Just a quick post here as I don’t have a lot of time. It’s our last full day in Thailand and we fly out to Seoul tomorrow night. It’s an overnight flight and one I’m not particularly looking forward to, given our recent spat of illness but I’ll get to that in a minute. First, those waterfall pics I wanted to show you from our trip to the island I mentioned in the last post.
The walk to the waterfall took about an hour. We first walked down the same main road we took to get to the beach we had been going to every day. Then we split off to a quieter road that was pretty much just jungle and rubber plantations…
There was very rarely a car or motorcycle in sight….
After a while, the road ended and we walked on a trail through the jungle…it seemed as we were arriving, everyone else was leaving and a stream of Thais were coming out of the jungle…finally we reached and area of low flat rocks and a creek with huge boulders….
After climbing over the boulders, we reached the waterfall, in the middle of nowhere and there were hardly any other people there. Just a Thai family and their children and a couple of other foreigners….
The Thai kids were crazy…they jumped off huge boulders and climbed the over hanging tree and jumped off that too….
The swimming was great. The water was not cold, but cooler than the ocean and there were a lot of fish attesting to the waters cleanliness. It was too deep to touch the bottom, but you could swim across and stand under the waterfall. It was great.
On to current events, once we came back from the island we spent a few days running errands in Bangkok and headed back to Kanchanaburi as my last post mentioned. The night before we left I had a fever and my body was aching everywhere but I figured I was just run down. M insisted that if I still had a fever the next morning that we’d postpone the trip to Kanchanaburi in order to be closer to better clinics. When I got up in the morning, my fever was gone so we went to Kanchanaburi. Once we got there though, I got more sick with a bad cough and fevers and M caught it too, pretty much by a few days later. I thought I might be getting bronchitis so I went to the pharmacy and got some cough syrup and antibiotics in case it was a bacterial infection. I slowly felt like I was getting a bit better, but I am still coughing quite a bit during the night.
For M, it was a bit harder. He hardly ever gets sick where I am pretty susceptible to bronchitis and pneumonia (I get one or the other every few years, pretty much my whole life). Not used to having such strong fevers, for so long, and such a cough, he was really suffering. The fever just didn’t seem to want to go away. We pretty much spent our whole week in Kanchanaburi in bed. I went to the pool every day and lay in the sun when I could, but M just felt too shitty and week for most of the time. He was sleeping most of the day. We started to get a bit worried about what he might have and why I was getting better and he wasn’t. As our time was running out, we headed back to Bangkok.
Still coughing and with a fever that spiked usually at the night we went to the clinic. By this time I was still coughing but I pretty much knew I had a lung infection and it would play itself out eventually. The doctor seemed to be concerned about possible malaria and that maybe the cough and cold virus was separate to the fever problem so he sent M to the hospital for blood tests where we could get results the same day. When we got there we saw another doctor who also advised a chest x-ray to see if there was any infection in the lungs. At this point we were kind of freaking out a bit and M was sure he had malaria. We started thinking about the possibility of having to postpone our ticket again and how much that was going to cost and the fact that we have no health care when we return to our country (we are non residents, having been away for more than six months so we have to wait at least three months to qualify for medical again when we return…its stupid).
We had to wait about an hour and a half for the results but it felt like forever. Luckily (it’s funny I say luckily), he didn’t have malaria, but he does have pneumonia which meant so did I, as I gave it to him. It’s luckily, because it’s not malaria or dengue and he will get better now that he has stronger antibiotics. It’s definitely put a damper on our last week in Thailand. I went back on antibiotics myself.
We fly out tomorrow night on an overnight flight to Seoul. M’s birthday is in five days. No booze for him 😦 Or me for that matter. We’re trying to make the most of it with what energy we have right now. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to Thailand…