“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.” Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hong Kong, what have you done to me?

I came back from Hong Kong on Monday afternoon, and on Tuesday, I woke up with crusty, watery and goopy eyes: Conjunctivitis. The whites of my eyes had turned red, and appeared swollen and squishy. Gross! Fortunately my doctor was able to see me that afternoon, and I'd already planned a day off work to recover from the trip. He gave me antibiotic pills, drops, and ointment, that might work if the infection is bacterial. (It could be viral.) I look horrible but my vision is ok. I'm told it is communicable, so I am home from work again today. This is too bad, because I have a lot of work to do for the research study I am setting up. This study was the reason for my travel to Hong Kong. The Investigator Meeting was sponsored by Wyeth, who have a new drug they expect to improve survival and delay progression for HER-2 positive breast cancer. I'm excited about the project and was so happy to find out I was getting to go to Hong Kong for the meeting. It's one of those places that I'd never considered going to visit, and knew little about it beyond what I'd read in the library's Lonely Planet guidebook.

One thing I'd read about was the "symphony of lights" show, put on by buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbor. I did a boat tour after the end of meeting. It blows your mind- how tall the buildings are, how many people live there (7 million), the amount of electricity they use. The boat tour guide said parts of Kowloon (across the harbor) have 4,000 people living in a 1 square kilometer space.I was only there 3 and a half days, and was in the meeting for the full two days of Friday and Saturday. Then there were dinners at the hotel, so I didn't eat out much. I did have 1 day to look around. I'll update this blog when I'm feeling a little better with more HK photos and stories.

Thanks Wyeth!