10 weeks, 1 day
So DH's family is all in town. It is Grandma's 91st birthday this week, all the kids (10 of them!) are here for a week. It is lovely (well, not that they speak to me in English, but they're all having a good time). Oldest Uncle and wife have flown in from Hong Kong, and Second-oldest Uncle and wife have come in from Taiwan. 2nd Uncle is the father of DH's cousin who is expecting and due a few months before us, so it is all nice and happy.
So last night we went over there before dinner, and suddenly there was a lot of talk where I could here my name over and over. Finally I was like "DH, what are they talking about?!?!"
He said they don't think I should go to Vietnam. Youngest Uncle + Oldest/2nd Oldest were all up in arms about it. They think it is too risky. They pointed out things like - sure, you can eat only cooked food, but what if the bowl they serve it in is dirty? (Chinese regularly 'clean' their chopsticks in a restaurant with hot water).
As 2nd Uncle is a doctor (albeit a psychiatrist), everyone (DH and I included) takes his opinion more seriously, than, say, youngest Uncle going off about something. They're worried that I'll get traveller's diarrhea for days, and this could harm Appleseed. And that the hospitals there aren't good (which I'm not sure is true...?).
They kept saying "3rd world", but I was sort of thinking of Vietnam as 2nd world. Haha - I just googled it, Vietnam is 2nd world!
So I've already talked it over with my midwife and she's cool if I go, but now DH and I are having second thoughts. There is also the cost issue - good chance I won't get my $2200 flight back - OUCH. And it will be sad to be without DH for 3+ weeks - I am a crazy sleeper, that is for another post, but trust me, it will be unlikely to be smooth sailing. And I'll miss all this family bonding.
So, I ask you, my lovely first-world ladies - do you think I should go? Would you go in my shoes? Is there anyone reading that isn't from US/Canada that would like to drop an opinion? (anonymous comments welcome) (All of my shoes, including being stranded DH-less, losing money, not getting to go to see DH's friends in HK and buy a purse from the ladies market, not getting to see Ankur Wat, etc.)
Thanks Ladies for your vote!