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Saturday, March 05, 2005

Eul Ji Hospital (alternate title: "Your feet are a little weird")


Yesterday I visited Eul Ji hospital in Daejeon. I was kind of curious about this place because it's new, and it's called an "International Hospital" or clinic or something. I'd heard of a similar hospital in Seoul that Alisa highly recommended, and Karen has already been to Eul Ji here in Daejeon and was very happy with the services there. Most of you know, either because you live in Korea or because you've heard me complain, that dealing with doctors here can be a little frustrating. I'm sure they're highly skilled as any other country, but cultural differences and communication problems get in the way sometimes (I can hear some of you Daejeon-ites chuckling now at my masterful understatement). I won't get into details, because most of you have heard the stories before or have your own firsthand experience. Also, I don't really want to use this page simply to bitch about Korea.

Well, Eul Ji turned out to be just as glorious as promised. That place is decked out. Needless to say, I was glad I'd made an effort to dress myself in matching socks that day. When the taxi dropped me off my first impression was that it looked like a resort or a shopping mall, and once I was inside it was more of the same. Marble! Glass! Steel! Wood laminate! Skylights! And then, because no scene in Korea would be complete with out a few incongruous and puzzling details - Velvet covered piano! Grandfather clock! That gave me something to think about while I waited for the international clinic nurse to arrive and guide me around.

The international clinic nurse took me every place I needed to go. Billing, then to the orthapedic department, down to X-rays and back. She was very helpful and her English was good. The doctor I saw also spoke excellent English and was kind and approachable. After going over all the x-rays with me he said that he could see from the way I stood and from the examination that my feet were "not abnormal exactly", but in medical terms, "Your feet are a little weird." He said that some people have flat feet (puts his hand flat on the desk), and some people have high arches (made a little arch on the desk), but that I had an extremely high arch that made me walk on the outside of my feet and on the back of my heels. He told me the name for this, which to my ears sounded like "Caveman Bear Feet". He repeated it again later and I still didn't catch it. I'm sure that's not what he actually said.

Anyways, long story short, I can go back for more expensive tests if I wish. He did suggest a custom-made insole, so I may go that route again. More exciting though, was the hospital's automated x-ray and file delivery system. This little box ran on a track attached to the ceiling, like a train, and went wherever it was programmed to go, delivering files. How cool is that? Or is it standard and I'm just out of touch?

p.s. I'm a little worried that writing about my feet could be considered a new low in the very short life of my blog. Really though, I was writing about the cool hospital - my feet just happened to be there. Ummm...hey, look! I changed the website of the week!  Posted by Hello

5 Comments:

At 10:19 p.m., Anonymous Priscilla said...

I think you were a bit generous with the "cultural differences and communication problem" bit.That place sounds weird...esp the piano.Hope you get better treatment for your feet,lade!

 
At 12:03 p.m., Anonymous Dawn said...

I think your feet look fantastic. What do doctor's know anyways?!?

hehe

 
At 12:50 p.m., Blogger Paula said...

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At 1:00 p.m., Blogger Paula said...

I'm glad you don't think my feet are freaky Dawn. They were beginning to develop a complex. Hey, I thought of you yesterday when I stumbled on this silly llama song. For some reason I thought "I can see Dawn singing this". Here's the link if you want to check it out:

http://albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama.php

 
At 12:36 a.m., Anonymous Dawn said...

That's so funny, I know the one you mean!! it's hillarious! And, yes, I have sung it!

 

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