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Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
Trip End Mar 21, 2011

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Monday, February 7, 2011

So today started off pretty normal. We got up, went to the bus station and started our journey back to Bangkok. At the bus station, we took a taxi to our airport hotel, but ended up at the airport instead. Not a problem - we just grabbed the free Best Western shuttle to the hotel. After last night's sleep on the rock bed, we decided to treat ourselves and are staying at a pretty nice hotel. The room even had a bathtub - what a luxury! We thought about staying at the Novotel, but it was double the price and they actually seemed quite similar.

Once at the hotel, we went and had lunch, which was the best ever! We had the "Giant Salad Bar" and it was giant. It was full of fresh fruits and vegetables, had a soup and a dessert bar. We figured a salad bar at a Western chain hotel would be fine and we were all okay.

After gorging ourselves, we hit the pool for a swim. It was a nice pool and after not having a pool for quite a while, it was a treat.

Unfortunately, while our brother--in-law, Dave, was walking to the sauna, he slipped and dislocated his shoulder. Jeff with Dave's instructions was able to wrapped it up for the taxi ride and we got a recommendation for a hospital from the front desk. We got to the hospital and they took him into emergency, where they then took him to get x-rays of his shoulder. Diagnosis - dislocated shoulder, which we had already told them.

Meanwhile, Jeff was busy trying to get through to their insurance company as the doctors were saying that they wouldn't be able to relocate it at this hospital as Dave was "too big." Too big in Thailand, but normal size in North America. We wanted to get a recommendation for an international hospital as there was talk that he might have to have anesthesia to get it fixed. Instead, the guy on the phone was more interested in his details - DOB, phone number, etc., which are all useless in an emergency.

Luckily, Dave was able to convince them to give relocating his shoulder a try there and with the help of 6 people, they were able to get it back in.

Throughout the entire ordeal, Dave was very impressive - very calm and collected. I can't say that any of us in his position would have been that way. The best was that throughout he was asking Jeff to take pictures!

After a couple more hours of observation, we made it back to the hotel, which by this time was swarming with mosquitoes and employees running around with giant bug zappers! We had dinner and Dave said that his shoulder was feeling pretty good and that we should continue with our trip as planned.

So, tonight we fly to Krabi and in the morning will get picked up to go to Koh Kraden for 3 nights. This island doesn't have internet, so there won't be any posts until February 12 when we arrive on Koh Lanta.
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Harry on

Get well soon Dave!

Nannce on

Once a EMT, always an EMT. Hope it doesn't put too much of a kink in the trip

Dave on

Hello everyone,
I'm doing well now and made a remarkable recovery really, didn't interfere with snorkeling on Koh Kradan. thanks for the well wishes!

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