Yup. So I’m sitting here in a hospital in Tokyo, bored out of my mind. It’s been one heck of an adventure and I’m reaching the climax.
Anyone who has been following my twitter the past year might remember that my tonsils got swollen 3 times. The previous year it was twice. I’ve pretty much had it with these things and finally decided to get them taken out.
A lot of factors held me back though at first; when, money, and most importantly, where. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Japanese medicine (I think it’s too weak for my big American body and they give way too many different things when it can all be solved with 1 pill) but I do enjoy the national health insurance here. It’s easier for me to stay here than do it than spend a grand on a plane home just to sit in pain (and pay more for the surgery afterwards)
It also took some time to find a doctor willing to do it. All 5-6 times they have gotten infected in Japan I’ve gone to about 4 different doctors and asked them if its possible to take them out. All of them were every hesitant saying that no one ever does that any more and that they don’t recommend it. But there are only so many antibiotics that’s one can take before they stop working.
As a singer this is dangerous. Out of the 3 times they got infected last year 2 were right before shows. Lucky they were smaller events and I was able to cancel but still canceling on the same friend sucks. I want to get these things removed before it happens at something big.
So finally a friend from work said she wanted to get her tonsils taken out too. She recommended me to an ENT who has a son that specializes in the surgery. Finally a doctor who didn’t hesitate and said OK to the idea. I met with him and he speaks (enough) English so I feel a little better about the whole thing.
But still coming to the hospital on my own for blood work and all that jazz was not easy. My Japanese is very poor and you can imagine me trying to get any of this medical mumbo jumbo. It’s basically me going on trust and trying to tell them the only thing I really have is a tiny heart murmur which shouldn’t be such a big deal.
I have to stay in the hospital for at least a week until the doctor says its ok for me to go home. At first I thought this was strange. I’ve been reading up on the surgery and recovery and it seems like everyone in the US gets sent home right after to fend for themselves. I also screamed thinking “Ahhhh! How much is it gonna cost to stay in the hospital!?!” But good old national health care (America should really hop on that) and I can pay in installments.
Today my BF came with me. Glad he was here for the start. But sitting here in this room (with 3 other people) can be kinda boring and its his day off so I told him to go and do things. He’s gonna come early tomorrow to be with me before and after the actual surgery.
This hospital is super dry. I mean my lips chap every 5mins and I’m ashy as hell. I’m so glad invested in a tiny humidifier and remembered to bring it with me. I think because of the dry air recovering might be very painful. But the again I’m in a hospital so I should have all the drugs ever at my disposal… All the Japanese drugs ….
Anyway the nurses are trying really hard at English. One doctor can’t speak but he pretty much wrote everything down on a mini white board that I brought with me as well for when I can’t talk.
The one thing that really throws me off about this place is that they don’t give you anything to drink. Not ever WATER! Like Dude! It’s flipping water. The easiest thing in the world. You give me meals but you can’t give me water? So I had go to the convenience store to get some.
Anyway the nurse made me take some sleeping pills and surprisingly then are taking effect as we speak. I’ll update again after the surgery ~