Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Pregnant? Got Brochitis? Visit Italy!

Ok, so it's not the best way to visit a foreign country but let me tell you something. The Italians love pregnant women and babies. Everyone has gone out of their way to help out and be overly good to my wife.

Judy Witts gave great advice and translated our needs into Italian.

The landlord extended our stay in the apartment by two days so that Jen can get some bed rest. They even offered to drive us to the doctors office.

The Conti family ( from the Central market) offered to call their own doctor when we had none.

Tratorria Mario offered to cook food to her liking.

And Doctor Stephen Kerr took our call last night, had us come in at noon today for a private consult (no waiting and only $60 euro). The pharmacy for 2 prescriptions and tylenol ($39 euro). Got us our drugs and out the door in 5 minutes. What a country! What a health care system! This is how basic care and preventative medicine should be.

Our thanks go to everyone who gave so much of themselves so that we could have some proper care and peace of mind.


floozigrl said...

and this is why we should all raise our families in europe dammit! and we'd eat hella good!!!

good vibes to jen

*i had to go to the emergency room in portugal once and it was so easy cheesy- drugs and all :)

Anonymous said...

Hope you are feeling better soon and get to enjoy some of Italy. Jonathan,
Did you find out how to say Matzo Ball soup in Italian yet? Now would be a good time to make some!!

Love you both,

marta said...

oh no! feel better soon Jen!


blacksrock said...

I hope you feel better soon, Jen! Pregnancy sickness is the worst (I hear). You take good care of her, Jonathan. Hopefully you can salvage something out the trip.

Anonymous said...

well, if you have to be sick, I can think of worse places to be.

Once I was sick Dayton Ohio. Point made.

and remember Feed a cold....and I think Feed Bronchitis.

Feel Better Jen.

B in NC

Anonymous said...

minestra della sfera del matzah- that's matzah ball soup in Italian.

Hope Jen feels better and this kid is worth it!!