... very often. I cannot remember that last time I visited the medical centre other than to get anti-malaria pills etc.
But this week, I had to give in. Two or three weeks ago, I sneezed and promptly became deaf in one ear. I was not too concerned ~ it has happened before and cleared itself after a couple of days.
But this time, it hasn't. And on Wednesday morning I woke up to find my face was swollen and resembling a misshapen pumpkin - nothing new there then I hear someone retort - cheek.
So I trotted down to see a doctor, who confirmed that I had an abscess in my jaw. Brilliant.
I am now on a course of antibiotics to clear the abscess and hopefully the infection I have probably got in my ear. Cost? £7.30.
And then, of course, I will have to line up a visit to the dreaded dentist.
Oh well, it could be worse. At least I am in the UK at the moment. Although I have complete faith in the Kenyan health service, it is a question of the comfort of surroundings I am familiar with.