Medical Care in a Foreign Land

Marysia emailed me recently with a tale of medical care in a foreign land. Fortunately, everything worked out okay and Ian and she are doing just fine now.

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We had a bit of an adventure yesterday. Everything is fine, let me say that to start, but I had my first experience with Polish health care.

Ian woke up with something stuck in his eye. It looked like a stick going from top to bottom. It wasn’t moving, and I couldn’t hold Ian and look at the same time. First I called 999, the number for medical help, but I couldn’t explain to the woman on the phone what was the problem. A combination of my poor knowledge of medical language and her unwillingness try to say the same things in different language until I understood. Finally, I asked her if there was a place I could take him to be looked at. She told me a hospital all the way in Nowa Huta. [Editor’s note: Nowa Huta is a suburb of Krak√≥w that Stalin had built to house the workers of the Lenin Steelworks. It was intended to be the apotheosis of socialist urban planning. It also turned out to be a hotbed of anti-Soviet activity during the Solidarity era in the 1980s.]

I called Wala [Editor’s note: Ian’s Polish babysitter], who offered to come right over but I didn’t want to inconveniece her. Her daughter said there was a medical facility right around the corner. But when I went there it wasn’t there.

I got directions to the nearest emergency room, and took a cab there, but it turned out that hospital doesn’t look at children. So I ended up having to take another cab to the hospital in Nowa Huta where they have a special division for eye problems.

Once I got there (all visitors to hospitals have to put plastic shoe covers on!) it didn’t take long to see a nurse, who was able to look at Ian’s eye while I held him. It turned out to be his eyelashes stuck to his eye! The eye was red and a little swollen, and sticky, she diagnosed, because he has pink eye again!

She gave me a prescription and sent us home without signing us in officially. She said it wouldn’t be worth the paperwork involved to file with my insurance.

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Ian responded well to the medication and by the next day his eye was already looking much better.

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