Maria Holland

Sick of China, Part II

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2009 at 12:03 am

I spent the afternoon lying in bed, reading and watching Laurence Olivier as Darcy in an old version of Pride & Prejudice.  There were, of course, a lot of naps interspersed in there.

Around 6, I took my temperature again – 99.9, which is over the magic 37-degree threshold.  Leinira decided I should go to the hospital.  After a phone call to my parents (in case I didn’t come back from quarantine), we headed out.  Carlos (who wasn’t feeling well last night after dinner but is fine today), joined us. 

Just be forewarned – this entire hospital visit was very anticlimactic.

We went to the Xiamen University Hospital, where I paid 7 kuai ($1) to see someone in a white coat.  She took my temperature (of course, the fever had gone), and asked some questions.  Our unit in class concerning a visit to the doctor (mainly for reasons relating to bowel troubles) came in handy, but there was some stuff I didn’t understand.  The funniest part of the visit was when I called on Carlos, whose Chinese is much better than mine, to translate something the woman was saying.  It turned out to be a rather specific question about the consistency of my bowel movements.  Slightly awkward!

I picked up my prescriptions – some oral rehydration salts and two medicines whose names make no more sense to me in English than in Chinese.  I paid 36 yuan ($7) for them and we left.

We decided to look for some food that wouldn’t disturb my stomach.  Luckily, we’re in China!  I had white rice and potatoes, and bought some bananas for later.

I’m still not feeling super well.  My stomach is still unhappy, but even more so, I’m bummed that I missed dance class tonight!

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  1. I’ll bet the whole time Carlos was translating about bowel movements for you, he was thinking, “If she studied more and danced less, she would know the way to say this…”

    • Haha. Actually, I thought I understood what she was saying – at least that she was asking something about my bowel movements and a choice between water and something else – but I convinced myself that I was wrong.

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