Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Day 27, Monday, 12th December, 2011

I am still under the weather as I write this on Tuesday. Cefuroxime (an antibiotic) therapy is probably causing the side effects that I am experiencing such as drowsiness, weakness, abdominal pain and some amount of nausea and fullness of the stomach. I am contemplating a change of antibiotic if these issues do not go away in the next 24 hours or so. 

Monday was a day when I had hardly any work in the hospital, and for the most part, I was busy trying to locate the HR person who was supposed to generate a letter for me to send along with my other documents to Mr. Ali, our liaison officer, for him to make my residence/work permit (Iqama - there, you have that word again!).

Like on Sunday, I went to sleep for over 2 to 3 hours in the evening, getting up only after 7:45 p.m. to pray, eat and read a little before retiring again by 10:00 p.m. My energy level is greatly reduced, and if I did not have some ready food in the refrigerator, I don't know what I would have done or how I would have managed.  The week is over half done, and there are just 2 more days before Thursday comes again, with 2 days of complete off. I don't know whether that is a good thing or not, as the boredom gets to you more than the sense of a holiday. As I am on call, I cannot even leave Al Moya to go to, say, Ta'if to relieve myself of ennui. Be that as it may, I am definitely not looking forward to the leave; add to that the stress of having to cook 3-4 dishes again, and you will understand, dear reader, what it means to me to have those 2 off days. 

Nothing else to report here ... so I will just end this with a good-bye.

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