{Husband's Letters}

Tuesday, June 07, 2011


Husband's Letters: Dear Mrs. Loerke, whenever it's sunny outside you put sunscreen on my bald spot. If your love for me proportionately grows with age, you'll be helping me go to the bathroom when I'm 80. Dear Tim Tam Tuesdays, one of our readers thought it might be a good idea to create you, so as to let FPF have their own spotlight. I think we're going to get along great! Dear Pharmacy in Mexico, something doesn't seem right about the freedom to purchase antibiotics and muscle relaxants in your airport. Thank you FDA, for your regulations in the USA. Dear Pretty, when we were flying home I was chosen at random to be screened. You went ahead to find our seats. When I stepped onto the plane you were a lot closer to the front than I expected. "Aren't we C16?" you said. "Oh Little, that is our gate number. We are in row 34." It's OK, Emma, your mind was still on beach time. I love you!

Love,
Husband

What's your favorite airport? Team Loerke says Sea-Tac for their (truly) free Wi-Fi, creative artwork, and efforts to recycle and compost 46% of their waste. We also wouldn't mind frequent layovers at DFW Terminal D. This family could live off of Ben & Jerry's & Cousin's BBQ!

19 comments:

Han said...

I've only been to three airports - Heathrow, Munich and Izmir - Izmir was the smallest, I only saw from the aeroplane to a cafe in the departure lounge and then back to the aeroplane of Munich so I think Heathrow wins for the shops but Izmir wins for the weather outside hehe

bonjourvictoria said...

i'm going to seattle on friday! thanks for the extra excitement in the form of a great airport tip!

Amanda said...

whoa...antibiotics at the airport? That's no bueno!

Hormiga said...

Baltra Airport (GPS) on the Galapagos Islands is incredible! I'd take outdoor terminals anyday!

Gen said...

PDX, PDX, PDX! Portland for the win. Enough coffee, cozy chairs, and shopping the keep one fully entertained and occupied. You know, for all those times your flying home and spending 6 hours in the airport seems like a good idea.

trisha*n said...

I went to Honduras with a team of doctors for a Humanitarian trip a few years back. They were all going on and on about the insane amount of drugs available to everyone all the time there!

Anonymous said...

Hey Tim, I thought lots of times that the americans seem to take medicine and vitamins like buying candy. So if you think medication is limited to buy in the US you should read this blog post ;)
http://hollymaus.blogspot.com/2010/02/hugs-not-drugs.html
(its from an american woman living in Germany)

My favorite Airport, well Heathrow is HUGE. Loved the cozy sofas and chairs they have there all over the place. It was hard to find a photo but one "chair" looks like this (you have to go to photo nr. 5)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/975634/Heathrow-Terminal-5-Not-quite-a-high-five.html

For the travel fast and easy it would definatly be one of the small austrian Airports. Its more like a parking field with a little building by the side. Park right infront, check the passport, WALK to the plane in 3 minutes!

Katharina

Sar said...

SeaTac, but I'm biased cuz Seattle rocks. So does the free. Wi-fi and bagel shop by the A terminal.

Brooke said...

I always go through Detroit when I fly international and they have a really cool tunnel that changes colors as you walk through. That's always fun.

Chiara said...

I am working in Peru at the moment with the Embassy, and they sell very powerful drugs without prescription, and when you actually see a doctor they over prescribe, it's nuts! I came in with asthma and a larengitis and they gave me a bunch of meds and steroids and to top it off codeine to be injected in my bum!? My dad (who is a doctor) did not let me take it, he said it was ridiculous and not necessary. haha
C.

Carrie said...

Denver is a favorite airport for the train ride and the jingle that sounds like an old west tv show and then goes "Welcome to Denver!" Truly welcoming indeed!
Plus, their airport workers are in denim and cowboy hats!

Teresa said...

I one hundred percent agree with Hormiga...Baltras is my favorite by far.

Jen said...

My sister is special isn't she??? Too funny! Sounds like something Emo would do. Precious.

Michelle Skaggs said...

Chicago Midway for a Potbelly Sandwich during layovers.

Letters said...

Your article made me cheers.. opinions to see so accurate.

Eva said...

Hi Tim,

well, I took a similar picture in Philadelphia in a hotel where you could buy medicine from a machine. As Katharina already mentioned we are not used to this easy access to drugs ;-)
Oh and I really liked sitting on a rocking chair at Boston Airport but I really prefer the small airport in Graz where you cannot get lost and after 3 times being there you seem to know the people there.

Thanks for writing these letters!

Eva

Timothy Loerke said...

Interesting to hear about the regulation of OTC (over-the-counter) medications. All OTCs can be hamful if taken in a way that is outside the suggested amount. If taken more than suggested, Tylenol can damage the liver. If you take too much ibuprofen (Advil), you can develop bleeding ulcers. There are certain drugs that are considered safe enough to be bought at the drug store without a prescription...kind of surprised by that blog article regarding the regulations in Germany...I guess that doctors make more money because the patients have to come in to their office for a script. Here in the US, drugs requiring a Rx are fall into 2 categories: Dangerous drugs or Controlled Substances. Dangerous drugs are your antibiotics, blood pressure pills, psychiatric meds...etc. Controlled substances are your pain killers and stimulants (i.e. ritalin). I never realized that there was a global difference amongst the distribution of drugs. Thank you all for bringing these things to my attention!

Melinda said...

My favorite airport is KCI, there are only three terminals, the lines are very short and most likely everytime you have a 50% of getting an upgrade.....gotta love smaller cities.

Anonymous said...

Tim...thanks for your nice explanation, you as a medic definatly know more about it!!
You are right that here you have to go to the doctor first. But not for everything. If you have got e.g. a headache you can get pills in the pharmacy (but only there) without perscription. But if you feel ill - the doctor still is the best to decide what you should take and how long. I don't think that it is bad that you have to go see the doctore again if you have used all pills. Maybe if the pills don't help he can think of some other method. Doctors here do make money but the system is given from the health insurances. And they for sure don`t want us to go more often to the doctor than necessary, since it does cost them lots of money. But they are interessted in keeping people healthy, able to work and fit long enough when getting older, too. Usually you have a what we call "housedoctor" where you are supposed (but not have to) go first. He is near where you life, he decides if he can help you, if not he will send you to the right place (orthopetic, nose/ear,...whatever doctor).

From my time in the US, I still have one memory which always comes to my mind when I think of the differnt health insurance systems. My hostfamily brushed their teeth about 6 or more times a day, just so they would not have to go to and pay the dentist. I think most people in Europe don't understand the entire debate over the health insurance for everybody in the US. It is such a positive thing. You don't notice how good it is, before you go to countries that don't have all this health care.

But there is no doubt that it all does cost and that we pay (I think about 15%) of our brut income for this. And it is getting more expensive in the future since there will be much more old people. But still it is normal, you don't even "notice" that you pay it.

... just to make clear: we also do brush our teeth ;) and I hope this comment does not sound like "ours is the better system" - it was not ment this way! SORRY for the long comment.

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