Granny’s Twenty-Second Pearl

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 

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