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??