Friday, April 6, 2012

How NOT to spend two nights in Bali

There is a reason so many people come to Bali and never leave. This island is beautiful, the people are friendly and it is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. Even in the hustle and bustle of Denpasar or the tourist haven of Kuta the sweet smell of Jasmine permeates the air and Hindu temples and blessings can be spotted in everywhere.

Unfortunately, Bali and I have had a rocky road. In January when I was here for in-country training my days were spent in office buildings and classrooms, not on beaches or exploring temples and food markets. But I'm here for work not vacation. And now once again, I find myself back in Bali, not for vacation but for medical reasons.

IV and medication plus CT scans and a lumbar puncture left me
feeling worse than before I entered the hospital

I won't go into the full details here but basically I was quite ill in placement in Flores and the decision was finally made to fly me to Bali for better access to proper medical facilities. A long story short after two nights in hospital they were able to rule out any serious complications (the main concern was meningitis). I am now recovering from what they belief was just a viral infection and bad case of viral arthritis. The staff at BIMC Hospital took exceptional care of me. I feel incredibly fortunate to have access to such exceptional medical care though it is hard not to feel guilty about this privilege. Seriously, though I had quicker access to medical care than I probably would have ever had in Canada, let alone the level or standard of medical care that many of my friends and coworkers have access to in Flores. 
The nicest room I will probably ever stay in the next 2 years.
Room service, A/C and television included.

Thanks to everyone for all the support and well wishes! I really am feeling much better and looking forward to getting back to work soon. And to the island of Bali: We will meet again, I hope under much better circumstances :)

*Reminder to anyone travelling! Always buy medical travel insurance!!! You never know when something might happen and even a quick trip to the doctor might be more than your entire budget!*

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