Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I am sick sick sick; I guess this is a hazard of working with small children.

One of the school admins took me to the pharmacy, where you have to go to different counters for each item and ask for it.  The pharmacists (I sure hope they are pharmacists) "prescribed" some kind of herbal stuff that smells like licorice and slippery elm for the cough, to be taken 3x a day, and an antibiotic called Arithromycin.  I also got some cough drops and Robitussin (not sure which Robitussin, as the label is in Chinese).  Apparently antibiotics are taken quite regularly by the Chinese, which brings to mind mutant superviruses...Am holding off on the antibiotic until I'm sure that it is necessary; if the coughing is just a symptom of my cold rather than a bacterial infection, then the antibiotic may do as much harm as good.

With the new class I'm up to 18 hours a week.  This coming weekend there will also be an all-school Easter party on Sunday evening, when all the teachers are exhausted from teaching all weekend.  The plus side is that I don't have to plan any lessons for it, I think I'm just there to play with the children.

Then on Monday, it will be a public school holiday, so I've been "asked" to teach make-up lessons for the three classes that were canceled Sunday before last. I really wish it didn't coincide with the Easter party the night before.

The upshot of all this is that I have to get well ASAP so I can soldier through the next weekend.  Still in my pajamas.  Back to bed...


  1. So sorry that you are dealing with bronchitis. That's a tough one to shake. Hopefully this page can help you figure things out. If you have a smartphone you can download iTriage for free, to look up symptoms, diseases and medical procedures.

    Here's the specific page for bronchitis: http://www.itriagehealth.com/disease/bronchitis-%28bronchial-tube-infection%29

    I really hope that helps.

  2. My best wishes for you!!!!!!

    I really hope you will feel better soon!!

  3. Marcy, thank you for the link. The cough has quieted yesterday and is actually becoming productive, so I think it's a good sign. May be able to avoid taking the antibiotics after all.

    Obee, thank you. For everything.