Feel lucky you're sick in America
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I'd say I have a pretty good immune system. I never get really sick. I don't even know what my current family physician looks like. Of course, now that I'm studying abroad in a country with the absolute worse knowledge of illnesses, I'm sick with some weird ear-throat-sinus-fever thing. The worst of it's gone, but It's been 9 days.
So 4 days in, I went to see the doctor. You know those world war II hospital rooms in the movies? That's what this doctors office looked like. She even wrote my information into a parchment-like book. After telling her my symptoms and taking my temperature with a ghetto thermometer, she asked, "does your ear usually hurt and can you usually not really hear out of it?" "Uh, no!" Then she gave me fever reducing medication and the name of a hospital to go to if it gets worse. Helpful.
Oh, and she gave me Vitamin C tablets. This country is obsessed with Vitamin C. When I told my aunt I was sick, she very first thing she said was "Oh you should take Vitamin C." What is wrong with his place.
Anyway, now I just have cold-like symptoms. This was the most ridiculous (almost hilarious) experience.