Posts Tagged "Bumrungrad"

Holidays and Hospitals

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Travel | 11 comments

Holidays and Hospitals

We’re on R&R leave this week. For those of you not familiar with the aid world, R&R stands for Rest and Relaxation. Twice a year Mike gets an extra week of leave we can use to leave Luang Prabang and fly somewhere regional for a little mini-break. This time we’ve headed to the south of Thailand. We’re in Krabi, near a beach called Ao Nang. We’ve rented a small two-bedroom townhouse for six nights that shares a lovely pool with its neighbors. We’ve spent the week introducing Dominic to boats and beaches, catching him as he jumps off the pool’s waterfall, and eating good...

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Adding insult to serious injury

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Miscellaneous | 7 comments

Adding insult to serious injury

Until this afternoon the title of this post was going to be “I can’t be bothered to write an update” because that’s how I’ve felt since Wednesday – exhausted and pretty much completely uninterested in my computer, my blog, my book, my job, and the outside world. So instead of blogging I’ve been walking myself and Dominic back and forth from the hotel to the hospital two to three times a day to visit Mike and crawling (collapsing) into bed in the afternoons when Dominic goes down for a nap. The rest of the time I’ve been focused on keeping the youngest member of this family...

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Searching for silver in storm clouds

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Miscellaneous | 11 comments

Searching for silver in storm clouds

It’s been ages since I wrote a post in my series about fruits of the spirit. I’ve felt a bit stuck on the theme of kindness – trying to think of something new and fresh to say on the topic. Or perhaps I should just say that I’ve felt stuck “trying to think”. It’s been a busy, exhausting couple of months. Most of the time right now I feel as if I’m walking around with half a working brain, a quarter of my personality, twice my normal quotient of irritability and anxiety, and not a single flicker of creative inspiration. These last few months have not been my favorite season of...

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Back to Thailand, back to hospital

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Miscellaneous | 4 comments

Back to Thailand, back to hospital

So the fact that I actually broke my ankle ten weeks ago instead of just spraining it wasn’t the worst medical news we received last week. That was the news that Mike herniated a disc in his back in March bending over to pick up Dominic. Mike’s been in significant and increasing pain for the past five months, so last week on his way to Sri Lanka for work he stopped for the day at our favorite stomping ground in Bangkok, Bumrungrad Hospital, to see a specialist. The specialist sent him off for an MRI (same day, no waiting, hooray for Bumrungrad) and the MRI confirmed the disc rupture. The...

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Conversations in hospitals

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Life in Laos | 4 comments

Conversations in hospitals

As you can probably imagine, Mike and I have talked about many things since Dominic’s accident. Much of what we’ve been mulling over is serious, hard stuff and nowhere near funny. These two snippets, however, I can share. They’re as close as we came to laughing this week. In the doctor’s office, staring at Dominic’s X-rays on the computer screen while three specialists debated out in the hallway about whether Dominic needed surgery: “I think I should quit the fruits of the spirit project,” I said. “What?” Mike said. “Think about it,” I said. “It took me more than a...

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Heading back to Laos today

Posted by on Jan 28, 2012 in Life in Laos | 8 comments

Heading back to Laos today

The doctors at the hospital felt confident enough to discharge us yesterday … until I mentioned that Dominic had started to cough and sneeze. As it turns out, he was coming down with his first major cold. When the hospital relayed this information to the insurance company, they strongly recommended that we stay at least one more night. In fact, they stopped just short of telling us they wouldn’t fly us home yet even if we wanted to go. So we spent our third night in the hospital last night with the poor little fellow – this time trying to figure out how to prevent him from falling...

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Dominic’s leg: The ugly, the bad, and the good.

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Life in Laos | 21 comments

Dominic’s leg: The ugly, the bad, and the good.

We’re here at Bumrungrad hospital in Bangkok. I tried to organize this into some sort of coherent update by good, bad and ugly categories, but I not feeling coherent enough myself yet to pull that off. So, in no particular order and with no particular artistry, here’s what’s going on. Good: Mike and I are overwhelmed by the amount of love and support people are directing our way from around the world. We are so touched and feel so loved. Dominic, of course, has no idea that so many people are thinking of him and praying for him, but we sure do.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Bad:...

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A three year “anniversary” in Bumrungrad

Posted by on Oct 21, 2010 in Life in Laos | 10 comments

A three year “anniversary” in Bumrungrad

We are still in Bangkok in Bumrungrad hospital. Mike is still in those sexy green PJ’s with an IV line sticking out of the back of his hand and plastic bags full of Dalacin and Ceftriaxone hanging off a metal stand above his head. Periodically air bubbles get in the line and the machine emits a loud and obnoxious beeping that doesn’t stop until a nurse comes and sorts it out. Yesterday’s last course finished dripping into his veins at 11:20pm, and nurses came in this morning to take his blood pressure at 5:15am – which I think is a ridiculous practice. Why would you wake someone out...

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Greetings from Bangkok

Posted by on Oct 19, 2010 in Life in Laos | 24 comments

Greetings from Bangkok

About two hours after I posted A Tale of Two Right Legs I got a call from Mike at the office. Our emergency evacuation medical insurance company had gotten involved. Given Mike’s history with this particular set of bugs, they wanted him to go to Bangkok. It all happened very quickly after that. We made the decision that I would come with him, and the insurance company made the reservations for both of us on the 2:20 flight to Bangkok. We packed in less than an hour, got to the airport, finished paying for my ticket with a credit card forty minutes before scheduled take-off, and we were on...

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