One of the special perks of being a teacher is being exposed to the germs of 250 kids. Many kids were out sick this week, as were a few teachers – including me.
I started to not feel well on Saturday. Things only got worse from there. I did a half day of work on Monday, went in Tuesday (when I probably shouldn’t have), tried some Sudafed which didn’t work, stayed awake all night coughing, stayed home Wednesday, and finally caved and went to the doctor in the afternoon.
We had a great first experience with the Turkish health system. We went to TOBB ETÜ Hastanesi (I don’t think Turkey has doctor’s offices – just hospitals) and had a translator escort our entire visit. The doctor also spoke English. In about an hour, I saw the doctor, got bloodwork, took a chest x-ray, and saw the doctor again. The hospital was impressively efficient. It was definitely better than the waiting lines at health clinics in the States!
Turns out I have a viral infection. I got a Z-Pack, nose spray, and 2 other medicines for symptoms. I went back work today and feel so much better.
There’s a lot of medicine you can purchase here without a perscription that you can’t back home. However, I’m glad I went to the doctor – I feel nervous about self prescribing!
Being sick is always a humbling experience. I always have the thought of: “Oh, I’ll just rest a while, fight through it and be fine.” But sometimes, your body commands you to STOP and rest, which is never an easy thing for me. I’m very thankful for an understanding employer, Turkish friends who will make appointments, and a husband and brother who took care of me and the house.