Monday, June 08, 2009

Laughter is the best medicine...

Why is it that when I am at the Doctor's office I can never remember when my children were born, let alone how to write the dates in the European format...

Going to the doctor with all 3 kiddos in tow is never my idea of fun...but with the added dimension of living in a foreign country...it really stresses me out!  Lots of people say, "but don't they speak English" and the answer to that question is not always yes.

Fortunately, my eye doctor is a very nice man, and his English is very good...

In fact, good enough to tell me that ALL of us have PINK EYE! 

Luke, Abby, Levi and me.  AND that the kids wouldn't be able to go back to school the REST of the week, because it is highly contagious...
 (Duh! I had sort of figured that out by now, since we ALL had red eyes!)

Anyway, one thing that I have learned about these stressful appointments, is that it is important to keep my sense of humor...because if I don't laugh, I just might cry!

So as we are checking out from the eye doctor, the receptionist tells me the amount.  I gulp, and ask if I can use my "bankomat" card, which is the equivalent of the ATM.  She says that it is "not possible" and that I must go down to the grocery store and take out the cash.  

I am trying to still smile at this point as the kids, who have now waited over 2.5 hours just to see the doctor, are starting to whine and pick on each other.  I drag them all down to the grocery store and take out the money...then I drag them all back up to the eye doctor to pay.




Then we were off to the pharmacy.  

Each of us had a prescription for drops and ointment (see picture below) 

As she handed me all of the drugs, she sort of looked at me a little disgusted and asked in German if we had good handwashing skills...

I answered, "I guess not good enough", thinking she might laugh...

She didn't.


I, on the other hand did laugh and I am sure she thinks I am insane...

who knows, maybe I am.

5 comments:

Lyn said...

She had absolutely NO sense o' humor. But I'm just shaking my head at your drama, thinking "oh, no!" And to think you would actually wish to recount it.

Marla and Rob said...

So sorry about your misfortune!! When Brock had pink eye, he had many other symptoms before his eye actually got pink, so I totally understand how it can be over-looked. Hope you all heal up soon!!

Brian and Wesley said...

Ugh! PInk eye could drive ANYONE crazy, even under the best circumstances. You are such an amazing Mom! I'm so thankful that God gave you such grace (and laughter) under pressure. Praying the drops do their thing and all eyes are clear soon!

Jen said...

wow - I hope you treated yourself to ice cream afterwards... you deserved a treat!!

dood1ebugs said...

You need a good sense of humor when you have kids. Most of the time you laugh to keep from crying!