Wednesday, 31 August 2011

A trip to the hospital....

Yesterday, before lunch time, I had a post planned in my head all about Ebi-kun's first bike ride to the drug store - his first time out on the roads proper but then this happened....

TOYOTA HIACE AMBULANCE
photo credit: FF Shoji2
Rewind a little, on the way home from the museum on Sunday, Daddy-ebi said that he felt like he was coming down with a cold, by the time we got home he was feeling rotten and was running a fever. The next day he was no better so off to the doctors he went, came back armed with about 17 different types of meds and went to bed. Yesterday he wasn't feeling any better and by lunch time his fever suddenly spiked, he couldn't feel his hands or feet and was short of breath, I can't drive so we called an ambulance.

I was impressed that it only took them 7 minutes to arrive, we called an ambulance to a traffic accident a few years back and it took over 20 minutes for them to get there. Most ambulances in Japan are only equipped for first aid and the ambulance staff are not paramedics, they do have paramedic ambulances but I think they must get sent out for specific cases.

Anyway... they took us to the same clinic where he had been diagnosed with summer flu the day before, the doctor thought it was a calcium deficiency so they put him on a drip for 4 hours and his temperature dropped and he was feeling a bit better so he was released.

This morning, he gets a phone call from a co-worker, there are 5 people who sit together in the same area in his office, four of the five are sick, one of them went to the hospital somewhere in Tokyo yesterday and was diagnosed with micro plasma pneumonia (not sure if that is the correct translation). Daddy-ebi is still running a fever so he has gone to the big hospital in town to get checked out. It is a bit scary all, this since daddy-ebi rarely gets sick and if he does it is just a bit of man-flu or self inflicted due to beer!

Well, that was our excitement for the day, hope yours wasn't as exciting!
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