Today we are in Turkey...we got to see the amazing archeological ruins at Ephesus and then we got to see the ship's hospital, up close and personal.
3 days ago when we encountered rough seas Gary went to the ships hospital and was given Dramamine and some seasick wrist bands. He didn't feel satisfactory relief so he used some of the patches that Lenore had received from her doctor at home. Today on our tour he began to feel faint, complained of heavy limbs, stumbled and slurred his words. Being my sensitive self? I parked him in the shade sitting on top of an antiquity while I continued the tour! As we moved on to lunch at an outdoor Turkish taverna (awesome!) he was still dragging. He stumbled back onto the bus and almost fell out of his seat several times during the 1 hour bus ride back to the ship. He stumbled off the bus, almost pulling Lenore down in front of the bus! It was a long walk down the pier to our ship and there was no way Gary was going to make it so we parked him on a chair at the first cafe we passed and Ron ran off to get a wheelchair from the ship...imagine running through Fisherman's Wharf in SF, dodging tourists, dogs, baby strollers...oh ohh this was going to take some time!! Lenore and I held my scarf up to provide shade on Gary ( never mind that WE were frying in the hot sun!). At one point the waiter brought Gary a bottle of water. Later he came out and put orange flower water on Gary's neck and fanned him with my scarf. Still no Ron/wheelchair! At this point I tried to get the kind waiter to get a cab to pull up right in front of the restaurant but the cab driver started yelling in Turkish! Finally Ron came running with the wheelchair and we loaded gary in and took off quickly. Turkey is not as ADA compliant as the US and we encountered a very steep ramp that was so steep that Ron couldn't push the chair up. Out of nowhere 2 turkish men appeared and gave a mighty push to get us up the ramp...it was still a long way to the ship but we finally made it and they whisked Gary into the infermery where it was decided that he was having a severe reaction to the seasick patch! We wheeled him up to our room and I went off to join R&L for our customary cocktail hour at the bar at the front of the ship and then off to dinner...leaving poor Gary to fend for himself with the room service menu!