“Dear Lord, I ask that you help me make it through today with patience, understanding, and calmness in my heart. I ask that you replace any darkness in my life with light and my frustrations with joy. I ask these things in Jesus’s name, amen.”
Ron Baratono, The Writings of Ron Baratono

Today has been a challenge.

I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to fill a prescription.

I’ve failed. I’m frustrated. I’m angry.

The cost of prescriptions I once filled for nominal cost now cost hundreds of dollars. It is insane.

I finally had to stop for the day, leaving it to the physician to re-write the prescription in a way that will enable me to use the coupon he gave me. If I cannot use the cost savings of that coupon, I’ll no longer take the medication.

How does anyone afford the cost of medications in today’s marketplace? The drugs I take are not luxury drugs. Their use would definitely make my life better. With them, I won’t be walking around looking as if I’m going through some delayed adolescence. I never had serious acne. Now, thanks to my genetics, I’ve developed Rosacea, a skin condition that causes inflamed skin and acne. For months, it’s been angry and flaring. After seeing a dermatologist, I was encouraged and hopeful he’d found a way to help.

Even with his years of experience, we are failing.

My complaint is silly compared to the serious problems many others face in today’s healthcare arena.

If I wasn’t so angry, I’d be embarrassed.

Okay…take a deep breath–take another–take one more…

I’m going to follow my Mom’s quiet words, “Barbie, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything.”

Thanks, Mom. I’m going to take heed and head for a glass of wine.

Calling a timeout for this girl scout.

“Frustration is an interesting emotional state, because it tends to bring out the worst in whoever is frustrated. Frustrated babies tend to throw food and make a mess. Frustrated citizens tend to execute kings and queens and make a democracy. And frustrated moths tend to bang up against lightbulbs and make light fixtures all dusty.”
Lemony Snicket, The Wide Window

I am…

B…simpling being…

Love and peace, Y’all.


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