Being Sick as an Expat in Thailand

We have been in quarantine this week…

Yep, the people in this house have been sick, sick, sick lately. Except for me! Well, except for my appendicitis, but that was  over a month ago and I am fully healed (even able to do push-ups again, woo hoo! Well, 8 push-ups, but it’s a start). I am just so thankful that I remained unscathed by the germs that have infected our little family. Thankful for many reasons, but mostly so that I could help Z and Chad rest and heal.

I know you want all the details, right?!  Well, Chad picked up a nasty E.Coli strain that left him bed bound for over a week, and it may have been from one of our favorite new restaurants, which makes it doubly sad. It has reaffirmed my thoughts that we should eat clean and try to stick with fare that is grown locally. I have found that the food poisoning problems here are caused more from the imported meats and fare.  Well, at least with our family that has been the case.

Chad is now on the mend and is slowly starting to live life as normal. Hooray!

Z developed a double ear infection that was so bad one of her ear drums ruptured. Seriously, I have never felt so powerless as a mother as when Z woke up screaming because her ears hurt. I can remember having ear infections as a child, but honestly cannot remember the actual pain, so I am hoping that she will forget it as well. Since that horrible sleepless night, she has been a complete trooper. In fact, she was asking to go back to school the next day.  Kids are just  amazing.

Z is back at school today after much begging on her part and I am hoping and praying that she is well enough (it has been almost a week). We shall see later today.  (***She did great!***)

So I bet the question on everyone’s mind is, “How is it being sick while being an expat in Thailand?” Well, it is the same as when you are in the USA. Except the medical treatment is CHEAP, the doctors are happy and respected, and the care you receive is thorough and extensive. I admit that we are still newbies here in Phuket, so I do still compare the prices of EVERYTHING to the price I would pay in the States. Expats who have lived here a very long time, may not agree with fact that the care is inexpensive, but I do not think anyone could say that the care is shoddy or at all like we are living in a developing country. I can completely and utterly understand why people travel here just for medical procedures. So if you need some medical or dental care, come to Phuket! Let’s hang out!

Now onto my photos for the week! Sue from Travel Tales of Life had the awesome idea that I should focus more on my photos when I am feeling like writing is too much for me. While this week’s show nothing from that yet, I plan on doing so from now on! Thank you for the idea, Sue!

Z playing under the table at my favorite restaurant, The Beach Bar.
Z playing under the table at my favorite restaurant, The Beach Bar. Why would any 4 year old want to do anything else at a beach restaurant?
Christmas time decorations are in full swing at the mall near our house. And apparently part of them are in the Disney theme... I wonder if Disney knows this? Haha
Christmas time decorations are in full swing at the mall near our house. And apparently part of them are in the Disney theme… I wonder if Disney knows this? Haha
And more Christmas at the mall. The American Thanksgiving is not really celebrated here so that is the reason Christmas starts so early.
And more Christmas at the mall. The American Thanksgiving is not really celebrated here so that is the reason Christmas festivities starts so early.
My first acrylic painting. (And, yes Terri, that is an apple this time, hahah).
My first acrylic painting. (And, yes Terri, that is an apple this time, hahah).
This poor red fox was for sale at the mall a few weeks ago. It was going for 45000 baht and apparently eats Purina Dog Chow. Poor thing. Seeing it like this made my stomach turn.
This poor red fox was for sale at the mall a few weeks ago. It was going for 45,000 baht and apparently eats Purina Dog Chow. Poor thing. Seeing it like this made my stomach turn.
Along with the Christmas decorations comes Cinderellas enchanted pumpkin carriage. It makes sense, right?  As you can tell there is always a huge amount of photo opportunities in Thai malls.
Along with the Christmas decorations comes Cinderellas enchanted pumpkin carriage. It makes sense, right?
As you can tell there is always a huge amount of photo opportunities in Thai malls.
I had to leave you with a laugh... I have never seen or heard of these before... have you?
I had to leave you with a laugh… I have never seen or heard of these before… have you?

Happy Monday everyone! xoxox

  16 comments for “Being Sick as an Expat in Thailand

  1. mamabyfire
    November 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Glad the family is feeling better. It always seems like when one person is sick, everybody else gets something too. The fox is sad. Is he going to be a pet? Seems like they would just run away, unless they’re always kept in the cage. Yikes! That last photo, the bust roller? I have no idea what that is for. Lol!!
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    • andthreetogo
      November 24, 2015 at 10:03 am

      The fox is really sad. I saw someone holding it, so I think it is rather tame. But I don’t know how it works exactly. I kind of wanted to get the busy roller and try it… But then I thought, maybe it’s to make my boobs smaller and that is NOT what I want haha

  2. Patricia
    November 24, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Not sure but i think you roll the bust roller over your bust and its supposed to make it perkier? Just guessing from the pic but its a hilarious product. Poor Z! Ear aches are the worse and it may be worse to be the mama and have to watch your baby in pain? so poor Jenny too! Glad every ones doing better! Ps found out were having a boy!?

    • andthreetogo
      November 24, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Maybe I should buy it then hahaha!
      Another boy!!!!! Congrats. Oh my goodness. The Mitchell grandkids are finally getting more boys! 🙂 Jaidyn must be soooo excited!

  3. Cyndie Tobin
    November 24, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Oh man, hugs to you all!!!
    Love the photos and your painting!!!

    • andthreetogo
      November 24, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Thanks Auntie Cyndie!

  4. Frei
    November 24, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Good to hear you’re all feeling better!

    Totally agree to the price and care here in Phuket Hospitals. Although sometimes I would like to ask the nurses not to follow exact protocol. We’ve been going through some things here, and by following protocol they have been so unconsidered with my feelings… But that probably happens everywhere 😉
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    • andthreetogo
      November 25, 2015 at 10:25 am

      At least there is an excuse of language and culture differences here. Back home the nurses are just overworked and often unhappy. 🙂
      I hope everything is okay and you solve the thing soon!

  5. Joy
    November 24, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Still giggling over that last picture!! The fox though is so sad, never seen anything like that before. Love the pumpkin carriage too.
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    • andthreetogo
      November 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

      It is hilarious isn’t it. I am wondering if I should go buy it, test it out and write a post about it. It would be so fun and humorous!
      I am sad to say that the fox debacle is not that uncommon here. Thailand is far behind in the fair treatment of animals. It is a sad state of affairs.

  6. Lani
    November 24, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Bust roller? Good god, no I have never seen that and I don’t think running a toy car over my chest would help one bit 🙁 555+

    Glad to hear everyone is on the mend. Sheesh. So stressful. Take good care Jenny!
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    • andthreetogo
      November 25, 2015 at 10:51 am

      555 I think I am going to buy one!

  7. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    November 25, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Agh. E. coli at your new favorite restaurant. That is bad. I hate that. Interesting about local foods versus non-local being more likely to cause problems.—And poor Z and her ears. I never had one that bad either, but my sister sure did lots.—I loved seeing the pictures of the mall. I like to see how things compare. The mall looks like…a mall!—Great drawing! Is that a watermelon? (Wink.) Painting must be very soothing. Using a different part of the brain.—Poor fox. Lucky Z in a pumpkin. Boob roller? What in the world? What’s that for? I could see it doing nothing but making me all splotchy!—Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!—-Terri
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    • andthreetogo
      November 25, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Terri I always love your comments!
      Yep the malls here are just like the ones back home but with much smaller sized clothing and shoes haha.
      What watermelon? That’s an orange, you couldn’t tell! Hahah,
      Nah…
      Anyways I love painting because I can focus on creating without looking at a screen… It’s so relaxing actually!
      I have decided I need to buy the boob roller just as an experiment.
      It’s all for the blog you know 😉

  8. Deanna
    December 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Awwwww glad she feels better! I know what you mean about feeling powerless,my little one has this cough that she can’t seem to shake off and she will not take the antibiotic that the doctor prescribed for her. She screams bloody murder if I try to give it to her.

    Those mall decorations are hilarious! Totally take advantage of that for photo ops. 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      December 5, 2015 at 7:47 am

      It’s all about the photo ops here. Every company in the mall practically have something set up so people can take pictures of it and advertise for free by the them 😉

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