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Published: February 4th 2018
Park near bus stop.
This is the bus stop for GVL.
The map is to show you the travel route via bus that I take every day to get from the dorm to work at PVL.
Unfortunately dormitory living is conducive to the spread of viruses and bacteria. Right from the beginning (for me Jan. 22nd) people started getting sick. I avoided them, wore a mask, washed my hands, used hand sanitizer, got alot of sleep, drank lots of fluids - but the big bad virus got me anyway. On Friday I felt sick so I asked Kang, the Korean volunteer on Team USA, for help with the clinic. He made phone calls to see if I could avoid going to the clinic at GVL (I would need to take a bus). They told him I could go to the clinic at the hockey rink nearby our dormitory. So I walked over there and almost made a complete circle around the hockey rink before I asked someone where the clinic was. A Korean man brought me over to a door, but a security guy wouldn't let us through. I called Kang, he talked to the guy, and they let me through. The clinic gave me one day's worth of medicine and
I'm eating lots of ramen. I don't want to walk to the cafeteria in this cold weather.
told me to go to another clinic or hospital if I didn't get better. I had my roommates bringing me ramen. I had mucinex, echinacea, zinc, emergen-c, tea, coffee, theraflu & an inhaler. So what happened? I got worse.
On Saturday, I stayed home because I didn't want to deal with the buses to get to a clinic. My roommates are working with their teams (Sabria with France and Stephanie with Kazakstan) and I'm so jealous because Stephanie went to Opening Ceremony rehearsal. My own NOC Assistant Team is suffering: Georgena got sick on Thursday, I got sick on Friday, Kang got sick on Saturday, Tammy asked for the day off Saturday, so Iilya was the only one working on Saturday. Iilya also went to Opening Ceremony rehearsal.
On Sunday I decided I needed to go to the clinic or hospital. Our information emails told us they had a contract with a hospital & if we needed to go there we could, but to call first. My friend Tatjiana (Team Netherlands NOC Assistant) is very sick so I told her we should go together. I called and they said we needed to go to GVL Medical Clinic first
Where Tatjiana & I finally got checked.
and if they couldn't treat us there to go to the hospital. We got on on the 10:45 bus to GVL, went through security & to the Plaza Clinic. He wanted to give me the same medicine I already had. I told him what the instructions were per the phone call & he sent us to NOC Services. We went there and had to convince them that we needed to go to the hospital, per phone instructions. They brought us to the Polyclinic (which is supposed to be for athletes but I guess they make exceptions). We got examinations there and prescription medicine. If we don't get better in 3 days we can go directly back to the Polyclinic & skips the steps we went through today.
I'm sooooo unhappy about being sick because the athletes arrived, we have a welcome ceremony on Feb. 5th and it's questionable that I could make that. I missed the Opening Ceremony rehearsal. But it's also very important to not be around the athletes when sick.
I included a few websites that could be interesting to you.
Tristan your homework assignment: when it is noon on February 3 in Arkansas, what
time is it in PyeongChang, South Korea?
Till next time,
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