A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder

What does 'Tylenol' mean?

Find out what Tylenol means. Tylenol is explained by Margaret McMillion - author of PERSONAL BAGGAGE


Tylenol is an OTC (over the counter or non-prescription) drug for fever or mild pain that comes in chewable, tablet, liquid, and rectal suppository form. Its side effects can be rash and itching and taking the drug may alter lab test results, but its worst side effect can be liver damage, so it must not be taken by alcoholics or by people with any type of liver disease.

A depressed person, wanting to kill himself, may swallow a large number of Tylenol tablets because they are readily available, and be brought to an emergency room with nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain but after pumping out his stomach contents, the treatment becomes preventing or treating liver damage.

On page 33 in PERSONAL BAGGAGE Penny gives a lab tech Tylenol for his headache.

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Chapter 4: Chapter Four
"... last night, as far as that goes. Not at all.” He watched Penny take a bottle of pills from the medicine cart. She shook out two Tylenol tablets and filled a cup with water. Accepting the medicine and the Styrofoam cup, Buck guzzled his water with one eye squeezed shut. “Thanks. Well, ..."

Chapter 5: Chapter Five
"... eye movement. Also, she’s complaining of a headache.” “Trust me, I examined her and she’s fine. You can give her some Tylenol for the headache if you want, but don’t worry so much.” Dr. Scales ended the conversation. Penny wrote a phone order for Tylenol and woke Mrs. ..."
"... you want, but don’t worry so much.” Dr. Scales ended the conversation. Penny wrote a phone order for Tylenol and woke Mrs. Spoonhouse, who swallowed the pills easily and remained on her back with her eyes closed. Penny decided to call Dr. Ghent, since he was in charge of the Unit, but she ..."
"... His tone was condescending. Penny could feel her throat tightening into her chest. “Dr. Scales, I gave Mrs. Spoonhouse the Tylenol and she swallowed it without any problem, but she can’t stay awake even a minute. I think she needs to be evaluated further.” “I told you that patient is ..."

Chapter 13: Chapter Thirteen
"... 102, so Penny checked Dr. Benton’s standing orders. Finally, two hours later, after Phenergan, Tylenol, and Ativan, the woman was asleep and Penny fastened the automatic blood pressure cuff to her patient’s arm as she had promised. It was 1 a.m. when Penny joined the other two nurses ..."

Chapter 14: Chapter Fourteen
"... you go, though, I want you to put more Vaseline on my back.” Penny supplied him with Tylenol from her purse. “When I’m not here, Daddy, don’t forget that you can push your buzzer and the nurse will bring what you need.” He hung his head. “They don’t like me.” While Penny ..."

Chapter 15: Chapter Fifteen
"...Entering Lela Logan’s room with Tylenol and Benadryl for pre-medication, Penny was unprepared for the sullen expression of the puffy forty-year-old with ebony hair. The woman avoided eye contact and when Penny approached her right side to check her blood pressure, Lela covered her upper right arm with her left hand. ..."

Chapter 16: Chapter Sixteen
"...Saturday night over a bowl of chili, Penny listened to Johnny’s account of winning Friday’s homecoming football game, which the whole town was celebrating. Then, after a hot shower and fortifying herself with Tylenol, she fell into bed trying not to think, listening to Music From Scotland on her Bose. ..."

Chapter 19: Chapter Nineteen
"...Penny closed the blinds covering Maureen’s windows to the hall. “It’s been long enough that I can give her another Tylenol suppository, and I need to change her pads—all women’s work—so why don’t you men stretch your legs.” Maureen’s daughter-in-law wiped her eyes and Penny gave her a hug, then unplugged the Christmas tree, tossed the cord out, and pulled the door shut. ..."

Chapter 21: Chapter Twenty-One
"...he should be a No Code, but he’s not. I’ve already given one round of antibiotics. He’s got high fever, and you’re to start transfusions as soon as you get his fever down. I haven’t had much luck with rectal suppositories, so you might try liquid Tylenol.” ..."
"...Watt Weeks did not speak, but made eye contact and nodded or shook his head in answer to Penny’s questions. He denied pain, but Penny administered a small amount of morphine in case repositioning was painful for him. His temperature was 102. Penny mixed liquid Tylenol in a teaspoonful of Coke. Mr. Weeks swallowed the liquid, then accepted a sip of iced Coke from a straw. ..."

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