Sent to Coventry
Trip Start Aug 22, 2005
41Trip End Oct 31, 2005
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This is the starting point of our next trip, which is yet to begin. We really shouldn't be here - it was never meant to be this way, but when you don't really make any plans to do anything, you can't say it didn't go according to plan.
So, why are we here? I'll steer clear of philosophy and give a medical reason. After a year in China that was interesting, educational and at times quite difficult, we had planned to continue travelling in the big red country for 2 more months, visiting the far western provinces of Xinjiang, Gansu and Qinghai (home of the latest outbreak of Bird Flu) before moving down through Sichuan into Tibet, the rooftop of the world. But, we traded all that in for a few days spent hospitals around the world.
In assessing medical standards across the globe (previous hospital visits have been made in Europe, North America, South America, East Asia, South East Asia and Australasia), Sarah suddenly became ill on a Sunday evening, having spent most of the day marking exam papers. Back pains and fever kept her awake for most of the night, and as we were planning to fly onto Western China the following day, she decided to visit the college medical staff to see what the problem was. The problem was appendicitis, and she needed to go to the Henan No. 1 Hospital in Zhengzhou. They said it wasn't, and was nothing serious, although they were apparently worried about being sued. The next hospital the following day said it was an ovarian cyst. The next day we were told it was both, and Sarah could have "cut cut, 2 for 1". It was about then that we decided it was worth risking a burst appendix and flying home.
The flight was a little nerve-wracking, as medical care at 36,000 feet is apparently not great, but the flight went hitch-free. Then we arrived in London on the evening of July 7th.
The next day, Sarah was admitted to hospital and had her appendix out and a cyst drained on the Saturday, was discharged on the Monday and has spent the last 2 weeks recovering with a healthy diet of things we couldn't get in China, like bread, bacon, sausages, roast meat... basically anything that you might consider really nice when you don't feel well.
Meanwhile, as the man of the family, I have been forced to work.... at the Learning and Skills Council, which will come as no surprise to most of you. So, basically we came back as NHS tourists having paid no contributions towards the cost in the past 12 months and now I'm being over-paid to work for a government organisation. Still, I was nice and didn't ask for a pay rise......
The next trip is upon us. As soon as Sarah is well, we're off, following another leaving do and lots more socialising in the meantime.