This is my experience in Beijing, China in the Summer of 2009.
If you came to this webpage first, it's better if you
start from the beginning of the story.
Sunday, July 19
My Jiuzhaigou Hospital Adventure!
I didn`t sleep at all last night. The hotel turned off their a/c
and my room was very hot like an oven. Also the mattress
was very hard. You couldn`t sleep on your side.
We also had a 6:30am wake up call.
Because of this, I woke up with a huge headache.
Roy was nice enough to supply me with some Motrin again.
for the 1.5 hour bus ride to the other hotel.
It made my headache better for the first hour. But the last
half hour of the ride, my headache came back with a
When we got to the second hotel, the ChuanZhu Hotel, I decided to blow off
seeing the Yellow Dragon Mountain. It`s another hour bus ride
one way over there and I knew it would be bad for me.
(I was right. I was told the ride was a twisty, turning ride
up the mountain again)
I checked into the ChuanZhu hotel at 10am and tried to get some sleep
which was difficult since it seems the tour buses park
outside my window. They just kept coming and going.
Also, the mattress in this hotel is really hard too.
I got up at 4pm and decided to go see a doctor at the local
hospital. I can't afford to be sick so early in the trip and I wanted
to be well during FISM.
Steve, our tour guide, had
previously recommended that I go see them because they
should be "experts" in treating altitude sickness.
Steve also had
previously written out Chinese translations regarding this for me. I took a
cab with a bellboy to the hospital.
If I had known about the poor conditions at this hospital,
I would NOT have gone there and just suffered through my headaches.
I have no idea why Steve would recommend me coming to this hospital!
When I arrived at the hospital, I didn't see a single patient in the
lobby. It looked like they were not expecting walk-in patients at all.
There was a lady who claimed to be a "doctor" but did not speak a word of English.
(I was told, as part of their education to be a doctor in China, it was mandatory
they learn rudimentary English relating to the body and ill symptoms.
This "doctor" didn't understand even simple words like "headache", "dizzy", "pain", etc.)
I had to call Steve on his cell phone to help me communicate.
They`re giving me oxygen
now but it doesn`t seem to help. I still have this massive headache.
They want to give me an IV of sugar water. We`re waiting for Steve to
come over. They evidently need more information from Steve
The IV of sugar water helped a little. Still have the headache though.
I gather giving oxygen and an IV of sugar water is standard treatment here
no matter what sort of sickness you have. Then they just hope you
feel better. I was not given any other drugs or medication for my
I took pictures of my hospital room with my Mylo.
It was nothing more than a storage room for boxes
that were donated to last year`s earthquake victims.
Needless to say, the room was not very clean.
Here are the pictures takened from the hospital bed.
I'm lying on the bed taking the pictures from my left to right.
Note these pictures are takened with my Mylo which has a 1.3MP
camera so the pictures are not as sharp as with a regular digital camera.
They laid me down on a bed to connect me to the oxygen tank and
to put in an IV.
Then they put some nasty, dirty sheets on me!
I'm not kidding. It looked like someone threw up on them!
I didn`t realize it until I got up from the bed.
I should have taken pictures of the sheets to show how bad
it was. But at the time, I was leaving the hospital
and wasn't feeling too well.
I need to
shower thoroughly and I`m going to have to wash the
shorts and T-shirt I wore there really well before I wear
them again. And my sweater too!
I just hope I didn't catch anything from those dirty sheets!
Back in my hotel room.
Just took a really good shower. Hopefully, I have washed
away any bugs that have landed on my skin from that
(I was wondering why the IV lady always wore a
surgical mask when coming into my room!)
Hey, my room desk is NOT a free standing table!
It`s just a glorified piece of wood placed on top of the
TV table and luggage table. I know this because I just
knocked it down(!) when I put my luggage on the
This ChuanZhu hotel room sucks almost as bad
as the other Gesang hotel. The room is tiny.
The bed mattress is still a low lying "block of wood".
But the room is cool from the a/c.
And there is
a floor lady. They have these ladies in Beijing (and in Xi`an
as I recall) and they act as a kind of concierge/watchdog
for that floor. It`s kind of nice but you do lose your
privacy because they know when you come and go.