Wednesday, April 3, 2013

How many?

Forty-two years ago, I got married to a young woman of eighteen years. Talk about your turning points! This morning, both of us said to one another "Happy Anniversary" and then, when she was ready, I took her to her job and dropped her off. It was like so many other days in that respect and yet, it was a milestone in both our lives. After all this time has passed; after all that we have experienced together here is the one important fact about our marriage ... we still LOVE one another, not as we did way back then but differently in so many ways. The day we professed our love for one another before all the world, God, in His infinite wisdom and might, made of us, ONE FLESH. We are still ONE this day. May it always be for eternity. Happy Anniversary my dear wife.

Please allow me to add the following words I wrote at some point in the past concerning LOVE. I wrote them at a time when I was trying to understand it.

Love is an emotional adhesive, bonding people to people, people to things, people to places. There is love of money, love of country, love of God, Brotherly love, marital love, parental love, self love, Christian love, love of life, etc. The list is endless.

One thing is for sure; "Love Binds" when it is genuine. To separate one from a thing which is loved, another person which is loved, or a place which is loved, temporarily or permanently, is not a simple act of separation, putting some distance between the two, leaving each one whole and complete. It is a traumatic event, emotionally violent, tearing away some portion of the one which loves, leaving behind a person less than whole, who will experience some degree of emotional pain.

Love is an unstable element of life. It gives pleasure when binding two objects together, but mutates into a source of emotional torture during or after separation. If love is directed toward another person, and it is not returned by that person; love can transform into the bitterest kind of hatred.

Love is seldom passive or uncommitted. It is either precisely focused or dormant, waiting for some stimuli to spur it into action. It seems to come from an inexhaustible source deep within an individual.

Love can be like a wild fire, all consuming, ravenous in its appetite. It leaves ashes behind when it goes, it doesn’t take all evidence of its presence with it, like rain that has been dried up by the sun.

I don’t believe in love at first sight. I believe in attraction and lust. Love does not exist without reason. Love is not blind, but it can be stupid, illogical and irrational. It sees but it excuses, accepts, covers up and pushes aside without prejudice.

Love can exist where one would least likely expect to find it and yet, it can be noticeably absent where one might expect it without exception. Love is an enigma, a conundrum; a force that defies understanding and comprehension. It cannot be pigeon-holed.

It is said that God is love. Allow me to ask you this; if God had not created all that he created, if there was no universe, no planet Earth, no human life, no you and me, would He still be viewed as love? By whom? If it was just He and the Angels and whatever other spiritual creatures that are with Him in this place we call heaven, would love even exist?

Agape Love, unconditional love; is it possible, does it exist? If it does exist; is it possible for a human being to exhibit it, demonstrate it, manifest it in, through and by their own abilities?

Why is it that some believe there is such a thin line between love and hate; sort of like being on one side or the other of a razor’s edge? Could true love really be that fickle?

God is love! Does anyone understand Him? I’ve yet to meet the person who does. I’ve also yet to meet the person who understands love. So...in my own circular way, perhaps I have just proved that God is Love.

New pill splitter needed

Do you know anything about “pill splitting?” I'm only supposing here, but I believe that plenty of seniors who are on lots of medications has come across this process before. It's a strange phenomenon and I'm trying to get to the bottom of one or two aspects of participating in the practice.

I'm starting to think that it might be the drug stores themselves that have the greatest objection to allowing it to take place without objections.

Here's how it goes … suppose you have been prescribed a medication for high blood pressure, such as myself. The doctor wants you to take one 80 mg pill each morning to control your high blood pressure. Let's say you are on a very meager fixed income, such as millions of seniors are who receive Social Security. You try to pinch your pennies any way you can. Let's say you become aware that you can purchase the same pills, only at twice the strength, for the same co-pay and it's not a generic brand. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with generic brands that I am aware of and the only difference is, they are less expensive.

You talk to your doctor about pill splitting. He KNOWS about it, don't be fooled. He says he will go along with it so long as the pills are split as accurately as possible to insure that you will be getting the proper dosage. Sounds good … right?

Here's the rub … the prescription must be written up a certain way for the plan to work. The doctor must specify a month's supply of double strength pills and instruct the patient to take one half a pill each day by mouth. That done, you will end up with 60 pills and pay only one co-pay amount in two months. I believe the reason some drug stores (certain pharmacists) object to this practice is that for one month, they will not realize whatever profit they would have received if you stuck with the regular pills.

One pharmacist I proposed this plan to informed me that he was not going to be part of any scheme to swindle the drug companies out of their rightful profit.

I would bring your attention to another important fact if you want to try this yourself. A lot of pills are manufactured in odd shapes. They come in all shapes and colors, with specific identification symbols imprinted upon them. The pills I take and split are shaped like teardrops with the normally pointed end rounded off to something akin to an oval or ellipse.

I am not aware of any currently available pill splitter that will accommodate ALL types of pills, so their usefulness is limited.

Such a device is badly needed now and that fact will become more intense as newer pills are created and manufactured.

So, listen up all you inventor types out there. This is a project that might pay-off for you in the near future.

Splitting a hard, dense pill is a difficult undertaking with most tools I've tried so far. Right now, I use a small pair of pruning shears that is of the anvil/blade design. The pill MUST be held securely while the razor-sharp blade cleaves it in half. If not, those pill pieces will fly anywhere and everywhere, never to be found unless one looks under and behind or down through grates, air-duct covers, etc. Lost medications are dangerous to children and pets; any living creature that might find and consume it unknowingly. One is simply using a dim eye to judge where the precise middle of said pill is located. Fortunately, my pills are embossed with three letters on one side and the middle “V” is the perfect spot to line up the blade before squeezing the handles, holding both pieces of the halved pill between index finger and thumb of the hand not holding the pruner handle. It works well enough for me in this instance but it's a time consuming, tedious process.

Please help us feeble, old, shaky, senior pill splitters ASAP. I await your solution(s) to arrive on my store shelves.