For the past week, I’ve had this terrible cough that keeps me up at nights. I wake up coughing and sometimes it’s so bad that I can’t breathe and I start gagging. Since it’s been such a long and I haven’t gotten any better, I decided to go to the hospital.
I went with Lili, an English teacher whose husband is a doctor at hospital. It was about $1 to “register”, which was giving my name, phone number, sex, and birthday. Then we walked into a room where a doctor was sitting at a desk. His medical English was quite good, and after he asked me a series of questions, he diagnosed me with acute bronchitis. A line quickly formed behind me (in the same room) of people who were also waiting to see the doctor. Privacy was basically non-existent.
Then the doctor printed off a prescription for me and I was done. I took it to a separate desk to pay for it, then I went to another desk to pick up the medication. For the cough suppressant and antibiotics, it was only $10. We’ll see if this Chinese medicine works!