The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine turned up at my pharmacy. I went along to the clinic so the nurse could jab me with that and the combo hep A/B. I appeared to have a minor reaction to the JE vac, which they had never given to anyone before. My left arm was in considerable pain yesterday, I had to stay at the clinic for a time until I felt I could drive. I also ended up getting the shits from the typhoid oral vac a couple of days ago. Another dose today, perhaps I'll make something simple for dinner...
There was a surprising amount of admin involved in this project. The most complex of which was the ethics clearance which alone is viewed as some sort of achievement having it completed and approved. We're talking several days of work for that. Then there's university administration for going on fieldwork. I need to lodge a study away form. I need to register for university insurance. Both of those need line-by-line descriptions of a travel itinerary. The free student insurance policy isn't going to cover my time in Taipei so I needed to go off and buy some to cover 3-4 weeks. Then there's a fieldwork funding application. All of these things have to be done in a set order because form x requires that you show that you did form y. Oh, let's try the 'read more' thing so as not to clutter the blog stream...
Today I saw my doctor to organize vaccinations. I had looked up some travel advice on Taiwan and turned up Hepatitis A and Japanese Encephalitis as being a good idea. El quack consulted his database for a good while researching these strange diseases in a far away land. In the end the regime was more comprehensive: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid and Japanese Elephantitis or whatever. Surprisingly the whole lot was pretty pricey at $300. The Hep jabs are also supposed to be done in a series of three which only leaves me time to get two of those. Oh well, I probably wont die. I also organised to stock up on meds for my asthma. However much an inconvenience that is, I was sharply reminded how easy I have it thanks to a chance encounter in the pharmacy. A lady was going travelling for three months and had a whole basket full of drugs, she wasn't going anywhere exotic, she just has asthma from hell. Also picked up some good iodine-based antiseptic. I had trouble finding that last time I was abroad. Stains, but it's better than an infected scratch in the tropics. I'm from Darwin, I know this stuff.
This is a new web site to document my upcoming fieldwork in Taiwan. There's five weeks to go yet so I'll flesh this out with some retroactive posts on preparing for fieldwork. I suppose had I better test out the 中文繁體字 look 'n feel of the various Weebly templates.