Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Crap. I think I may be getting sick. I woke up this morning with a fever and a sore throat. Maybe that's why I was so exhausted all day yesterday. I don't have a doctor here yet, so I suppose I'll just pop down to the pharmacy and fork the money over for some meds.

How much do you want to bet that they offer me suppositories for my cough?



Blogger KEF said...

Feel better S!! That's the worst....

July 16, 2008 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some people will do anything for a suppository.

the kinkiest person i know pretended for years to have migraine headaches, and actually moved to france to continue to obtain, some kind of dope in suppository form.

party on! ;-)

July 16, 2008 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Leesa said...

NOOOO... Alex a attrape' froid today... He's getting sick! I hope you feel better.. And, lay of the supposies...

July 16, 2008 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

Well, I hope you feel better quickly! My allergies are kicking the crap out of me today... just hoping it does not get any worse. Make some soup and sit on the couch tonight and relax!

July 16, 2008 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Princesse Ecossaise said...

haha yup, I'd bet my right arm on it! Hope you feel better soon Sam, fevery type things are the worst!

Much love!

July 16, 2008 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Careful! Fever and sore throat can mean strep! Check your lymph nodes: are they swollen? Is your neck sore? Hurt swallowing? Is your throat red, or have white spots? (And, are regular cold symptoms absent?) All of those point to strep, for which you need antibiotics, for which you have to see a doctor! I am so paranoid though - I get strep easily, and I had to go to Hotel Dieu earlier this year for it. (However, ER at Hotel Dieu took 30 minutes and under 30 euros.) Feel better!! (Oh and thanks for the nice comments on my blog!)

July 17, 2008 at 5:18 AM  
Blogger Maddy said...

Suppositoires... I still recall, in one of his Provence books, Peter Mayle's first encounter with them, and the gestures the locals gave him to explain "where they go"...
Get well soon!

July 17, 2008 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger wcs said...

A little cognac couldn't hurt?

July 17, 2008 at 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you feel better... make yourself a grog tonight just before bed (rum (but not too much) water, lemon and sugar. Drink it right before bed).

I've never ever been offered suppositories thus far, I'm starting to think it's a French urban myth....

July 17, 2008 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger The Late Bloomer said...

Like I mentioned to Cara on Facebook, I must be the only American living in France who has never been prescribed suppositories! I'm baffled when I hear about that...

I hope you'll be feeling better soon, Sam. I tell ya, I've been feeling kinda crappy off and on now for a few weeks, and even though a part of me knows it's being pregnant, another part of me knows that there's something ELSE going on too! So it must be a combination summer cold/gastro thingy, who knows?!

By the way, just so you know, there's a medical center at métro St. Augustin (line 9) called COSEM -- it's practically right next to the Eglise St. Augustin, very close to the Gare St. Lazare. You pay very little (less than 10 Euros I think?! and nothing with a mutuelle...) to visit a médecin généraliste there and you can just walk in without an appointment -- you just stand in line to check in and then wait for the next available doctor. I STILL don't have a decent généraliste, by the way, in all my time here in the région parisienne -- I just have an OB/GYN. So I sometimes still go to the COSEM, as it's reasonable and even though it can be a pain to wait sometimes, you often fall on pretty good doctors.

Right now, with so many people being on vacation, I'm sure the wait isn't long at all, as a matter of fact. Keep it in mind, if you want to try to see a doctor -- that way you'll at least get a prescription for the medicine so it can be covered by the Sécu!

July 17, 2008 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Frog said...

Suppositories are good for you.

PS: Stay away from drafts.


July 18, 2008 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger Owen Peery said...

save your money, I'll send you the suppositories I still have from the time I was prescribed them, they didn't work.

The other my doctor prescribed to me when he prescribed the suppositories was . . .

My problem is that I am allergic to dairy but I love cheese so I can only have it once in a while, I get "sick" when I eat it.

He told me to use a suppository but really the best thing to do was to make sure I have at least 1 glass of red wine with my cheese.

I'm sure I've done that dozens of times and it didn't work.

Neither did the suppositories.

The only thing that works is don't eat cheese.

I went to the pharmacy alone and you should have heard the way the girl at the counter tried to describe how to use them to me. She was speaking in a simplified French and throwing in English once in a while. She was trying to be accomodating but finally I told her it would be easier if she just gave me the unadulterated French version and she could skip the facial expressions, hand gestures, and role playing.

They are all yours.

July 18, 2008 at 9:04 AM  

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