Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Hospital trip in Burma: Walking Wounded

Yuck yuck yuck yuck. So my legs are all infected and I spent the morning at the doctors being poked and prodded and now I have to wait 3 days for the results. They want me to stay in Yangon but I can't miss going to Bagan... that's the only reason I came to Burma! So I'm going go to go to Bagan today at 4pm on a 16 hour train (I chose train as it was same price as bus but has beds - 16,500 local currency £8). Then I'm going to wait for the results, go to Inle lake then come back to Yangon before my flight leaves from here a week today. 

Like... Holy moly, I can't even describe how much it hurt when they were picking at my infection and rubbing saline solution and iodine all over it. A nurse and two doctors were just picking at me, and it was so so painful. They kept squeezing trying to get more pus out to send off to the lab to see what infection I had. 

Originally it started off with one spider bite that I had in the middle picture there, then I had that for 3 weeks and it just wouldn't heal. It looked like I've been shot by a bullet and will no doubt leave a scar too. Then, in the last week, I got 6 more infected bites. Every time I accidentally knock them, the bites just explode and pus goes everywhere and I want to vomit at the site of it. They're really painful too and just keep spreading. Wahhhh.

Luckily all the people treating me were really nice and tried to keep the cost down. The place was nice too as it was an international clinic. It cost £40 for dressing, cleaning and 2 swabs to be sent off along with the price of the consultation, so it wasn't too bad. 

I have received quite a lot of injuries this holiday I am aching all over. I have a scar on my knee from where I tripped over in the Philippines. In the same event I also damaged my little toe and it spent weeks infected and having to be drained. Yuck.  My backpack also cut down my leg where one of the support poles was poking out and scratched along it ripping the skin as it went. Also lots of mini scars from scratching mosquito bites...

I also got a few surfing injuries - I discovered a large lump on the back of my head from where the board smacked me and I have a huge pain on the side of my rib cage where my tattoo is from where the board also hit me as I collied into another girl. 

I am the definition of walking wounded. Ouch and yuck. 

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