Today, the maid who works at my house enlightened me of a marvel which really ought to be updated in medical journals...it could put all our pharmacology studies and drug-surveys to shame..seriously! *rolling eyes*
this one-piece unique specimen asks me for IODEX as she is having a bad toothache...yess TOOTHACHE!! seeing my surprised open-mouthed expression she tells me---"aap doctor log kuch nahi jaante...badi badi dawaiyon se kuch nahi hota...iodex hi kaam aata hain" ("u doctors dont know anything...medicines dont have any effect..only IODEX works")
before i could even open my mouth to say something, she took a blob of IODEX on her index finger and put it in her mouth rubbing it on the 'tooth in question' [for those who are not aware, this wonder-medicine IODEX is a topical pain-relief balm which is used for joint pain/sprains and under no circumstances known to mankind (until now that is) has claimed to offer relief for toothache/nerve root pain/internal injury etc..sigh!]
she further surprised me by refusing the analgesic i prescribed and said that she and her entire extended family have always been using IODEX and somehow it has never let them down...sure everytime this happened, the tooth ultimately had to be extracted but that ofcourse was destined to happen...atleast IODEX had postponed the suffering..hmpf!!.
YA RIGHT!!WHY NOT??
must say the 'ooh aah ouch' advertisement has indeed left behind its magic on the grey matter of our masses.and in a wonderous way which cannot be rubbed off even with long hours of lecturing...
after i got over the initial horror of the situation, i tried to scare her saying she can die if she continued to do that (i even exaggerated a bit by making distorted facial expressions to try to show her how painful it would be to die of iodex-poisoining..sigh!)
but instead of expressing fear and awareness, she leaves me stunned and giggles "IODEX malo kaam pe chalo"
it was really traumatic---my medical knowledge and acting skills, both being ignored like that...sniff!! :(