As I discussed in a thread a long time ago, I’ve wound up going to Russia to learn the Russian language–or at least to make a fair go at it. After two weeks, I’ve gotten past the initial panic and am at least kinda settling in, though it’s still lonely as hell and I have more than my fair share of “what the hell was I thinking” moments.
I’m staying in a flat with a host family, as it happens. (They’re friendly enough, though do sort of stay off and do their own thing. Still, perhaps better them than being in a dorm with all Chinese.) The only thing that really worries me about my current living arrangement, other than vague, hopefully ungrounded fears about crime, is the fact that as near as I can tell, everyone in this apartment has this really nasty cough. Not continual, I suppose, but persistent and deep/barking. This for the entire two weeks I’ve been here so far.
Now, to be fair, I’ve done a lot of worrying about pretty much everything since I’ve been here. This is a new experience for me, and it’s been much harder than I ever could’ve realized it would be. But sitting in an apartment for months on end with a bunch of people who are coughing all the time in a country known to have problems with tuberculosis is a little bit troubling. But then, I don’t really know what I’m talking about, of course.
I’m not at all sure how I’d bring it up with the school’s administration, much less the host family itself–there just doesn’t seem to be a polite way of going about it. But first I ought to figure out whether there’s even anything to bring up. So–is there really anything to worry about here?
(BTW: I don’t think this amounts to asking for medical advice; there’s no diagnosis or treatment going on, really. If it does, mods can feel free to deal with it appropriately, of course.)