My experience with the half moon party had just finished, and I vividly remember being in a great deal of pain. I took a massage, but every bone in my body ached. When I opened my eyes a dull ache appeared deep in my eye sockets. I ignored the pain, contributing the agony due to over-drinking, Redbull, lack of sleep and constant travel. The next day I journeyed to Koh Phi Phi.
I boarded a painfully long bus after a terrible duo of boat journeys to the mainland. The bus ride was 12 hours of hellish agony. I couldn’t get comfortable. Every position hurt at the core of my bones – bizarrely I still figured this was a hangover. When the bus finally rolled into Krabi bus station I was on the edge of my limit. Persuaded to buy a ticket to Koh Phi Phi, stay in a hotel and book a taxi I handed my cash over and was deposited in a hotel with the promise of a wake up call to take me to the dock in the morning.
I never made it
I slept for about 24 hours, feverish, painful and unable to move.
When I finally found the strength to get out of bed I went straight to the hostel reception and asked to be taken to the hospital. Exhausted beyond belief I was taken on the back of a motorbike to the Krabi public hospital, the only one in the area.
Now, my own interpretation of this hospital is influenced by the horrible pain I was in when I visited, I can imagine it’s actually not that bad in real life. In my memory, however the place will always remain a nightmare. Hundreds of Thai people coughing , spitting on the floor, people with distorted terrible faces and dogs barking like daemons. The queue seemed to go on for days, with only a few staff to cope with a town of people waiting.
I remember the plastic chairs they sat us on, hard and unforgiving on my weakened state. I was instantly confused about where to go, how long we had to wait and being so horribly sick during the whole proceeding.
There are a few details that vividly come back to me while I waited in the never ending line. The nurses sat me down and asked my height, to which I said ‘five foot eleven’, to which they looked at me like I was a moron. ‘Centimetres!’ the unsmiling nurse told me, ‘I don’t know’,
‘Oh, no I don’t know’
I felt like a small child, lost in a strange place. All I wanted to do was sleep, but the pain in my eyes and the full body rash gave me horrific nightmares, which kept me awake. I did not know what was wrong with me, I had a suspicion it might be dengue fever after Googleing my symptoms. I watched a monk being given some water, the Thai lady placed the water on a seat, after which the monk picked it up raised it to his lips and took the smallest sip before putting it down.
Finally, after nearly four hours of waiting my number was called, I left my plastic seat and walked into the doctors office….