Reverse Culture Shock

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  1. As we say here in the U.S. of A – welcome to America. Now go home. Our health care *system* is beyond repair. Having said that, I’m pretty sure you cannot fill most/many/all prescriptions from a doctor in country A in a pharmacy in country B. Although Canadian online pharmacies will fill prescriptions from US doctors, no problem. I’ve been to enough countries to know many pharmacists will just give you what you need – as long as it’s not some kind of *happy* drug or something which could be life-threatening. Not sure what all I’m trying to say here – except just be glad you did not get sick and have to go to a hospital. You, your children, your grandchildren and their grandchildren will be paying the bill. And a lot of the *fear* of filling even an emergency/temporary dose of a medication has to do with potential legal costs – Americans sue everyone for everything. Yeah, the system is broken.

    And I did not mean the “now go home” thing. It’s just what people say. Funny, for a nation built on immigration.


    1. Actually, this is the first time that I wasn’t able to fill a prescription from a doctor in country A in a pharmacy in country B. It totally makes sense that such situations leave room for foul play, but I would expect America to be more understanding on those none-*happy* drugs or none-placebos.
      For example, if the lack of a certain medication is going to lead an individual into a potentially fatal medical emergency, can the pharmacy really deny? Well, apparently they can.
      The other point you brought up is unfortunately true. It’s a frightful thing to live in a ‘sue happy’ country. The constant addition of laws and facility to bring anything into court puts daily lives on restraints.
      In the end, the system protects no one.


      1. Hi again. I just re-read my post. Wow. Hope I wasn’t totally insensitive. Just that our medical care can be infuriating – unless you have lots of money and even then a lot of times it’s just bad. As far as the pharmacy regs, I really do not know. What most Americans do in that situation is visit the Emergency Room – an interesting name if you step back for a moment.

        Meanwhile, Las Vegas is great. And awful. I don’t mind heat – but I hate humidity. It’s nice that something is always open. And it’s such a scene. I cannot tell if you’re still there – but if you are, have wheels and want to get out of town – a trip to Mount Charleston north of the city is worth it. Hiking; cooler weather. Semi-mountainous – and a kind-of-nice old lodge. Not at all what you’d expect less than an hour from Sin City. I visited LV a lot in the past 10 years as a get-away, for a computer hacker thing and because it’s one of the few places in America where I can afford to stay in a hotel. 🙂 If you have an interest, the history of some of the older casinos – e.g. Binion’s (founded by Benny Binion, a mob guy who created the “World Series of Poker”) downtown – is interesting.

        Hope you enjoy/enjoyed your staff.


  2. The thing about pharmacy stuff is that there was a time where the only place we could get some special ointment for our daughter who at that time had a bad gum infection and was the only thing that eased the pain was at Walgreens. Whereas back in the UK the stuff was on prescription only, and expensive for a small tube, when we had a holiday/vacation in Las Vegas we found that the same stuff was available over the counter and was cheaper and larger tubes, we bought quite a lot which got some funny looks at the check out. 🙂 But on one visit the temperature was 112 degrees and then the wind was blowing which made things, and I quote my wife here, ‘its like a fan assisted oven’ seem even hotter.

    France is a beautiful country the only problem is its full of French and to us English they seem, at best, ambivalent at worse down right hostile. Whereas we were in Memphis and walking along making out way towards a restaurant. Four of us walking and I was aware of being followed for quite a while until we came upon one of those ‘don’t walk’ signs. We stopped at which point I turned around to see a man and a woman smiling with the guy saying ‘hope you don’t mind us following we just love to hear your English talk’ a surreal if odd experience.

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    1. Guess the whole pharmacy experience could be reversed depending on where one is and what one needs!
      My experience in France was somewhat sheltered by the community in which we lived. Thankfully, having to deal with hostile French personas was very limited but we did hear of others internationals who were constantly faced with prejudice and rudeness.
      That’s very amusing about your encounter in Memphis. We Americans just LOVE British accents! That situation was a bit creepy though.


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