Ken Fassett, global sales manager for RJG Inc., will come home to Traverse City, Mich., with a little something special from the Chinaplas trade show. He'll come home with five stitches and a couple of bottles of antibiotics. The story started on Monday, the first day of the show here in Guangzhou. Ken was cutting some plastic rings in RJG's booth, in order to attach exhibitor badges to some lanyards. "I'm better with a molding machine than with a pocket knife," Fassett joked. RJG provides a variety of services to injection molders, including training and systems integration. Anyway, he sliced his left ring finger pretty badly. "I was really afraid that I would have to go to a hospital," which would have meant missing a big chunk of the first day of the trade show. One of his colleagues suggested going to an on-site clinic on the trade fair grounds. The little clinic actually stitched up the wound on the spot, and also gave him some pain killers, antibiotics, and an IV (after he passed out). Unlike some U.S. hospitals, the doctor didn't ask first if Ken had health insurance. The care was quite a bargain by Western standards. "The whole thing cost me 236 RMB," or less than $25. That included all the medications. Fassett called his doctor back in Traverse City on Monday night, described the care he had received and explained what medications he was taking. The doctor told him everything sounded good. Fassett ended up with a heavily bandaged finger that was throbbing pretty bad when I saw him on Tuesday afternoon. Oh, plus one more thing. "Now I have one more story from the road," Fassett said. At least it has a happy ending.
Life of a road warrior
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