I woke up just before the alarm was scheduled to wake me up. This was typical. I woke up early not because I wanted to get up, but because I knew it was time to get up. I would have preferred to sleep a little longer, but five minutes early made no difference.
In the early morning semi-darkness I quietly made my way downstairs and turned on the kitchen light. I took my first pill for the day. Actually, per doctor's orders, it was one half of a glipizide tablet to be taken one half hour before eating. Each time throughout the day when I take a pill, I down it with a glass of water. I have heard that a person should drink at least eight glasses of water per day for health benefits. A glass each time I take pills means five glasses per day. The other three glasses I can drink with meals.
As I would normally do, I placed the one half of a glipizide tablet on my tongue and quickly gulped the glass of water. After drinking the water I realized with great dismay that one of my teeth had fallen out. Initially I thought it was a cap that had fallen off my tooth since I had had this experience once before and it felt much like it did now. However I realized that what was in my mouth was too small to be one of my caps and it must have been a tooth.
Probing the tiny object in my mouth I thought that perhaps one of my teeth might have broken since the object seemed too small to even be a complete tooth. I ran my tongue across my teeth to see if I could determine where the damage was. I had been fearing this very thing happening for a while now. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist.
Now was not a good time to have to go to the dentist for a tooth repair. No time ever was for that matter, but especially not now with my current financial situation. My dental insurance did not adequately cover things like tooth repairs and I seemed to always leave the dentist with a hefty dentist bill. I did not need this right now.
Glumly I realized I had to take the unidentified dental disaster out of my mouth to figure out where it came from and what I would have to do next. I manipulated the porcelainized particle onto my tongue and plucked it out with my thumb and forefinger.
I looked at it and felt foolish, but relieved to discover that it was not a tooth or a part of a tooth, but it was the pill that I thought I had swallowed. There would not have to be an urgent visit to the dentist after all. I was glad for this. But why would it have not occurred to me that it was the pill in the first place?
This post seems absurd. This was something I thought of a few weeks ago. It seemed like a good idea when I thought of it, but so did my Debate Day post about alliteration that appeared yesterday. I still like my alliteration post, and there is something about today's post that I like but I'm not sure where I was originally going to go with it. There was supposed to be a moral or a lesson of some sort.
Where would you take this post? What does it represent? Is there a lesson in it?
I was going end up with some questions along the lines of:
Have you swallowed any pills lately? Have you mistakenly thought that one thing was another only to find it was not the solution you were looking for? Are you experiencing any apprehension that causes you to incorrectly interpret unrelated life events? Have you thought that you have caused damage when there was really no damage at all?