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Nebulizers and Cheese Doughnuts

Turns out I was overly concerned. James did have severe bronchitis but not pneumonia. This is Singapore, after all, home of insane efficiency and subsidized healthcare. No need to worry. We were in and out of the hospital in less than two hours and the consultation, nebulizer treatment and three perscriptions were all just over $100. Office visits were only $20 Singaporean (about $13 USD) even for tourists and for $35 Singaporean you can go to the executive clinic on the second floor where you get seen faster and by a more senior doctor. This is what we did. So Asian. They seem to love concepts like premier, executive and so on. Paying for prestige and well, better service.

Thumbs up to Singapore's health services. I can't even imagine how much it would suck for a tourist in NYC having to go to the hospital in an emergency. I've never been to an NYC hospital and loathe the thought.

The thing is that the horrible heat and humidity exacerbated James' condition so we're supposed to stay in air conditioned spaces. Easy to do here, as the city is practically a giant mall. Our last meal in Singapore won't likely be hawker food then, but you'd be surprised at how good even food court cuisine can be (OK, there's no accounting for their Kenny Rogers Roasters). I'm thinking Indonesian for dinner. This afternoon I had a cheese (yes, cheese as in white, parmesan-y and melted) doughnut at J.Co and a pepper crab turnover from Polar Puffs. Oh, and kaya toast and eggs from Ya Kun. No, calories don't count on vacation.

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  1. Yay things are looking up!

    And of course calories DON’T COUNT on vaykay!

    December 5, 2008
  2. denny: Hope not. I just accidentally ordered 20 satay (intended on getting 10).

    December 5, 2008
  3. Glad to hear the good news! I stupidly avoided the Italian emergency room last year with my suspected bronchitis.

    December 5, 2008
  4. haha but with satays….10 is never enough…come on! 😉

    Real authentic peanut sauce nonetheless…not BLENDED peanut butter…EW!

    December 10, 2008
  5. denny: Yeah, and Singapore (Malaysian too, I suppose) satays are tiny, like 2-3 bites. I ate leftovers for breakfast.

    December 12, 2008

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