Update on friend in hospital in Surin, Thailand.

My friend spent maybe 10 days in government hospital in Surin. The family needed to hire nurse because care was very limited. It was reasonable $15 for 8 hours.

But it was obvious this wasn’t a place to stay.

My friend Leon lives in Pattaya, Thailand about seven hours from Surin.

His Thai friend Nan spoke with ambulance lady/nurse and they told me about care home in Rayong about 2 hours outside Pattaya.

They packed him in ambulance again and took him to Rayong.

No one speaks English, so Nan was indispensable be cause she lived in USA for several years with Leon and spoke English.

So Mike is in home care with physical therapy. My friend Leon and Nan have been down twice to see how he is doing.

He has improved and has other issues besides the stoke.

But he has excellent care and is comfortable.

So after this medical situation I have decided to leave Siem Reap, Cambodia.

We are planning to travel to Koh Chang. I can take a taxi or mini bus. maybe seven hour journey.

I am really excited . It’s a fairly big tropical island. my friend Leon has a car which we can bring over on the ferry. Beautiful white sand ,blue water, coral reefs. restaurants and sort of travelable roads. I am so excited.

When I first arrived in Thailand we stayed in Bangkok. Then Jomtien Beach then the islands.

Took ferry down to Koh Samui. Leon had old friend who owned a resort.

Then travelled to Koh Phanyan, then my favorite Koh Tao.

Tropical Island. White sand

warm water. bungalow right on beach. Great restaurants and lots of divers. It was magical. But it was a small island and probably would have been too much to stay for a long time.

So Koh Chang is next!!

Continuing saga of medical in Cambodia

Well this fellow American I think I told you about was in expensive private hospital. And he needed physical therapy because he had a stroke a couldn’t move his legs . Or talk. Or eat.

So he was moved to a hospital in Surin, Thailand, which is about three hours away from Siem Reap, Cambodia. But you have to cross the border from Cambodia to Thailand. So they parked the ambulance and we all had to check out of Cambodia thru immigration and then check back in thru immigration to Thailand. There were five of us. So that took awhile.

Finally we get to the private hospital that had physical therapy machines. But they wouldn’t let him in. They said he needed brain surgery!!! I am like no no. I said read the ct scan. No machine.

“Go down the street to government hospital. They gave ct reader. ”

So down the street we go. After waiting in emergency the doctor says they can’t keep him. We have limited resources. Oh no. This is a nightmare. Please doctor can you do a ct scan and show them he doesn’t need brain surgery! He says Ok. But only can stay two days.

Anyway the ct scan came back fine. No brain surgery needed. Now he is in a ward with like 12 other people. Short staff so nobody is really watching him. You can hire an extra nurse. Which I said yes. But they didn’t do it. Then family sent money and they have him extra help. Like water and diapers.

I stayed for three nights. No one spoke English. Only the doctor in emergency and the head nurse. And that was difficult.

I headed home. I changed hotels three times. I was wiped out. I took a baht bus to the bus station after showing him picture of bus on my phone. Took a mini van back to the border. This time I went into the casino they have on the border. Had two cups of coffee and a donut and went to see what I could play. Some slots. Some roulette. It was a nice break from three days of torture.

Then my friend in Thailand and his friend/wife who is Thai, spoke with ambulance/nurse about a care home with physical therapy.

So back in ambulance and off to Rayong ,Thailand. Seven hours away.

He arrived last night at midnight. It’s a great facility.

My friends drove down from Pattaya to check him in. If it hadn’t been for them this whole thing would not have worked.

Money was western unions to friend M. He gave money to friend N and she paid the hospital yo get him out. Paid the ambulance yo get him to care home and paid the care home to take him. And she could communicate with every one because she was Thai and spoke English because she had lived in California and Las Vegas with M for years.

Would have been one big cluster…

Bangkok is really big.

When I first arrived in Thailand we were in Bangkok. Big city. Lots of traffic. Lots of huge shopping complexes. I couldn’t believe the shopping. I am from San Diego, California and we have nothing to compare. Probably compared to Manhattan. As many people as Manhattan. Amazing.

They have lots of transportation. Trains. Taxis motorbikes. Elevated rail.

I was completely lost. Went on the bkk. Could not figure out how to buy ticket or which way I should be going. I needed to buy SIM card so I could be in touch with family and my travel partner that missed the flight from LAX because he left his passport in his backpack in the van back in San Diego.

Finally figured it out. I think I found an Aussie that spoke English. Otherwise you are out of luck. No one spoke English at ticket counter. They had ticket machines that made no sense to me at all.

Very long day. Then I couldn’t get a cab. So I opted for motorbike ride. Scared to death. Thought I was going to die. He swerved in and out of traffic at a very accelerated speed. Did not take motorbike ride again.

My travel partner showed up three days later.

But in the meantime I managed to find more trouble.

Get into that next time!


Medical emergency-Go to Thailand.

My American friend is still in private hospital in Siem Reap.

I coordinated to have him transported to hospital in Thailand that would provide him with needed physical therapy due to his stroke.

Still in hospital in Siem Reap as his family gathers enough money to pay the bill. Thousands of dollars. I am talking almost $10,000.

The transfer will be good both for his physical well being but also saving his family from financial ruin.

Everything is ready to go. Approval that he can move. An ambulance that is way reasonable to ambulance him from Siem Reap in Cambodia across the border to Surin, Thailand. Two hours to border, one hour to Surin. Plus whatever else they run into.

So hope he gets there soon!!! Please be sure to have travel insurance or at least medivac insurance if you plan on visiting any country outside of your own. Be safe!!