Headlines for Friday:

  1. First taste of the Canadian medical system (668 words)
  2. A little too optimistic (47 words)



1. First taste of the Canadian medical system: 02:46

Wednesday was an interesting time for me. I am deeply, deeply grateful to Leigh Honeywell and Jed Smith, who took me to the hospital and stayed with me. Here's what happened:

I fell while trying to get off my bike. I must've slipped or misjudged the height because this was my first time to ride it wearing black school schoes instead of hiking shoes. Fortunately, I was near Graduate House when this happened, and I limped to my room to pick up something I'd forgotten.

I headed back down and decided to brave the bike again so that I could go to the bank. After a block of much pain, I decided that biking was probably not the best way to travel. I headed back, found out that I was bleeding, and did my best to deal with it. It wouldn't stop, though.

I texted Jed to tell him that I couldn't make it to samba because of the bike accident. I also told a couple of friends who biked, just in case they had any advice. One of those was Leigh, who turned out to be on campus taking a class on Java exceptions. Upon hearing of my distress, she left the class and headed to Graduate House in order to help me get to the hospital.

I left out the specifics of the accident because it was a rather embarrassing thing, but Jed insisted that I keep him updated. I told him that Leigh was taking me to the hospital and that everything would be fine. We took a cab to Western, and Jed met us there after a short while.

The Canadian medical system is good, but the lack of doctors makes things a bit slow. That said, I was glad that I didn't have anything serious enough to make the triage nurse increase my priority. Having company certainly helped pass the time. =)

The examination was a bit brutal, though. I cried and hyperventilated from the pain, losing a contact lens in the process. They gave me a painkiller afterwards. (Hmm, might have been a better idea to do the painkiller before the examination...)

The resident doctor told me that it was a routine injury and nothing to worry about, although he referred me to a Mount Sinai Hospital so that a specialist could make sure that everything was all right. The doctor told me that the next few days would be rather painful, though, so I texted Quinn Fung, asking her to e-mail all the people I had on my schedule.

We took a cab to Mount Sinai and waited for a few hours. The painkiller helped, and the company of friends made it easy for me to pass the time.

I got admitted to the emergency room at around midnight. I talked to one of the ER staff about what happened, and then I dozed on and off while waiting for the specialist. I woke up when Jed came in. He said that Leigh had to leave already (it was way past midnight then!), and he also brought some food. I didn't have much appetite, though.

The specialist came at around 3:00. The preliminary exam was still too painful for me, so they stuck an IV into me and gave me a stronger painkiller. It made me drowsy, and when I woke up again they had finished with everything and reassured me that nothing needed stitching or patching up. Jed stepped out when they did the examination, but remembered the instructions that the ER staff gave him. That was good as I couldn't remember the examination at all.

So that's my first experience of the Canadian medical system. I'm really, really glad that friends were there to help me navigate the system and to hold my hand throughout the process. Big shout out goes to Leigh and Jed, who saw me at my worst and stuck around anyway... =)

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2. A little too optimistic: 15:24

Looks like the painkillers and other things just took a while to get out of my system. Ouch! Apparently, also still bleeding a little bit.

I must have some kind of painkiller around here.

Random Japanese sentence: ペルシャ猫に関連した古い話があります。 There is a classic story related about a Persian cat.