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Day 6 - The story of Chinese medicine.
On Day 6, I woke up feeling sick but I have used up all the Japanese cold medication I carried with me,...Still I wanted to go to the Temple of Heaven as planned but as usual in those tourist areas, there were so many people it was difficult to take any interesting photo. I just went to one corner and waited there hoping to catch a moment of quietness....The park is very big, but I did not walk around much. That day, I came back to the hotel early and finally they prepared the famous Peking duck for me! But unfortunately I was feeling more and more sick...In the restaurant, I started my mac book and said hi to my "China Support Team" ..."I feel sick" +Takashi Asao
"Do you have a fever of 38?" me, " I guess..." " Then you need to take some medication for fever" Me: "But I don't know what to buy...all they have are Chinese medications only..." Him:" I will look it up" Then I received a photo of a Chinese medication (SSS) in my gmail, Him:" I guess this should be ok, seems to be very popular among Japanese in china." Me, " I will go to buy it from the pharmacy across from the hotel." Now my hotel is right next to the Forbidden city, it is in the center of Beijing, not is some remote areas..but no, they don't have the medicine that was supposed to be most common..The pharmacist to me, "Take this one, this is similar to the one you are looking for." me:" no choice...ok, I will take it." Now after I went back to my room, I looked at the box carefully, it says, " adverse effect- Unknown" " risk-Unknown"...what does it means.......I turned my computer back on, back to my support team... +Brett Kenny " it means they have NEVER tested it" +jose j "Sound like you take it as your own risk, very scary.." +Katie Cheung ..."Let me ask my friend, her mum is a doctor in Beijing, she said to take XXX and YYY." me; " But I wanted to buy SSS, it seems to be popular and similar to some kampo in Japan." katie, " you only listen to him, not me, fine!..." Me " it is not that...the pharmacy does not have such medications, they shown me all the ones they have already." katie" why you cannot go to another one, go to a mall, go to a dept. store! " me, " I never went shopping at all...never walk inside a dept store, totally no interest...too tired, too sick...don't wanna go...I will just try this one I got..."
The next day, fever may be subsided but adverse effect of the Chinese Medicine is now known, I had severe diarrhea all day...maybe even 10 times....so time to stop all medications...hehe...perhaps I can let the pharmaceutical company know about the possible adverse effect of their medication....
Oh, I nearly forgot to thank my China Support Team...!!!
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I had similar symptoms when I was in China for the new year festival, five weeks ago. Seems to be that the Norovirus is rampant epidemic there. I took activated carbon pills (which I have with me, no need to go to some pharmacy), stopped the water loss (in my case, it was vomiting, but Norovirus can cause diarrhea, too).

Hope you recover soon, and can make more photos!
 
Lol. you are disclosing our conversation without my permission LOL. i sound so mean :P but yes i am :P hope you are feeling better <3
you you
 
Get well soon ! Take care :)
 
This story is even better than pictures. Get well soon.

By the way, G+ not censored in Beijing?
 
take care and be careful of their " adverse effect- Unknown" " risk-Unknown" things ,it sounds like a common one just they wanna test it on the folks ...
 
大丈夫ですか?私も期末残業の疲れできょうは風邪をひいてヘルペスまででてくるし、お医者さんに行ってきました。漢方薬は体に優しいのでよく私も服用しますが、これはちょっと...というか、お困りのことと察せられ、なんとも
早くよくなりますようにと祈っときますね。
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Oh, dear, oh dear, Midori. This trip has been so difficult for you. Norovirus, if, indeed you have it, is very intense but not long lasting. The key thing to remember is that you are losing electrolytes, which will make you very weak. I wish I could be there to make sure you get something to replace it. In this country there are pediatric rehydration drinks available, but I am not terribly optimistic about your chances for getting one delivered to your room as you are obviously in no condition to go out for it yourself. May the lotus that you photograph so beautifully help you through these days to the beauty that will follow when your body has rested and healed. You have been so courageous in fighting illness, but now is the time for rest and recovery, of both body and spirit. You are much loved around the world - be good to yourself, my dear.
 
Thanks for all pluses and shares and comments!
 
+Bernd Paysan I think it is the side effect of the Chinese cold medication...not Norovirus..because I have a flu...maybe flu from Japan....so I would not blame it on China...:), Thank you!
 
+Katie Cheung hehe...I forgot to ask your permission...:p:p but you are sweet, not mean, and I am lazy...and stubborn...:)
 
+Michael Zhuang hehe...glad you like my stories..:) Yes, I cannot access both G+ and Facebook from China, so I was asking my friend to login to my G+ account and post pics for me. Now I found some ways to bypass it, but the connection is not always stable.
 
+Mood Zawahrah sound interesting...how can they put down both adverse effect and risk unknown.......hehe.............
 
Cannot but wondering is this the beauty that inspires our ancestors all the beautiful literature and poem for hundreds of years?
 
+Tama Nanohana 上海に来たので、まともな薬を買えるようになりました。お陰さまで体調はだいぶ良くなりました。
そちらも早く良くなられますよう祈っております。
どうも日本で売っている漢方薬は薬事法に基づいて、充分にテストされたものだと思いますが、
どうも北京で買ったのは、副作用不明との記載になっており飲んでもどうなるかは自己責任みたいな感じです。
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+Carolyn Fahm Thanks again for your kind words...I think it was not Norovirus, it is the side effect of the Chinese medication...( the one that says adverse effect and risk are both Unknown..:) ). I felt better after I stop taking it...and my fever subsided. You are so kind and sweet!! Thank you!
 
+midori chan, I am learning storytelling, thats why i m sensitive to your story. You have great ingredients in your story: suspense, humor, a young beautiful lady getting sick in a foreign land. Who doesn't want to read on?
 
+Michael Zhuang Thanks again for your kind words! I am always happy to know people like my writing as well.
 
+Dennis Sheu Glad to hear from you! Perhaps they were looking at this same scene and wrote all those beautiful poems that we studied in school...:)
 
This is lovely! Get well soon!
 
+midori chan beautiful photo. Its amazing you can still can be out taking photos even when your not feeling well, you have a lot of drive and courage. I hope you have good health, energy and good weather the rest of your time in China. Take care, and be safe ;)
 
I had a similar experience - I woke up one day with at terrible headache, and I never have headaches at all. I went out in the street looking for a pharmacy, and of course none had any "western" medication at all, it was hard to even explain I had a headache. I finally found one convenience store (like 7-11) that had aspirin, but in very very low doses. I took literally a handfull of pills to get the proper dosage, which was a bit scary because I wasn't 100% if I was reading the dosage of each pill. But fortunately, it worked! I hope you get well!
 
Your body is not getting sick because of a lack of medication. Listen to your body and take care of it. This is one relationship that you cannot ignore.
 
おはようございます。ご無理せずに。
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Good morning, I'm so glad you've got a good medicine and quickly recovered. As you know, I was concerned with Kampo (Oriental Medicine) for a period, and wanted to advise you on good ones. And I'm also delighted if my effort will make you take good photos and have a nice trip. Hope to have a nice Sunday!!
 
Take of yourself, midori and look forward to read more of your post and beautiful photos.
 
+midori chan Such a beautiful shot :-) Good to know you re better in the meantime, bad to know about the situation with medication in Beijing ... Hope you had nice day today (day 13 right?)
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