4. Know the native language (at least some of it)
A few hours of sleep, two and a half IVs later, and I was feeling almost like myself again—only paler, and as if someone pureed my insides. I will say that I was thankful I remembered a bit of high school Spanish, and was able to explain my symptoms (with the help of some charades) to the nurses and doctors, since not all of them spoke English. There was only one snafu: They left a cup and pointed at the bathroom, which I interpreted to mean “urine sample.” Not quite. (Take a wild guess…)
Point is: Being able to communicate also saved me from spending more time (and money) than necessary. I was able to discharge myself early, rather than stay the extra night they wanted.
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