November 26, 2009

Sick as a Dog

Sick as a dog, she is. The Minister of Health has announced that of all flu cases in Lebanon, 80% are H1N1. None of the hype you read about in other Middle Eastern countries is taking place here. I was pleasantly surprised about that. I remember a solar eclipse a couple of years ago. You’d think the world was coming to an end. No one ventured out for some 4 hours.
But this swine flu is not getting the Lebanese down. It’s a flu. We get flu all the time.

About half of Hana's class has been out already with fly symptoms. The neighboring school has had to close one section for a week because the student body was ‘infected.

And yesterday was her turn. 40 degrees fever. My children become extremely eloquent and polite when they have a fever. I don’t know what it is, but they become quite pleasant.

But with all this hype about swine flu, I call her doctor.
Should I worry?, I ask him.

“About what,” he asks me. “Worry whether it is the swine flu? Well, if it is, what are you going to do about it? She’s got the flue. I can’t do anything about that either.”

I like a level-headed doctor. The Dutch in general do not like to medicate their children. Better to ‘sick it out’, and build up a resistance. I took me quite some time to find a Lebanese doctor who understood that cultural quirk.

“It’s green,” says the doctor, “I got to go. Call me if it gets any worse.”


Anonymous said...


DaZeN said...

Awwww poor little cutie!
Salemeeta. So glad you found an un-Lebanese doctor for your kid .. we're such a medicated people, it's refreshing to see someone breaking the trend.

Marillionlb said...

Salemeta, wishing your little princess a speady recovery.

Kheireddine said...

Salemta, I wish her a speedy recovery.
It seems that H1N1 is widespread in Lebanon. Here in Canada, all the population is getting vaccinated.

Rabih said...

Beterschap hana.

Rabih said...

Mijn kinderen hebben ook gehad.