Is it a school or a hospital?
I asked around and apparently it’s universal: schools are a breeding ground for the widest array of kid-loving bugs! In the course of the first three months of school, Shani brought home no less than 5 letters from the director or school nurse warning parents about some disease or health problem. Here they are in order of appearance: Erythema infectiosum (or fifth disease), pinworm, scarlet
fever, lice, and a surprise in this vaccine-savvy world, mumps. I guess I should count my blessings because I can imagine the list if we had stayed in Tanzania: malaria (very likely), tuberculosis (probably), Ebola (unlikely although there was an outbreak near Lake Victoria when we lived in Arusha) and cholera (also unlikely unless we moved to Dar es Salaam).
Modern vs traditional medicine
So far Shani has only brought home a series of colds that have degenerated in a chronic productive cough that we tried to cure (or at least reduce) with a corticosteroid pump. After a 3-week treatment in November/December, the cough seemed to have disappeared. Two weeks of quiet and then she caught another
cold. Back on the pump we went for the whole of January. On February 1st, I got fed up and as the cough had improved, I got rid of the god-forsaken pump and booked an appointment with my acupuncturist for February 15. I figured if I wanted to see if acupuncture really works, I had to stop all other treatments a few weeks before meeting with the
acupuncturist. Marilyn is used to working with children: she uses tiny magnets instead of needles but I had negotiated with Shani that she would accept ONE needle. She screamed like a banshee when it was inserted. However, once she realized there was absolutely no
pain, she stopped crying and relaxed a bit. At the following appointment, I bribed her with a meal at McDonald’s if she didn’t cry when the needle was inserted. And it worked! The fear of needles is becoming a thing of the past! The result of this treatment? The cough went away about 4 days after the first appointment and has not come back.
Deux semaines se sont écoulées depuis le dernier RV de Shani, et je suis heureuse de te dire qu’elle va bien. Son papa et moi sommes très heureux de ne plus l’entendre tousser. Je parle de toi à tout le monde autour de moi.
Un gros merci
Anne Marie Joly (une cliente très contente)