cold

Mar 23, 2018

Finding a cure for the common cold

Or, a much less traumatic experience with Chinese healthcare

In the past year, I’ve been getting pretty comfortable with the clinic two blocks from my house. The doctor there has a better hit rate than the pharmacy, and she works really hard. She’s there all day, so she has to do a bit of living out in public; When I went in for a follow-up visit recently, she was doing an afternoon mud mask.

Anyway, check out the video above to see what a basic visit to the Chinese clinic is like.

Dec 18, 2013

Baby, it’s cold inside

And there just aren’t enough layers in the world

The cold city streets of Luzhou

“It’s going to rain this weekend, and then the temperature will fall,” our boss Linda predicted last week. And she was absolutely right. It was 49 degrees this morning, and we are dying.

Now I know that all of America is drowning in monstrous amounts of climate-change snow. Complaining about a dip below 50 degrees may seem small potatoes. But in China, the cold is defended against only with more and more clothing. Maybe an electric hand warmer, if you’re lucky. (I take two to bed with me these days.) Fuel is expensive and heating systems are poorly designed and inefficient. Effectively, you are outside all the time. And it’s the WORST.

But, mercifully, some of our classes turned on their heaters today! This is the first time in 3 years that either of us has seen that happen. I could even remove my hat and gloves, it was so warm. I kept my coat on, though. It’s not that warm.