This post was imported from my previous “lesombre.ca” blog.
Most of you know that I’ll be going to Africa (Dakar, Sénégal) for a couple of weeks. I leave on February 21st and I should be back on March 7th. For more details, you can always visit the project’s official website. You know, in case you’re wondering what the heck am I going there for.
Anyways, I had to do a lot of “unusual” things to get ready for this trip; getting shots against all kinds of nasty things like yellow fever, meningitis, and so on. This means that I had to go to the doctor’s office, a thing I almost never do.
The doctor I see has no sense of humour, and that doesn’t make things easier for me, since I tend to make a lot of jokes when I’m a little nervous. For example, on my first visit:
Doctor: You’re going to Africa. We need to give you the rabies shot. If you’re ever bitten by a rabid dog at night in a dark alley you’ll have a bout one hour to get to a hospital OR YOU DIE!
Doctor: I’m not kidding. YOU WILL DIE!
Mike (between giggles): What the heck would I be doing in a dark alley at night?
Doctor: You never know.
The funniest thing is that he is dead (ha ha) serious. This continues for a while, moving to a different topic.
Doctor: …And you have to BRING CONDOMS!
Mike: I’m happily married, I’m not going there to screw around you know.
Doctor: Nevertheless, BRING CONDOMS!
Mike: Are you coming with me?
Yeah. He didn’t think that was funny at all.
Yesterday I went to the Campus pharmacy to have my prescritions filled. There’s this one thing for malaria, and this other thing for diarrhea. I’m a little puzzled, since they already gave me some Dukoral – for diarrhea – a couple of weeks back.
Pharmacist: Ok this is for malaria. start taking tose pills two days before you leave, and then one week after you’re back.
Mike: That’s 23 days. You only gave me 20 pills.
Pharmacist: Bah, you’ll be all right. This other thing is for (from this point, he whispers) diarrhea. Do not take these for normal diarrhea. (He starts giggling) I mean, not that diarrhea might be normal, but you should only take these of you start to get (he lowers his voice even more) blood in your feces. Not if it’s just a little reddish, I mean actual blood.
Mike: So if it’s “2 girls 1 cup” I do not take these, I take Dukoral instead?
Pharmacist: Right. Ahem… I mean what’s 2 girls 1 cup?
Mike: Nice try buddy.