fuzzy bear.

Mona saw a television commercial one day and offhandedly mentioned it to her doctor. He asked her if she shook one or both of her legs before sleep. “Yes,” she told him, I do.”
He looked at the Superbowl tickets on his desk the drug rep. had left him and said, “You “may” have Restless Leg Syndrome, I’m going to prescribe something that will help.
Mona got the prescription and sure enough, the leg shaking stopped and she drifted off to sleep easily, more so than before.

A couple months later an old high school friend asked if she wanted to go with her and another friend to a casino for a weekend junket. Mona had never gambled in her life, but she thought it may be fun, and agreed to go.
The weekend went wonderfully, driving down with the girls, laughing and teasing was a blast. When they arrived at the casino, Mona’s friend had their bags sent to their rooms and went immediately to the Slot Machines. Mona followed and watched for a few minutes. It looked like great fun, and since they were only Quarter machines, why not?

Mona put five dollars in the slot on the machine and asked her friend what to do. Her friend showed her and within minutes, Mona hit the machine for a five-hundred dollar jackpot. That was all it took for Mona.
She went back the next weekend alone, and stayed for four days this time.
It was on one of these extended weekend trips she met Lance, a wealthy “Trust Fund” baby from the area. Soon she was staying at his place for days on end, but only for great sex and shower between gambling.
Mona, like all but a few gamblers eventually do, lost. She lost big.

When she ran out of her own money, in excess of two hundred fifty thousand dollars, she asked the casino to extend her credit. They agreed and gave her a limit of one million dollars, Which was amended about three times and in all she was indebted for three point three million to the casino.

Now alone, disgraced, divorced, kicked out of the church. Her children won’t talk to her. She has no friends anymore, no life. Standing on this bridge about to jump, she thinks back on how this could have happened.
Just then Mona had a flash about something the TV commercial said about unusual gambling or sexual urges.
Mona climbed down off the rail and went to see a lawyer the next day.

© 2008 Walt Hardester         


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Reviewed by Randall Barfield 3/13/2008
What an ending for Mona!!! But she can get up if she wants to badly enough. Trouble is, many victims do not.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/13/2008
Sad story but I have heard of other horror stories being reported and seen the commercials with some of the side affects they list and it is frightening indeed. Welcome back Walt.

Reviewed by Boots Dorfman 3/13/2008
O.K., so a patient ignores posted warnings and her prescribing physician neglects to ask her followup questions like, "Are you having it off with strangers and betting the family farm in Las Vegas."

At some point, we must recognize that many other patients treated for the same condition with the same drug do not run amok in casinos and do not seek sexual congress with anything possessing a pulse. Are we to sue the corporation which helped all these people (and did no harm to those who were smart enough to read the warning lables) because one twit failed to remember the warnings until she was in extremis?

Don't all those other patients deserve medications at the market price, that is to say, the price charged prior to the manufacturing company having to defend itself, at great expense, in tort court from pinheads? If she wins, all those who didn't have her problem or were smart enough to consult their physician when they started panting at the sight of a slot machine or love object will pay for her carelessness. This is justice? This is a good way to keep the costs of prescription meds down?

Please. One is either responsible for oneself or one is not, and blaming others when one deliberately or carelessly steps in brown applesauce is not a get out of jail free card. Nor is it ethical, moral, decent or anything a person who claims title to the sobriquet "adult" would do. Such blame-shifting is, or should be, the exclusive preserve of cranky children.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 3/13/2008
I seen that commercial too.
I know it does seem ridiculous, but if there is any medication that a side effect agitates OCD it should not be sold period.
You made a great article here, because some people really do pass a blame like that just for cold hard cash.....

Reviewed by George Carroll 3/13/2008
Enticing story on compulsive gambling and how it can ruin a person and their family. I know of a case like this and the man ended up in the insane asylum. Lost his home, family and job.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/13/2008
Having twitching leg myself I am glad I read this before my visit to the go get a hotdog and fill my tummy!!

Thanks for sharing this great message not to gamble with your life!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Michael Guy 3/13/2008
You tell and write a good story, putting just the right amount of tension in each paragraph, holding off and not giving info on the conclusion. As for the storyline, I wonder is it based on truth?
PS: nice to see you posting again. So it was I.E. after all? I had problems too.
best, michael
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/13/2008
She should had kept wagging her leg without saying a word about it.
If my leg start twitching I will go and burn down a Casino.
Cute story, though.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 3/13/2008
A sign of the times! well written and totally engrossing

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