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Uh Oh!

22nd November, 2011

Pain

Sleeping in a little is always a great treat when you are traveling and I felt nice and relaxed as I got up to pee. The relaxation was sharply ended when I felt pain… even though I had never had one I knew what it was, a UTI (urinary tract infection). This is not a good thing and its not something that goes away by itself. If left alone it will only get worse. Luckily we would be returning to the doc for Buddha this evening so will chat with her then.

I have avoided going to the doctor in Ecuador, Peru, Tonga, Vietnam, Cambodia and many more developing countries, I guess it had to happen sometime. May as well enjoy the day, in between bathroom runs, until the appointment with the doc.

Brunch and backpack shopping

Buddha and I met at our usual breakfast place for brunch, and I chose the killer chocolate cake I had been eyeing every day. It was divine and super rich, could only eat half of it.

Buddha went to hang out with Yogi at the hotel and I went in search of a backpack. I found one that seemed to fit all the things I was hoping for and it had a nice back support. I wasn’t looking for a big one just a day pack type of thing. I got it for around $42 and they threw in a metal water bottle as well. Of course, as so often happens, later when I was trying to pack it and use it, I realised the neat back support also meant it cut down on space and made it awkward to pack. Oh well am sure it will be useful as some point.

A few more errands of running to the bank, the bookstore and then negotiating for a really nice fleece lined jacket I had been looking at all week. He started at 1900 ($23) and I got him down to 1150 ($12). One of my best buys so far I think, just hope its going to be as practical as I am planning.

Monkey Temple

Then it was off to Monkey Temple for our evening ritual of feeding of the monkeys. Since we were a bit early for our usual feeding time we decided to have a little chow mein at one of the snack shacks.

Monkey Tamer

Return to the Doc

Then it was back to the doc for Buddha’s x-ray check. The x-rays turned out to be clear, but there were spots from his previous bout with pneumonia 5yrs before and she was a little concerned about those. I told her that I was pretty certain I had a UTI and what she recommended. She decided to put me on antibiotics and send me for a pee test. We all laughed when we realised Buddha had a URI (upper respiratory) and I had a UTI (urinary tract)… we are like to peas on the opposite side of the pod. She was fantastic and never charged me. We had to return in 2 days for my results. Picking up some antibiotics we headed out to the lab behind the pharmacy.

This is where it got rather amusing. They handed me a sample bottle and pointed me to the bathroom. The problem was that the bottle had a very small opening, not a problem for a guy, but when a girl needs to pee into a bottle and make sure only the urine touches it, it can be a little hit and miss, pun intended. Add to that a UTI that often means you feel the urge but can’t go or it only comes in spurts. Aiming took a lot of concentration. It cost me less than $5 for the test.

Movie time

To end the day, we met Raj and Yogi and went to go watch “Immortals”. Buddha could tell I wasn’t feeling well and was very sweet, making sure I had everything I needed. The movie was good, not great but good and its always good to have a break and go to a movie.

So with 1 week left in Kathmandu, I am hoping the antibiotics don’t make me any sicker.

 
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Visiting the Doc in Kathmandu!

21st November 2011

Exploring Kathmandu

Being so tired from the long day yesterday, I slept in and met friends for brunch later in the morning. That afternoon Buddha and I explored the more local area of Kathmandu, twisting and turning through a maze of ancient buildings, set very close to each with low alleys leading into more of a maze behind. Many of the buildings were built with unbaked bricks and were over 100yrs old. I fear any time a large earthquake hits, as this place would likely crumble.

Ancient Buildings


Small alleys and imposing buildings

In Search of Meds

Buddha had developed a nasty chest cough over the last week and it seemed to be getting worse. He had already worked through 2 bottles of cough syrup with no effect. To me it sounded more like asthma or in the bronchials and I wanted to find an inhaler type medicine for him. He said that after 9mths working in the ship in the clean ocean air, returning to smoggy Kathmandu causes him to get this cough every home coming. It usually lasted the full 3 mths he was home and then improved within a week upon return to the ship. Similar to Allergic bronchitis.

We walked from pharmacy to pharmacy to no avail, no one had anything in the form of an inhaler. At about our 5th pharmacy the pharmacist recommended that he see the doctor who would be in in about 2hrs. We spent the next couple of hours exploring the area, having tea, buying Buddha new socks and then headed back. It cost a total of $3 to see the doctor and she was brilliant. Yup, you heard me right, SHE was great. When she discovered I was in the medical field, even though the animal side, she treated me as an equal and explained everything clearly for both of us. Reprimanding Buddha for not wearing a mask when riding his motorbike, he sent him off to get x-rays, with the order to return tomorrow for her to look at them.

Walking towards the hospital we stopped at a tiny little shop in a tiny alley selling some kind of soda. Buddha explained that this was traditional homemade soda. It comes in a glass bottle with a ball as a lid, they pop the ball in (I tried to ignore the dust on top), this caused a reaction which created the bubbles, then they added some salt to it. I swear everything from tea to soda is salty. Much to the amusement of the Buddha and the shop owner I nervously gave it a try. I was surprised at how good it was, although I am not sure if I would get one anytime soon, sort of like the salty tea, good in a different sort of way.

Rows of wonderful colors

Finally making it to the hospital, we checked in and found the x-ray department. Surprisingly we hit a low traffic time and there was almost no one there. Or maybe it was because we were outside the emergency response times:

The hospital and old x-ray machine gave me flashbacks to growing up in South Africa. after living in the States where everything is state of the art, and ridiculously expensive, watching Buddha pay $10 for 2 films made the, what most would think, antiquated equipment seem downright sensible.

Off to dinner at a very nice looking restaurant, as I had been craving pizza. The place might have looked great but the service was shocking, I think I prefer “aunty’s shack” down the road.

An early night with plans for a return to monkey temple in the ‘morrow!

 
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