I have always (foolishly) prided myself in having a pretty healthy family. We all get occasional colds and fevers and sore throats and even stomach bugs. Moving to Dushanbe has certainly increased the incidence of these minor sicknesses, but pretty much we stick with things that can be treated with the same formula: rest, liquids, and some more rest.
We've never had strep throat, pneumonia, bronchitis, scarlet fever (common here in Tajikistan), hand-foot-mouth disease, ear infections, or even a single cavity (in the children). Our medical interactions are usually limited to yearly check-ups. Our insurance company is definitely making money off of us.
Or was. Until we moved to Dushanbe.
Maybe it's just because the children are getting older. Or statistical odds are finally catching up with me. Perhaps it's just payback for being smug. But really, it's starting to get old.
In the two years since moving to Dushanbe we've had stitches, an x-ray (luckily not broken), two MRIs, one CAT scan, a meningitis scare, multiple ultrasounds (on the same day), two medevacs, three rounds of antibiotics in one month for the same person, and I don't know how many late-night after hours house calls. This last week I visited the med unit on every single day except Friday. Currently we're waiting to see if there will be one more visit to London this year.
It's a good thing that we have a really (really) nice and patient med unit here. Because if I were them, I'd be getting pretty annoyed with the whole Sherwood family starting about a year ago.
Thankfully none of these (many, many) visits to the med unit have been any kind of emergency, just the usual vagaries of life with seven people in a family. But it is starting to feel a little ridiculous. Oh, hi med unit! It's just us. Again.
In a few months all of us (well, except Brandon) will pack up and head to the States and the med unit will get a much-needed three month break from our constant low-level emergencies. But until then we have a round of shots and a couple of well-child visits and four more OB appointments. And those are just the scheduled appointments. Like I said, its a good thing we have such a great med unit.