Harmony & Amanda at Thailand: the outtakes, part 1
From Phuket we went to Bangkok. Nathan fell dreadfully ill. We wondered if he had caught an obscure bacterial infection from his one hour fish foot spa experience at Phuket. At the Damnoen Saduak floating market he summoned the energy to shop for tamarinds and other exotic items. I might describe his performance that morning as plucky, near-heroic — contact Nathan directly if you would like to see a photo of that hands-on shopping experience.
After being discharged from the hospital, and provisioned with a bagful of drugs and a diagnosis of flu, we proceeded to the other side of the Gulf of Thailand, taking a vehicular ferry across the open sea to Ko Chang. On this ferry I exhibited again the stunning visual effect (slimming) of vertical stripes.
Little did we know that our rakish tour of Thailand was rapidly turning into a hospital tour of Thailand. We would be on an emergency ferry ride off the island a mere 27 hours later, with Nathan unconscious and his family at Canada blissfully unaware of the severity of his illness. All those drugs he was taking for the flu? No effect. For he never had the flu. But more about that later.
While Nathan was bedridden at Ko Chang, we did some rakish shopping, fine dining, and enjoyed the great natural beauty of Ko Chang Marine National Park. Or, we enjoyed it as much as we could in the short time we had there, for Nathan went to the hospital at Ko Chang with a terrible rash and fever while I continued my quadracious training program by running from an elephant camp up a valley to a tropical waterfall. The prognosis at the hospital was grim. He would need to be transferred to the provincial hospital at Trat, so we packed our bags, checked out from the hotel, and rushed to catch the day's last ferry off the island.
To make a long story short, Nathan was admitted to the hopsital at Trat and spent nearly 24 hours there. He was on supplemental oxygen and an intravenous solution. The doctor there found he did not have flu, but could not find the problem, and recommended that we transfer him to a hospital at Bangkok.
We did return to Bangkok, Nathan went to another hospital, was diagnosed with measles, and recovered. The aftermath of that recovery was documented comprehensively and will be shared in a forthcoming report.