Lung time, nosey
I've had a streaming nose and cough for three weeks now while Jiajia has had a worsening sore throat, cough and swollen glands. So a reluctant "romantic" trip for us today as we visited our local hospital together.
We saw the best and worst of Chinese medicine. The first (randomly assigned) doctor suggested we both should have a blood test and x-ray, but said she was pretty certain my problem was asthma(?) Having never suffered from it before, it seemed a strange diagnosis to me. We took the tests and while we waited for the results, availed ourselves of the staff buffet, courtesy of our hospital doctor friend, "Dancing Lady". Jiajia's blood test indicated she had a lymph node infection, whilst my blood was OK. Then we went for the x-ray results, only to be shown a large machine. We waved our receipts before it, and out popped our x-ray photos and a printed diagnosis - magic! Jiajia's was clear, but mine showed a lung infection (not asthma!). "Dancing Lady" took us to a lung specialist and he confirmed that we both needed to go onto anti-biotics, though different ones. Seems we're getting old!
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Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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