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my almost 16 month daughter has been vomiting since last night around 9pm and we took her in to be seen around 1pm the today (the following day) Unfortunately the doctor only spoke Japanese to my husband (we live in Tokyo) and I was not able to understand him nor had a chance to ask him any questions. From my husband's explanation of the the doctor's words he said that it is better to give her "Pocari Sweat" a popular adult's sport drink here rather than breast milk because the milk like other milk products will be irritating or too acidic for her stomach. From what I've read online here and there I thought breast milk was supposed to best for any stomach problems.....What are your thoughts on this advice?
First thing, have your husband find you an English speaking dr. NOW! Especially in Toyko--they have to be everywhere!! ...and if he won't, do it yourself. Get yourself a book for English to Japanese that helps with translation.
You failed to mention whether or not your dau had a fever.
I am not familiar with Japanese docs having only taken my dau to one twice, (she didn't like him and cried which was unlike her so I changed) but I would follow his advice for a day and see what happens. A child must be comfortable with a doc. You not only have the stress of living in a foreign country and not speaking the language but having the added stress of having a child sick and not being able to communicate with a doc--it's too much to ask of i.
If the vomiting continues and she is in distress I would find a doc that speaks English....they are everywhere. Besides I can't imagine a doctor not speaking English, nor can I understand why your husband would even consider putting you thru the distress of not having a rapport with a person you could communicate with. Have him find an English speaking doctor NOW for both you and your daughter.
I have lived overseas in multiple countries and never had trouble finding English speaking docs. What people aren't aware of is the Seventh Day Adventist Clinics have (both medical and dental and in some places, hospitals) all over the world. Check it out on your computer.
I don't know what your living conditions are but you must be independent and proactive in the care of both you and your child's health.
YOU are in a perfect spot for learning Japanese...you are in Japan AND your husband speaks it--so start learning. It's can't be too hard. I took Mandarin Chinese before going to the Far East and local people are not only delighted that you are attempting to learn their language, but are always ready to help you. Be positive that you can do it--if it is only a few basic words. That will help. It will make your life there so much more enjoyable.
Meanwhile, you should not be forced to see a non-English-Speaking Japanese doctor when you don't speak the language. What were you and your husband thinking? He speaking Japanese only is not enough!
If my words seem harsh to you, please forget me because I mean you well and I think you have not been given good advice for living overseas!
Surely there is someone among your husband's friends who has an English-speaking wife who will be glad to help you.
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