Tuesday, November 9, 2010
You know you are sick in Brazil when:
1. You have a blanket up to your neck while everyone else is under the fan with their shirts off.
2. You are told to go see a doctor and NOT self medicate, as all good Americans like to do.
3. You are informed by your doctor that while the antibiotics you picked for yourself would have been perfect in the states, they are not the best option in South America, as the bacterias here are stronger. Do you mind switching, there will be no harm no foul? Of course not! She could have said you need to take donkey stool and I'd ask if it was available in powdered tablet form.
4. You did not get told off for self-medicating! In so many words...
5. When the doctor asks you about your symptoms and you complain that you feel like you are dying, she compliments you on your Portuguese.
6. You want to cry because you want a Popsicle. You are informed that you can't because cold is bad for your sore throat. You say but you always ate them when you had a sore throat as a child. Response: Maybe that's why you always had sore throats as a child. Touché.
7. You are automatically given Floratil (healthy bacterial tablets) when you are given antibiotics. Just say no to the poops! Amen!
8. You have started to like the taste of Própolis.
9. The quantity of tea that you have been given is not helping Floratil from #6 do it's job.
10. Someone suggests you may have a macumba (actual term fez um trabalho/did a work) from Candomble.
What did I forget?