As a mum of course I don't like when my daughter doesn't feel well, and am sure that it's the same for all parents. I was used to a completely different health system when living in the Czech Republic. When I wasn't feeling well, my mum used to take me to see a pediatrician. I also spent a few years living abroad later on and it took me a while to get used to different health systems. But that was just regarding myself, not my daughter. When it comes to your child, you really think differently. I still remember my husband telling me not to go to the doctor as he would not give our daughter anything anyway. I went anyway and the scenario was exactly as predicted by my husband and I finished up in tears.
It was very difficult for me to get used not getting any medicine from a doctor for Isabelle, as she was too young. Of course I am talking about minor illnesses like colds, coughs, nothing serious, but I still wanted to make her feel better and do maximum for her. Maybe it was because I remember as a child being given syrups, drops, etc to make me feel better. I am not complaining at all, and I got used to it after a few years living here, as this is our home now. There are still a few medicines I bring from my visits back home, as I believe they really help Isabelle, but I have also learnt that there will be times I will not be able to do anything to help her. That sometimes time and rest is the best medicine. I actually think that the ideal would be something in between. I have also seen my Czech friends who were definitely just overcautious about things I wouldn't worry about thanks to living here.
Our Isabelle is a very lively child, and she just seems to be full of energy all the time, so the first sign that there is something wrong is that she seems tired. The worst times we have had so far were when she had chicken pox. Our poor Isabelle had a severe case, and it was a real struggle for me not being able to go outside with her as she could spread the contagious illness. I will never forget the sleepless nights, sleeping with her in her bed and cuddling her so much. And then, after a few days, it was over. She started eating normally, and was also interested in doing silly things. That was the sign for me that she is much better. What a relief! Nobody wants their child not to be well, and isn't it the nicest feeling once they are back to their normal selves?