It`s raining again! Well, it is the rainy season here in Thailand! Peter Quest form Lovely Planet tv captures the downpour while staying at the UV English Club in Trat, South East Thailand.
Experience on video a Korean BBQ with Peter and the guys from the English Club . Not in Korea though. This barbecue was in Trat, South East Thailand .
Peter from Lovely Planet tv films a cookie making session with young Thai students at the English Club in Trat, Thailand.
My crazy Thai friend Thip and I ready to leave hospital.
Mask to guard against the MERS outbreak in the hospital.
Posts in reverse date order - latest first, working backwards.
Update from Thailand Thurs 25 June. Local Time: 8am. I intended to send the following post last night when I arrived in Trat but it has been raining almost non stop here for the pat 3 days. Just as I was about to press 'post', there was a power cut and the town was plunged into blackness. However, this morning it is still raining but at least the power is back on. Here is the post... Safely arrived in Trat and back at the UV English Club at around 6pm this evening . It was dry when we left Bangkok but as we drove further south it got wetter and wetter. Massive tropical downpours since arriving here. Never seen rain like it before. But it is the rainy season here after all. Thank you to my good friend Sirinthip (Thip) for driving me down here. I have some video of our journey down here which I`ll edit and post soon. On the way here we called into he local hospital in Trat to get my stitches removed. Cost just 200 Bht (£4) and all done in about 15 minutes from arrival. Good to see my friend Meaw, owner of the English Club, again. There are a couple of new volunteer teachers here, one from the U.S. and from from England. I`ll introduce you to them later on here when I finally get settled back in.
Exhausted... think I over did it with my little shopping trip to the local mall with Thip this afternoon. Needed some footwear and clothes though as all my stuff is still in Trat, Southern Thailand. I`m still in Bangkok but around 20/25 minutes drive from the centre and the local shopping mall is just up the road and around the corner. Thip drove me there and then we spent around a half hour shopping. I was drained when we got back. Obviously I`m going to have to take it easy for a bit. Major knee surgery and almost an entire month in bed has certainly taken its toll. Enjoying the change of scenery here tho. Thip`s condo is on the 5th floor and there`s a balcony with some great views over Bangkok. Off back to the English Club in Trat tomorrow for a couple of weeks. I`ll take it easy down there and see how things develop before deciding where to go next. I reckon it`ll probably be back here to Bangkok for a while and then onto Malaysia to film the Krishna temple openings in August. I then have a 3 month filming tour around SE Asia booked but I can put that back a few weeks if needed.
That`s it!... 6.40pm here and all ready to escape. lol . All cleared with doc now. Medication to see me thru currently being packaged... should be out within the hour. Just waiting to get drip needle removed from my arm. Initially being looked after by my Thai friend Thip who has spent the last 3 days by my side in the hospital. Nothing too much trouble for her and doesn`t expect anything in return because she`s Buddhist and Thai. A smile is enough
Nurse from the Philippines, my friend Almyra brings yummy pizza.
Phew...Notification from my travel insurers that they
would meet the cost of my treatment.
(Almost £20,000 for 3 operations
and 4 weeks in hospital).
Come and meet the guys... In this video update, Peter from www.lovelyplanettv.com introduces you to the guys currently at the UV English Club in Trat, South East Thailand.
Typical of many Thai`s who move to the city for work, Thip lives in a one room condo in Bangkok. It`s simple living. Lovely Planet TV`s Peter Quest spent a couple of days with her and discovered just how basic her home life is.
It has been a month now since I was admitted to hospital with what turned out to be a rather nasty flesh eating disease which had entered my right leg through a small cut just below my knee. During this time my plans and arrangements here in S E Asia have had to be put on hold. However, I think (hope) the doctors here have succeeded in removing the infection and I will soon be up and out of here. Hopefully I will be getting out of hospital within the next few days.
Whether or not I will continue with my plans here in SE Asia or return to the UK remains to be seen. The general consensus (from UK Doctors who are following my case, my insurance company and close friends) seems to be that I return to the UK for aftercare. But I am not so sure. There are pluses and minuses to both sides and right now the pluses are stacking up slightly in favour of staying and continuing my journey here.
I came here to experience other cultures, to help NGO`s, to further my filmmaking experience and to share the story with whoever was interested through blogs and video`s on my website at www.lovelyplanettv.com. I wish to continue on this path and sometimes feel that if I were to simply come back to the UK because of a setback that has now been eradicated (so long as it has), I would be giving in too easily.
I`ll let you know the final outcome soon.
Saturday 13 June. Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok... Local Time 2pm...
I`ve been in trouble today. I took it upon myself to go walkabouts as I was feeling pretty chirpy and I only get restrained by the drip feed for an hour or two twice a day now. Keeping my right leg, the one that`s had the op, as straight as possible as I`d been told, I went down in the lift to the next floor and out into the roof garden. Really nice with some spectacular views over Bangkok. I was just about to go and find the internal cafe to get a coffee when I was collared by one of my nurses. Apparently, my Doc says I should not be walking yet, so I was sent back to bed. lol. Mind you I do feel a bit knackered now I must admit, so it is probably for the best. I got the impression it was ok for me to go for short walks as I was out of bed for a short while yesterday. Obviously I was wrong. A communication problem I think. That`s my excuse anyway :)))))))))
Update from Bangkok.Thurs 11 June. Local Time: 1pm.
My friend Thip left this morning to visit her mum in northern Thailand. She stayed here at the hospital for the last two nights sleeping on the couch in my 4 person ward as friends or family of patients often do here at Bumrungrad International Hospital. She mothered me of course, making sure I had everything I needed here at the hospital. I only wish we could communicate a little easier as my Thia and her English are not good. However, we still manage to get on and have a laugh. I`m looking forward to seeing her again next week when I should be in position to walk again. Today I had a visit from the visa extension department here at the hospital and it seems I`ll be granted a further 30 day visa when my original one runs out on 15 June. This is good because, subject to my leg making a full recovery, I intend to return to the English Club in Trat in South East Thailand for a week or two to finish the work I had started there.
Update from Peter in a Bangkok Hospital... Local Time: 11am Wednesday 10 June.
What a bizarre night (Part One)... My surgeon thought I was joking when I commented to him this was like a dream turning into a nightmare. But it was, in a funny sort of way. I hadnt been asleep long when at just before midnight last night, my surgeon and a couple of nurses woke me up and started poking around at my leg. My surgeon apologised for the late hour and, looking at my leg, added, yes, I think we can do this now. Meaning my leg was ready for the next stage. He then simply started to rip off the cling film over my knee which had been there to protect the stitches and hold the two tubes which had been inserted into my knee, in place. As I screamed, he apologised and blamed my hairy legs, which, to be fair, was true. I was just being a big baby. lol. There then followed a few comings and goings to my knee with surgical instruments like knifes and scissors and scalpals, followed by the sizing up, cutting and insertion of a what I assumed to be a piece of my own skin, taken from the previous skin graft I`d had a few days ago. The leg was then bandaged up and I was told not to bend it for at least a week otherwise the whole proceedure he`d just done would fall apart. The reverse has just been told to me this morning by a nurse, by the way. I`ll no doubt find out whether to bend or not to bend in due course. All I can say is that I am glad I was laying down flat and therefore could not see what was happenning last night. Although it didn`t hurt, apart from the removal of the cling film, I could tell by the face on my guest at my bedside, that it wasn`t very pleasant.
Update from Peter. Friday 5 June Bangkok. Local Time 12.30pm
I hate this sitting and waiting around. But that`s all I can do really. Apparently my knee has to be looked at again to see if there is need for a skin graft which I had assumed had already been done on the last operation because there is now a dressing over part of my thigh as well as my leg. Then, I`ll have to build up the muscles again to enable me to walk. The physio has given me some leg exercises to do but I really need to get out and walk on it. Communication a bit of a problem here which is a little surprising for such a well known international hospital. I think I`ll put a notice on the staff notice board offering English Lessons when I get better. Anyway, hopefully not too much longer - only so much you can do laid in a bed 24hrs a day. Actually, I`ve been allowed to sit on the seat at the bedside today and am enjoying my cold orange juice straight from the fridge which Thip and Yohann bought me yesterday. ...the orange juice that is. Not the fridge. :)))))))
A different kind of Lovely Planet tv travel video.... To break the monotony during his spell in Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok, Peter whips out his camcorder...
Following his unscheduled stay in a Bangkok hospital, get ready to join Peter Quest as he continues documenting his travels and adventures across South East Asia. Follow the journey at www.lovelyplanettv.com soon!
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