My saga in Mangalore - falls, ambulances, doctors and nurses!!
One of the key goals on this trip was shopping at the Mangalore Mall. At 1.30 am of the arrival in Mangalore my hopes were dashed. On the way back from the bathroom I blacked out and received in a concussion and the side of my face that hit the wall the base board was banged up. I have extremely low blood pressure so this happens from time to time but I am usually aware and lay down on the floor before I fall. This time I had no warning.
The only thing I knew was my name and my Ken. Had no idea I was on a ship just very nauseous. Very disconcerting. The Ships Doctor was woken up and he pumped me full of “who knows what” and that eased the nausea.
I had to go to a hospital to have a CT scan to confirm no head injuries and that I could travel. When we saw the ambulance I had concerns. Antiquated equipment and bumpy.
But the Indian hospital was amazing. Fabulous attention. So many doctors and nurses taking care of me had a handsome plastic surgeon to do my few stitches. I even had a brain surgeon who was delightful and read all the tests. He knew I wanted to go back to the ship. I found out he wrote his permission for me to TRAVEL BY SHIP, I assume so the ship would not send me home.
While we were there Ken leaned back in his chair and it crashed to the floor with him in it. Shocked us all. I was worried he would hit his head on the bed next to us. Immediately doctors and nurses surrounded him and fortunately he just had a few cuts and bruises on his arms. In the end we both found that quite funny – they must think CRAZY Americans!
All these doctors and nurses, three heart tests, two different type of readings on the CT scan, IV, drugs, and ambulance total cost just $157.
So all things considered "life is good". I went to dinner last night complete with Hollywood large sunglasses, quite styling. Eye looks bad but really pretty easy to contend with. My reading eye is affected so hard to read and write but I am managing. It was a concussion but no real aftermath.
Cindy and Meredith bought amazing clothing at the Mangalore Mall. Which was what I REALLY wanted to do. So he said no long shore excursions but I am going shopping today (that’s not a shore excursion) to a mall here and it will be air conditioned and I will sensible and take it easy but thrilled to be going.
Most of these people cared for me plus the doctors.