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Friday, February 17, 2012

The Gift of Tylenol

I have another son sick again. He came home from school that way, and within half an hour, his temperature shot up past 104 degrees. Of course I gave him Tylenol, and while I was worried, I felt pretty confident the medicine would work and we’d trudge through yet another bout of illness without anything too horrific. But really, that’s one of those blessings of modern medicine.

Imagine the fear every time your child runs a fever and not having something you know will almost certainly bring it down. Such has been the case throughout most of history, and it is one of the things that makes me grateful that I live today where Tylenol, Benadryl, and antibacterial wipes help make the usual rounds of illness and allergies more tolerable.

Aside from the obvious answer of modern plumbing, what are you grateful for in our modern world?

1 comment:

  1. Epidurals. Novacain. Spring-coil mattresses. Dispoable diapers. Grocery stores.

    Having just had a root canal last month, I am so SO thankful for dental care. Have a sore tooth? Chances are your dentist can fix it with relatively little pain. Most of us can keep all or at least most of our teeth well into our senior years. That's a big part of what gives us such longevity compared to ages past.