I wake up at around 5:30 in the morning on Thursday with the full-knowledge that I’m probably going to be feeling less than stellar. The night before, I started feeling a tickle in my throat, usually the feeling I get when a cold is coming along. Day 1 of a cold for me is the “No, no, no, no, no, nooo!!!” day where I try to convince myself that I’m not getting sick and a lot of the time it works. I take cold medicine once, go to sleep and I wake up the next morning with the realization that I set off a false alarm the night before.
The time was not the case however and sure enough, I woke up Thursday morning on Day 2, the “Fuck.” stage. Even worse I didn’t realize till just before going to bed that I only had enough medicine for one dosage before bed, hence why I woke up at 5:30, a half-hour earlier than I normally do before going to work. I figured that’d give me enough time to get to a grocery store and pick up a bottle or two (or fifty) of cold medicine, since I have the inability to swallow pills for whatever reason.
However, I didn’t count on the fact that, well…most grocery stores don’t carry medicine.
I got really frustrated in that time. Not only did I lose a half-hour of sleep doing this, but now I’m going a whole work shift without any medicine while on Day 2 of a cold. I was screaming in my head as to why a 24-hour grocery store had a shelf chalk full of vitamins, but not a single bit of cold medicine. How the hell is that even possible?! How do you have loads of Vitamin B2, but not a single bottle of DayQuil?! You have several different brands of Vitamin C, but not medicine for the most common illness?! Needless to say, I was a tad bit pissed off.
Now I get it, not every store is going to carry everything, but the ones that do, they’re not open before 7am, most of them. I don’t know of any 24-hour pharmacies or Wal-Mart stores in my area, this 24-hour grocery store I went to is literally the only place around me I know of. There needs to be more options out there, not just for when you’re sick, but if you’re hungry, thirsty, whatever, there should be at least a few places you can think of that you can go to.
Sure, does everyone like night shifts? Of course not, they’re really hard shifts to balance a social life with, trust me I know, I used to work a job that was 6pm-6am four days a week, it was miserable. But I’m honestly surprised in this day and age there’s still very few options when it comes to 24-hour establishments. I can think of on one hand how many chains I know of that I’ve seen a 24-hour schedule on, three of them are fast food, one’s the grocery store in question and the other is a gym. If there are 24-hour department stores like a Wal-Mart anywhere, they’re certainly nowhere near me and that’s a real shame. There’s a lot of people who work night shift jobs that would kill for a few places to go when on break or on their way home.
Thursday was a long day for me…*cough*