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Tuesday
Jun262012

What It's Like to (Still) be Sick in India

Still not fun. But I guess I’m just out for the full India experience. I started to get a fever last Saturday that probably got up to around 101F… I say probably because we had no thermometer for the first few days before locating one at the corner “pharma” store. And by locating one I mean we told the 12-year old boy at the counter that I needed a thermometer and he went off running down the street to find one from some unknown location. Maybe a warehouse. Maybe another pharma store. Maybe in a trash heap out back? (There’s no shortage of those here).  We broke the first one trying to sterilize it in hot water on the stove—causing immediate melting within 2 seconds.

The replacement came delivered by the boy’s father, Umesh, the owner of the pharma store. Now my temperature is down to 100.8F. I also have horrible cramps and a cough that does not make the cramps feel better. Add in a headache and a stiff neck and no A/C and you get the conditions that amounted to the decision to check out the Indian hospital system. 

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