Friday, August 12, 2005

The Road to Recovery is Through Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

A quick update about our state of health...

We arrived in Hong Kong this morning via sleeper bus from Yangshuo. After dropping our stuff at a very fancy YMCA, we headed directly over to the First Baptist Hosptial of Hong Kong. Jason was having pneumonia-like symptoms and my stomach/esophagus issue was not any better. Jason scored some strong antibiotics and is already looking quite a bit happier. I got some pictures taken of the inside of my digestive track that backed-up the ulcer theory . The doctors set me up with three kinds of medicine (including a pain killer) and I am know feeling much better than I have in almost a week.

Long story short - the OC is well on the way to restored health. No further need to worry! Hong Kong has very modern medical facilities and I am confident that we will be 100% in the next couple of days.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chinese Death Flu and insolent valve! sucks. but over with? -- Detroit Ninja Accadamie personel (jing suffering sleep deper.)

8/12/2005 6:49 PM gmt

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sending thoughts of comfy couches, snuggly blankets and runny egg sandwhiches your way (though that last part might be a Jenny-olny comfort food).

8/13/2005 1:05 AM gmt

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooof! Sorry to hear about the poor state of health of late.

mike - i know some peeps with ulcers and sadly they were told to limit intake of their favorite foods, like acidic stuff (coffee) and spicy food. in one case, oddly enough, symptoms of heartburn/acid reflux erupted after antibiotic treatment for some other problem. MoM (milk of magnesia) is a common quick fix. i'm curious what herbal medicine you got before. my mom worked in an herbal drugstore in HK, maybe she knows what they prescribed you. send me a pic if you still got the label. i'm guessing your new meds are more potent and will make you feel better quicker...herbal medicines will probably show marked improvement if taken over a longer period of time. but hope your HK drugs are working for ya.

jason - i got walking pneumonia right before going to europe and boy did it kick my lungs. coughing hurt and curling up in a ball was all i could do to stop from coughing up my lungs. halfway through the trip, in a very humid Italy, i ran out of the antibiotics my dr gave me who'd advised to come straight back if symptoms worsened which of course they did. one lung was so swollen i could feel it through my back as i tossed in my sleep. but no way was I going back after forking over $$$ for this trip. so one night, i stayed up and drank water, stared out the window at the moon, stared at my roomie who WAS sleeping, and kept drinking more water. the next day, i felt a lot better. I kept this up until my return to the US, while taking some herbal immune sys booster (unknown mix - echinacea?) from my prof. when I checked back in with the doc, my xrays showed a clear lung, no sign of the pneumonia. he was surprised I made it after what i'd described; pneumonia can be fatal as is the flu (summer is an awful time to be getting it). but you're a youngin', you'll make it! anyhow, drink more water but whatever you do, don't drink the water in China! Bottled or boiled.

Feel better and take care of yerselves, you've a long way to go! ^_^

8/13/2005 7:15 AM gmt

Blogger Mik3 said...

Jen - Thanks for the best wishes. An egg sandwich might be just the thing right now. My biggest problem is that it hurts to eat. And I love to eat. What is the use of being in Hong Kong if you can not chow down on Cantonese grub? Ugh.

Vicks - I trashed all the herbal meds in favor of more conventional remedies. They were all dark fluids in little vials. Some greenish / some brownish.

8/13/2005 7:33 AM gmt

Blogger jason said...

Luckily, the pneumonia I had never got very bad, and it's mostly gone at this point. The coughing never really hurt, although it's still, um, fruitful.
Your Italian Experience sounds a lot harsher than anything I've had to deal with yet.

8/14/2005 6:40 AM gmt


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