Update from Peter in Bangkok`s Bumrungrad International Hospital. Mon 1 June. 7am
I can finally say, with complete confidence, that I HAVE A HEART! I know this because I finally saw it bobbling about on an xray monitor screen last night. In fact, I`ve met so many of my inner organs for the very first time, this way, in the past few days. I might even find names for a few of them, like Larry the Liver, Harry the Heart and Kevin the Kidney. I had another operation on my leg last night. I think it is now a case of open it up, remove any of tne infection remaining and repeat until all is safe to stitch up. But just how long that`s going to take in anyones guess.
I really just want to get all this healed and be on my travels again. But at least I`m in the company of fabulous nurses, friendly doctors and a great hospital for now.
The one bug bear I have is that each time an operation is scheduled, they tell me (half hour before) that the insurance company have not authorised payment yet. Could I let them swipe my card, just in case? Errrrrrrr. I don`t think so!
May 30 at 11:41am · Hurworth · Edited ·
This is the hospital Peter is being transferred to.....I think we have no need to worry he will be in one of the best hospitals in the world!
Bumrungrad International Hospital
This is a private International hospital in Bangkok. It has an excellent reputation worldwide! The travel insurance company have arranged the transfer.Peter has said he will skype me, when he has arrived safely, it is a four hour road trip from Tratt where he has been staying.
Update from my hospital bed in Trat ,Thailand. Sat 30 May. Local Time 10.15am.
You know how I thrive on spontaneous adventure? Well, this morning I`ve been informed that my insurance company have arranged for me to be transferred to a specialist hospital in Bangkok later today. I`m yet to find out 'specialism' in what tho? Infections ...or Mental Health :-))))))))))))
May 29 at 8:40am ·
Good afternoon. Well ...it is here anyway. Just coming up to 2.30pm.... Friday 29 May. Pleased to say I am back to my cheerful self again today smile emoticon And thank you for all nice comments. I shall reply to them all within the next day or so. I felt quite sad yesterday at the position I found myself in. I had always tried to respect other cultures even those cultures who were not only different but looked to be a little strange and unreasonable to my own. And so, yester...
May 28 at 8:24am ·
The smile is slowly slipping frown emoticon Leg op didn`t work and it is getting worse. They want another go at it. But my confidence is slowly running out. KIdney problem op on hold as insurance company too damn slow. Day two with no food or water while I await some sort of action. I knew I`d run into the disadvantages of being out here sooner or later but this is a little too soon.
May 27 at 10:17am ·
Right now I have just 2 words to say to you. Actually, it should be 3. But one of them begins with the letter F and I seldom use this word (on facebook). lol. The 2 words are... COLONIC IRRIGATION. At least they could`ve warned me so I could`ve at least attempted to keep my posture smile emoticon Seconds before the pretty Thai nurse shoved the pipe up my rectum she said to me, something like, sing, sam, song, which I took to mean 1.2.3, a sort of get ready warning. Probably nothing of the sort. I`m still delirious.
It`s just after 1pm, Wednesday 27 May here and a couple of hours ago I thought my time in this mortal body had finally come to it`s end. One of my young Thai Doctors here came into my room with a stern face and an even sterner looking nurse. And it`s very unusual to see a stern Thai, unless he`s a policeman and you`ve broken the law that is. But yesterday, during the scan of my kidney`s, I`d already seen what appeared to be the eyes of an alien peeking out from within my body, Maybe if I`d been a woman it might have been less fearful... But I don`t think babies live inside kidney`s.
Can we turn the TV off? Inquired the nurse.
I quite like some of the older Harry Potter movies but dubbed into Thai seems to take away the understanding a little, for me anyway, so I simply said, "Yes. That`s fine by me".
But then the Doctor spoke. A serious, carefully thought out statement had been prepared. Seven words that would change my life ...forever!
"I have some bad news for you!"
"Yes, I though so", I replied.
"Kidney Stones", he said.
I almost wet the bed with delight. I think I may have even smirked a little. I know a few people who`ve had Kidney Stones removed. Can be a little uncomfortable I`ve heard. But all are still alive. I think! So, another private hospital for a specialist op it seems. That`s after an op to retrieve samples from my kidney`s this evening. Having Kidney Stones can be life threatening but as long as you act quickly by removing the stones, most people are fine.
I`ll tell you more tomorrow.
May 26 at 1:23pm ·
Well... I never imagined I`d be writing a post from a hospital bed in South East Thailand. But you know me ...full of surprises. And I always end up in paradise. I`m thinking of course about the spectacular view from my private room high on the 6th floor. Well, actually, have I mentioned the nurses here. Oh yes ...I will have done. lol. I`ll tell you about the craziest person I have ever met on my travels tomorrow, Augusto Santana! from planet ...errr... Brazil. :))))) Got a couple of recent video to upload to www.lovelyplanettv.com too