Floating in Blue

A few weeks ago, one of our beloved Betta fish took ill (as Bettas are wont to do).

At wits end wondering how to help our little female fish through the rough spot, The Good Man consulted with a fairly fish knowledgeable employee at the store where we got the Betta.

Most fish owners will just dump an antibiotic like Tetracycline into the tank and hope for the best. Not knowing exactly what is wrong, we didn’t want to go that route.

The pet store guy recommended something called Betta Revive as a first defense.

It covers a broad spectrum of low-level medications to address a whole host of potential fish illnesses.

One of the main ingredients in this remedy is Methylene blue.

For those a little short on their anti-psychotic knowledge, Methylene blue, also known as Thorazine, became a heavily favored drug for psychiatric use in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Apparently, it also has an antifungal effect, so is included in the fish remedy to ward off the dreaded Ich.

We got the Betta Revive and made up a fresh batch of water and added the remedy. Predictably, it turned the water a nice shade of medium blue. Pretty much the color of airplane toilet water.

We floated our sick fish in the blue water, changing it daily, for about a week. She’s mostly recovered and is eating again, which is a good sign.

I’m blathering on about blue water to get to a point. It’s coming, don’t lose me now….

Over this past weekend my body decided to avoid the holiday rush and succumb to a nasty early winter cold.

It the usual stuff, runny nose, sinus pressure, achy joints, low-grade fever and a raging, uncontrollable cough.

I feel like crap and I’m a little depressed. In an effort to cheer myself up, I took a nice hot bath last night.

While soaking, I thought to myself, “Hey, I wish I had some of the blue water to soak in. I don’t know if what I have is viral or bacterial, so a broad spectrum fix might be just the ticket!”

I mean hell, it’ll make my scales lay down nicely and the Thorazine will help me feel aaallll right about the world.

I asked The Good Man if I could soak in some blue water. Gonna have to get a big container of the stuff, but I’m ready!

He gave me that one-eyed squinty look that says, “I’m just going to nod my head and walk away.” And so he did.

I may be sick, but my creative brain is always working out the angles. Even if The Good Man doesn’t buy into all of my (fabulous) ideas.

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  • Natalie

    The tag pretty much says it all:

    Feel better soon.

    I'm just getting over it.

    (word verification: dishefly. I kid you not!!)

  • Anji

    Sounds like you might have got yourself a dose of Thorazine from looking after the fish!!

  • Anonymous


    I think the best you'll be able to hope for is that your skin won't get too blue.

    It's VIRAL !!


    ps. take a look at my latest photos:

  • Karen Fayeth

    Natalie – I'm jealous you are over it…. Think healthy thoughts for me…

  • Karen Fayeth

    Anji – lol! That's probably true!

  • Karen Fayeth

    Ephraim – Oh hell…I hadn't thought about my skin turning blue…..

  • Karen Fayeth

    Ephraim – I went to the link you posted and it just takes me to the front page of your website…

    Which are the new photos? I want to see!

  • Anonymous


    I don't remember where I was last time I asked you to look.

    So: click the PHOTOS link. I put the latest photos at the top of each album. So look at the first page of each album. If you've already seen it go to the next album. etc.

    Sorry and regards,

    ps. BTW I think of your husband as TLM (Lucky)

  • Karen Fayeth

    Ephraim – I don't know how old is the photo of the New Mexico sky with the windmill in the background, but that is a stunning photograph.

    Makes me homesick!

    Your tomatoes the garden look delicious!

    And the "Seven Windswept Angels" photo of the sunflowers is simply beautiful!!

  • Karen Fayeth

    Ephraim – your comment about TLM is very kind….I think he'd mostly agree with you. *grin*

  • Anonymous


    Every year my nine year old granddaughter comes to stay with Bapa and Grammy for a couple of weeks. This year (2010) when my son came to take his daughter home to Houston he stopped along the way to take photos. He took the 'New Mexico Sky' pic somewhere in New Mexico between Albuquerque and Clovis in mid September, 2010.

    Believe it or not, I posted that pic just for you. I knew it would make you homesick. Take a look backwards in your comments.

    You picked out my three favorite photos. This year I was fascinated by our sunflowers because they renewed my conception of God.

    One of my most favorite songs is by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles titled Seven Spanish Angels.

    I'm tired of tomatoes. Nah! I don't think I can get tired of tomatoes.


    ps. I invite you to pick out your least favorite photo of mine and tell me why.

  • Rachel

    I’ve tried all sorts of coughing syrups, believe me, but none of them helps. Even though Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa http://www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm does not eliminates the cough I like to stick to this chinese syrup I’ve been taking since I was a kid: Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa. My grandfather is chinese, so I guess my mom got the advice from him. I was really surprised when I found that chinese market selling it here in Belgium. It does have a refreshing, soothing, sweetening effect…as long as it lasts…then back to coughing mode.

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