Doctors and Extensions

Trip Start Sep 09, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Well we're back in Akaroa having checked in to 'Top 10' (pitch 24 of course) for Sinead's last night in New Zealand. Maybe!

Shortly after dinner in Okains Bay last night her foot started to get a lot worse. More pain, more throbbing - not good. This morning we left fairly early and came back over to Akaroa where I drove her to see a doctor. I left Sinead in the car and went in to the surgery which was out of hours according to the sign outside. The doctor was off duty but said he would still take a look at it. An hour later and we were sat on the camping chairs by the van on pitch 24 looking at the sensational harbour. Sinead was sat quite comfortably with her ankle wrapped tightly in a support bandage, with an expression on her that I hadn't seen before. The doc had told her that she should rest her foot for at least two to three days, after which if there was no improvement, she was to go to Christchurch hospital for an X-ray as some of the bones in her foot may be broken. What threw the spanner in the works was the fact that she was flying to Melbourne tomorrow around noon. As funny and ridiculous as it was to consider extending her flight at the last minute (again), the real problem was that if she didn't leave New Zealand by the day after (when her visa expires), she would be here illegally which would get her in to all sorts of serious problems. After a lot of consideration, a couple of telephone calls and website visits, it was sorted.

The flight has been extended by a day and an online visa extension application has been lodged. All there is left to do is wait on the approval of the visa and the improvement of the foot. We've decided to head back over to Christchurch tomorrow just in case the visa application is rejected and also incase an X-ray is needed.

So we're sitting here for one last time with a beautiful view of the calm waters of Akaroa harbour, a cool beer, a bad foot and a much better foot recounting the crazy events of late and whistling the '999' theme tune. The lengths people go to to stay in New Zealand!
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