The doctor told Sharlene Adams to get a blood pressure cuff, so she set out to buy one.
For Adams, who lives in West Baltimore, that meant four bus rides, a stop for a doctor's signature, two visits to a downtown pharmacy for other medical supplies, a detour to borrow money for a copay, a delay when a bus broke down and, at last, a purchase at a pharmacy on the east side of town.
The 7-mile trip there took 5 1/2 hours. Then she had to get back home.
She seemed unfazed. For Adams, this is what it takes to follow a doctor's recommendations.