Thursday, January 04, 2007


When I leave Korea, I will probably have Superman's immune system.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to go even one week healthy while being here. The virus my body is currently playing host to has ravaged me. I have had chills and a fever for nearly two days. Achy joints, sinus congestion, a runny nose and a horrific cough.

I was able to go to the pharmacy this morning and fortunately the clerk spoke English. Despite his English skills he nearly sold me a laxative instead of the decongestant I had asked for (that would have been interesting). On the plus side...they do have Robitussin in Korea.

We see so many different students from different schools that they must just think we are a petri dish waiting for the next experimental line of bacteria.

In the December issue of Men's Health, they cited bacteria counts per square inch on the average professional's clothing. The results: Lawyers - 900, Doctors - 2,620, Bankers - 5,400, Accountants - 6, 030. Any guesses as to how many bacteria per square inch they found on the average teachers clothes? A whopping 17,800!! No wonder I'm sick all the time.
But just think what I'll be like when my resistance has built up. No one will be able to stop me. I'll be invincible!


Anonymous said...

Interesting how the number of bacteria increases as the pay decreases!

WF said...

Excellent analysis! So is it really a fair trade off? Teachers don't get paid well but in turn they suffer through horrific bouts of colds to come out with a strong immune system. The immune system I built up teaching in the States was worthless when I moved to Korea.

MKO said...

Hi, I'm living in Seoul, Korea at the moment and would love to know where you found Robitussin. I've been looking all over for it. Hope you can help..~marcus

WF said...

I think I found the Robitussin at HomePlus. If not there, it might have been at our little black market American goods store. Lots of stuff was smuggled off the base. Good luck in your search.