For a German it is impossible to imagine that you could go into a pharmacy with a prescription for contraception and be denied the purchase by your pharmacist on religious grounds. I really mean this - it's impossible to even imagine this happening. Even though we are (co-)ruled by a party that carries a big C in its name (for "Christian") we also strongly believe that pharmacies and the church should not mix. No, that's not right. We don't believe this, actually. Because that would mean we consider the possibility which we simply don't.
In the US, it seems, this distinction might be breaking up, with the consent of the law:
Administration has proposed regulations that could seriously undermine
the ability of American women to get basic reproductive health care,
including birth control and abortion. The regulations put politics
above women’s health care needs.
currently written, the rule leaves open the possibility that based on
religious beliefs institutions and individuals can deny women access to
birth control. It also permits individuals to refuse to provide
information and counseling about basic heath care services. And it
expands existing laws by permitting a wider range of health care
professionals to refuse to provide even referrals for abortions.
federal law has carefully balanced protections for individual religious
liberty and patients’ access to reproductive health care. The proposed
regulations appear to take patients’ health needs out of the equation,
leaving millions of Americans who depend on federally funded
reproductive health care services with no protections. Via ACLU.org
You can read the draft regulations here (pdf). There is a 30-day comment period and you can send a comment to the HHS here (ACLU) or here (PP). It's your basic right, make use of it!
Yup, here we go again - a new baby, and colic. Poor Leah is such a good baby, even with all that gas in her stomach, she doesn't wail for hours at a time like all (!) her brothers did. Instead, she scrunches up her little face when the pain hits, and strains and strains to get rid of the gas, and whimpers and groans a bit, only to calm down again and fall asleep for five or ten minutes. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Medically, it doesn't qualify for colic if the baby doesn't do the required hours of inconsolable crying. But as a mother of four, let me tell you that my baby has colic as I define it: she has bad gas problems.
So now, after two nights of getting almost no sleep (neither her nor me), I am again investigating my diet. Likely causes can be cow's milk, soy, wheat, tree nuts and peanuts. I have had all of those, besides the soy. I can eat tofu, I hate soy milk. But I drink lots of cow's milk and eat lots of dairy. Let's try that first. Also the nuts. Excluding wheat will be tricky. Oh, who am I kidding, it will be gruesome. But then again, living without sleep is tough too.
Leah is crying again, poor mite. I gotta go and swing by the pharmacy for a gas medication for her. Maybe it will help.
 Of course, inconsolable crying for just five minutes is also not funny. I think it stretches time, baby crying does.
UPDATE: Simethicone might have helped, but the caraway suppositories I gave her definitely helped. She's been asleep for three hours now for the first time in 48 hours. Gotta love caraway.