Yesterday we began our Statistics class. We have class from 9-11 on Monday through Thursday and from 1-3 on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday we have an optional extra help session and then we have an exam on Thursday from 4-5.
As you can tell, it is super intense. But we are all trying to figure it out together much like we did with Economics and Accounting with study groups and such.
We then went to this amazing play called “One Man, Two Guvnors”. It was fantastically British (meaning extremely crude), but also hysterical situational humor that involved the audience in interesting ways. I throughly enjoyed every minute of it with my fellow GLSers as well as some of the other UT and FSU kids.
After we walked back to our flats, we were getting ready for bed and I decided that we needed a fan. But of course this fan had to be one with a broken plug (basically the back part of the plug was exposed). I placed my thumb on it and then felt the weirdest feeling in the world as the electric current ran through my body. I fell back and looked up at my roommate who looked at me and asked, “What just happened?”
After cleaning up some of the damage I called the PA (like our RA’s here) and asked if I could go to the A&E (Accident and Emergency) to just make sure I was ok. When we arrived at the A&E, we didn’t wait very long at all when the man ushered me into a small room to check my heart rate and ask me the myriad of questions that I’ve been answering for the past 6 months like crazy. We then were taken to a room where they gave me an EKG(apparently a type of heart rate test).
I learned that the UK uses different voltage here in that it is inverted current with 240 volts and we have a direct current at 120 volts (or something like that). The biggest difference apparently is that with an inverted current it is more dangerous to humans because of the fact that it causes our muscles to spasm. But my shock was minimal due to the small time that I was in contact.
We sat around and waited for the doctor to come by and he did some blood-work and we sat around and just watched the people in the hospital. The biggest thing I noticed was that English people are so much calmer when it comes to “emergencies” or even just “drama” then we, as Americans are.
There was this one woman who was screaming for the nurses not to touch her and ended up locking herself in the bathroom with a very big spectacle of it, but all the nurse did was walk up to the nurses station and ask for a key and say, “She’s locked herself in the bathroom.” She might as well have said, “Her hair is brown.” The tone was so calm. And I’m sure some of it comes from being a nurse in an emergency room, but even the people who were being treated didn’t look on the situation or say anything. It was as if nothing had even happened. It was very interesting.
I also enjoyed comparing the difference in the medical care. In America you have to go through so many steps to even be seen by a doctor or get blood-work done or anything. But last night, I just walked in, filled out an extremely brief sheet and that was that. The doctor came back into the room to do my blood-work himself and he was super nice and considerate about the fact I’m a little squeamish about sharps (what they call needles). They call shots, jabs here too which personally doesn’t make me feel any better…
Then me and my new friend Matt (the PA I mentioned earlier), who I had gotten to know really well in our 3 hours or so waiting in the A&E, headed back to our flats. I got home around 5am and walking the streets of London that late is quite a different experience versus any other time of day. There was a lot of trash and the usual vagrants and such, but no one messed with us as we walked and talked all the way back to Great Russell Street.
This morning I woke up at 8:50 to go to Stats and then sat through another class with the wonderful Dr. Mee, drinking a ton of water all the while (the doctor told me to drink a lot of water to cleanse any damage that the shock could have caused out of my kidneys). But now I’m just working on my homework for his class and chatting with people here and there. But today was rather uneventful.
Last night on the other hand was just a classic, Maddie-style adventure.