I was then given a shot in my mouth of some homeopathic "calming" spray to ease my pain.
Next I went for my routine check-up at the Turkish health center where I learned that I have both a broken big toe, and a cyst on my face.
I now have a prescription for some Turkish antibiotics, some Australian burn cream, and an appointment with the Turkish podiatrist.
Some people might see this as a bad day, but look, I came here to learn about the culture.
How are you going to know how Turkish people feel about exchanging computer parts if you don't buy the wrong ones?
How are you going to know how they feel about you riding the public bus without paying if you don't try "accidentally" getting on one.
And how will I ever know the quality of Turkish health care if I don't start breaking some stuff and growing foreign lumps on my face?
Next I will gauge Turkish reactions to a woman joining the Turkish Armed Forces.
And after that - first female Turkey plumber.