Nothing serious, but we didn’t know that in advance, so last night, we got alarmed, and we went to the hospital with Ioanna. 2 hours queuing for a doctor to see her, and then another 45 minutes for the tests to be processed. A lot of time to watch the people around you.
1) Half the people there were people not originally from Greece. Emigrants. Note: only 10 % of the population are emigrants.
Possible reasons: The emigrants have the lowest of incomes in Greece. They cannot afford private clinics. So when something happens, they have to get to the public hospital.
2) The percentage of Gypsies (ROMA) in greece is about 3%. Out of 50 cases waiting yesterday, 5 or 6 were gypsies. This is very usual when we get to the children’s hospital.
Possible reasons: Lowest income as above, more children per family, and also (and this may just be my stupid prejudism) that the gypsies children are more free and alive than our children. We raise our children almost inside a “glass ball”. “Don’t let anything happen to the child”. (Even Stella and I who try to be cool we are guilty of that). We raise soft people, as soft as we are. They raise stronger people. And for sure, their children play, explore, have accidents more than ours.