I’m feeling confused and frustrated due to my inability to trust Japanese doctors. Last night, my son was feeling achey and tired and came down with a fever early this morning. Sounds like the flu, right? But he was also itchy, and he seems to have a rash all over his body. He had a flu shot and when I took him to a doctor near our house, he tested negative for influenza. The doctor said that it might still be influenza, but it was too early to tell. I mentioned that a kid at Jio’s kindergarten had scarlet fever last week, so the doctor said he’d prescribe antiobiotics for that. The thing is, I couldn’t tell if he was just humoring me or not. Apparently there is a test for scarlet fever, but he didn’t conduct any tests beyond the flu one. Also, he only gave us antiobiotics for four days, but according to the information I have in English, one should take antibiotics for two weeks.