Tuesday, December 11, 2012
An elderly woman lived in a small town Arkansas and one day she went to her local doctor’s office and asked to speak with her doctor. When the receptionist asked why she was there, she replied, “I’d like to have some birth control pills.”
The receptionist's eyes popped wide open and she asked, "Excuse me?" The older woman repeated her reason for seeing the doctor, and the nurse said, "Dr. Forester has had a cancellation, but it will be at least 20 minutes before he can see you. Is that O.K."
The older woman said, "Certainly, I'll just be reading one of the magazines".
Nineteen minutes later, the nurse appeared at the door leading to the doctor's offices and called, "Mrs. Glenwood".
The lady got up and followed the nurse. As the nurse started to weigh her, Mrs. Glenwood said, "I don't need to be weighed, I just need to ask the doctor about getting a prescription for birth control pills".
The nurse stepped back, startled, and asked, "What did you just say"? Once again, Mrs. Glenwood repeated her request. The nurse, a little bit flustered, said, "Well, I guess you could wait in his office. I mean, I guess there won't be ..... no, no, would you follow me into this examining room, please?"
A few minutes later, in walked the doctor, carrying his laptop. Like other doctors I've run into, he didn't bother to look at the notes, and asked, "Mrs. Glenwood, what can we do for you today"?
For the third time, Mrs. Glenwood repeated her request.
Taken back, the doctor thought for a minute and then said, “Excuse me, Mrs. Glenwood, but you’re 80 years old. What would you possibly need birth control pills for?”
The woman replied, “They'll help me sleep better.”
The doctor considered this for a second, and continued… “How in the world will birth control pills help you sleep?”
Mrs. Glenwood said, "My oldest granddaughter lost her mother some years ago to cancer. Her father, my youngest, has just taken a very high paying job, but it will require that he be in Saudi Arabia for 11 months, then he'll be home for a month before he has to go back. My granddaughter will be living with me for the next four years so she can finish high school and not have to start over again - besides, my son will feel much better because it's much safer here for American women."
The doctor leaned back in his chair, his hands steepled in front of him, and seemed to be thinking things through. Finally he asked, "O.K., I understand your son will be in Saudi Arabia, but I still don't see how you having birth control pills will make you sleep better".
“ I plan on putting them in my granddaughter’s orange juice every morning,
and I'll sleep better at night.”