Life Is like Poker
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 10 AM I used to play poker online quite a lot, although not for real money. Some of the tactics of poker, such as bluffing, can be used in real life as well. I attempted to use this one in dealing with my CNA who kept taking some of my prescription pain medicine from me. I'm having some mixed results as a result. When she was here yesterday afternoon, there was a time during which she began limping around my apartment as if she was having a lot of pain in her legs. I had seen her act this way before, and it always came along with a request for some of my medicine. Yesterday she made a comment about how her knees were hurting her, but I chose to ignore that. When her actions did not bring about an offer from me to let her have some of my medicine, I believe she started to tackle a previous statement to her that the police had come here last week and questioned me about others using my medicine. She said that she was waiting for a call from a friend of hers who was with the police department. She told me that she had asked that person to try and find out who had made a complaint against me. Since I had been bluffing at the time, it is going to be impossible for her friend to come up with anyone. I do not know what my CNA will tell me when she learns that. Although my bluff seems to have worked until now, in poker language, we would say that she has now called my bluff. It is time for me to either "put up or shut up." Since she already stupidly told me that she was checking with a friend in the police department, she effectively gave me enough advance notice of that to permit me an opportunity to have something else planned when she comes back and says something to the effect that no one knows anything about the police having come to see me. If she questions me further, I am going to tell her that I cannot make any comment upon the advice of my attorney. The stakes in this "poker game" are about to go higher.