Friday, December 4, 2009

Paging Dr. Shepard

On Wednesday, I had been sick for a few days, but feeling better, looking forward to a long weekend in Paris with the family.  I was taking the kids to meet my husband who was already there on business.  But packing several steamer trunks of clothing did me in and on Thursday morning I had to use every bit of energy just to haul my legs over the side of the bed.

It's decided that the kids will fly to Paris alone and I will stay behind -- granny-dumped with the dogs in Madrid.

Time goes by and the dogs and I realize: I am really, really, really sick.  I don't have the energy to throw Roxie her rubber chicken, and I have all kinds of revolting symptoms which I will gracefully refrain from telling you about.  I am conscious of the fact that I should see a doctor, maybe even go to a hospital, since I don't have a doctor in Spain.  Then I think, just tear off my limbs, anything would be better than having to go to an emergency room in a foreign country where I don't speak the language.  Anything is better than going to an emergency room in the United States where I DO speak the language.  I'd almost rather die.  So instead, I lie in bed until I think: I actually may be close to dying now, the hell with the shower and the blow dry, I should use my last few moments on earth to crawl to the elevator, get to the first floor and call a cab.  Then I remember a story that my friend N. told me once, a story so outlandish, so remarkable, that it's been seared into my sickly brain.  It was a story about a doctor who makes house calls!

During my last remaining minutes on earth, my best friend, iphone, convinces me to call N. and get the doctor's name.  She's the sort who does her homework, whose recommendations are unimpeachable.  She reminds me that the doctor she spoke of was a pediatrician, but, kind soul, offers to take me to the hospital anyway.  She also gives me the name of an Anglo-American clinic nearby.  A few phone calls later and it's arranged that a doctor will be coming to my house in about a half an hour!

Sure enough, half an hour later, straight from central casting, my Spanish hero Doctor arrives.  Mas o menos, this is what he looks like:


But, being Spanish, he is dressed in a beautifully tailored suit and an Hermes tie.  He carries a gorgeous leather briefcase and has the bedside manner of an Ambassador.  He is tender attentive and loving professional and seems like he really cares about my illness, despite my lack of a blow dry and make up. He apologizes for his English, and smiles warmly.  He spends plenty of time analyzing my sickness, explaining what course of action he recommends and prescribing drugs.  He doesn't roll his cinnamon-colored eyes when I launch into a full history of my reactions to various classes of antibiotics.  The cost for my liason housecall? 150 euros!  The cost for the 3 prescription drugs, including a third-generation antibiotic? 14 euros -- less than a kilo of cherries!  The experience of having a housecall? Priceless...

10 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

I hope I can get sick when I come there;) Seriously though, Miss Hower! That is scary. Are you feeling better, or do you think you may need a follow up?

Delora said...

I think a follow up may be in order...

Maria said...

So sorry to hear you're sick, but sounds like it's well worth it!

Anonymous said...

I think I'm still a little sick... and need to get on a plane over there right away :) - love, Maria D.

Henry said...

I can't believe he hasn't been back already--you really must be sick!

150 euros. . . wasn't that what each turkey cost?

Perkins Fan said...

Oh, Delora! I hope you feel better! Being sick by yourself...the worst!

Trevor said...

Looks like the perks in Spain are quite adorable. Being sick alone sucks, but getting better looks pretty good to me...

Jeff said...

Shows how internet savy I am, I didn't know that we could comment, after reading your blogs. I hope that you are feeling better. Also, I love reading your blog. I almost feel like I have been there with you a few times. Miss you.

Gilman said...

OK. We were shleeping around Paris and she was what? "sick at home with Dr Shepard"? I was in London for a few days before Paris. What day did the "Doctor" actually come over? Was it Tues or Thurs? When you have a fever it is hard to keep things straight. We missed her in Paris but did she miss us...............
Have fun at home amd we miss you already.
PS: no follow ups.

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