Cast On, Cast Off

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So, after a nearly 30-hour journey, and with the aid of one tuk-tuk, one songtiaw, one taxi, one night train, one day train, two long distance buses and a fair bit of walking (sometimes even in the right direction), we have made it from Savannakhet in Laos to Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand.

We got a 60 day visa for Thailand this time round and are planning to spend the next two months almost entirely on Southern Thailand’s beaches and islands, heading on to Malaysia in late March. But before that starts, we’ve stopped in Hua Hin for a very important hospital appointment: tomorrow Scarlett gets her cast off!

She broke her leg on November 13th and it’s been a long, hard 10 weeks. At first she couldn’t sleep, then she couldn’t walk, then she couldn’t play with her sisters at all, then she couldn’t keep up with them on her crutches, then she couldn’t swim, but through it all, she’s been ever-so brave, hardly complaining through not only all that us dragging her half way across Asia.

But tomorrow (fingers crossed) there will be no more cast, no more complicated waterproof cast covers, no more dreadful itching and blisters where the cast rubbed, no more sand or stones to extricate, and no more carrying her up stairs (when she’s tired) or across beaches (when she has no cast cover on).

She’ll be mobile again and able to make the most of her travels.

All of which I’m glad for. Although I will rather miss the carrying her around in my arms bit.

14 thoughts on “Cast On, Cast Off

  1. I am completely ‘hooked’ to your blog, guys! I just found it today by change (in Ko Tao entry) and had to go back to the ‘starting point’. Not sure if I am only speaking for myself, but you all make me dream by sharing your experiences. Go on with your wonderful traveling!!!!!!!
    PS Two tips, if they are on your way: Koh Pu/Jum (Andaman Sea -via Krabi-) ‘Ting Rai Bay Resort’ and Koh Libong (more to the South also Andaman Sea -ideal to see some Dugong!-) ‘Le Dugong Libong Resort’

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    • Wow, I just had to google what a Dugong is, it looks awesome, thanks for the tip! We are just on our way to the Andaman coast right now, so will try to fit it into the island hopping schedule.

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      • Indeed, an animal about to disappear, unfortunately. Oh! I am positively so jealous that you guys are going to the Andaman coast 🙂 Enjoy very much!

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      • OK, it’s on the schedule for around 25th Feb, with our wildlife spotting record on this trip so far we’ll probably manage not to see them, but we’ll give it a try!

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  2. Hurray, Hurray,
    Tettie’s free from her cast today (fingers crossed)
    Let’s hope she’s careful while at play,
    And doesn’t incur another hospital stay!

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    • Thank you for the lovely rhyme,
      Tettie’s having a really good time,
      She’s been so good and safe today,
      Let’s hope she can manange another day!

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  3. How exciting…..I know how excited we were when Ruby’s cast came off. Enjoy that first swim in the sea and keep having fun! Love Mrs Koopman

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  4. Good to hear from you again
    So glad that you are in no pain
    In England it’s done nothing but rain
    I’ll be glad when you are home again

    Nanaxxx

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