Nicola Harrington - guest blogger living in France with 7 holiday rental gites

We all have the post Christmas cold. So off to the pharmacy I go. Paracetamol for everyone. In France medicines are dispensed depending on the weight not ages of the children, so Iona and Joe were duly weighed this morning!.. Naturally they fall within two bands so two different paracetamol strengths are required.

The pharmacist places three boxes of paracetamol suppositories on the counter.

‘Anything else?’, he asks.

I look at the suppositories. Trying to persuade my 9 year old daughter to use a suppository doesn’t bear thinking about.

This is one subject that the French are quite relaxed about and the English conversely get very hot under the collar whenever suppositories are mentioned. The French will quite happily use suppositories for any ailment.

‘Do you have paracetamol in a tablet form for adults and a dissoluble form for children?’ I ask.

‘But why’, the pharmacist asked,’ the suppositories work a lot quicker’.

This, I do not doubt, but could I please have paracetamol in a tablet form.

There is a farmer who lives on the outskirts of the village, whom I am told has never been ill and the reason for this is his daily garlic clove suppository, and he literally does use a garlic clove… so I’m told !!

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