New Year's Eve, Tuesday 12/31/2013
I've confirmed that New Year's is no big deal here, and tomorrow is a regular work day just like any else. I would think they'd make a holiday out of the New Year rather than Christmas. Divya seemed surprised when I told her it's widely commemorated in America.
I'm hoping to celebrate the new year by getting well. Divya took me to the doctor this morning. Actually she said she was taking me to the hospital, but it was the most un-hospital-like setting I've ever encountered. It was more like the doctor's office we went to last week. This time the doctor was a man, and gave me same kind of examination the other doctor did. He didn't take my temperature, just took my pulse and listened to my breathing, and sent me home with enough medicine for five days.
I am not happy about this. I told the doctor that I am concerned that I do not have the local immunities here, and I wanted ten to twelve days of meds, not just three. But Divya said she told the doctor this, too, and he said, no, five days was enough, and if I am not well by then, I should come back and they'll change the meds.
This relapse I'm going through now doesn't give me much confidence in his assurances or in the quality of medical care here in general. But I don't see that there is much I can do about it. If I don't get better, though, I am going to get in touch with Srini and insist with all efficacious vehemence that he and Muktha arrange for me to get better care.
As soon as I got back I went to bed. I've slept about seven hours straight, and while I'm nowhere near back up to par, I do feel better than I did this morning. I'm up for a cup of tea and some pineapple, then my "after dinner" medicines, and then back to bed. I wanted bananas, but Divys said, "No, no, bananas are cold food, you should not eat with your cold."
I don't think I have "just" a cold, but I let that pass. "Fine, give me any fruit that works then." I'm really not the lest bit hungry, and all I want is tea and fruit.
She brought me a pineapple and said she'd get me some papaya tomorrow. The pineapple was good but I had to force it down.
Ragavo the Vick's VapoRub kid came to visit while I was eating, made me smear some more Vick's on my throat, and swiped some of my pineapple He really is a cute kid. Muktha came in too and insisted I put cotton in my ears. "That's why you got sick again, you didn't keep the cotton in your ears and the Vick's on your throat."
OK, back to bed