Metropolitan Mall Hospital

Following my surgery, I’ve been chained to a hospital bed for a week. I thought there was nothing that would make me feel worse than the pain in my belly, the constant nausea, and the feeling of the catheter moving as I move, uhh, down there. I was wrong.

I don’t know how I feel about my friends dropping by to see me for about five minutes before they all troop down to the hospital lobby to sit and chat at a Seattle’s Best because they think staying in my room is depressing.

You read that right. Seattle’s Best in a hospital lobby! More specifically, the Metropolitan Hospital lobby. If you’ve ever been treated at the hospital earlier than last year and haven’t visited ever since, you’d be shocked at the change after the massive renovation. It feels like a shopping mall when I enter the building. The smell of antiseptic is almost undetectable. On the ground floor, if you don’t like trendy coffeeshops, you can eat at the Goldilocks right across Seattle’s Best or that dimsum place beside it. You choose doctors on the second floor. On the fifth, you have your choice of suites. To complete the scene, students from neighboring schools such as Shinhwa, Chianghai, Hope, UNO, etc. are strolling around, basking in the airconditioned coolness since the summer heat is brutal.

I almost want to get sick again. Almost.

5 Comments so far

  1. Carl Parkes (unregistered) on March 31st, 2005 @ 8:08 am

    Christ. That was a devastating post. I hope you get better, and when better, have the good sense to find some better friends.

    Nothing wrong with Goldilocks, but shouldn’t hospitals put their money into saving patients rather than serving up fast food?

  2. anna l. (unregistered) on March 31st, 2005 @ 10:29 am

    Hello, Carl. Thanks. That’s okay. I’m used to my friends. I know they care. Deeeeeeep down inside. :-D

    Here in Chinatown, it’s a sacrilege to miss opportunities to make money. And the hospital is no exception.

  3. Amanda (unregistered) on March 31st, 2005 @ 10:41 am

    Glad to hear you’re better now, Anna.

    Now I know which hospital to check into if I need surgery or something. I can’t stand the antisceptic smell of hospitals — coffee brewing along the hallways will do fine. ;)

  4. kyameel (unregistered) on March 31st, 2005 @ 4:27 pm

    reminds me of The New Medical City, that looks so much like Greenbelt, if you ask me.

  5. Crisel (unregistered) on April 7th, 2005 @ 3:00 pm

    Speaking of hospitals.. A “mall-like” hospital doesn’t sound bad at all.. If you think it is, try the Asian Hospital in Alabang.. It’s got that “hotel lobby” aura to it.. People unfamiliar with the place get the feeling that they should just turn around and look for a much more “homey” hospital.

    I’ve seen people enter, pause, look around a bit and walk right back outside after a while. Literally.

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