i got incredibly ill on

i got incredibly ill on friday night. Awful puking, diarrhea, chills, aching ill. Janine was staying with me and i was at first thinking i had some sort of freak monster period cramps so i stayed in bed praying it might go away, but then when everything that i had eaten or drank that day “went away”, it dawned on me that something was very wrong with me. Finally at 4am when i just couldn’t take it anymore i woke her up like this:

“Janine? Janine? I’m really sorry but i think i’m going to die.”

I layed on her bed for awhile wondering if it would get better. I had two sips of water and the promptly threw that up as well. I had to see someone. But doing this in french was a daunting task. I imagined sitting in a french hospital dying while nurses and doctors smoked cigarettes and made fun of my lousy accent. It had gotten to that point, tho, where i was going to die.

We finally found an emergency number and the woman was pretty nice and first asked if she should send a doctor to my house, but i thought she said was there a doctor in my house. So i said “no”. After some more fuddling i realized my mistake and said “yes! yes! send a doctor over!” In 20 minutes a well-dressed (and kind of hot) doctor was telling me i had a stomach virus that was going around. He gave me some scrips and a shot my bum. It was 500 FRF (about 70 USD) all reimbursable by social security i think. Wow. Whoever is going around saying socialized medicine is poor quality is total liar.

I slept pretty much all day yesterday and am finally beginning to feel like a normal person again today, except for this mild persistent queasiness. There’s this awful chalky medicine for my stomach that i’m supposed to be taking thrice daily, but it’s really hard to drink. According to the packaging i can also take it rectally. Firstly, no way. And secondly i cannot imagine how since it comes in a package of powder. Huh? It was raining and nasty all day yesterday and this morning but has turned out to be sunny and i am considering taking a stroll or something. Maybe a movie, that’s good non-exertion activity. I still can’t seem to eat so i’m a bit worried about dizziness. Actually in the middle of the night on friday, after the doc left, i got up to pee and knew i was about to faint so i decided to make a break for it and just run into bed but had pretty much blacked out and ran headfirst into the window. That woke me up and then i fell over into bed.

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