I should have known, I should have known.
The first thing I heard today was the P.A. system of the public school next door, a little girl leading the student body in the Pledge of Allegiance–from which the line, “One nation under God,” was deleted. No law required its removal: our local school board took it upon itself to estrange the children from God. I have lived in this town all my life, and I have seen it lose its soul.
Now, when I left the doctor’s yesterday, it was with the clear understanding that I would, this morning, get a new prescription for a higher dose of my blood pressure medicine. Period. The nurse practitioner recommended a cholesterol medicine but I said I wouldn’t take it, I’d heard too many bad things about it. Okay, fine, she said, I don’t have to take it.
So I went to Wal-Mart this morning–oh, I wanted to be efficient! So I left before I even had my breakfast–and waddaya know? Some little voice told me I’d better check and see what was in the bad before I left the counter. Lo and behold–NO blood pressure medicine, plenty of cholesterol medicine, and double-strength water pills that weren’t once mentioned yesterday.
On the way back I stopped at the doctor’s office to demand an accounting–ha, ha, nobody there. Office hours, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nobody there at 9:30.
Is this how they propose to lower my blood pressure? Doubtless I’ll get a phone call later, bidding me to go back to Wal-Mart and try again, waste some more time. “Hey, Lee, you need to get more exercise!” Well, when the sam-hill am I supposed to do that? Jumping jacks in the doctor’s office?
I could just scream.