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Pneumonia in Nepal

Written by Joshua Fuglsang on .

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XRay of Pneumonia
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Over the last month I have been quite un­well. It turns out that I con­tract­ed Pneu­mo­nia.

For No­vem­ber 2017 I had or­gan­ised to par­take in a one month med­i­ta­tion course at Kopan Monastery, how­ev­er I was sick through­out most of the course.

I spent three nights in hos­pi­tal, then six nights af­ter that re­cov­er­ing in an AirBnB. And be­fore that I spent al­most six days / nights in bed while the course was go­ing on. In to­tal I was in bed for more than two weeks; it is the sick­est that I have ev­er been. Dur­ing the or­deal I lost about four ki­lo­grams of my body mass, which is enor­mous for me. When I came to Nepal I was about 60kg, now I am less than 55kg.

I can’t say where I picked it up, though I have my sus­pi­cions. Pneu­mo­nia is caused from a bac­te­ria, so I could have caught it from some dirty cut­lery while I was trekking.

To re­cov­er from the in­fec­tion I stayed at Ci­wec Hos­pi­tal in Kath­man­du. The hos­pi­tal was very clean and or­gan­ised with ex­cep­tion­al­ly well trained staff, how­ev­er the hos­pi­tal aught to be top notch as they charge $1000 USD per night. PER NIGHT! That price is to­tal­ly un­af­ford­able with­out in­sur­ance and their busi­ness mod­el ap­pears to be to charge as much as in­sur­ance com­pa­nies can stom­ach.

I spent a lit­tle bit more to get in­sur­ance from a well re­gard­ed com­pa­ny be­fore I left; Med­ibank Pri­vate. They cost 30-50% more than or­di­nary trav­el in­sur­ance, but they were ab­so­lute­ly amaz­ing to deal with dur­ing my sick­ness. They called me ev­ery day; even af­ter they had paid my bill I would still re­ceive a phone call each morn­ing from one of Med­ibank’s nurs­es to see how things were go­ing. They al­so paid for the bill di­rect­ly, so I didn’t have to pay it first then get re­im­bursed lat­er. I al­so had $0 ex­cess, so I didn’t have to pay a thing dur­ing my time there.

In the end the big­gest shame of the ex­pe­ri­ence was the fact that I missed most of the course that I had planned to do for so long. In to­tal I think I missed close to two thirds of the Kopan course. In fact one of the rea­sons that I re­signed from Safe­ty­Cul­ture at the time that I did was so that I could at­tend the Kopan course. I have lost a lot of strength over the last month, so it is go­ing to be a long jour­ney ahead in or­der to re­cov­er it.

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