Dentists, Doctors and DVDs

I’m currently packing up my stuff and getting ready to leave Koh Samui.  I catch a boat to Koh Tao in about 12 hours where I will spend the next 6-8 weeks getting my divemaster certification.  I’m really looking forward to getting back in the water again. My month on Koh Samui is coming to an end and it has been a less than stellar two weeks.

Not everything is glamorous when traveling and I had my first experiences with the healthcare system abroad.  I was eating out one night and one of my fillings came out.  I don’t know how, as I was eating minced pork and nothing hard, but a chunk of it came out and I had to head to the dentist the next day.  $30 later and it was all better.  Pretty much the same service as the US but a lot cheaper.


I continued with the Muay Thai training and have been really enjoying it.  Apart from accidentally kneeing two guys in the groin, it was going well until I kicked a guy incorrectly and cut my toe with my toenail.  Nothing major.  I went training the next day and it was fine.  The next day it was a little infected.  In hindsight, it’s probably not the best idea to walk around the gym and the dirty streets of Thailand with an open wound.  I took a couple of days off training in the hopes of it getting better but it didn’t.  On day 5 I was walking to get lunch and had a sharp pain in my groin.  I headed back to my room and checked WebMD and it said to go to the hospital immediately.  I guess the infection had spread from my foot to my lymph nodes.  I hopped in a cab and went to the hospital.  Sure enough the infection had spread.  They cleaned up the wounds, gave me a bunch of drugs, collected $300 and sent me on my way.  No kickboxing, no beach, no pool, no alcohol for 10 days.  Just rest, stay off the foot and keep it elevated.  The hospital was pretty nice and there was no wait at all.  I just walked in and saw the doctor within 5-10 minutes.


What does someone do when they can’t really do anything?  Watch a lot of dvds.  I have been catching up on a number of TV shows but it’s been a pretty boring week or so.  I am looking forward to diving and possibly kickboxing in the evening.  I have narrowed it down to 2 dive shops and am going to visit both of them and try to find housing for the next 2 months tomorrow.  It will be nice to be active once again.


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