Later in the afternoon yesterday my throat started feeling sore. After deciding it must have been the popcorn kernel that got lodged behind my tonsils 20 minutes before, I let it go.
This morning however I was hit with a full on head cold, stuffy/runny nose, sore throat – the works! When Ricardo heard my barely-there voice when I woke up this morning he immediately said lets go to the doctors.
S: Ricardo, I have a head cold, I will be fine. I don’t need to go to the doctors.
R: You are probably not feeling well because you ate too much ice yesterday.
S: Ice?! I was eating ice because it felt good on my throat.
R: It’s not good for you. (He has some weird obsession with hot and cold where he thinks it’s the culprit for every sickness.)
S: Ricardo, I’ve spent many a night in the last 25 years sucking on popsicles to help my throat, AND I haven’t raced to the doctors each time…. I’m still alive, I’ll be fine.
R: Ok, your head is closed. (and off he went)
*Sigh* Ricardo is just the sweetest, it almost broke him to hear me sounding like a seal. This is one of the many things where we are just different though.
Although my dad was probably the biggest stress case of all when I was sick as a child, I don’t feel the need to rely on doctors visits and medication to heal every sickness in my body. My motto is, if I’m not feeling better within 2 or 3 days, THEN it’s time to head to the doctor. (of course there are exceptions I make to this rule.)
Ricardo on the other hand must see a doctor once a month at least. I always know when he’s gone to the doctors when I see the walnuts or some other type of nut sitting on the entertainment stand. Yes you read that correctly, nuts… Doctors here don’t usually just give out one type of prescription, you normally get 2-4 different medicines and sometimes you are lucky enough to be prescribed nuts and a diet regime for the next 7-10 days.
I often throw out the nuts if they’ve been sitting there for a few days, only to be questioned by Ricardo days later as to where his nuts are, long after he is feeling much better again.
If I don’t get him on board with my motto soon, I have a feeling our medical bill is going to be really high when we move back to Canada.
Is your spouse Mexican or of another nationality, and do you have cultural differences when it comes to health and doctors visits?