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TL;DR – Health Care in Korea

August 15, 2013

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Martina’s sick today. And I’m writing this and I’m starting to feel sick. Marriage: you can share everything, including your viruses! Ah my eyes burn. Anyhow, I’m feeling woozy so this might be a bit of a silly post. First, let me direct you to one of our really old videos, before we felt comfortable on camera at all and were super awkward. Here’s our Korean cold medicine video:

You can see jjuk in that video. The stuff we made today did not look like that because Martina slow cooked two chickens with onions and celery and used the broth to make her jjuk. She even sautéed some onions, ginger, garlic, tossed in some Korean dried dates and it was SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD! And normally I hate jjuk. Anyhow, we’re gonna tell you some stories about health care and more about how to get medicine from pharmacists in Korea.

Magic Needle to the Ass

One of the things we didn’t talk about was magic-needle-to-the-ass. People who have been in Korea might know what we’re talking about. Needle to the ass. Feeling sick? Doctor’s got a needle to put in your ass for that! I thought they just did that in movies. I never got needled to the ass in Canada. I usually just get them in the shoulders. In Korea, though, the preferred method is in the ass. We have friends who went to the hospital, didn’t speak Korean, got needle to the ass, and miraculous recovery. WHAT IS IN THIS CONCOCTION!!

Point is: I’m not sure what’s in these needles, but they work. Have a cold that feels more severe than a real cold? Needle to the ass! God inexplicable groin pain that first made doctors think you’re about to die? Needle to the ass! Maybe one day you will experience this glory.

OH WAIT! Martina once got the Korean needle to the ass, but she wasn’t sick. She was trying to rescue a scared kitten crying in the park at 1AM during a thunder storm. When she tried to grab it, it mauled her hand and took a big kitten chunk out of her finger. She shamefully walked over to the hospital with her drippy bloody finger and because she’s allergic to cats and her finger was all gross and swollen and pink. She was getting all puffy and itchy and trying to explain the story to the nurses was HIIII-larious. They were like, “why would you touch a wild cat?” we’re like, “IT WAS A LOST KITTEN DON’T YOU SEE???!!!” Anyways, after we got super judged by the nurses for poor behaviour, they gave Martina some anti-infection/rabies shot to the ass. Poor Martina. She still brought that ungrateful kitten a can of tuna after that.

Korean Pharmacy Life Hack

Now, we’re not doctors in any way, shape or form, except when we act like certifieded doctors for Music Monday. These are just some of the things we’ve learned to ask for when we’re looking for medicine in Korea. A lot of this stuff is over the counter in Canada, but some of it isn’t so in Korea, but I’ve found that pharmacies aren’t necessarily uniform in their regulations. Some follow it, some don’t. Point is, we’re not doctors, so don’t take our word on this here. Do the research yourself. I’m refusing all liability if you do something and explode from death.

Also, some of the medicine you might be used to are combinations of some of these things, so, if there’s some medicine you’re used to, just get a list of the medical ingredients and a better understanding of what works for you, so you can ask for the ingredients rather than the brand when you’re in Korea. It’s also useful for when you’re in other countries. Martina got a cold when we were in Japan last, and so we just asked for the ingredients, which are universally named. Booya!

List of Common Medicines

Tylenol = Acetaminophen
Advil = Ibuprofen
Robaxacet = Methocarbamol
Getting Rid of Dry Cough/Cough Suppressant = Antitussant
Getting rid of a Mucousy Cough = Expectorant
Allegra = Fexofenadine
Sudafed (or anything else for stuffy noses) = Pseudoephedrine

Now, an interesting note. This last one (Pseudoephedrine) might not be given to you in a high dose by an over the counter pharmacist, they’ll say you need a prescription. This didn’t happen to us the first 4 years we were in Korea but recently it seems Korea is trying to crack down on illegal drug creation, more specifically meth. Any Breaking Bad fans out there? Yeah, so we were really baffled when it happened, but that’s what our local pharmacist told us. It super sucks because our sinus infections are wicked bad and require extra strength but it seems now we require a prescription to get that and AIN’T NO ONE GOT TIME FOR THAT! Australia, when we visit we will make a trip to the pharmacist.

Terms For Being Sick

So for those of you currently in Korea or planning on moving here, here is a little list of terms we put together that I hope you find helpful when you’re sick in Korea.

Stuffy Nose/ A Cold 감기 kam–gee
A Cough 기침 gee-chim
Runny Nose aka Snotty McSnotterson 코물 koh-mool (which literally means nose water! Hahahahh I LOVE IT)
Sore Throat 목아프다 or 목쓰림 mohk ah-poo-dah/mohk sseu-reem
The Flu 독감 Dok-gam
Barfing 구토 Gu-toe (FYI the “sound” of barfing in Korean is “UUUUUEEEHHKKK” but I liked to use “TOOOOEEEEEEE” which always made my students laugh)
DIHHARREEEHHAA 설사 seol-sa (or as I say, “SALSA PARTY!” and then I dance the salsa before running away sadly)
Constipation 변비 byeong-bee
Fever 고열 goyeol

Onto those things involving PAIN which always end with = 통 THAT TONG TONGTONGTONGTOOOooOOOONGG! Get it? Guise? Ahem…

A Headache 두통 Du-tong
A Toothache 치통 Chee-tong
Tummyache 복통 bok-tong
Girly cramps for that time of the month 생리통 saeng-retong (or secret term between girlfriends “ma-jik” aka MAGIC *Martina breaks in singing MAAAAAAGIC MAAAAAGIC MAAAAAGIC, OHMO OH MO OH MO…)

Korean Health Care Locations

This may not seem that important, but a couple notes on this. First of all, everything in Korea is stacked vertically so you might not expect to find your local Dentist on the 15th floor but that’s actually a normal thing, so learning the Korean words for health clinics can help you find one where you least expect it. Pharmacies are normally on ground level and dentists usually have teeth or other obvious things, but the E.N.T and Oriental Clinics are much craftier to find. Also, if you’re ever in an emergency and hop in a taxi, you can just tell them BYUNGWON. Here are some of the other names you might need:

– Pharmacy 약국 yahk-gook (medicine is just 약, so we always joke about being sick by saying we need to find a YAAAAAKKK)
– 
Hospital 병원 Byeong-won
– 
Dentist 치과 Chee-gwah
– 
Oriental Medicine Clinic 한의원 Haneewon
– 
E.N.T 이비인후과 ee-bee-en-hoo-gwaah BUT just “ee-en-tee” can be enough for people to understand you if you charade enough.

The E.N.T, aka Ears, Nose, and Throat specialists, are very common near universities and have all types of funky things for when you’re suffering from a severe cold, like hot air breathing machines with masks and warm cup things that look like big headphones to comfort your ears during infections. A visit to one of these without health care and no appointment (all you have to do is sign up and wait) cost me under $20.00.

I Can See Your Insides

Another story: Martina had some wicked painful heartburn a while ago, when she was still teaching. Turns out she was drinking green tea like water + coffee + eating spicy food and the combo was burning her esophagus from all the acidity. When we went to the hospital to check it out, we had to make an appointment to see the specialist and they put a camera down her throat. I was in the waiting room, and the nurse told me to look for screen number 7. Turns out there’s a big TV in the room with a bunch of squares. Square number 7 was going to be Martina’s innards. They broadcast that on TV in the hospitals! All the other peeps waiting for their loved ones are just sitting around me watching the screen. Woohoo! It kinda took our relationship to a new level. I saw the inside of Martina’s throat and stomach. Love, right there, boys and girls. That’s love. We opted for that version because that was the cheapest version. Turns out they also had pill cams. PILL CAMS! You swallow a pill and it’s a gortdamned camera that records what’s inside you and you just poop it out and doctors can watch that movie or put it on YouTube or something, I don’t know. I bet you there’s a secret YouTube channel known only to Koreans and it only shows people’s innards and its got a million subscribers. I’d subscribe to that.

Speaking of subscribing, if you like these TL;DRs, you should subscribe to us on YouTube! We’ll do more of them and talk about other experiences we’ve had in Korea.

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  1. hi guys

    i’ve got a question is it true that most americans can’t take korean medicine because its different

    2 years ago
  2. Amusingly, you can’t be admitted into a hospital unless you are going to be receiving help from them ie. getting an op done there, etc.. Otherwise, you’ll literally be abandoned aside by the nurses. And they expect you to pretty much do everything on your own, be it going to the bathroom.

    2 years ago
  3. Amusingly, you can’t be admitted into a hospital unless you are going to be receiving help from them ie. getting an op done there, etc.. Otherwise, you’ll literally be abandoned aside by the nurses. And they expect you to pretty much do everything on your own, be in going to the bathroom.

    2 years ago
  4. Meg

    I don’t have insurance right now and I am so so SO sick. For about the past 4 days. My mom wanted to take me to Urgent Care but I told her the only time I see a doctor now is if I literally have a limb falling off or I passed out an am otherwise unable to actually stop anyone from taking me. The minute I wake up though I will be outtie! I will give them a fake name and everything, I will not let those evil money grubbers get to me!

    But I actually do need to get insurance soon cause I will be fined now for not having it :(

    I’m just gonna move to Korea. I’ll pretend to be a Russian and maybe get a Ajushhi Sugar Daddy?

    …this meds are seriously ruining me right now.

    2 years ago
  5. If I get really deadly sick, it will literally be cheaper to fly to Korea, pay the expenses, and then fly back than get treated in the US. -_- How sad.

    3 years ago
  6. I’m living in Korean right now! This nasty weather however has made me have a bad cold going on for 3 weeks. I went to see a doctor in Buncheon, but he was not very helpful and there hasn’t been improvement on my cold. :( Can you recommend any good places for foreigners to go that are good?

    3 years ago
  7. good to hear that korea has a good health care system. i live in the US and recently went thru two major surgeries for a burst appendix. you know how much i got charged in total? roughly $102,000. ONE HUNDRED AND TWO THOUSAND FREAKING DOLLARS. luckily i had medicaid and it happened 2 months before my 19th bday so it paid for all of that shit but still, absolutely ridiculous how it is here.

    4 years ago
  8. I really get the impression that in Korea (and Asia in general) there’s much less of a sense of personal space and privacy; not that it’s bad but just a really interesting cultural difference. In Australia people would freak out completely if their private innards were broadcast to an entire waiting room!

    4 years ago
  9. Also ask your pharmacist to help you when to take the drugs(6-6h, 8-8h, …) and if before, during or after meal.
    If you get worse you might need antibiotics.
    Oh, and I feel for you guys! I’m on my holidays on the beach but I’m sick too!!! So no outings for me!! Shucks!! I’ll just watch your videos and GOT!=)

    Here you have a picture of a lota ( you put warm water with a teaspoon of salt)
    http://www.yantar-ecotienda.com/tienda/1457-2599-large/lota-adulto-higiene-nasal.jpg

    4 years ago
  10. Regarding the multiple screens, my dad was brought to the hospital for what turned out to be an atrial flutter. They fixed it, and he’s fine now. But they didn’t want him to leave until they fixed it, so we had our Christmas Eve/Day celebrations that year in the hospital (and my dad had his surgery on the 27th. He came home after that, and I delayed my return to Canada and to work so I could spend more time with him, you know, out of the hospital).

    One day, while I was visiting him, he brought me out to the nurses’ station in his section and showed me a monitor. That monitor has split screens, and each screen had a number that corresponded with a patient’s room. My dad showed me his. Then he jumped around a little bit, trying to make the heart monitor jump.

    When i was recovering from my spinal fusion, I was hooked up to a heart monitor. Every time I had to get up to go to the washroom, I had to be unhooked and every time I got back into bed, I had to be hooked back up again. It got to the point where I got so tired of those fiddly little wires that I didn’t want them hooked back up. So my dad didn’t.

    That alarmed some people: “my” screen at the nurses’ station suddenly going blank? No wonder people came running into my room. They understood once we explained the situation. It was my spine that was recovering, not my heart.

    4 years ago
  11. Get well soon Martina! I would send you a care package of wonderful North American comfort food but I’m pretty sure you’ll be 100% again by the time it would get there…You too Simon, feel better guys!

    4 years ago
  12. In Brazil we have a Needle-in-the-ass too, it’s called benzetacil. I think that the real name is benzilpeniciline, or something like that. Is super awesome, it works for almost everything. The downside is, it hurts really bad. People cry taking it. I actually have never had it for my mom has never let me. She says it’s better to spend a week on antibiotics, even if you feel like crap.

    4 years ago
  13. Hey, guys. I noticed something that looks like it might be a typo in your description of Korean sick terms. For “Constipation,” you wrote 변비 (byeon-bee), and then romanized it as byeong-bee? I know it’s minor, but I just wanted to make sure you knew.

    4 years ago
  14. I know of the needle-to-the-ass well, only with me it’s two & I’m sure its a completely different concoction then what you have. I suffer from ice pick migraines and the only thing that cures them are two needles in my butt (the doctor told me once that its better to have them in the most fleshy part of my body because it will get into my system quicker) they knock me out for twelve hours & I wake up feeling good as new. Get well soon Martina & Simon, we need you healthy for your Australia trip.
    Do you have the flu shot in Korea ?

    4 years ago
  15. It’s a good thing you named the medicine in the blogpost so people traveling to Korea, might know what to look for in case of sickness…

    Korea isn’t the only one where you need a recipe for pretty much everything.(except for cold purpose drinks : Fervex it’s perfect! but don’t know if other countries have it….and except for throat candy) and I can understand their policies. Many people don’t have the time or money to go to the doctor or hospital (not to mention ginormous lines to wait and you come back home even more sickened than you were initially…from all the sick people around you) so they buy medicine that THEY think it’s good for them. Some of the times the disease goes away but if the disease doesn’t go away and in the end … they still have to go to the doctor. Moral of the story is… if you take those medicine that you thought first to be helpful, but aren’t …those damage your stomach… even prescribed medicine by the book…damage your stomach but in a smaller amount.

    I’ve had some pretty scary experiences with “doctors” and I’m terrified of going to one in the future but I haven’t been to the doctor (physical) doctor for the past two years. I’ve been consuming aloe vera gel and eating a small piece of garlic every morning and that just solved it. I just can’t imagine how someone in Korea can catch a cold with all those spicy foods around… or is it that once you consume too much of it… the body gets too used to it and it doesn’t have any effect?

    About “I can see your insides” story…. *sigh* Martina, this is the first time I feel like scolding you!! “green tea like water + coffee” …coffee has already the property of fast digestion… if you drink green tea on top of it … that’s like doubling the effect + spicy food… I don’t even want to think about it > . < "Turns out" Simon…*sigh* please keep an eye on Martina from now and then will you? (it wouldn't hurt if you checked online with healthy eating tips either…or better ask a nutritionist…. now and then :P)

    Take care of yourselves guise! Martina is far more sick then I imagined….take this chance to get some more rest… ( I feel like I'd be a total nagger in your presence… for good reason of course! :P)

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

    4 years ago
  16. That’s exactly why healthcare in the US will never be cheap. Very few people in the US will agree to be taxed the amount it would cost to provide national health care coverage to provide everyone with affordable health care. Did you see the intense fight against Obama care, we ended up with a fragmented plan that ultimately doesn’t solve the cost issue at all. I’m sure Canada’s taxes and Korea’s taxes are substantial compared to the US. Plus the diversity of the US I think plays a large role in preventing progress, because some groups of people don’t want to “have to pay for other people or immigrants or ‘lazy people on Medicaid’-no offence to anybody, just showing some people’s views-“. Whereas in Korea, with more homogeneity, people feel more obligated to help their fellow countrymen out, even though it means they recieve a smaller paycheck in the end. I think for Canada, the culture of the country is just nicer than the US, which is why it works there (but not everyone likes it). Also, the US allows companies to hold their patents on medications and medical equipment and devices for longer and thus companies charge insane amounts in the US to cover for the loss of money outside of the US where they cannot charge outrageous prices. Thus medications that are not generic (brand name drugs) are so much more expensive in the US, where as outside the US, most of them are generic versions and much much cheaper. Also, in the US, protection against litigation is prohibitively expensive, and in a culture that readily sues for anything, medical practices, from individual doctors to hospitals have to cover their butts and order a bunch of redundant and possibly unnecessary tests to make sure nothing can come back to bite them later. Believe me, as a resident doctor, it kills me how expensive everything is in health care. More and more of the newer generation doctors are pushing for some kind of universal affordable healthcare system. On the other hand, most graduating doctors only start earning money in their late 20s to 30s, working less than minimum wage per # hours working in our resident years, while having at least 200,000-300,000 if not more dollars in debt from loans going through college and med school (as well as give up most of our social life through our 20s). Then after that we get burned out from the piles of paperwork and fighting with insurance companies (seeing patients is the best part of the day, but they don’t see all the work surrounding that, 15 minutes with a patient = 30 minutes at least of additional documentation, follow up, dealing with crappy insurance companies). So that leads to doctors with far less drive to fight the cost battle. Ultimately there are a lot of reasons why the US healthcare system costs so much and sucks so much, but it is so darn difficult to change.
    My 2 cents, sorry it got a lot longer than I expected it to be. Sorry for the essay.

    4 years ago
  17. How did you get memmers if Martina’s allergic to cats?

    4 years ago
  18. Even though you guys are sick, (get well soon!!) I really like the new “setting” for this video :D

    4 years ago
  19. I heard evening primrose pills were good for those. check on the internet for more info

    4 years ago
  20. Good luck getting any medication with Pseudoephedrine in while you’re here (Australia). More often than not the pharmacy refuse to sell it to you “without a script”.

    4 years ago
  21. Can you guys talk about your honeymoon? I wanna see the last part of your relationship TL;DR thingy!

    4 years ago
  22. Hah. You just reminded me of the last time my family and I were in Japan, I got really sick and while we were at Tokyo Disneyland I spent most of the day ass-up in the medical clinic there getting shots in the bumcheek :( So I don’t think it’s just Korea that they do this.

    4 years ago
  23. Sorry just bein’ nit picky but

    Robaxin = Methocarbamol
    Robaxacet = Methocarbamol with Acetaminophen
    Robaxasal = Methocarbamol with ASA (acetylsalicylic acid aka Aspirin)
    Robax Platinum = Methocarbamol with Ibuprofen

    4 years ago
  24. health care in Philippines, Kind of sucked… Medicines are expensive, every thing they do to you has payment… government hospitals are waaayyy cheaper but ugh… don’t want to talk about it anymore…. *sobs*

    4 years ago
  25. I recently got a “magic shot” in my butt when I went to the hospital in the US. It was Toroidal, which is the same family of medicine as Ibuprofen. I felt amazing within 15 minutes after being absolutely miserable.

    4 years ago
  26. I think they’d done a TL;DR on this. Also for further information go onto Talk To Me In Korean’s website… they had some sort of interview with two(?) people about that topic, I believe.

    4 years ago
  27. You can find out what the active (medicinal) ingredients are in your favourite over-the-counter medicines by either checking the manufacturer’s website or Wikipedia. It’s amazing how many familiar products have different formulations in different countries depending on the rules in each area (sounds like Canada is one of the rare countries where pseudophedrine is still available, wow!)

    4 years ago
  28. I had a cold/fever for a week before my co-teachers convinced me to go the the “hospital” with them. The side of effects of the medicine were falling asleep five minutes after taking the medicine – no matter what I was doing (made teaching really difficult) and I couldn’t hold my hands still, they were shaking as though I had parkinsons. So that was bad, but on the other hand, I cut my little finger open while washing up (glass exploded!) and took a taxi to the university hospital in Seoul at 1 am. I got 3 x-rays and a urine sample test thing before they stitched me up. It cost a little over $100 for that and my subsequent bandage changes I went to a little clinic where they charge $2 every 2 days including the day they removed my stitches. Pretty good, but then again, I’m from the UK so all of that would have been free.

    4 years ago
  29. Aww that’s too bad that Martina is sick :( i hope you feel better! It was nice to see you film at home again though! There’s something comforting and (pardon the pun) homey and warm when you film at home again versus at the EYK studio. Don’t get me wrong, i really appreciate the work you’ve been able to do with the studio but it just feel nice to be “welcome into your home” again i guess ^_^”

    4 years ago
  30. Ooh. Fun fact: “Jjuk” (what is the hangul for that btw?) sounds really similar to 粥 which is “zuk1” in Cantonese (“zhōu” in Mandarin) and it’s English translation is simply rice “porridge”.. it’s also refereed to as “congee” or “gruel”.

    4 years ago
    • Yum, congee. :D

      4 years ago
    • That always drives me crazy when I see it translated as “gruel”. Porridge is what Goldilocks ate. Porridge evokes images of sitting in a rocking chair by a warm fire on a winter day. Gruel is what prisoners and poor street waifs from a Dickens story eat, or possibly Galley slaves who sweat and toil while pulling on a giant oar in unison. In other words, marketing wise, it’s always best to call it porridge.

      4 years ago
      • Ditto that!! Hahaha. I totally agree… and just call it “rice porridge” when explaining it to anybody who doesn’t know what it is because most people who don’t know what it is would not know what “congee” is either. I don’t even know how to pronounce “congee” in English D: supposedly it’s “kan-ji” or something close?

        4 years ago
      • Gruel is a thinner version of porridge.

        4 years ago
  31. My only comeback when people say something bad about Canada, or try do the typical Canadian “eh” accent:

    “I can’t hear you over my free healthcare”

    4 years ago
  32. Martina, i hope you feel better soon. It’s horrible being sick…….. On another note thanks for all the helpful terms in the blog.

    4 years ago
  33. Holy crap, Meemers has learned to teleport!

    4 years ago
  34. My dad used to do the same thing to our horses here in America when I was a kid. Same reason.

    4 years ago
  35. Evidently, there is no HIPPA law in Korea. Everybody watching procedures?! Crazy talk! XD
    Yeah, the camara pills have been around for a while. Though, in America, they don’t like using them often, unless you are REALLY sick and they can’t figure out what is wrong with you.

    4 years ago
  36. I hurt my tail bone like 8 months ago and have been doing PT forever! I’ll ask him for the magic ass needle! Thanks for the advice. Also, dental stuff isn’t that bad! I find it to be about half the price of US dentists! I’m getting the best dental implant available for 2,300,000 W, which included the bone graft. This procedure in the states would have cost me over 5,000 $. Also, most dentists are willing to give discounts to foreigners!

    4 years ago
  37. If you are planning on buying pseudoephedrine in Australia they will ask for ID a will not sell you more then one packet. They also enter your details into a nation wide database to track who is buying it so even if you buy a packet in Sydney then try to buy a packet in Melbourne they will know.

    4 years ago
  38. Another important drug type: Antihistamines! For those like me with more traditional seasonal allergies.

    And as far as I’m hearing, Korea is pretty darn cheap in the hospital and healthcare department. I pay roughly $80 a month in just Insurance premiums for an HMO, and that’s only because I took the higher copay option! It costs just to visit a doctor, nevermind getting a prescription filled or seeing a specialist; all only applicable within the HMO’s ‘network’. Ambulances are just bankruptcies on wheels.

    4 years ago
  39. i think it could be interesting for the TL;DR the theme of how are the bank in Korea? it is the same how in dramas show it or is deppending of the bank.
    and for foreing it is necessary to change of bank? are bank paperwork in Korea complicared?

    4 years ago
  40. Thu

    Pseudoephedrine’s tightly regulated in Australia as well but you can still get it over the counter, you’ll need your ID though! And if you’re looking for acetaminophen in Australia, ask for paracetamol, same thing different names here! (Loved this post btw, I’m studying pharmacy so I got excited over you guys mentioning medicines, I’m a nerd/weird I know haha) See you guys in Melbourne! My sisters and I can’t wait to meet you guys!

    4 years ago
  41. In the United States, well in Texas anyways, doctors usually give penicillin shots in the butt area–I bet that is what your “magic shot” was. The only shots I’ve gotten in my arm were things like flu shots, tetanus shots, and other travel vaccinations.

    4 years ago
    • I think Korean magic shot to the ass is anti-biotic cocktail. SK is #1(yay!) in using(actually abusing) it.

      4 years ago
    • I know that’s the only shot I’ve heard of being given in the butt. Last time I was in need of one, that was an option but I opted for the arm instead. It made my entire arm go numb and lifeless for probably 15 minutes! A butt shot of the stuff probably would have made it hard to sit down…

      4 years ago
  42. Words cannot express how fond I am of the system here. It’s so affordable! Even for the big stuff, like Martina was saying. Of course it’s not perfect, but it’s not the American system, which is completely retarded. I have had many visits to the hospital during my time in Korea so far. I swear, it’s like they’re trying to kill me here! I’ve only had /one/ bad experience, and it was from one of the student doctors or whatever, since I was at a university hospital. Needless to say when I spoke to the staff about it later, I never saw him again. Hah! Take that, you big meanie!

    4 years ago
  43. I sooooooooooooooooo wanna swallow one of those pill cams!!! Never heard of that before but it sounds awesome!!!

    4 years ago
  44. I was in Ajax hospital in Ontario for hypothermia. Complained about also having back pain, got a needle in the ass :|
    Right away, no more back pain, but instead…butt pain D: Waited around 2 hours before seeing a doctor. Not too bad

    Whereas in Montreal, I’ve waited 8 hours before seeing a doctor Q_Q y quebec, y u do dis to me

    4 years ago
  45. Have you guys tried looking the pills up online? There are websites where you can look up the description of the pill and it can tell you what it is and what its used for and all that jazz. http://www.rxlist.com/pill-identification-tool/article.htm

    4 years ago
  46. I so understand you martina. I’m in vacation and sick. I hope you ‘ll get well soon

    4 years ago
  47. When I was living in Korea, I went to Severance International Hospital (Yonsei University’s Hospital). Their service was really good. I like how they prepare the medications for you (in my home country, you have to go buy them yourself with a note from the doctor). Also their staff speaks English, Japanese & Russian at least (other languages might be available). You need to call ahead for an appointment but they usually take you on in the day of the call. The staff was helpful with the insurance things (they made all the calls in Korean for us) and they were really nice (One of the nurses told me I was cute ^^’). BUT it seems like in SK, most health-care don’t take in charge emergency care (in the emergency room, during the night by example) so bear through the pain and take an appointment in the morning, or you’ll have to pay in the hundreds of dollars >__<"

    4 years ago
  48. Ahh~ Juk, the magic healing remedy to everything. Literally every time I mention the words sick or ill my mum gets to the kitchen to make the stuff haha Funnily, the thing that cures me the best is Vietnamese pho XDD

    4 years ago
  49. Lol, we actually have that aweful medicine in Uruguay, but the whole point is that it makes you throw up, so whatever is upsetting your stomach will leave your body :3

    4 years ago
  50. OMG I WANT TO BE A DENTIST! If I do it in Korea I’ll strike it rich ASA!

    4 years ago
  51. LOL I didn’t know adults got butt shots too. Growing up in China as a kid, every time I got sick I had one of those miracle needle to the ass. I thought that was just where needles were supposed to go until I came to Canada…and the nurses asked me to roll up my sleeves instead.

    4 years ago
  52. Yeah American health care sucks big time…I try to avoid going to the doctors unless I really need to (like physicals or emergencies). A stupid minor surgery on ur pinky toe would cost like thousands of dollars because you have to pay for the local anesthetics, a foot specialist (idk but it’s possible), that one doctor that comes in for 3 sec, another doctor that comes in for a minute, and your surgeon and his/her team. Plus the room you’re staying in and the meds you have to take afterwards. It’s lame.

    4 years ago
    • Also, they did a study and since medical fees aren’t regulated, the charges for them can differ widely. One extreme example was a treatment cost about $1,000 in one place and $90,000 in another. Also, I read somewhere that hospitals charge insanely high bills and insurance companies haggle them down. However, the average consumer doesn’t know they can haggle. Another thing is that many hospitals try to recoup the loss of not getting paid by one patient with overcharging others. The system needs serious help.

      4 years ago
  53. I remember Suzy got some vitamins from a fanmail package a while ago, so are vitamins not popular/ hard to find in Korea?

    4 years ago
  54. Is the Korean Health Care system like Canada’s or more American?

    4 years ago
  55. I was going to write about….What about dentists?!?!

    Then you showed something with it…but then left us hanging!!!

    4 years ago
    • Any knowledge of the differences between hospitals and personal doctors? More expensive, less, the same? anything else? And what about those dentists?

      4 years ago
  56. my younger sister got horrible food poisoning when we were in Algeria, and just like in Korea (minus the fancy machines) she got a huge needle in the ass :P The doctor came in for literally 2 seconds, touched her abdomen once and decided on the glorious butt shot. Hooray for the magical needle in the ass!

    4 years ago
  57. i’m curious about the last story here on ur blog- so in the end what did they do for martina’s bad heartburn? pills or the needle to the butt? o_o

    4 years ago
  58. HHAHAHA Seeing Martina’s stomach/esophagus– that’s what marriage does to you. SIX YEARS OF MARRIAGE!!

    Besides that, I hope you both have speedy recoveries (Simon, this is for you too), and the animals were super cute in this video.

    4 years ago
  59. A year and a half ago I had to go to the hospital because I dislocated my knee during gym class. (I was dressed up as a nun. It’s a tradition in Belgium that the students of the last year of high school dress up according to some themes for a week. It’s to celebrate the last 100 days of school) Anyway I couldn’t move my leg anymore because it hurted so bad. The doctor that came to see me wasn’t Belgian and didn’t speak Dutch well. He had a funny accent and because of that I didn’t understand him. So he started stretching my leg which hurted like hell. So even if you live in your home country these weird situations can happen. T_T haaa the memories…

    Martina get better! And Simon, don’t get sick! :)

    4 years ago
  60. Haha Simon, That TONG TONG TONG xD Don’t worry, I got your Sisqo reference :P We listened to that song all the time when I was very young and didn’t have a clue as to what that song meant…

    But it’s nice to know that the Health Care is pretty cheap there even if it’s not free like here in Canada. And plus I don’t even really get sick for some reason…I’m pretty scared of needles so they’ll probably have to take me kicking and screaming XD Anyway, feel better soon you two!

    4 years ago
    • I was so innocent listening to that song haha. But then I saw the mv 0_0 (english isn’t my first language)

      4 years ago
  61. Waaah get better Martina~ I feel your pain. I’ve been sick all week and I even lost my voice. That, like, never happens to me. D: And it’s kinda freaky, because my vocal range dropped a couple octaves it felt like. O_O I lost control of all my tonalities and meaningful ups-and-downsies in my speech, too. T_T I spent most of a day just whispering because that was more understandable than my breaking voice. My soprano-ness was taken from me and I couldn’t sing along with any kpop or even talk. And I had to take a trip over the weekend too. Icky! So get well soon! All of us!

    4 years ago
  62. I have a miserably bad cold right now too Martina! Something is definitely going around. I have been around so many sick people lately I have no idea who I caught it from.

    *Hugs you just because I’m already sick and totally can!*

    4 years ago
  63. Did anyone else spend the whole video worrying that Martina was going to spill her drink all over her adorable stuffed pig?

    Anyhow, feel better, guys!

    4 years ago
  64. So sorry to hear you guys are feeling sick. We just had a wave of sickness sweep through our house after our kids just started the new school year and came into contact with all the other kids again. It was not fun at all.:P If it counts for anything, I am trying to send you warm weather vibes to help out.

    4 years ago
    • Oh, forgot to mention this…BLACK BLACK! It is a Japanese caffeinated mint extract chewing gum. If you can find it over there, it is amazing for opening up the sinuses and helping you breathe better. All of my co-workers stock up on it during the winter months because it works so much better than most cold medicines you can find on the shelf here.

      4 years ago
  65. aaww get well soon Martina!!! and Simon… get well soon after you actually get sick!!!

    hey we have really liquidy rice when we get sick!! but no chicken or other ingredients!! none of us kids like it!!

    aw Meems jumping up on the kitchen counter!!
    ahahah eeewww Martina snotted on you!!! gross!!! haha!!

    4 years ago
  66. TL.DR is definitely my favorite segment. …and this one in particular. .thanks guise.

    4 years ago
  67. Aww Martina :( I hope you get well soon!

    In terms of butt shots (you have to pull down pants? wouldn’t it be embarrassing? xD) I haven’t had that but I have had a shot that was in a weird place. Normally it’s in my arms, or when I was in the hospital, they put all the shots through my IV. However, there was one shot that couldn’t go through the IV for some reason. It was to stop me from getting a blood clot I think, because I was highly contagious so I had to stay in my room and my illness made it painful to walk anyway, so I basically laid in bed for the 3 days I was there. They had to put it either below my belly button to the right or to the left a bit (kinda around where my ovaries are but a bit higher I think). They said most people find it a bit painful but it just so happens I am most ticklish there (especially to the left). So the whole time they were giving me the shot, including when the needle was in my body, I was laughing because it tickled so much xD They said it was the first time they had anyone laugh from that shot. It was a little painful afterward but not too bad, it mostly burned.

    Also I’m wondering about the availability of liquid medicine in Korea. I can’t swallow pills no matter how much I try :/ The little baggy of pills they gave to scares me because that is soooo many to crush up and take D: When I have cramps I always just take liquid ibuprofen so is that available in Korea (it should be right? because a lot of children cant swallow pills…) When I had my illness I only had to take 1 medicine but it was the most nasty antibiotics I have ever tasted in my life. Even people who could swallow it said it was nasty, and the flavor was only intensified by me crushing it up. Previously, I would just mix medicine with some juice, but the flavor was so nasty it made me nearly vomit every time (couldn’t even taste the juice even if it was something strong like 100% grape juice) and I had a hard time getting all the medicine left at the bottom. So I went to plan b: make a makeshift pill using yogurt. I’d pour some of the crushed pill into yogurt and try to fold the yogurt over so the pill contents were inside a yogurt bubble. Then I put it on my tongue (at this point I usually couldn’t taste the medicine, but sometimes I could) and take some grape juice and try to position the straw under the yogurt bubble. Then I drank really quickly and usually the yogurt would glide down my throat without my tongue coming too much in contact with the medicine. I tasted it enough to be grossed out, but not enough to spit it out or vomit. I wish I could just swallow pills so I wouldn’t have to do all this .-.

    Edit: Also my room was a private room with a tv, it was really fancy. I could even use the internet on the tv but the keyboard in my room didn’t work so I had to stick to movies/tv (movie selection sucked, I watched the hunger games so many times xD) It was a private hospital. But my hospital bill, which was over $20k, was cut down to only $100 because I’m uninsured and don’t have a job. However, all my costs from everything else (such as the specialists coming to examine me) still resulted in a couple thousand dollars in medical bills.

    4 years ago
  68. Ray

    Get well you 2 and stay away from Soo Zee and Leigh…just kidding they will take good care of you guys…fighting!

    4 years ago
  69. I’m sick too =.= Maybe the flu got to me from South Korea from Martina? O.O Noooooo Martina how could you spread your cold to the world!!! :P
    but to be serious here in Poland even though we have insurances if we stay in hospital they won’t do a full health check up for you, because them money we pay does not cover everything…I remember when I had a surgery because of my appendix, not only they made a wrong diagnosis at first that made my appendix to burst, but later on when I wasn’t full recovered ( after 6 days) they made me go home, because the hospital had to many patients and the treatment for me was over….the health system here in Poland is sick -_- that’s why I don’t like going to see a doctor or to hospital -_-

    4 years ago
  70. kinda related but kinda off topic as well: seeing as you have to look for the igredients in your prefered medicine, would you have to do this with birth control pills as well? are they hard to get? because i remember something about women not using birth control pills very much in Korea, i wondered if they are hard to get or the women just prefer not to. :)

    4 years ago
  71. Most embarrassing thing, my Korean mother-in-law followed me into the room and watched me get a shot in the butt.

    I have the same issue with all those pills. It’s insane, they could be poisoning me and I wouldn’t even know it. It makes it even scarier when you are allergic to a certain type of medicine and you never know if that medicine has been added to the packet or not. I had to put a whole lot of trust in my husband, every time I went to see the doctor.

    And chicken noodle soup! My Homeplus always had cans of the Campbell’s, so no jook for me.

    4 years ago
  72. I pray that Martina feels better soon and that Simon doesn’t get it…. Thank you for all the information that you impart to an older lady who never goes anywhere. :)

    4 years ago
  73. Breaking Bad fan here! But sadly I already knew about Pseudoephedrine for meth cooking before the show. Plus I lived in New Mexico for four years and saw too many people using that crap. ANYWAYS. Wow, meth cooking in Korea? :-O

    And $100 for a CT scan! I’m still trying to pay my $600 bill for the one I had this year, plus all the other med bills. It’s just good I have insurance and owe only $2,500 as opposed to the $60,000 my bills actually come out to. I envy Canada’s health care for all.

    Shots to the ass, you get those in Mexico as well (well I’m not sure about all Mexico). My friends will cross the bridge into Juarez when they get sick and get a miracle needle to the ass. And go about their day.

    Guys get better soon. Colds in the summer are just wrong.

    4 years ago
    • Criminals manufacture drugs in SK, then send it Australia and Japan. It’s too dangerous to sell it in SK, and customs are lax between SK and AUS. There had been number of cases this spring, so cops are now more attentive.

      4 years ago
    • Insurance in the US is kind of a double edged sword. You pay a lot for it, and still have to pay some amount because it doesn’t cover 100%. You are happy that you don’t have to pay the full 60k, but even uninsured people don’t have to pay that. I have no insurance and I probably had to pay less than you (the cost of my CT scan was completely wiped). My initial medical bill was over 20k, and I only had to pay $100. The specialists resulted in me having to pay a couple thousand despite that, but it was still cheaper than actually paying for insurance for a year (through my mom’s work).

      4 years ago
      • My last insurance was so bad, it cost a crap load of money and had an out of pocket of $5000 after the $2000 deductible. I was horrendous. Thankfully this new one, while rather confusing, covers soooo much better. And half of what I use to pay for my old one. Different companies, different insurances. But the cost is still insane.

        4 years ago
    • Yep, in México you can get a needle to the ass, it just make thinks easier jaja
      p.d: i know that because i’m mexican XD

      4 years ago
      • I’m pretty sure as a kid I would have gotten lots of shots to the ass if my dad hadn’t been military and we could use the Army Hospital here. Everything else though medicine wise we would cross over to Juarez to get.

        For a few of my friends it’s like their winter routine. Winter’s coming, I always get sick so I’m going to get my shot brb XD

        4 years ago
  74. So, this raises the question of mental health in Korea. As you know, the west still struggles with the stigma of mental illness. I just saw a character in one of my drama’s who had a father who had a brain injury. It was all very sad. Is there any stigma attached to mental illness in Korea?

    4 years ago
    • Were you perhaps watching Who Are You? It was so heartbreaking…T^T

      4 years ago
    • There’s a lot of stigma attached to mental illnesses here, if you are a student you will be sent back home.A friend of mine had a mental breakdown in March and he was not treated fairly, actually they treated him like an animal and lied about the existence of mental illness among Koreans themselves. They claimed that no Korean has ever suffered from mental illness in history- not true at all (see Korean suicide rates).

      BTW:Koreans I live around are assholes, they are not the reflection of the entire society.

      4 years ago
  75. simon and martina get better! but my question is, and i don’t really travel but is it it easy to bring your own personal medicine to korea or do you need a doctors letter?

    4 years ago
    • It wasn’t hard at all. I took same Prescription paper with me from my doctor saying I needed to bring my inhaler/Rx meds to Korea. But you have to have the original container/box for the meds/inhaler. As for over-the-counter meds, I just put them in plastic sandwich bags and labeled what they were in English. No one ever said anything going through customs on either side. The only thing for me was to put my Rx meds in that container when going through the scanner area at the airport. I packed my over-the-counter meds in my checked luggage. Prescription meds should be in your carry-on. :)

      4 years ago
  76. Oh my lovely state of Jersey…where you can tan to a fun shade of oompa loompa at the tender age of 16 with just a nod from your parents, but need to show I.D. at 25+ to purchase Sudafed which they keep locked up behind the counter. Home sweet home

    4 years ago
  77. Feel better snotty Martina (and Simon, for when you inevitably also catch it)! <3

    4 years ago
  78. Get well soon! Love ya’ll! <3

    4 years ago
  79. Pobrecita, feel better madre!

    4 years ago
  80. Nic

    Hope you feel better soon Martina!

    I remember when I had my appendix out in Australia and 2 Korean friends visited me and were like “Why are the nurses so old?” and I’m like “what do you mean?” because some of the nurses were 40 or 50 but I didn’t think that is really old. My friends were like, “Oh because nurses in Korea are usually young women and they don’t keep nursing after a certain age.”

    I don’t know how true that is but the one time I did visit a hospital in Korea the nurses all seemed quite young. And my husband’s aunt was a nurse, she’s not that old but she has retired now. Meanwhile in Australia all the nurses I know are working until a much later age.

    I’ve had good and bad experiences with Korean medicine that my husband’s family gives me. One cold medicine drink worked really well but there was some other vile stuff too.

    4 years ago
  81. THIS COMMENT CONTAINS INFORMATION THAT IS NOT FOR THE SENSITIVE SOULS, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

    Poor you Martina, I hope you get better soon. And stay well Simon.

    I am currently dreading the winter season myself, because it’s been almost 30 degrees Celsius here, and when December comes it will most likely drop to – 10, brrr… and this also brings a wave of Cold and Winter Vomiting Decesase, something I until this day still have not caught, even if I constantly use public transport. I hope that I somehow became immune to it, don’t fancy vomiting for a week.

    Anyway, speaking of vomit (like anyone ever does, this is a weird post), I do feel for your weird vomit-mention in the TLDR. When I was 7, me and my family and I went to Malaysia for summer holiday for 2 weeks, and I ended up getting food poisoned badly. We literally came back, and I threw up badly, the sink was clogged tight afterwards. Anyway, to help my dad gave me this coal powder mixed with water that I was told to drink. It literally looked like it sounds, powdered coal mixed with water. It tasted like dry coal in water, and I just puked that as well.

    I learnt that somehow the best medicine for me (that day) ended up being coke without bubbles. After that, in which I guess there was nothing more for me to throw up, I finally started to feel better. If I hadn’t I am pretty sure my parents would have tried to get me into the hospital. Thankfully,I didn’t have to spend my night there, but the whole experience was nasty.

    4 years ago
    • It sounds like your dad gave you activated charcoal–kind of a weird application, though I guess maybe he thought your food might have had poison in it! EMTs give those to patients when they’ve eaten/drunken something nasty (e.g., tried to commit suicide with some household poison) and they won’t be in danger of aspirating because it makes you puke like 99% of the time.

      4 years ago
  82. This is a really good subject to cover for people going to Korea. Sorry that you’re sick though Martina. Feel better soon!

    4 years ago
  83. GET WELL SOON YOU GUYS!!!! <3

    4 years ago
  84. How is Martina allergic to cats? What about Meemers? o.O

    4 years ago
  85. I had to go to the Hospital in Seoul when I visited last year, bit of a scary experience. I have a peanut allergy and happened to react to Oreos which are totally safe for me to eat in Canada but apparently may contain peanuts in Korea :(

    Anyway, the hotel staff directed me Seoul National University hospital but none of the taxi drivers would take me there, I think the trip was too short for them to make it worth it. Finally the fifth driver I hale gives me a ride and I make it. The front desk guy didn’t speak English so I tried for a few minutes to explain what was wrong with me and finally he just calls up this English speaking doctor who was able to help me the rest of the night. It was scary at first, needing help in a foreign country but it ended up working out. Like I said, the English speaking doctor stayed with me the whole time since it was quiet and we ended up talking for two or three hours before I left. Turned out almost fun in the end :P

    Total cost was $200 with no health insurance and I haven’t eaten Oreos since!

    4 years ago
  86. I have taken grainy medicine here in the US for when you have mucous in your lungs. I never threw up though but i did get nausea when i took it without food. Did you take it on an empty stomach? That or my grainy medicine is legit and you took something i don’t know lol

    4 years ago
  87. Expectorants and antitussives are general categories for the medications :P Examples of general names are: codein (antitussive) and guaifenesin (expectorant), ingredients in Robitussin. Here’s some more: (nurse-to-be/EMT hurr)

    Allergies:
    Benadryl (drowsy type): diphenhydramine
    Non-drowsy antihistamine: loratidine

    More pain relievers/fever reducers: (NSAIDs)
    Aspirin: acetylsalicylic acid
    Aleve: naproxen

    Antibiotics:
    Amoxicillin
    Penicillin

    Good luck! (Also I’m surprised they freely broadcast the videos of medical procedures–no Korean version of HIPAA? I guess if it’s anonymous it’s okay…?)

    4 years ago
  88. Awww poor Martina, hope she gets well soon. Simon, have a good cold (?). Just kidding, I hope you two get well really soon, I know how annoying is when you’re sick, with a runny nose, slurping every second … At least for you guys is just this time, I suffer every single day ‘because of my rhinitis (ToT) *Whatevaaaa!* … Take Care ~~ <3

    4 years ago
  89. Being sick is awful (your brain feels like mush, you say the weirdest of things, and, for me, the meds don’t work), so get well soon guise!!! Like seriously, concentrate on getting better /stern parent mode

    *ahem* This was a very interesting TL;DR. I have hardly ever gone to the doctor (healthcare is expensive in the great U S of A, yay capitalism >_<), so hearing about medical related stuff is always interesting.

    4 years ago
  90. Get well u guyz ^^

    4 years ago
  91. I love all the detail you put into this tl;dr! I’m studying healthcare (I know, so exciting :P) so I found it really interesting. And yeah, it definitely is pretty cheap there. I could never imagine paying about $100 for an MRI here in the US. And I hope you both feel better!

    4 years ago
  92. NOOO, Meemers is gonna get into the jook! O_O then he vanished with it!

    Gah, I’m originally from Canada – my birth control was $20. I move to the US.. Hello $89 for the same stuff! WTF super markup! Nice to hear in Korea they don’t rip people off on medication.

    On that note, when a gal wants hormonal birth control – how does that work in Korea? Similar to north america?

    4 years ago
    • ;D Luckily birth control is free now thanks to healthcare reform (unless it’s a super special brand). Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!

      4 years ago
      • Yup, but yeah, insurance companies have found ways to get around some brands making it back to insane prices, but hopefully everything will get covered one day. Still a burn that medication is like 3 times the cost than Canada.

        4 years ago
        • Have you tried taking your Rx to Costco? (unless you don’t have a Costco by you) I don’t have insurance. They have good prices for cash only patients. Since I’m a Costco member and cash paying, I get a little discount. My birth control pills were only $15. Good luck :)

          4 years ago
        • Definitely. I used to complain all the time when I was on my dad’s crappy insurance. Now that I’m on my own my insurance is pretty good. I think the pill I’m on isn’t actually covered by the Affordable Care Act, but my insurance decided they wanted to anyway (went from $79 to $0 woot). I’ve been contemplating moving to Canada anyway, haha.

          4 years ago
  93. Hope You feel better soon Martina. <3

    4 years ago
  94. I hate colds and sorethroats. I wish you guys get better soon ! I’m sending healthy vibes right now, so you will wake up feeling like this

    4 years ago
  95. What the heck makes you puke rainbows??

    4 years ago
  96. I have waited for a tl;dr like this for so long! ;A;
    And get well soon Martina!

    4 years ago
  97. Traditionally the:
    Gift for 1st year of marriage is paper
    Gift for 2nd year of marriage is china
    Gift for 3rd year of marriage is crystal
    Gift for 4th year of marriage is silk
    Gift for 5th year of marriage is wood
    Gift for 6th year of marriage??? Should be sugar, but I totally think that snot is a much more endearing gesture. It comes from the heart, or at relatively close to the heart!
    You guys are so made for each other. Thank you for being good examples of how true, real, and fun loving the one who is made for you can be! Feel better.

    4 years ago
  98. Martina get better soon. I hope that you’re back in the swing very soon.
    Simon fingers are crossed you don’t get sick.

    4 years ago
  99. Did I just see Dr Meemersworth jump on the sink and freaking disappear? Hilarious editing!

    Good to know that health isn’t too expensive. I freaked out the first time I heard about the American health system, to me the fact of having to pay so much money for medicines and surgeries was totally insane!

    4 years ago
    • Hearing about it is one thing living with it is another all together. I am an American and I can tell you that our medical bills can get ridiculous really fast. Wow my gosh these hospitals charge you out the nose for every little thing! I’m always joking that I’m going to leave the country but I don’t actually see that happening, I mean I’ve never even been out of my state!

      4 years ago
    • That’s why you never see them winning at the Oscars

      4 years ago
    • LOL I saw that too!

      4 years ago
    • Ninja Kitteh!!!! =^.^=

      4 years ago
    • It is totally insane. And even more ludicrous to think that it’s not available to all people. Changes are most certainly needed.

      4 years ago
    • Try living in America *with* health insurance, but avoiding the doctor anytime you can. Like seriously, there really needs to be something done about that >_<

      4 years ago
      • It seems high deductible with HSA is the answer for many people, if you are reasonably healthy without any serious chronic conditions. Still not as good as Canadian system or even SK ones.

        4 years ago
        • Canada’s system apparently decimates everything on the planet XD All I hear are good things about it and I sometimes feel like it’s a government conspiracy to lure in people >_>

          4 years ago
        • Sorry to be a broken record with the child thing, but Canada has mandated 50+ week maternity leave. I almost packed and moved when I heard that. I was given 6.

          4 years ago
        • Well, we could do with increasing out population density, so feel free to move to Canada whenever!
          Only 6 weeks for mat leave? Thats insane! It took my sister in law 8 weeks just to regain proper sleeping and coherency, I couldn’t imagine her having to work just 6 weeks after giving birth, not to mention he had a C-section so she was all stitched.

          4 years ago
      • I agree. I was sobbing when they were talking about how inexpensive stuff was. And don’t get me started on Canada. I so wish I could move to Canada.

        4 years ago
        • I was staring at my computer screen like I had seen a ghost. Affordable medical care? What is this craziness!! It is indeed sad that people relocate to whole ‘nother country because they can barely afford to have a doctor or go to the hospital in the US; it honestly baffles my mind why medical help is so expensive here.

          4 years ago
        • There were actually several studies done about it being more expensive and not necessarily better. While you tend to be able to get services faster, you may have to wait even so. But here are the reasons:

          1. Charges aren’t regulated. The same treatment can vary greatly from hospital to hospital and region to region. Insanely greatly.

          2. Hospitals charge high. Insurance companies haggle. The average person doesn’t know to do so.

          3. Those who pay have to pay for those who don’t. Hospitals can’t turn people away usually, so people who can’t pay get services even so and the hospital has to recoup the loss.

          4. I am pretty sure there is greed in there somewhere.

          4 years ago
        • Greed is really up there on the list. Everyone has their hand out especially when there isn’t competition to keep prices low. Everyone wants to make a quick buck and to be honest it’s a royal pan in the a*s!

          4 years ago
      • With my old insurance I avoided it like the plague unless it was simple things that didn’t require meeting my deductible I could never meet. Thankfully I had newer insurance this year when I got really sick, but it’s still more expensive that I can handle. Insurances are so weird and confusing though.

        4 years ago
        • I don’t get the point of insurance. Maybe it’s my young mind, but I find it useless >_>

          4 years ago
        • Most insurances are like: head you lose, but tail you lose even bigger! In USA it doesn’t make sense to get insurance for anything, so I only buy those that are required by law, such as auto insurance but only at legal minimum. Otherwise, it’s better to have savings.

          4 years ago
        • Here is a great example of why to get medical insurance even if you think you may never get sick. Having a child. It isn’t technically an illness, it is a totally healthy thing to do, but holy moley is it expensive. All totaled with pre-natal care, labor and delivery, recovery, mandatory testing to make sure the baby is healthy, at least where I am totaled over $20,000. We have to pay $2,000 and that is with the insurance company paying 90%, with a $250 deductible, and a $1,000 out of pocket maximum per person. (Baby is considered another person.) If you don’t have health insurance, you may qualify for Medicaid. However, most people without insurance simply cannot afford the medical care that could be necessary. I am guessing from your name that you are male and don’t have to worry getting pregnant, but it still might be something you deal with later.

          4 years ago
        • Huh. That doesn’t surprise me at all. It cost me about the same to spend a night in the hospital after getting a concussion. Over half the cost was *just* CT scans. Makes me a little twitchy to consider how inexpensive it is elsewhere in the world.

          4 years ago
        • You find it useless till you get really sick. I’m still figuring out medical insurance and I’ve been using it for ten years. Thing was I was never really sick, sick till this year and that’s when it seems useless. Paying into something your aren’t using but then bam you get sick and realize maybe it isn’t so dumb to have lol. I still believe in a medical system like Cananda’s but well till then I’ll hold onto having insurance.

          4 years ago
        • It’s really because I’ve never been sick enough to go to the hospital. Hell, I could be incoherent from the flu and my dad would still send me to school XD

          4 years ago
        • Lol that’s just mean. Making you go to school with the flu is cruel. XD

          4 years ago
        • My dad is extremely old fashioned. You’re gonna get that education, no matter how terrible you feel. He only makes exceptions for when you’re throwing up or in too much pain to walk.

          4 years ago
  100. Hope you guys feel better soon! Funny note, Asian medication makes me throw up as well. My mother used to force feed it to me when I got a tummy ache. Her explanation was that it is supposed to “clear your system of impurities” ie make you vomit uncontrollably until you just pass out and feel better once you wake up in 10 hours. Anywho, hope you guys get better!!! :D

    4 years ago
  101. P.S. Get well soon Martina!!

    4 years ago
  102. Awww, hope you feel better Martina (and that you don’t get too sick Simon!)

    4 years ago
  103. In that medicine video, I didn’t realize it was Simon until Martina started talking..!

    4 years ago
  104. Pill cams?! Really? I just found out that fingerprint scan locks were real the other day from a friend that has one on her apartment. I don’t think my mind can handle it. THE FUTURE IS HERE!

    4 years ago
  105. From now on I will totally use the word “Magic” to describe this time of month :D
    In Germany we used to call it the “red wave” or “strawberry week”. At least my girlfriends and I did. Now I think about it, these are most likely not official terms, we might have made them up^^

    Get well soon Martina!

    4 years ago
    • I call it Shark Week or sometimes the Red Tide. Oh period euphemisms.

      4 years ago
    • “magic”? “Strawberry week”? Those are ingenious and better names to describe such a painful monthly experience than referring to it as a disliked family member showing up to ruin your plans [Aunt Flo]. Hell, if she’s gonna show up every month without being invited she could at least bring a fun gift…I prefer cookies over cramps.

      4 years ago
  106. The more you talk about Korea, the more I think I wont be uncomfortable if I ever go there. I’m from Mexico.
    *Needles to the ass?, yeah, no big deal, it works faster.
    *Careless drivers? Crossing the streets is also an extreme sport here.
    *Fish with bones? It’s a delicacy (I hate it)
    *Food stands on every street-corner? It’s like Tacos here.

    So, yeah, I don’t think I’ll be very inconvenienced XD

    Martina, get well soon!!!! Simon, have a lot of vitamin C!!!
    Love you guys! (:

    4 years ago
    • hahaha se perfectamente a lo que te refieres y yo pensaba lo mismo(: creo que los mexicanos no sufririamos en Corea o ya estariamos acostumbrados a muchas cosas que tambien hacemos aqui :D

      4 years ago
    • but it’s true!! XD
      Once I was standing next to a US tourist, waiting for the cars to stop at a pedestrian crossing (which would never happen) and then she said to her daughter “Alright fine, we’ll have to do this MEXICAN STYLE”. And they crossed the street running. Oh my god, I laughed so hard. XD

      4 years ago
      • As a fellow Latino, I must protest: whenever I drive through the Latino-dense parts of my area, I find people casually strolling across the four-lane boulevard while cars whizz towards them at 50 MPH. It’s more Slowpoke Rodriguez than Speedy Gonzales! Maybe they just trust US drivers more?

        4 years ago
      • Oh Lawd, I would have been rolling on the sidewalk laughing XD

        4 years ago
    • “*food stands on every street-corner? It’s like Tacos here”……Lol sooo true… i’ll love to eat at a street-corner in Korea just like in Mexico. It sounds just like Mexico!

      p.s. Glad to know theres’s somebody else from my country. ujuu. ^^

      4 years ago
      • pues aquí andamos! casi siempre estoy de lurker, pero a veces me animo a comentar hahaha XD
        saludos desde Cancún! (:

        4 years ago
        • igual yo, aquí viendo comentarios de vez en cuando.. jejeje.. Saludos desde Jalisco. (^.^)/

          4 years ago
    • This makes me miss crossing over into Juarez and enjoying the food stands everywhere. Now I’m craving a torta. Driving around and finding random speed bumps around the city that rival the Great Wall of China.

      4 years ago
      • Sorry to make you crave! I hope you find something to eat that can compensate the glorious taste of a torta.
        But I bet you don’t miss the speed bumps XD

        4 years ago
    • You know, I find that Vitamin C never really helps with these things, at least, not for me…

      4 years ago
      • Try propolis (w/ echinacea). I take that whenever I think I’m coming down with a cold.
        Multivitamin & B-complex help speed up recovery.
        Nasal rinse with slightly saline solution also helps speed recovery (also good for prevention).

        4 years ago
      • Vitamin C helps your immune system work better. BUT the vast majority of the time the symptoms of a cold are just your immune system OVER-reacting. i.e… ahhh some bacteria… I think making some 구물 for about a week will fix this!

        So actually, by “boosting” your immune system with Vitamin C, you are really helping your body over-react more… which technically causes WORSE symptoms (fever, runny nose, congestion, cough are all your bodies response to illness, not the actual illness itself).

        Brought to you by your friendly gunhosa. :::bows:::

        P.S. from what I have heard (I haven’t read any academic articles, but heard from a doctor) that taking Vitamin D supplements regularly will actually help prevent you from getting sick (i.e. reducing the number of colds you get in a year).

        4 years ago
      • You are suppose to take vitamin C everyday. It doesn’t work overnight. My teacher always told me to start taking vitamin C three weeks before a competition to prevent us from falling sick on the actual day.

        4 years ago
      • There’s actually no evidence for it. Google “Linus Pauling” for the history of the Vitamin C cold prevention/immunity boosting myth.

        Scientific studies have only found a possible effect on extreme edge case scenarios (where people were exposed to significant cold stress or extreme physical exertion). Here is an article from the UK NHS:
        http://www.library.nhs.uk/rss/newsAndRssArticle.aspx?uri=http://www.library.nhs.uk/resources/?id=266428

        4 years ago
      • With vitamin C the frequency is more important then the dose. Thus, you should take it every hour for about 24 hrs for it to be effective. I usually use 500 mg tablets and take them every hour until I go to bed. I Usually will feel better the next day even if I am not totally cured, but it seems to shorten my recovery time.

        4 years ago
      • The Vitamin C thing is an urban legend of sorts based on some research in the 80s…the scientist retracted his article very quickly after it was published, to no avail as it is something still widely believed to this day.

        4 years ago
      • It is because you are supposed to take it when you notice the first signs of being sick or when you notice someone else is sick. It helps it from spreading more/ to you from the other person. If you are already completely sick, Vitamin C will do nothing. Atleast, that’s what I have found

        4 years ago
        • I take vitamin C everyday because I heard it’s supposed to help strengthen your immune system. It works for me (I also take 5 other vitamins a day xD), I haven’t been sick for almost a year

          4 years ago
        • My migraine medicine is kinda the same way. If I take it when I first feel a migraine coming on, it will stop it in its tracks. If I already have a full blown headache, then the meds do nothing.

          4 years ago
        • I’m in the same boat as you, it sucks.

          4 years ago
        • thats because when you have a migraine your stomach can’t process things properly. And then the nausea hits and you just upchuck it anyway

          4 years ago
      • Ahahaha maybe I just love to drink fresh orange juice xD

        4 years ago
  107. get well soon martina!!!

    4 years ago
  108. My female Korean students this summer told me all about “magic”, and I thought that was the funniest thing I learned all summer. I taught them that the most common American code-word for the “time of the month” is “Aunt Flo”, which, once they didn’t understand, I was too embarrassed to explain in front of my male students haha!

    4 years ago
    • There’s also “riding the crimson wave” from the movie clueless lol

      4 years ago
  109. I used to think so, too, but we didn’t get sick in a long time now! Like, since February! Now we only got sick because Soo Zee got us sick. DAM U SOOZEE!

    4 years ago
  110. I would never want to go to a korean hospital…I hate needles and I don’t want a needle being injected into *edit* my ass even if it is quick recovery LOL

    4 years ago
    • I lost count of how many times I’ve been to the hospital (here in Korea) and I’ve never once gotten the butt shot. lol

      4 years ago
    • Totally agree with you. I hate needles and I would rather just mummify myself in a blanket until I got better. ^n^

      4 years ago
    • it is still the same thing to me…LOL

      4 years ago
    • there are people who want to donate blood but can’t but there are people like me who can donate blood but become pussies in front a little needle

      4 years ago
      • Oh honey, include me in that “become pussies in front of a little needle” bracket >_> I freak out at the needle that they use to measure your blood sugar with (the tiny thing that pricks your finger). I also freak out when I see blood (for whatever reason); I can’t stand the stuff XD

        4 years ago
    • yeah i’m scared of vaccines, but i think it goes into your butt cheek. I’m not sure if you think it really goes up the ass or if that’s how you chose to word it haha. I live in California, and when I was in elementary school, a girl said she had gotten a shot in her butt cheek (it was funny haha), and it was better because the fat in the butt makes it hurt less! Maybe that is why it’s popular in some places.

      edit: also, she wasn’t Korean! maybe it’s popular with different doctors :P

      4 years ago
      • I am not with the idea of it going into my butt…the shoulders and mid joint of my arm being injected kinds of scares me enough to not get anymore injections,and I am not a new born baby LOL

        4 years ago