category: Jims Guatemala

Well, today I am going to spend the night in the hospital, it seems. Ugh.

I really don’t feel that bad, it’s a procedural thing. My fever went away, then came back a little, and the PCMO (Peace Corps medical officer) said I should go to the hospital, since we were in town anyways, and get checked out. Besides the standard exam stuff, they decided they needed 3 vials of blood, 4 blood smear slides, a urine sample, a stool sample, three head x-rays, and two chest x-rays. It all feels very silly, as I no longer have a fever as of noon. The chest X-ray was especially odd; they took the first one, and the tech came back in and said, “Do you exercise? Your lungs are HUGE, we have to do it again.” Huh. I think they must just be used to zapping tiny Guatemalans instead of “giant” gringoes.

update: 4 Guatemalan nurses just came in, and told me I can’t eat anything until after they ultrasound my stomache at 4pm. WHAT THE HECK???!?!? you’d think I had the black plague, or ebola, or avian flu or something like that. Dude, they don’t have a clue and are just grasping at straws. I am OUT of here tomorrow morning.

Posted by: jfanjoy