Key Words: apply thine heart to understanding
If we fail to follow instructions or if we fail to make sure we understand the instructions given, we are headed for one of those self-induced problems.
Paul Harvey reported the following on his radio broadcast for January 15, 1982: “The respected American Medical News confirms what our For What It’s Worth Department is about to relay. A patient complained of an earache…his right ear. His doctor prescribed eardrops – an antibiotic. Are you with me to here?
“The doctor prescribed eardrops for an earache. When the patient got the eardrops prescription filled the pharmacist wrote on the bottle: ‘Three drops in r – for right – ear.’ No space and no punctuation. For ‘right ear,’ the instructions on the bottle read: r – ear.
“That spells rear.
“The patient said later he knew it sounded like a strange remedy for an earache but he had dutifully applied the three drops to his rear for three days before the error was discovered.”
You can’t follow correctly what you fail to understand; and it will produce some self-induced trials.
What to do:
✞ Get understanding. If not, you may never get to the bottom of the problem.
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