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Health Alert (Day 2 in Bangkok)

[June 3]

Day 2. Morning.

I woke up with high fever and headache again. And it's no longer tolerable so Ate Veron accompanied me to Bangkok Christian Hospital. She said it isn't a first-class hospital in Bangkok but I'd say that it's definitely world-class. Though the nurses have a hard time speaking English, they are all very friendly and accommodating. I got checked by Dr. Jedsada (his last name is quite long) and the first question that he asked was, "Do you go to the jungle or the forest?" I said no. He asked me to remove my jacket to see if there are rashes. Because as I said in my previous post, I've had on and off high fever. He found none and then he checked on my throat. There he found out that I have exudative tonsilitis. I don't find it hard to swallow and I don't feel anything in my throat except when I cough. Dr. Jedsada said that it all manifested in the high fever and the headache. He advised that I take the injection aside from the oral medication. He said that the injection can easily reduce the suffering of the patient, it simply works faster than the oral medicines.Good thing I'm not afraid of injections, and so I agreed. I was then led to a room where I was asked to lay down on a hospital bed. The nurse started to prepare the materials needed and I began to close my eyes (because I didn't want to see the needle). I opened my eyes after several minutes trying to see what is already happening. There I realized that the nurse was injecting quite a big bottle of medicine. It wasn't just a small tube. Thus I was made to rest for 10 more minutes after the nurse finished injecting the medicine. We were then led to the pharmacy to get the oral medications and to pay for the hospital bill. I thought to myself, I will really get well here, because number 1, there is no way for me to go out of the hospital without buying all the prescribed medicines, and number 2, I couldn't miss drinking the meds because they're placed in separate bags with very clear instructions on how and when to take them. That I think is what lacking in Philippine hospitals, at least in those I've visited. 

First souvenirs from Thailand.

Day 2. Lunch.

After the hospital visit, we went to BNA to attend the Covenant Orientation of Central Bangkok. Lawrence was giving the fifth talk when we arrived. We had lunch there and I drank the first set of medicines. They tasted bad but they proved to be effective because I was getting better and better every hour. :) We then listened to Ate Aliw as she gave a very creative version of the seventh talk, Loving and Serving the Poor. The Covenant Orientation ended at 2pm and so we were no longer able to attended the CFC GA. We just went home to get some sleep before hearing mass. 

CO Weekend activity.

The participants at the CO Weekend.

Loving and Serving the Poor.

Kim's household.

Day 2. Afternoon. 

After a restful siesta, we went to Holy Redeemer Church to celebrate the Holy Mass. I felt that it was an international mass as there was so many foreign parishioners present. During the homily, Father John Pongsak shared about his life as a missionary and at the same time honored all the missionaries present. Such an affirmation from the Lord. He also challenged everyone to respond to God's call and share in the mission to make Christ known to every nation. It was also the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity and I was just reminded of the Holy Trinity's presence at NAIA 3 when I left the Philippines. Our original boarding gate was 109 but we were advised to transfer to Gate 111, the same gate where Lawrence boarded when he left. :) God is indeed everywhere and He always makes His presence felt. We just have to be sensitive enough to acknowledge Him. :) 

Day 2. Evening. 

After the mass, we went to Emperor Mall to have dinner and buy stuffs. Their food court is one food haven, and it's way way better than our food courts in the Philippines (sorry, can't help but compare). There you will need to purchase coupons which you can also refund if not used. In our case we only spent less than a 100 baht for an already full dinner (complete with desserts). Everything is just delicious, except for the water, maybe because of the medicines that I'm drinking. The taro helped to remove the bad taste. :D 

We went home, I drank my medicines, and got some really good and restful sleep. :) 

And that ends the second day of my very memorable Thailand trip. :) 

Praise God for His Divine providence. Praise God for healing! :)

And thank you, brothers and sisters for being my faithful prayer warriors. :)

Much love from Thailand. :)

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