Pearls of wisdom from an octogenarian who’s seen it all…
Do not refer to me as an ‘elderly lady’
In the surgery of a doctor who looked to be about fourteen years old – okay, I may have been being uncooperative because he called for reinforcements.
Says to the occupant of the next room: “I have an elderly lady here refusing blood pressure medication.”
I couldn’t resist: “I can hear you. And I ain’t no lady.”
I don’t guess I’ll be seeing that doctor again.
But I was cross. The term elderly lady is both patronising and pejorative. Had he said cackling crone I’d have laughed. And I might even have taken his fucking tablets. As it was. I walked