Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Old Medicine Cabinet

Yesterday I had my 6 month dental appointment. The hygienist that does my cleaning is a talker so the time always goes pretty fast. When Dr. Weir came in to do the final check he always makes chit-chat and asks, "What’s going on with you?" And he always has some funny story to tell!

He was telling me about visiting his parents last weekend, who just happen to be the same ages as our parents. His Mom was complaining of her arthritis bothering her and being the considerate son that he is, he goes to get her some medicine out of the bathroom's medicine cabinet. Now those of you who live in older homes know that this is a VERY small cabinet, maybe two by two and a half feet that used to be adequate for the medicines that we took in the 1950's-1970's. When Dr. Weir opened the little door, he saw 81 mg aspirin, Pepto Bismol, Band-aids and Calamine lotion! No Advil, no Ibuprofen, not even Tylenol Extra Strength. How anyone can survive without these medicines is foreign to our generation, but to our parents spending $8 for a bottle of pain medicine when they can buy aspirin for around a buck just doesn't make any sense at all!

If you open my medicine DRAWER, you are prepared for anything. Counting, here were the totals...
Aspirin-81mg, Aspirin-325mg, Tylenol, Tylenol Extra Strength, Tylenol Pm, Ibuprofen, Naproxen (Aleve) and Ketoprofen. That's eight different kinds if medicine for a headache, hmmm. Then cold meds, 11 different kinds. Pepto, Mylanta, Imodium, Tums, Gas-X...I'm prepared if my stomach bothers me! Skin creams of all kinds... hydrocortisone, Neosporin, diaper rash... and we haven't had a baby in 30+ years!... Eye drops for dry eyes, eye drops for red eyes, eye drops for allergy season... There are so many medicines, ointment and drops that there's no room for Band-Aids. They have to go into another cabinet.
Do you think there's a reason why our life is so complicated these days??


  1. ...and hopefully you always remember to keep an aspirin with you at all times in case of a heart attack. Have a great day, Joyce.

  2. Thats for sure,very true! We have too much of everything I think. My mom taught me a good lesson, she always said, let medicine be the last, eat right, exercise, ponder, enjoy nature etc.~ I've always remembered that. I think too many people medicate every little thing nowadays.
    come say hi anytime :D

  3. Cleaned out my medicine drawer not too long ago. Amazing what was out of date.

    Be careful of that Imodium. It worked too well on LBeau one time, if you know what I mean.

  4. I try to "purge" mine pretty often. But you are right. We all seem to want a pill to fix everything and fix it right now. My dentist is a Dr Weir too with a chatty hygienist! :)

  5. I remember those old cabinets. My meds take one whole shelf in my bathroom closet!!! I'd say I need to do some cleaning out..

  6. WHat beautiful country you live in! Your pictures are great!

  7. My medicine cabinet is always full and always a mess. Once a year I dig in and chunk everything that has expired and that we don't need. It is a major undertaking!

    It's almost the weekend (YAY) - I hope yours is a good one!

  8. Do you hear twilight zone music? :)

  9. Americans are obsessed with medicine!
    I work in skilled nursing care, and residents will wake up from a deep sleep just because it's time for a pain pill.It's like they are programed.

  10. I'm a kind of well organize person. I've everything in place nicely and I expected my kids to do the same. I also have itchy hands and eyes. I like cleaning up others messes especially my in-laws medicine box!


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