|The pediactric ophthamologist...|
Since my little Teddy Bear has wonky eyes, we pay a visit to the Yokohama Children's Hospital every three or four months for checkups. He had surgery for strabismus when he was three--just when they opened the new building. From a crowded, dark, sad old building to a huge, light, bright place that's kind of fun to go to-- especially since the children who go there have chronic conditions and have to spend a *lot* of time in the hospital.
We've been going for six years now--four years in the new building--and I just noticed that they have a different animal sign for the different departments. The owl up there is, naturally, for the opthamologist-- eyes, get it?
Here's the sign for the pediatric orthodontist-- Mr. Alligator with his rows of teeth:
|Mr. Alligator for the Orthodontist|
Then I got to one that mystified me at first:
|Don't forget to wash your hands...;-)|
I had to think about this one-- and I didn't get it until I sat thinking about the Japanese word for 'racoon' and how it's exactly the same as the German word (English is the odd one out;-).
Japanese and German call that critter a "Wash Bear" (Araiguma in Japanese, Waschbär in German) because they wash their hands (paws).
Then it hit me-- the Urologist see patients with bladder or urinary tract problems. He's the pee-pee doctor, if you will. And what are you supposed to do after you go to the toilet? Exactly-- wash your hands. Just like a Wash Bear;-))
(p.s.-- will be responding to comments forthwith! Everyone should be off to school tomorrow...)