I had a very nice time in Malawi. I look forward to returning. I had planned an overnight in Jo'burg before flying out, just as I did for my arrival. Unfortunately I seemed to have pulled a muscle when I got my bags at the airport. I really had difficulty walking. After I'd checked in I spoke with the hotel concierge and she suggested going to the nearest hospital, as the doctor who makes house calls at the hotel doesn't normally bring meds. I really thought I'd just go to the ER for a cortisone shot and some pain meds, just enough to get me through the flight and then I can see my regular GP.
Alas, it was not to be. The doctor found an elevated something in my blood sample that indicated the possibility of blood clots. So I ended up staying two nights at the hospital. It was a real bureaucratic experience, and I'm ashamed to say I said things like, "I'm sure the hospital wouldn't want a bad reputation with the embassy" when I couldn't make phone calls due to non-existent internet. But in the end I was very well taken care of - by my friends in Jo'burg who checked up on me, by the embassy medical unit and the American Citizens Services office at the consulate and the local mission and my office mates in DC, by the hotel who kindly sent staff with my luggage and then picked me up when I was discharged, and the overall good cheer of the hospital staff. I finally had the test - negative, and now I'm flying out tonight.
My body really is falling apart.
Of course I had a heck of a time tracking down everyone because we don't share a GAL. I mean, the mission director and the deputy mission director both texted me - I guess I would've created a lot of paperwork if something had really happened!