I have bursitis. At least, I think I have bursitis. First I thought it was the return of my adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), but since my shoulder isn’t really frozen and just hurts like H.E. Double Toothpicks (that’s for my mom, may her memory be a blessing), I’m going with bursitis. I could go to the doctor, but I know what he’d tell me: Ice it, take something like Advil or Aleve, and give it a rest. So why waste my time and money scheduling a visit when I can treat me on my own? Of course, if I ever suspected I had something serious, like symptoms of a heart attack or a sharp pain in my gut, I’d get to a doctor right away, or even the emergency room. But it’s just bursitis.
When we were growing up, my mother never let us miss a day of school unless we were near death. Once, when Hurricane Donna was headed towards New England, my mother made my brother and me go to school because nothing was announced on the radio about school closings. No sooner had we gotten there (we were nearly the only kids at school besides a handful of teachers) when my mother had to turn around and pick us up because the hurricane was headed right in our direction.
My mother was also of the mind that you could fool your body into thinking you weren’t sick. If we even started to feel a little puny, she said the best thing for us was to take a shower and get dressed because if we lay around in our pajamas, we’d surely feel sicker. Believe it or not, it nearly always worked. Even as an adult, I’ve followed the example of my father. I don’t want to talk about it; I just want to suck it up and get over it with as little fuss as possible. I’m not advocating self diagnosis when you have no clue what’s wrong with you. I just don’t like it when people dwell on every little pain and illness, telling you every detail of what the doctor said and every pill they have to take. Just do what you need to do and get on with it.
Our government is sick, and I don’t think we need a doctor to tell us what’s wrong. Nobody is listening to each other; no one is listening to the people. Isn’t this supposed to be government of the people, by the people, and for the people? This debt crisis has been a fiasco, but it’s not the only thing that’s been a huge problem. We’ve gotten to the point that neither party wants the other party’s ideas to succeed because it might affect their election hopes. Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell said, after President Obama was elected, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” Seriously? I would think the most important thing to achieve is to get America back to work and to get us fiscally responsible once again.
I have little hope (make that none) that we as a country can ever get back to the greatness we once enjoyed until we make it clear to our leaders that it is all about us, not them. How do we do that? I don’t really know, but I know we, the people, are the key. I’m at the point of voting everyone out and starting all over again. I don’t care what party they’re from. If we keep voting the same people in over and over again, we’ll keep getting the same terrible results. We are the physicians and our patient is sick. We need potent medicine.