Just a quick list of what we've had since arriving in Cyprus January 14th this year:
January 15th--I broke a filling, had it replaced. Now I know a dentist who
speaks very little English.
A week later--Jörn had a crown come off, had it glued back on. He went to a
different dentist, who speaks very good English.
Middle of March--Lukas cut his thumb with a pocketknife, we opted not to
bother with stiches, but he'll have a nice scar.
Later the same day--Jacob ran through a (closed) sliding glass door, one big
cut on his knee, two more smaller ones on his leg, we opted not to bother with
stiches, but he'll have a nice scar.
End of March--Jacob had an ear infection, now we know an English-speaking
A week later--Katie had a fever and ear pain for two days, on Katie's second
day of fever, Helen screamed for two hours, then had a fever in the night. Katie
was fine, Helen had an ear infection, now we know an English-speaking
Two weeks ago--someone kicked a soccer ball into the side of our car, denting
the front fender so that the driver's door wouldn't open. A neighbor
straightened it, we haven't done anything else about it.
A week and a half ago--I let chapped lips get out of control and had a hugely
swollen and infected lip that spread to lymph nodes, but it got better after
about four days. The pharmacist is getting to know us quite well.
Last week--Jacob dropped something in the bathroom sink and it (the
sink/washbasin) broke. It was replaced yesterday. Now we know a nice
Last night--Katie was running down the hall and tripped and fell. She has a
swollen gum, a loose tooth, and a fat lip.
This afternoon--Lukas was climbing up the side of the veranda and he and the
concrete slab on top of the brick planters that make up the walls of the veranda
crashed to the concrete ground. Now we know where the hospital is and Lukas has
had his first x-ray, but his ankle is thankfully only sprained, not broken. I'm
supposed to keep a six-year-old boy still and with his foot up for five
Cost so far: 10 Euro deductible (excess) for Jörn's dentist, 50 Euros for
replacing the sliding door, and that only because we forgot to ask for a
receipt, we were so shocked at it being done within two hours.
German health insurance and liability insurance rock!