The QiRanger Adventures

Down and out…

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... for your protection.

… for several days. You may have noticed a lack of communication on my end lately. No blog posts, no videos, no Facebook updates, or even @replies to some of my Twitter friends. The reason for this forced departure from the Interwebs has rocked my world!

Last week, I could feel something coming. A tickle in the back of my throat… sinuses becoming clogged, sensations of weakness permeating my body, but I was able to muster through it all and keep going… until Friday morning.

When I woke up last Friday, I knew something was not quite right in the world of Steve and I immediately called my boss to let him know that I probably wouldn’t be in that day and if he knew of a good physician in the area. By happenstance, he recommended the same ENT I’ve taken Jo to a few times. I’ve always liked him, so I felt comfortable seeing him this time for me as well. I also let my boss know that I’d be sending him an email with all my symptoms for him to translate and message to my phone so that the Doctor wouldn’t lose anything in translation.

My boss, did me one better by calling the doctor’s office and explaining everything ahead of time. When I walked into the wait room, they instantly knew it was me, but asked a few times, “스티브?” I responded with the affirmative, “네.”

When I saw Dr. Lee, he had a small post-it in his hand and started off our conversation by saying, “I got a call from your boss. You feel…” and then went off to rattle my symptoms. I can honestly say that I have not felt this bad in years. After taking a quick look at me Dr. Lee proclaimed that I had Influenza-B and that I was to observe absolute bed rest until Monday. Now, I’ve been sick before, but I have never been ordered to bed before, and that kind of freaked me out. Not that it was going to be a hard order to follow, since I had already been sleeping 14+ hours a day up to that point.

As cheap as Jo’s bill was at this clinic, mine was even cheaper, some W2,900 to consult with an ENT – no waiting. Take that Big US health care. We moseyed next door to the pharmacy and I collected my three days of antibiotics and other assortment of medicine. That bill came to W2,800. Outstanding! What was a little funny was that the Pharmacy owner pointed at me when I walked in and said, “Oh, the medicine’s for you this time.”

After securing the medicine, I came home and immediately observed the Doctor’s orders and layed down. For the entire weekend, I saw nothing but the bed and slept an average of 18 hours a day, if not more. Jo was a trooper, making sure I was staying hydrated and eating, because both the medicines I was taking had the tendency to abate those behaviors. Strike that. Jo was not a trooper, she was a machine. Every chance she had she made sure I had something to drink, even venturing out one day to get a coffee, just so we could use the straw to make things easier on me. Then there were the meals she prepared. It made me want to eat. I’m convinced that her care was the leading factor in me getting over the hump of recovery so quickly.

Monday rolled around and I found myself still not up to snuff. While the deep chest cough and sore throat were gone, the extreme fatigue from the flu was still persistent. A return trip to the doctor confirmed that most of the symptoms were gone, but that my recovery wasn’t full. He said I needed more rest and that’s what I went home and did. In fact, as soon as I notified work, I’d be out again, slept for a good 5 hours.

Now that Tuesday morning has rolled around, I feel much better, but still in the 75-80% range. It will be a few more days before I’m back to normal, I’m just thankful that I don’t have to be on bed rest anymore!


Written by Steve Miller

April 20, 2010 at 8:00 am

16 Responses

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  1. So less that $3.00 American to visit the doctor? What am I waiting for?


    April 20, 2010 at 8:32 am

    • Yes, here, your insurance really does work for you. Even without insurance, the visits are under $10USD.


      April 20, 2010 at 8:34 am

  2. yep.. I found that most of my friends on FB are against the new Health Care bill. I haven’t read it, so I can’t confidently claim whether it’s good or bad, but I really don’t understand what everyone’s afraid of! But isn’t that social medicine awesome!!!???
    Hope you’re back to 100% soon. You’re lucky to have Jo this time when you’re sick!


    April 20, 2010 at 8:45 am

    • Well, I’d be against it to, since it really doesn’t do much for the person, but rather FOR the big companies. The US really needs a system like the UK or Canada. The Korean system is rather nice, in that it’s all private, but the government sets the prices for everything. Now, I just need to see how to get Jo some insurance!


      April 20, 2010 at 8:50 am

  3. Hope you get better man but you really got to love Korean health care!


    April 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

    • Thanks Jason! I’m feeling much better!!!! Yes, I love Korean health care!


      April 20, 2010 at 9:57 am

  4. When I lived in Korea over 10 years ago, I was going to the ENT every week and it cost me W5,000 per visit (including the meds), I turned in the receipts to my health insurance and got back about 80% of that.


    April 20, 2010 at 10:00 am

    • Ah, now it’s taken off the top!


      April 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

      • Well, I’m glad to see you’re doing better. However, I think you need to get yourself some of those fun surgical masks that come with designs and stuff. No plain, boring white masks! LOL!


        April 20, 2010 at 11:00 am

        • Oh, I’ve been looking!!! I have a plain white one… but I need a Hello Kitty one!


          April 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

  5. I had a good time bugging you, my stubborn love! ;P I’m so glad you’re feeling better! You scared me a few times… ❤


    April 20, 2010 at 10:00 am

  6. Hey Get Better soon. 하이팅! 하이팅!


    April 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm

  7. Sounds like you got a real nasty bugger :/ Sorry to hear that! I can’t stand being that sick, so sick that you can’t do anything but sleep and eat whatever you can muster.

    I hope you feel much better by the time you read this comment!! 🙂

    And way to go Korea when it comes to health care!! You’d think to that price you might get crappy service, but it seems like you got an awesome doctor! 🙂


    April 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    • Yes, I am feeling much better by all accounts! Medicine is hit or miss in any country, but the financial burden is certainly not as much as it is in the US. Thanks for wishing me well!


      April 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm

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