Mr. He, that’s why this flu seemed so powerful. I’ve been here for four years. Never had anything close to this. I get colds 2-3 times a year, usually when I’m working too much or the weather changes, but they are always mild and quickly gone. I can eat anything outside with no trouble, have a very strong immune system and a lot of vitality. This thing sucked it all away.
Fortunately, I seem to be pretty much on the mend now. That means it lasted about 48 hours. Just a word to the wise to watch your health.
A note about the hospital I went to: Mackay Hospital. What a fucking joke. Very third world. No information given whatsoever, even after I established that my lady friend could speak good English and I could speak good Mandarin. The lady who took my temp and blood pressure would not answer my questions about how high they were. She only clucked that my temp was too high. They thought I might have SARS, so they sent me OUTSIDE (not a typo) to sit next to a bunch of geniouses in a similar condition smoking out the sides of their masks. I told the hospital people that the little kid who was stretched out and looked near death should go first, and they just laughed at me. Made me piss in a cup in a dark, unlit port-a-john, then put the piss on a public table, later did nothing with the piss so I threw it out, after about 10 people stopped by to see what foreigner piss looks like. When the doctor said he wanted to draw blood, I asked him “Why?” He didn’t have a good reason for me, so I told him to forget about it. He just sort of shrugged and said, “Okay.” I asked him for a diagnosis, repeatedly, and in very standard Mandarin. Nothing doing. No diagnosis. I had to run through everything with him myself. Chest x-ray is clean, right? Okay. High fever, but no serious coughing. Probably not SARS, right? Okay, probably just a simple flu, right? Okay, see you dolts later. I’m outta here. Mackay Hospital is supposed to be one of the best in Taiwan. God, don’t ever get seriously ill in Taiwan. You’re dead for sure.