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  Yangon  |  27.05.08
 
 

HAPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR JOSSYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Today has been a happy sad day. I am so happy and excited for my brother who is the grand old age of 12 today but I have been so sad that I have not been there to celebrate with him.

The day started off when I heard Manuel up and about getting ready. We got ready quickly too and we all went down the road to Lucky Seven to have breakfast. Lucky Seven is a nice coffee shop that is quite posh for round here and its always very busy. The reason why is because the coffee is great, there is a wide selectuon of food available, the place is always neat and clean (amazing for round here) and they even have plants around the place for decoration...again very unusual for round here. I ordered some paratha and got some strange parcel looking thing sat in a load of condensed milk...so I left that and pointed to a what a woman next to me was eating which looked a bit like roti canai. I find that when ordering from the menu doesn't wor k then pointing to something you can see will...its my safest bet. We say goodbye to Manuel who is going back to the village and we head off to the doctors for my blood test results.

The nice doctor takes me in and studies the test results. He does his best to explain all the different readings but its all using medispeak and I am getting a bit lost but the crux of the matter is that the blood test did show up a sign of infection and so he has diagnosed me with bacterial arthritis. So basically that means that due to a previous infection that I had (the toothache in Bangkok) my bodies immune defences were low and it allowed the bacteria to spread to my joints and it comes out as symptoms to rhumatoid athritis....hence the swollen knees, ankles and now fingers. Now that it has happened there is nothing I can do to make the swelling go away I just have to wait and in time it will subside. He has given me athritis pain killers to help with the pain as well as antacids as they can give your stomach problems when you take them. As a measure to make sure I don't get any worse (ie by catching another infection) the doctor gave me an injection of penicilin - but a hardcore version, not just your ordinary stuff! This jab covers me for 3 weeks and then I will have to have another blood test and see if all the bacteria has gone away....if not then I need another jab of penicilin to kill it off once and for all. Though one good thing he did say was that the bacteria count was small as if perhaps its on the wane any way, so hopefully I will only need one painful jab in my butt for now. I am glad that we finally know what it is and I don't have some mad elephantitis disease...but to hear the word athritis at the age of 29 is a bit scary. I have total sympathy for anyone who has full time arthritis as it is so uncomfortable and inconvenient to not be able to move about as freely as usual.

After the doctors we went to our usual internet place. But to our shock and horror the net was down :( we walked to a few internet cafes and they all said the same. I was starting to panic as it was only a few hours before I needed to ring Jossyman and wish him happy birthday. As we started to make our way back the heavens opened but we luckily managed to get a cab back. After an hour or so in the flat it was time to ring my bro and of course the rain was pelting down even heavier. We ran out into the street to try and find a stall with a phone to make the call. Everywhere we tried they said no to a call to UK and then would point us to another stall or hotel. After 6 no's we decided we were drenched through enough to warrant getting a taxi back to New Aye Yar Hotel and make the call from there. It would be more expensive but at least they knew us and wouldn't try and fob us off. I was just about to make the call when we thought we would just pop our heads into the internet café to see if it was working and it was! I caught my mum on chat just as Jossy was opening his presents! Then my mum rang the hotel and reception

let me speak to my brother on their phone. I got a few funny looks as I sang happy birthday down the phone to him but I didn't care. Sounds like he's to going to have a brilliant day watching Iron Man in the cinema....wish I was going too :( then at the weekend he is having a sleepover with his mates from school...hope they all get chance to play Carcassonne which is the game me and Lesh got him. I had a nice chat to my mum too. She had done some research on the tintenet about bacterial athritis and she was filling in the missing gaps from the doctor! I felt much better once she had explained everything to me. Unfortunately in the middle of our conversation there was a power cut...so that was the end of that.....but at least I did speak to Jossy which was the main thing!

We started to walk back to the flat and found that this was becoming an impossible task. It had rained so much that the city was flooded. On every corner heading towards the way we needed to go the water was knee high. We kept going sideways hoping that one street would be ok but it actually just got worse. The people around us didn't bat an eye lid...this was normal for them. I was shocked by the state of the city . We soon realised that there was no way round the flooding and I was ready to start wading...but Princess Ahilesh refused to dirty his perfectly polished toes and he hailed down a taxi which miraculously stopped for us. The driver did not seem phased by our request for him to take us through the flooding and his price was even reasonable. I am surprised the taxi made it to the flat. Th water was so deep and I was sure the engine was going to cut out. The floor of the taxi had a big hole in it (due to rust!) and we could see the water scarily splashing up into us it was that deep. It was facinating to watch....the same concept as a glass bottom boat but this is a rusty old car!

We made it back to the flat and we went to Lucky Seven for lunch. Amazingly by the time we came out the flooding had receeded and the streets were back to normal! I think the drainage system in the city is messed up snce the cyclone with bits of tree and debris blocking the drains which makes the city prone to flooding...which is a nightmare since it is monsoon time and it rains every day.

 

 

 
 
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