Cabin Fever

Trip Start Apr 15, 2011
Trip End Feb 04, 2012

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

So on Monday 6th June I psyched myself see the doctor. We're at the ER around 3pm only to be told 'because its just a check up’ we have to come back to a different part of the hospital at on Tuesday at 7am to see if I can get an appointment to see a doctor. In Argentina they don't have public GP's.  If you want to see a doctor for anything you either have to have private cover, you have to pay or you have to go to the hospital, the later of which is the only way you can see a doctor without having to pay.  It’s a different area from the ER and completely confusing.  There are several areas and you have to work out which area to go to and line up at the right window to get your appointment time and then wait to see a doctor If you can get an appointment that day.  When we got there at 7am it was already very busy.  We lined up for ages because the window to get my appointment didn't actually open until 8am. 

Once we had my appointment I was seen by a doctor relatively quickly, who saw me for all of 5 mins and referred me to the specialist dermatologist.  Off to another area with our slip from the first doctor.  At the dermatologists office I waited in line while Andrea, Juli's neighbor who came with me, dashed back to the window to get me an official appointment, even though we'd just been referred by the other doctor . . .

So eventually we see the dermatologist, who makes a more accurate diagnosis.  She said I have a bacterial infection on the surface of my skin that got into my system through an area of broken skin on my foot.  It might have been one of the blisters from my flip flops but could have been a scratch or small spike I didn’t even notice.  The bacteria got into my lymph system which is why my foot puffed up like a fire engine red pumpkin. 

Anyway she said the ER had prescribed the right antibiotics but because the infection is still not going as quickly as she would like she wanted to give me a strong dose of penicillin.  I'm given a patch test which I have to say hurt like Hell and I was so shaken up the doctor decided to give me oral tablets instead of great big painful needle, thank-god.  Everyone was very nice but I don’t like hospitals at the best to times, let alone when I’m a long way from home and well meaning medical people are jabbing me with painful needles

So I have a high dose of penicillin I have to take every 8 hours for 6 days then go back to the dermatologist on Mon or Tue.  Since seeing the dermatolgist I have been at Juli’s place resting with my foot propped up at much as possible and not walking or doing much other than sitting on the couch. 

Now I have to start to think about what I am going to do next with my trip.  I have to be in Cuzco for my Inca Trail at the beginning of July (which the dermatologist seams to think I should be fine for, provided I rest now *touch wood*).  I have about a months worth of things I wanted to do between mid June and my Inca Trail and about half the time to do them in. 

I have to decide if I am going to do less and skip some things, if I am going to double back on myself after my Inca Trail when I have some spare time or if I am going to try to re-arrange my flights and spend less time in the USA and more time in South America so I don’t have to rush now.  And in the mean time feed my addition for Argentine food.  I have discovered Pistachio ice-cream from the Helados down the road and it is soooo good :)
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