Right Medicine Helpful When Needed

“We don’t take pills.”

Others sometimes make that statement, and we’ve been known to as well. Yet, seemingly, there is no end to advertisements urging people to “take pills.”

There are pills for heartburn, running-nose, cough, allergies, high-blood-pressure, low-blood-pressure, itchyfeet, stay-awake, go-to-sleep, uppers, downers and all-rounder’s, stomachache, headache, backache, leg-ache, even heartache, so it would seem, and everything in between.

Amazingly all of these pills know exactly what they’re supposed to fix. They come in every color, shape and size; from tiny white round ones we can hardly pick up, to small-football-size brown ones, like we took as vitamins in grade school. And, they remind us of those much bigger we’ve been known to force down horses.

None of the pills are alike, so maybe our insides know by the difference what they’re
supposed to cure once we swallow them.

Some pills create so many bad things to watch out for that it makes us wonder if the
cure is worth the risk. Then, certain people take so many pills; we again wonder
how they can keep them all straight.

Although we’ve never taken very many pills, one thing that we’ll never forget from our college general chemistry class is how emphatic the professor was about the serious consequences of taking a regular aspirin.

Obviously, we weren’t a very good student in that class, so we don’t remember his scientific reasoning, but we’ve never forgotten the message. We’re hesitant to ever take aspirin, despite vast medical promotions urging “an aspirin a day helps prevents” heart ailment, or something.

Self-imposed rules on our pill-taking all went by the wayside last week, when traditional-season hay fever set in, accompanied by a late summer cold.

“Always follow label directions” seemed to have been ignored as we almost took whatever we could find in whatever dosage and combination trying to stop what we thought were becoming incapacitating-issues.

Although we were plenty drowsy much of the time, fortunately there were no apparent side effects, and again we vouch: “We don’t take pills.” That is unless we think we can’t get along without them.

Reminds us of Genesis 18-23: “There is good along with the bad.”But, Deuteronomy 19:16: “We must conduct careful investigation if it is the right medicine.” Then, Luke 13:31: “It will cure what ails you.”