Breakfast was at MacDonalds….bacon and egg mcmuffins……very conveniently located next door. Then off to the hospital to see the specialist….just a short walk from the lovely Centara Hotel where we are staying.
The hospital in Udon Thani seemed a bit more dated than the one in Chaing Mai but none the less quite efficient and we didn’t have to wait too long…..a nurse escorting us to each of the various sections we needed to go and passing paperwork on. Despite Chiang Mai assurances they would forward my records no one had any X-rays or reports so that was a bit of a concern, but it was all good news at the hospital ….the orthopaedic specialist says it’s about 60% healed….X-ray shows implants all in good position and alignment….. so they took the cast off….they now have the horrible smelly thing…. although Vince did suggest I gift it to our friend Mike who had wanted to draw on it for me (haha)! Better off in the bin I think!
I have been given 4 different drugs to take for pain, inflammation, muscle relaxation and calcium for healing…….now I will really rattle! The drugs are because the Dr says the Physio will make the arm very painful….I had an hour session today with the people from the rehabilitation unit and yep……pretty painful! So I have to put hot and cold packs on and some special exercises to do each day for an hour….as many times a day as I can manage. The Dr wanted us to come back in 6 weeks for more X-rays and checks but we told him we expect to be back in Aust by then….so he agreed we can get it checked then, as he’s not worried. He reckons it will be three months before the bone will be fully healed …..so no heavy lifting or push ups on it (I couldn’t put that kind of pressure on it anyway at the moment it’s very weak….and anyone who knows me will know push ups aren’t even in my vocabulary!)
We have decided to stay another night here, and after considering the hassle of crossing the border another two times to go through Laos to Cambodia we have opted to just start to head
south through Thailand and go to Cambodia that way instead.