Monday, January 24, 2011

French Pharmacie RX & TLC
























If you're not feeling well, my experience tells me, it's better not to feel well in France.

First off, your doctor will come to your bedside. (The last time a doctor came to our house was when I was a child living in Lewiston Heights, N.Y. [outside Niagara Falls] to treat a classic case of chicken pox.) 

For my latest bout of flu, it wasn't necessary to have Pascal (he's also a friend) visit me. 

Prepare for a digression (it's important that I tell you this): Pascal gives the best shots of any doctor in the whole-wide-world. He talks to you non-stop, gives your arm a slight pinch and then he walks away. Mission accomplished.

Back on subject: Pascal was not necessary for a run-of-the-mill, banal flu so My-Reason-For-Living-In-France headed to our pharmacie -- in the town where I take my on-the-street photos -- and directly to Christine.

This is what she gave him for me:

1.) Effervescent Doleprane, a paracetamol, 1000mg., three per day. (She then wrote MAX -- as in no more than three -- in capital letters on the box because I have a reputation for thinking in some areas of life more is definitely more. This sentiment does not, contrary to what MRFLIF thinks, apply to medications.)




















2.) Probiolog, two per day before meals. Upon reading the notice I discovered to my amazement the little gel capsules have one billion (!) bactéries vivantes (!) -- these live bacteria things are VERY big over here as in Danon yogurts with bifidobacterium lactis for example. And, if I wish, I can continue to take Probiolog every day for the rest of my life. That will require more investigation on my part.

OK, that's it on the med front.

But, Christine didn't stop there. She gave MRFLIF a dinner menu for me. 

It consisted of:

1.) Cooked carrots. (Fresh, obviously, we're in France after all.)

2.) Rice.

3.) Two yogurts.
































4.) One banana with the yogurts.

Dee-vine. I highly recommend the meal.

You will be pleased, more than pleased I'm sure, to hear this is the final chapter in the saga.

























Footnote: As I was typing I was thinking, "Hmmm, everyone must be so sick and tired of hearing about Teddy and you are all so lovely, I think I should do something fun."

How about a microwavable, lavender scented, soft, cute, comforting Teddy of your very own? I will send you one. Tell me if the idea interests you and I'll draw a name -- or two. Teddy has, I've been told, a large extended family.

A demain.

33 comments:

Aleksandra said...

Interests? Ohlala! Of course. I LOVEEEEE lavender. I am so ready to adopt dera Teddy.

Tara said...

Have been longing for a Teddy of my very own since you first told us about him. I will be sure to keep My Reason For Living In Connecticut, away from him!

Deja Pseu said...

Ah, this reminds me I need to add some plain yogurt to the grocery list. The "pro-biotics" are very big here too; they even have one that comes in little shot-sized bottles (as in alcohol shot, not flu shot) for those who don't like yogurt.

How sweet you are to give away one of Teddy's cousins!

Dash said...

Ahh I would love a lavender Teddy of my own. When I went down with flu all I wanted to eat was 'Jockey' fromage blanc with Bonne Maman rhubarb compote, I am hooked on it now.
XXX

Rubiatonta said...

Please add my name to the list of those who would love a Teddy of their very own!

And do keep taking the probiotics -- they make a difference in overall health, not just in the tummy. (Improved digestion = improved health) Because I've got ulcerative colitis, I'm permanently sensitive to what's going on in my gut, and I've found that taking a probiotic supplement keeps things on an even keel. I asked my GI doc, and he said that there's more and more evidence that they really do work.

kathy peck said...

Just recovering from a bout of the same thing. Not fun, but a nice kick-start to weight loss. I've been eating the same thing, including pro-biotics, which I've been taking everyday for a few years.
Glad you're on the mend.

James said...

My wife would be in a good mood for days for one of those. So it would definitely be win-win for me.

Linda said...

So pleased for anyone who is feeling better after a bout -- especially you who provide us with such entertainment about whatever is in your world.

Oh, for a Ted of one's own. I do have a few uninteresting, bulky, microwavable things - including one I made from rice and a big sock. But who cares?

cigalechanta said...

I would love a teddy of my own!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I must get some more probiotics in my regime...thank you for the reminder...

Teddy would be a welcome addition here in the Bungalow...as lavender does induce a sense of calm, especially great at bedtime :)

(Pepper might like him too)

Charlotte said...

Ah Trish--were I to have a Teddy, I would be the envy of the dachshunds. They have wee bears--about palm-sized--that they carry around & snuggle with & shake by the head as if to break their necks--but never do they leave a mark on them. At first I expected to have bear stuffing everywhere, but no.

Your meal is full of Vitamin C and comfort. I'm glad you have such a good Christine to help out.

Shari said...

Trish, so sorry to hear of your malady. I do swear by those probiotics -- especially for tummy issues.

I would adore un Monsieur Teddy of my own. Please add me to the name pick. (I'm thinking it would be a wonderful gift for my college daughter who will housesit for me during our month in France; but would I be wiling to part with such a treasure?)

nives56 said...

I think a cuddly Teddy would be just the thing!

Lorrie said...

I've heard about the pharmacies in France - how helpful the staff are and how knowledgeable. I think it's great that they provide not just symptom relief, but also the menu and suggestions for future health.

A Teddy of my own would be a delight.

Kim said...

You are a delight, and it's good to hear that you are feeling some better. Thank you for a good daily dose of YOU ... YOU are just what the doctor ordered for your readers (and of course, for your RFLIF)!

Teddy ... I'd be honored to be added to the drawing for a potential adoptive!

Queen Bun-Bun said...

Glad you are feeling better. The Teddy sounded so wonderful that I ordered one for my 24 year-old daughter. She LOVES him and he has already comforted her through a bad cold.
I started reading your blog to prepare for a special trip to Paris. My daughter took me there for a week in November to celebrate my 60th birthday! Thanks to you I was able to dress appropriately. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time.

Anonymous said...

Christine's diet reminds me of the
BRAT diet I used to give my children when they had an upset
tummy: Bananas.Rice.Applesauce. Toast. It was easy to remember and they would have gotten sicker if I ever suggested cooked carrots. Worked beautifully.
I'd love to be included in the Teddy give away. Thank you.
Jeannie

knitpurl said...

As DP wrote way above, probiotics are indeed very big here. Took a massive dose when ill last month. When I wanted to replace it, had to downsize dosage because they were out of the mega dose pills. They are little wonders. Your diet sounds good to me right this minute.
In case you wondered, Mr/Mrs. Snowman arrived intact on the outside of your missive.xoxo, C.
PS- Cherie, is it bare leg season with the new cognac or taupe heels/flats -- for us women of a certain age?

Marsi said...

That all sounds very healthful, Tish. I love French pharmacie goods, especially effervescent ones.

Hope you're back in top form.

xoxoxo

Spiral Style said...

I would love a Teddy of my own.
Be well, my dear.

Julianne said...

oh wow I am so interested. I slept with my little brown doggie until I got married. Teddy would find a loving home here :-)

Beth - In My World... said...

I am a TOTAL LAVENDER freak! And I hope you're feeling better. I have never experienced a house-call from any doctor...what a luxury not to have to venture out when one feels so lousy. I have not yet tried the probiotic yogurt, but now that my favorite greek yogurt has been consumed, I shall give it a try. Merci!

Murphy said...

I'm glad you are feeling better - I love your blog!
Sometime, could you - or Cherie - please address the urban legend (much discussed on blogs and websites) that the average chic French woman has only a tiny wardrobe of maybe 20 items? Most discussions I have seen seem to be written by people who do not actually live in France - is there any truth to it, or is it just one of those exotic myths?

Jadie said...

How much I would love a lavender scented Teddy to warm and comfort me.. It's been a very cold winter out here, difficult to work the NYTimes crossword without a neck shiver.

Kate said...

We lived in Belgium for years and I used to love going to the pharmacies - they're somehow so sophisticated with heaps of upmarket cosmetic goodies as well as medicines. And there's literally one on every corner. Keep taking the probiotics - they definitely work.

Trisha said...

I would love a Teddy of my own. Unfortunately "a certain age" for me includes bone spurs in my neck. Alas, not a glamarous malady but the truth is sometimes ugly. Thanks for the tip on pro biotics. Feel better.

Metropolitan Mum said...

Moi, moi, moi! J'adore Teddy!! And since my daughter has stolen mine, I am in desperate need for an adequate replacement. S'il te plait, s'il te plait. xx

Heather B said...

I am in desperate need of having Teddy move in with me. I have just started exercising, and I am in dire straits for some TLC.

(I'm not kidding - it's taken me almost 10 minutes to store up the energy to leave this comment)

Northmoon said...

Oh I hope I haven't missed the Teddy give away. I'm not much for stuffed animals, I have several cats to keep me warm after all, but a lavender warmer if I had flu would be so cozy.

Anonymous said...

My dear grandmother would serve what she called the BRATT diet
Bananas
Rice
Applesauce
Tea
Toast
She would also tuck you in to her own bed with her bajillion thread count sheets and put frozen grapes in your water instead of ice cubes...sigh.

Would love a teddy if the drawing is still on..

Ann.seely@yahoo.com

Mihaela said...

Probion? Interesting...I didn't know it....
I would love too, a lavender Teddy, that doesn't mean that I will have it....

Je m'appelle Cynthia said...

I'd love the microwave-able Teddy, you know I would! Ahem ...

Call him

Ourson Amour

Beatnheart said...

Can I be included in the Teddy competition. I would love this.

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