Right, well you may think what on earth are they still doing in Hoi An when they've got so many plaes to go and pople to meet ... we are leaving here tomorrow but have got a bit held up over the last coupe of days. Sorry this is quite long but thought it was easier to say it all in one go than say it to each person ...
On Saturday, Nush wrote on our blog and then we spent the evening by the river, watching the full moon celebrations, including little lanterns that were sent floating down the river which was really pretty. On Sunday we had a fairly quiet day, returning to the tailors' twice for fittings to see if we needed any alterations made; it was amazing how quickly all of our clothes had been made up considering Nush ordered a long smart dress, a cocktail dress and a pair of shoes, Gareth ordered an evening suit, a lovely cream suit and a pair of shoes, and i ordered 1 cocktail dress, 1 summer dress, 1 long smart dress, 1 suit and 1 coat (!!!). BUT mine only came to 125 pounds!! Actually amazing.
We've all been having stomach cramps etc now and then which is just to be expected, but late in the afternoon i started to feel worse, and before i knew it i was back at the hotel being sick (and other things) without a break so i was really dizzy and tired as well. We thought it might just subside soon, but it didn't. Then there was a powercut which made the situation so much better, and then Nush pointed out that i was actually passing blood, at which point she got really worried and got reception to call the doctor (who was really nice and spoke good English). He came in about 20 mins and gave me an injection to try and stop me being sick, then gave me some tablets to take half an hour later but said to call him if i was sick again or anything. So we waited and i was sick after having the tablets so he told us to go to hospital, at which point i could hardly walk and was practically out of it because i was so exhausted. So Nush and Gareth packed some things for me and we got a taxi to th hospital which was like 30 seconds away thank goodness. We went straight into the emergency room which was really quite small, and they took my blood and hooked me up to a drip and gave me some more injections before moving me upstairs to my own room. It was really big and had an extra bed and a couple of chairs so Gareth and Nush sat up to keep an eye on me for a while before we all got some sleep. In the morning we met the lovely Dr Viet who was in charge, and i had another blood test and some more manky drinks and tablets etc while we watched star movies for hours on end (luckily the room had a tv, fridge, aircon, fan and private bathroom). I started to eat a bit and then had an ultrasound in the afternoon (which was a bit weird?!) but Dr Viet still wanted me to stay at the hospital another night so Gareth slept there too and in the morning i had another blood test and then they said i could leave at 4 (with some more antibiotics and rehydration stuff to take for the next week). It turned out i had acute gastronteritis caused by some bacteria that must have been in some of the food i'd eaten - great.
It was a nice hospital actually, really clean and we were in the International Department which was quite weird. All the nurses and doctors were lovely too, even the ones who didn't speak very good English.
More than anything, i was so so glad and lucky to have Gareth and Nush with me; no one could have looked after me better and poor Gareth who's really squeamish was even willing to sit with me every time they took my blood!
All in all, it was quite an experience, and an expensive one at that - 1370$ - thank goodness for travel insurance!
Today i was just resting at the hotel this morning, whie Gareth rented a moped for the day, and then briefly visited the beach this afternoon before picking up my clothes from the tailors which i will send home tomorrow (to you, Mum).
Later on tomorrow, we are moving on to Hue (only a 3 hour journey north) where we hopefully will be doing a motorbike tur with the same poeple Luce and Ben did theirs with.
Lots of love to everyone