Prior to leaving Toronto for Geneva, I came down with the -itis trifecta: sinusitis, bronchitis, and laryngitis. Come to think of it, I had conjunctivitis, too. Around that time SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) was a raging concern and I was a gasping breath away from turning myself in. Poor Mouse was a sympathetic sufferer, sporting a cold and matching ear infections. Somewhere over the Atlantic she completed the ensemble with what we can only suspect was chicken pox. Our first weeks in Geneva included multiple visits to the Clinque des Grangettes, the pediatrician and a notable pediatric dermatologist. In the end it took over four weeks to make Mouse reasonably comfortable and nearly three months for her skin to heal over. We survived, but not without considerable distress.
Now back to the present. We've been in P-town all of 48 hours and Emma the Brave has had two chest x-rays and has been prescribed a broad-spectrum anti-biotic and inhaler. Having come from Switzerland where medical doctors are as likely to prescribe homeopathic or naturopathic remedies as their synthetic rivals, I found this management style a bit of a shock. I resisted the temptation to challenge the doctor's request for an x-ray. After all, he suspected a pneumonia was brewing and she's my precious little girl. The ordered investigations were over before we knew it and we were sent on our way, pneumonia-free and prescriptions in hand. Twenty minutes later Emma and I were back at the hotel, a vial of bright red medication on the table between us.
"What will it taste like?" Emma asked.
"I'm not sure. Cherry, maybe?"
Emma frowned. "What if it tastes yucky?"
"It can't be any worse than the Swiss stuff." Could it?
Emma sniffed the opened bottle. Her eyebrows raised appreciatively. "Mmm."
I measured out her dose and handed her the cup. Please, God, don't make a liar out of me!
Emma wet her top lip with the liquid and licked it clean. Her face was impassive.
"I don't like it, but it's not that bad," she said, then swallowed the rest of the dose in two big sips.
God Bless America!!!