atsman (atsman) wrote,
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Preliminary notes to "Hospitals and emergency clinics in Korea"

Hi. It's been a long week.

I'm writing these lines from a private clinic in district Yuseong 유성구, of Greater Daejeon area 대전.

Yesterday, Yuseong MTB Club had its usual "long-distance riding" schedule. Actually riding was not that long. We started in Yuseong, at a place near the ChungNam State University 충남대, and headed for Gyeryong-shi 계룡 (f. Sindoan 신도안), a tiny township some 20 kms away from the city, where the premises of the Korean Army hearquarters served as, for six days, the playground for the Korea Ground Forces' Festival 지상군 페스티벌 combined with Gyeryong Festival of Military Culture 계룡 군 문화축제, both dedicated to Korean Army's 60th anniversary.

Watching and touching helicopters, radar missile launchers, RMs, armored fighting vehicles and trucks including imported ones from the 8th Army of the US was exciting (pictures to follow) but... I am an average guy - I loved Army Seolleongtang most (seolleongt'ang 설렁탕 is thick soup, or rather stew with no potatoes, but some meat, green onions, and rice). On our way back home we had been approaching Yuseong, going downhill and speeding up to around 45-50 km per hour, when a crazy cab driver decided to pick up passengers. What an idiot! The moron 미친 놈 pulled over his car right in front of my nose. I somehow managed to squeeze through very narrow space between the cab and the edge of the road, but the talented guy somehow managed to get me with his car...

The good thing was I was not alone. I had sixteen friends with me who immediately called 911... Later, a guy from cab driver's insurance company came to see me in the hospital. He said they would pay for it. Good for them. And after a while, most gracious Mr. Min, owner of the Yuseong MTB, called to say that the same insurance company admitted it would be responsible for repairing my bicycle, etc., etc.

The hospital is as usual clean, and the staff is most friendly. They even have two public computers with high-speed Internet which is of no use for decent Internet users like me though because for most of the population of this country being in a hospital or elsewhere is not about healing or doing business. It's about playing games.

Anyway, I'm glad I'm in the hospital. I'm telling this as a research guy, because I'm going to do some research into hospital business of Korea. I found the equipment quite good and harmless, as neither X-Ray nor CT scanners showed any abnormalities in my head and bones. I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm fine... One daily litre of I5% DS (dextrose and sodium chloride) injection, few shots, pills, bandages, healthy diet, though low in protein (I mean meat) and small in amount, and a nice environment make me feel happy.

See you guys tomorrow.
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