Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

A different perspective

So I went today for a certain 'uncomfortable test' that is just part of every woman's life. To my shame, I haven't had this done since we moved to Ireland nearly 6 years ago. But a recent ad campaign and the picture of a certain reality-show star's sad children about to lose their mother sent me off to the GP.

Oh, don't you love cultural differences? The last time I had this particular test done was in America. At a specialist lady doctor's office (I'm not embarrassed to write it, just can't be bothered to think of the spelling). White office, crisp white coats, nurse to take details and doctor to do the actual unpleasant bit in a clean sterile office.

Today I was at the GP, who has a practice set up in a house. Cozy light, carpeted floor, fireplace. Bit more relaxing, I think, not just for today but anytime any of us have to go in.

But the biggest difference was during the actual test (which, by the way, if you know what I'm talking about and are putting off getting one done, just do it. It's not a big deal). The nurse was chatting to me the whole time. About the weather, the kids, the upcoming St Patrick's Day. As I got undressed, as she did her bit, as I got dressed again, chat chat chat.

The Irish love the craic! (pronounced 'crack', meaning fun.)

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