Culture Shocking Day!


If you read Tyler’s blog, you probably know how our day started.  Not your typical morning.  Even for someone use to being woken up at all hours of the night.  Today i wanted to schedule Norah’s 4 month checkup, you know with all those wonderful viruses we like to stick into our children, I didn’t want to spend valentine’s day at the doctor’s office, so I “scheduled” it for today.

  This was my first time getting her vaccinations in Peru, so i wasn’t sure how to go about it.  I went and asked Andria Gardner, the all knowing veteran missionary wife.  She told me “all” I have to do is go to the doctor’s office to get the prescription, then take that and go buy the vaccinations, but you can’t get all of the vaccinations in one place, the pharmacy doesn’t sell all of them, you have to go and get two of them at the hospital.  Then go back to the doctor’s office which is closed from 12:30 to 4:00 for “siesta” (nap time) But you can’t get an appointment, you just have to show up before 4:00 hoping you are one of the first people there, because it is basically first come first serve.  

I am use to that, but this time i still had to run down to the pharmacy that wasn’t open till 4:00.  So after waiting a while with a couple of people there, i decided to just run down and buy the last vaccination, not smart.  

When i got back there were several new families waiting.  And the nurse/receptionist was there taking names of who was there first, Now i had several other people to wait behind.  I finally got into the office and the doctor (who constantly complements my spanish, i think he just wants our business)  told us Norah was great.  She is healthy and was so pleasant, i was thinking, “do we have to stick these needles in her, look at her she is so happy”. But we did, she screamed as i held her down, not a fun moment as a mom.

We left and got home from our three hour ordeal in almost one piece.  I am happy to report that Norah weighs 13 lbs. and is 23 in.  We have two more months and then we get to do it again. 

One response »

  1. It’s awful isn’t it? Seeing them all smiling at you and then WHAM! Needles in both legs! I hated it too! But after they turn 18 mos. you don’t have to do it until they turn 5…if that helps!

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