A Day in a Life
So much has happened since I last wrote! I have conquered the jet lag and many, many other foreign things. Let's start with the food, since that is the part I seem to struggle with the most. I came to Taiwan expecting every meal to be just like eating P. F. Chang's 24/7. Boy was I wrong! Our first morning in Tainan we were on our own for breakfast. My roommates and I headed out to a bakery kiddy-corner to our apartment (it was called 85 Degrees for anyone lives in Irvine). After selecting what I thought to be a "safe" pastry, topped with ham and pineapple, I began devouring my delectable treat. About halfway through, I discovered the hairy insides my food contained.
After feeling the fur slide down my throat, I decided to stop eating it. You think the story ends there, but it does not. Fast forward about 3 seconds after deciding to call it quits on the pastry: four girls just sitting innocently at a small wooden table when all of a sudden a fifth member decided to join in on our breakfast.
This is NOT okay! A cockroach about three times the size of a "normal" Californian cockroach fell from the ceiling onto our table. Literally the biggest thing I have ever seen. So nasty. And this was only the beginning. Everything here tastes different. Even the ice cream. I have been very proud of myself for being so adventurous. In the fast four days I have tried chicken butt (this was by far my favorite), stinky tofu (I feel terrible for anyone who has to come across this. By far the WORST thing I have ever smelled and tasted), squid on a stick, snails that you have to suck out of a shell, nasty aged eggs, and so much more. I am not quite sure how I manage to stomach it all, but so far so good!
Here are some pictures of the various foods I have eaten and also that have been around town:
|"Shwah Bing" (I have no idea how to spell anything so that is how you would say it if spelled phonetically. It is a dessert that consists of shaved ice, fruit, and sweetened condensed milk. Very delicious!)|
|I look like I am drunk, but I guess that's what you get for trying Chicken Butt. Seriously so good!|
|A lovely surprise that appeared when eating Cat Ear Soup|
|An extra large sweet potato|
|I still have no idea what this was and no it was not good|
|Rotten, I mean "aged" eggs. Enough said.|
|The head of a duck|
|Hearts! Guys, I am such a nerd, but all I wanted to do was dissect those things! If you look closely you can see the aorta!|
|This is real life! People eat this sort of thing.|
|Chicken foot- they still have the nails on them! As Jim, my instructor, would say, "you use the nails to scrape the meat out of your teeth when you're finished". Once again, not okay.|
|Squid on stick! That's the name and it is no surprise when your order comes out looking like this.|
|Personally, I enjoy squid, so it wasn't too bad|
|The snails you suck out of the shell. They were slightly spicy.|
|Before (I was pretty nervous to eat this. The smell was bad enough that it was hard to even get near the thing. I thought I was smiling for this picture, but guess not.)|
|After (Yes, I almost threw up)|
|Chi Mei Hospital is a Magnet hospital with about 1200 beds (and a 100 bed ER!)|
|These are some of the home health nurses that I have been privileged to work with (Jim, my instructor, and Haley, my classmate, are also featured)|
|Changing an NG (Nasogastric) Tube (this is a tube that goes into your nose and down to your stomach and allows the patient to receive feedings through it)|
|The sweetest "a-gong" (grandfather in Chinese) I have ever met!|
|The sweetest "a-ma" (grandma in Chinese) I have ever met! The strawberries in the backyard are apparently a famous picture.|
|Another wonderful family!|
|This is the car we travel in to go out in the city|
After clinicals we usually go out and do something fun! The first night we went and got a shoulder and foot massage, and a foot wash. These massages do not feel good. I repeat, they do no feel good. They hurt! Instead of massaging muscles, I am pretty sure they are massaging bone. "Softer" in Chinese is one word that I quickly learned. Another night we went to a Lion's baseball game. We walked into the stadium as tourists and walked out celebrities. Literally. We were on the local news that night. American's are a big deal. Especially when there is a group of 12 white girls dancing to Lady Gaga on the jumbo tron. Good times!
|Love the flags!|
|Ignore the nastiness that are trying to be bangs|
|Two of the doctors that have been hanging out with us|
Oh, and because this is about 93% of my daily views, I thought it should part of yours as well...