The other day I stopped by the pharmacy to get a package of band-aids to save my feet from getting destroyed by my new pair of cute heels.
In French, the word for band-aid is “pansement” – I know this, and have gone into to the pharmacy tons of times looking for these. The brand that I usually buy is called “Compeed,” because they are thick, and are particularly good for preventing blisters.
Not able to find the “Compeed” rack anywhere in the store, I walked up to the Pharmacist and explained to her my problem – I was wearing a new pair of shoes, and needed a “pansement” because my toe hurt.
She comes back with this :
It looks right to me, so I buy it. I put it on my blistered toe before heading to work, and continue on my way. By the time I got home that night my toe was throbbing… I took the bandage off my toe, only to find a huge white circle burned on to my skin. Thinking it was something that would wash off, I took a shower and tried to remove the white spot from my aching toe… Without any luck.
After, I showed my husband my toe and asked him what he thought it was. “Did you buy the right thing?,” he asked.
I went and checked the box again. Apparently “cor” in French means “callus.” So basically what I put on my blister was a calluses cure containing salicylic acid. Ouch.
What I really wanted was the Compeed for “ampoules” (blisters).
*sighs* I’ll know better next time.