Ugh, I’m sick.
I woke up two nights ago with a terrible earache, and as I went through the day yesterday, the ear got better but my throat got progressively worse. By the end of my classes, I was breaking out into a cold sweat and was shivering on the bus ride home, despite the fact that it was 80 degrees out.
When I got home around 8pm, Jen went with me to a clinic a few blocks away, and I was in and out in a a matter of 10 minutes. I didn’t have my health insurance card yet, so I paid $500NT ($15USD) as a sort of deposit and when I get my health card, then I can go back and get most of my money back. The doctor looked into my ear, said there was nothing wrong with it, and then he made me open my mouth and say “Ahhh.” He looked down my throat and then jumped back and exclaimed that my phlegm was so yellow. (I know it’s gross, sorry.) He then declared that I had a serious sinus infection and gave me 5 different pills to take at different intervals throughout the day. However, they already pre-package it for you into the different time segments, so all you have to do is just take the next packet of pills at the next time in the day. And the medicine is given to you at the doctor’s office so you don’t have to run to a pharmacy.
I got home and went to bed at 9:30pm, sweated my fever out throughout the night, and felt much better when I woke up this morning, 14 hours later. I’m really glad doctors are readily available after 5pm, the wait’s not long, and the medicine is ready as soon as you’re done with the doctor. And most importantly, not expensive.