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Monday, October 8, 2012

My Eyes Have Been Opened

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TOTAL eye-opener today.

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Because I have two boys struggling with asthma lately, I came to the realization that I would have to get a new inhaler for the school to have on hand for #5. I contacted our pharmacy first thing, and they told me to come on in, and they'd take care of me. I went in, pulled a number, and sat and waited. I was the only one there, yet I continued to wait.

After about ten minutes (I may be exaggerating just a bit--time flies when you have two little ones in tow :oP), a pharmacist emerged and asked me if I was there for something urgent. I told him the nature of my visit and said it wasn't "urgent urgent, just urgent." I could run the inhaler we currently own up to the school and administer it myself if necessary.

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He shared with me that their computer system was down, and they didn't know when it would be back up. He said it could be up to half an hour or 45 minutes, but he really had no clue. Whatever the problem was, it was system-wide.

I thanked him, got up and walked out. Oh, btw, my car was making some interesting noises too, so that totally shot my entire morning--the morning when I was going to get my life in such great order.....Oh, wait, that's every morning, but as you can see, it never happens.

Needless to say, I didn't get the inhaler, but what I did get was a big ol' dose of reality. Wow! We are SO reliant on computers. What would we do without them.

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My next stop was the gas station. As I'm sitting there, I'm thinking, "Man, oh man. I hope their computers are working. Don't those pumps work on some kind of computer system?

I tend to have a bit of an active imagination, so my thoughts just flew from there....No wonder we, as members of the Church, have been asked to have a year supply of food, clothing, and fuel. All it takes is the wrong power to step in and revoke ours, and we're sitting ducks.

I called the pharmacy again later and asked if things were back up and running. The woman on the phone, rather embarrassedly, told me "No." I asked if there was a back up system that they used for times like this. Again, and more embarrassedly, the answer was "No."

How prepared are we? I'm guessing not very, so my next and most obvious question: "How prepared am I?"


LeAnn said...

Wow, that was a enlightening post. I think I will think about how prepared am I. I know my husband gets upset with me if I let the gas getting lower than 1/2 tank. I have driven off a few times with almost an empty tank and have had to sweat it out on the freeway hoping to make it to a gas station. We really do rely so much on all the new technology. Scary!

lia london, author and writing coach said...

I was actually having a conversation with a friend who said, "I don't like using paper." He wanted everything to be digital. As he said it, my thought was..."I need to go print out hard copies of everything that matters!" I don't trust computers to be loyal to my needs.

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