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Food poisoning

July 15th, 2010

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I apologize for not writing in here for a while. Things have been both crazy and busy here! For one thing, our summer camp classes have started. That means that instead of having a normal 5 day work week, we work 6 days and our teaching load has increased to include 3 hour long classes in the mornings!

And then, I got hit with the most debilitating case of food poisoning I've ever experienced in my life. Diarrhea for five days straight! At first, I thought I could just sleep it off, that I'd be better after I'd expelled the bad food from my body. But by the third day, I started to think something was seriously wrong, so the center director of our school took me to a local hospital. For 350 kuais (roughly 35 euros), I got a six hour long IV drip and medicine. But I still felt terribly dehydrated and freaked out. So that same night, I hopped into a cab and went to the ER of an internationally recognized private clinic. The doctor there put me on 6 more IVs! For close to 7,000 kuais (roughly 700 euros), I got the following upgrades: western toilets (with toilet paper provided!), a clean, freshly painted room and a medical staff who spoke fluent English (but who nonetheless kicked me out at 4:30 am when the last IV had finished!).

Moral: I will no longer buy cheap take out or eat pork!

Posted by Evil1 05:30 Archived in China Tagged living_abroad

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