The Day That Ruined My Travel Plans For 6 Months

The Day When the Accident Happened…

On Thursday the 4th of July, I was looking forward 11:20am when I would finish work at the kindergarten for the day and could resume preparations for my Japan cycling trip. Unfortunately, I did not come back home this day – I have not been home since – I had an accident during one of my morning classes.

The hospital in Dalang, Dongguan
The hospital in Dalang, Dongguan where I was taken right after the accident

 

I teach English, 2-6 years old Chinese kids, and as you may imagine I have to be very active to attract and retain their attention during the classes. I don’t speak Chinese at the level where I could explain new words, so I have to illustrate them.

I was in front of twenty 4-year-olds making them laugh. I turned around and my foot got stuck to the floor. I felt bones in my left knee separate and crack. I lost all control over my left leg and fell to the ground.

It apparently didn’t look as dramatic as it felt. Kids thought I was playing with them so they fell to the floor, pushed their way to jump on me and as I was protecting the knee with hands, they wanted to touch it more. The two teachers who accompanied me during the class were laughing and teasing kids, Even me shouting to them didn’t help (they don’t speak English). It took very long 5 minutes before they realised I was not joking, asked kids to sit down, and called Agness.

All the way to hospital, nobody took it seriously, I even thought that I’m exaggerating, but I simply couldn’t move my leg and was in excruciating pain.

First Impression of Chinese Hospitals

The building of Dalang hospital
The building of Dalang hospital

 

Dalang Hospital was the closest one and the doctor was the first person to finally take me seriously. I was rolled in from the parking lot to the reception on a hospital bed. My knee was bent and I couldn’t move it. I had to take few x-ray scans, which were useless in the long term, but showed the doctor I can have my leg straighten up.

The view from Dalang Hospital
The view from my balcony

 

The doctor had to put the bones back in place. Two men held me down while he forced my leg to straighten up. I certainly don’t want to have that done to me ever again.

Few hours later I was able to go on a wheelchair and start the second round of scans, 9 in total. Looking at them, the doctor said that I may have a surgery, but there’s a good chance I will not need one.

Hospital corridors and reception of Dalang Hospital
Hospital corridors and reception

 

They took great care of me in Dalang Hospital. All the staff was amazing, with nurses worrying about me being so far from home. They were all coming to talk to me and take photos. Whatever I need, I got it before even asking. I had my own wheelchair to go around the ward and beyond. Some of my students’ parents work in Dalang Hospital, so they were visiting me, it was convenient for Agness and all my other friends to come over.

Chinese nurse and foreigner patient
One of the nurses who was looking after me

 

Dalang Hospital does not specialise in treating this type of injuries, they recommended to me that I should go to Dongguan Hospital of Chinese Medicine. That’s the hospital where I am now, it’s a one hour taxi ride from my home in Dalang. They have totally different approach to the patient here, i.e. patient is a source of money, no need to care too much. When we arrived at the hospital by school bus (so that I can lay on the floor), I was not allowed to be rolled in on a wheelchair, because this privilege applies after being seen by a doctor and paying for the first night in the hospital. Not to mention that 8 wheelchairs were chained just few metres away. My boss had to bribe the doctor, for him to see me (no details, but a lot of money). There were few other unusual in Western countries behaviors, but that’s enough to paint the picture.

The Shocking Diagnosis

The most annoying aspect of being in a Chinese hospital is that nobody tells you anything. It’s not only the case of language barrier. My doctors speak English, however they are very reluctant to tell me bad news.

A boy on the wheelchair
My first day on the wheelchair

 

I thought it was something minor, few weeks with a leg in a cast, a bit of pain and that’s all. It only crossed my mind after few days to ask how long I will not be able to walk. Then, reluctantly, the doctor said “several months”. It blew me away. I asked for specifics, just to be told “6 months or so”.

The news rushed to my head, I was speechless. That wasn’t the answer I ever expected to hear. I was devastated. What if I cannot cycle long distance again? What if it doesn’t heal well? Nobody can answer this, and I’m not sure if I really want to know.

Bitter Sweet Truth about Chinese Medical Care

It won’t shock anyone that Asia is cheap – as long as you are healthy. Hospitals certainly are not cheap in China. This applies to foreigners even more than to locals, which is understandable.

Chinese patient having a lunch
One of Chinese patients I shared my room with

 

One night stay in a hospital can cost up to $300, as it is in my case. Then, they try to keep me here as long as they possibly can. Whereas in Dalang Hospital I had injections daily and understood I need to be there, in Dongguan Hospital I had no attention or any medical assistance up to now. I might have gone home and come back for surgery, and it would not change a thing. However, they have me hospitalised, because I pay cash.

Food in the hospital, snacks
Food and drink Agness and my Chinese friends brought me the other day

 

If you ever have to stay in hospital in China, please remember to take cash with you, because you need to buy food. I think this is because normally Chinese people are surrounded with friends and relatives all day long in hospitals, so they don’t need food served by hospital staff.

The good side of Chinese hospitals is that the nurses are usually friendly and helpful, water is free and microwaves available. The doctors will make a thorough assessment through all kinds of examinations.

Chinese patient sleeping
One of Chinese patients after his surgery

 

The downside is that when you get transferred, as I was, you need to undergo all the tests again – and pay for them. The new doctor will not approve of the previous results and needs to check again.

Enormous Support

Throughout my stay in hospital I had an enormous support from everyone around. I had my friends visiting me daily and cooking for me amazing Chinese dumplings. I received so many fruits that I could feed entire ward. My work was very supportive and provided me with anything I needed. My co-teachers visited me to say that students missed me. Even some parents came along to see how I was doing.

A boy and a girl in the hospital
Agness who was always by my side

 

I had a limited contact with my family, who’d want me to come home. I truly would love to, especially now. They are with me all along.

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Agness was cooking for me all the time and we had lunch and dinner together at the balcony

 

Agness was amazing support to me, keeping me sane here. She also told me about all the amazing messages from you all on Facebook, twitter and emails.

 speed recovery wishes , text message
Lovely text message from a nurse

 

I would like to thank you all for the support – it means a lot to me! 

Recovery

I’m awaiting surgery next week, after which I will stay in bed for some time. Then I will need to exercise the knee, probably for a long time, and I hope to regain full capabilities as soon as possible. Doctors say it will take long time, but I’m positive and determined to get back to cycling and travelling.

A boy is resting in the hospital
Getting some rest

 

Of course, this accident will not kill the spirit of travel. I don’t know how feasible it will be for me travel, but I certainly won’t give up. You will soon probably read a few “disabled-friendly” articles on eTramping.

Final Reflections

On the 27th July 2013 I was going to board a ferry in Shanghai, which would then take me to Osaka in Japan. Then I wanted to cycle around this beautiful country. I wanted to fulfill my passion of cycling, fulfill my childhood dreams of seeing Japan, and raise money for charity.

I did not make it official, although I was about to when the accident happened. I have gathered most of the gear I needed: bicycle specially prepared for the length of the trip and my individual needs, camp cooking kit so that I can eat cheaply, tent and everything I need to survive without hotels, and everything else in between. I also managed to sketch the route and had few days of training behind me. The goals of the trip were as follows:

  • to cycle 2000 km or more
  • to raise a minimum of $2000 for a charity in Cambodia
  • to explore Japan from a different perspective
  • to travel for 30 days in Japan and spend less than $25 a day (on average, since entrance tickets were to be included in the calculation)
  • to understand myself better by travelling and camping solo
  • to prepare for a much longer trip in the future (cycling the whole continent)

I wanted to cover the whole trip in details and thus make it easier for others to follow in a similar –inexpensive – fashion.

What’s next? New experience! I will now get a chance to experience life from a much different perspective. Now, it’s my chance to see how many obstacles wait for people who are not as mobile as most of us. Although I do not make any plans for this summer, I want to try and show that disability should not stop people from pursuing dreams. It should only make them do it in a different way.

When it comes to Japan, it’s my mission to travel Japan more than ever.

I think that everything happens for a reason. Maybe there was something much worse cooking up and the knee injury saved me from something worse in Japan. I will not know – life is life – and I want to take it as it is. Now it’s time for me to experience life from a much different perspective.

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  • I’m so so sorry to hear this dude. What a nightmare thing to have happen. :(

    Best wishes and here’s hoping for the fastest recovery possible!

  • Couldn’t believe the message Agness sent to me the morning I got back from visiting you both. Not many of us have experienced this different perspective, so it’ll be interesting to hear about it.

    I’ve not doubt you’ll conquer Japan though – your bike will be waiting for you on the other side!

    • Yeah, it’s very funny that the day before we cycling together and then when you were in the bus on your way back this happened to me. Well, that’s life – unexpected at all times.

      Bike is haunting me at home every day :( Still I would never get rid of it :)

  • Dear Cez
    I follow your blogs and am sorry to be informed about your accident. As you wrote it at the end, I also believe that everything has a cause and who knows maybe you had escaped from a worse accident. I wish you courage and quick recovery. With my best regards. Goccia

  • Hi, Cez,
    I am just heartsick about your accident. If anybody can rise above this unfortunate setback, it is you, however. Your spirit of determination, positive outlook and creative ability to solve problems wil serve you well. Just as in the past you have found ways to accomplish great things, you will go on to surprise all of your loyal fans, friends and family once again. Every day, I send positive thought waves your direction, Cez!

    Love ya, buddy!

    • Your words are very uplifting – thank you Teresa. I am semi-bedridden, but I still struggle to find time to do all the things I have to do. I will get you all a few nice posts soon :)

  • Oh my heavens! How did your foot stick to the floor to the point your knee separated?! I hope you will be okay. (I jumped over a baby gate 3 years ago gave myself a nice spiral fracture in my foot that required 3 pins and no walking for a month). Does this mean Agnes isn’t going to Amsterdam?

    • It was very unfortunate step – I have no clue how it could have happened. Your spiral fracture sounds really serious, I’m happy you recovered quickly.

      Agness went to Europe and she’s having great time. I would be really unhappy if she didn’t. She was hesitant, but she couldn’t really help me much by staying, so there’s no point she wouldn’t go.

  • Hey Cez! I have to admit I didn’t see anything on Facebook, I’m travelling in Azerbaijan and not much time but I was shocked after I have got an update about the new post! I hope you not only recover fast but fully, and that one day you will cycle trough Japan! I like to say that things that are postponed are not lost!

  • I’m sorry to hear about what happened to your knee, Cez :(
    I wish you a speedy recovery and hopefully you’ll be able to travel again soon. Good to know that someone as kindhearted as Agness is taking care of you there. Hugs for both of you :)

  • Hey Cez! I heard about this by Agness, and you have all my support! but you are right about one thing: Everything happens for a reason, and i tried something very similar in my life. You will get out of this, much much stronger. I will be more patient, more determined that you already are now! And you are blessed to have friends and support all the time. This is priceless! being far away from home in your situation is not easy. You will see! in a way you will thank the destiny for what happened. As everything after this nightmare will look a thousand times more valuable and amazing!
    Hang in there, you have all our support! and japan is not going anywhere soon…it will be still awaiting for you! :)
    A big big hug for a great recovery!

      • I fully agree with everything you said! It took me few days after surgery to get out of bed and on a wheelchair – and I tell you one thing – I never thought I would be so happy to be in a wheelchair! It’s the little things that make us happy, and bad things that make us appreciate more these little things.

        Thanks!

  • Nothing will stop you from traveling!
    As you said, things happening for a reason and maybe some life lessons are waiting for you!
    Just take it easy and make sure that your knee is fully recover so this won’t happen again. If you can fly home after your surgery, do it, better be surrounding by familiar than can take care after you (Especially if Agness is going to Europe)
    I hope I would live closer again to go and visit you! -_-
    Take care Cez, I send you all my love and good vibes from Europe!

    • Thank you Noelia. I have a intensive learning course here. It’s actually great to learn so much about yourself, people around you and what others go through daily. Invaluable lessons.

      I don’t think I will go to Europe, but can’t say for certain, because I don’t make plans no more.

      How are you doing in Europe? Thank you for the good vibes, I can feel them :D:D:D

  • Cez, this is terrible! I’m still flabbergasted this happened to you and by the poor treatment you’ve received. What a crazy experience! You’re right, though, everything happens for a reason so it will be interesting to see what comes of this. Wishing you a speedy recovery!!

    • Cheers Heather. It wasn’t that bad (although I need to confirm the outcome of the surgery with a foreign doctor in Hong Kong before I can say for certain). I’m also interested what will come out of all of this.

  • I’m really sorry to hear about your accident and I hope you recover fully and are able to embark on your tour of Japan when your leg is better. I love that country, although I would never consider getting around there by bike–it’s like 80% mountains and I get tired cycling to the corner store.

    I admire your semi-positive outlook on Chinese hospitals. I only went to one once, but I absolutely hated it. I went to get some vaccinations and they kept trying to up-sell me. It was kind of like Amazon.com, “Customers who purchased Hepatitis vaccinations also enjoy…” My visit was just one sales pitch after another. That said, it only cost me $7 to see a doctor, so I guess I shouldn’t really complain. I know their base salaries are ridiculously low and they basically work on commission. Probably not the best business model for a hospital, though.

    Anyway, get better soon and postpone your trip to Japan, don’t cancel it. And if you have any questions about traveling cheaply there, feel free to ask.

    • Thank you Daniel. I find cycling uphill and downhill much more rewarding than on a flat terrain, so I enjoy mountain cycling more. Yes, it is more effort going up, but then you get to roll down, which compensates it well. Flat road can get boring after few hours.

      I must say, that they pitched to me a variety of “products and services” and funnily enough, I got to choose what’s the best for me. All I wanted was to get my knee fixed, but well – that’s the way it works here.

  • I always love the positivity that radiates from you two! A positive attitude will get you through :) Speedy recovery!

  • ‘I think that everything happens for a reason’ This is sooo true! I had a knee injury last year and I know how devastating that feels, but keep that positive outlook! I wish you a very fast recovery!

  • Hey Cez, Glad to hear that you are having a positive approach to this. I think your right that everything happens for a reason. With your kind of determination I am sure you will be back on your feet in no time.

    Wishing you all the best for a swift recovery and look forward to reading more about your journey ahead.

  • Poor Cez! I had a shoulder surgery almost 2 years ago and was recovering for a whole year, so I can understand the frustration. The good news is it will put you on a new path – the one you were meant to be on. It may seem like a door closed but another one has opened. I wish you a speedy recovery!

  • Sorry to hear about this Cez, it must be really hard going through all of this when you are so far from home. Fortunately Agness is there to support and help you, it looks like she’s been awesome!
    I like your optimism and how you are ready to find the best part of your new condition.
    I can’t believe how expensive Chinese health care is, have you got an insurance that can help you with those fees?

    I hope your recover is fast and painless, Japan won’t run away, I’m sure you’ll make it there :)

    • Hey Franca, thank you! I’m fine here having a lot of friends and support. It’s only family that I’m missing, but I’ll see them as soon as I can.

      Finding positive things about it wasn’t actually that hard, there could be as many good things as bad things, as long as this is only a temporary state.

      School pays, because we are insured through them and it happened while I was working. That’s really convenient and fortunate in this situation.

      Happy travels!

  • Cez wracaj szybko do zdrowia i pamiętaj ze co Cie nie zabije to Cie wzmocni. W końcu jesteś twardziel!
    Daj znać jakbyś może potrzebowal cos z Polski czy Anglii to wyślę paczkę ;)
    domyślam się ze Chiny rządzą się swoimi prawami ale może warto żebyś się zainteresował jakimś odszkodowaniem. Chyba macie jakąś polisę jak tyle podróżujecie? A poza tym to jakby nie patrzeć był wypadek w pracy.
    Wiadomo juz kiedy będziesz mieć zabieg? Trzymaj się mocno Cez

    • Czesc Radzik, dzieki wielkie! Wiem, wiem. Jest tez inne powiedzenie – co Cie nie zabije to Cie wk**wi. :D

      Dzieki za propozycje, ale serio wszytko tu mam.

      Plisy nie mam jak podrozujemy (chyba czas to przemyslec), ale w pracy mialem, wiec za lecznie nie musze placic. Na innego rodzaju odszkodowanie raczej nie mam co liczyc, ale najwazniejsze dla mnie zeby byc dobrze zszytym.

      Juz jestem po operacji, i wnioskujac po tym za dalej oddycham i nic mi nie ucieli, to wszystko gra.

      Jak tam Sie tobie powodzi? Kiedy do mnie przyjedziecie z Emma?

      Pozdro!

  • Oof! Tough break, man! I knew you were in the hospital, but didn’t realize it was this serious. Wishing you the best, and sending mad positive vibes from Beijing.

    You’re lucky the first hospital took care of you like it did! You should see the state of the hospitals in Xi’an, where I lived for 6 months. Not the type of places you even want to stand next to, much less walk in the door (think run-down hospital from a horror movie).

    Beijing and Dongguang definitely aren’t close, but they’re closer than a lot of other places in the world, where your friends and family might be. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help!

    • I have seen hospitals like this around China. Even here there are some like this, but my school took me to the new one. It’s definitely a lot harder to choose hospital when you’re in a smaller place.

      Thank you very much for your offer of help. I really have everything I need here (apart from family). Nevertheless, If you come by (dongguan or anywhere else near Hong Kong), let me know and we’ll go for a pint.

  • I love that you are keeping positive regardless of all that has happened to you. $300/day is alot of money for hospital care. wish you a speedy recovery post surgery so that you can get out of there soon .

    • I stayed in hospital for two weeks and I’d rather not go back :D /still can’t walk, but at least I’m at home now (my home in China).

      All the best to you!

  • What an awesome post, it’s great that you’re so positive and turning a bad situation into a new experience! Looking forward o hearing all about it!

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    • I wouldn’t be a traveller if I didn’t see an adventure everywhere around :D Plus, I always wanted to see what it’s like to difficulty moving around and how it influences life.
      Cheers!

  • Hi Cez!
    I’m sorry about your painful ordeal! Keep your chin up! I’m sure your recovery time will go by fast! Just a pause in your journey in some ways or a different way of experiencing things. I’ll be saying prayers for you and Agnes!

  • Hello Cez, I’m sorry to read about your accident and wish you the speediest of recoveries – hopefully you’ll defy the lengthy estimated time of 6 months!

    I was really touched to read about all the support given to you by your friends and pupils in China (and least not Agness!) – you’ve obviously made an excellent impression as a teacher and friend. But this is no surprise, as this post really highlights your positive outlook in life and the type of person you are.

    I hope your surgery goes well, and I’ll be interested to read your ‘disabled-friendly’ articles. I can’t help but feel you’ll inject some humour into them!

    • Thank you Shing for your kind words. I’m flattened to read your comment. I will do my best to inject as much humour as possible in all of the disabled-friendly posts (and others too).

      Stay safe and happy travels!

  • I think your surgery is tomorrow (which is now today in China). Steve and I are sending you our thoughts. You will have a lot to write about seeing the world from a wheelchair. Don’t know how China is, but in the US accessibility isn’t uniform.

    Shocked to read about the Chinese medical system. I thought excellent medical care would be available for FREE. I’m a bit stunned.

    Wishing you a successful recovery. Hugs!

    • Thanks Billie. As of now I still can’t move around (twice I went out for few hours and twice I had 39+ degrees fever after). Well, As soon as I can move further, I’m going to visit few places in China, and write about it. Unfortunately, I don’t have a wheelchair, so it will be about struggles with crutches and a backpack :D

      They say China is Socialist, but there’s probably less socialism than in most western countries.

  • It sounds like your getting a lot of support from your friends which is essential in times like these. I hope your knee gets better soon and you can fulfil your dream of cycling in Japan :)

  • Dude, I am SO sorry to read about all this that’s going on with you. Talk about terrible luck. And all for a simple mis-step in class. The money-grab thing is fairly common with doctors in Asia. Even in Japan, doctor’s and dentists pull their tricks by making you keep returning for stuff that should be covered in one visit. But 300$ a day!! That’s just nuts! I’ll be looking forward to reading about a speedy recovery. You’re young and in good shape, which will help a lot, I’m sure. Just don’t push it. You gotta recover completely so you’re ready to ride — and have a few beers with me — in Japan!! Get well soon, buddy!

    • Cheers Mike. I’m actually really happy it didn’t happen to me in Japan, there I would have a real problem. Still, as my misfortune shows, you can’t ever know what’s gonna happen next day. Even as safe environment as school can get you on a wheelchair.
      Anyway, I’m looking forward to a pint of Japanese beer with you!

  • I’m so sorry to hear this Cez. I’m glad the first hospital took good care of you and that Agness and your friends are supporting you over there. Also glad to see you kept you positive attitude. Wishing you a fast and full recovery, so you can still get your cycle adventure in Japan afterwards.

    • Thank you Freya! Ohh the first hospital was amazing, and even though I didn’t like the second one, they probably fixed my knee. I am going to Hong Kong this week to get a second opinion.

  • Get well soon Cez, we’re happy to see you optimistic :)

    6 months is nothing and will pass quickly and as you said, you will see and experience your life from different perspective.

    • Thank you. Indeed, time goes by so quick, that I just realised etramping was abandoned for nearly a month due to busy schedule (both mine and Agness’s). I promise to get to it now.

  • Hope you get better soon and it will make going to Japan even more exciting! Good luck with the operation and fingers crossed for a speedy recovery!

  • Cez, we are so sorry to hear about your accident, but we are glad to hear that you have a lot of support and encouragement, and it looks like you are staying very positive throughout the experience! We will be thinking about you and wish you the speediest of recoveries. Japan will still be there waiting for you when you are well, and I have no doubt you will still cycle it. Your determination is inspiring!

  • Oh no that’s gutting, I hope you get better soon. My sister-in-law is from Shanghai and she told me once about how everyone in China is so scared of getting ill because of the huge costs of healthcare.

    • Thanks. I can confirm that. People around me are so worried about me because they know it’s hard to keep afloat in China after accident. It is ridiculously expensive here. Still, I’m in very good hands and don’t need to worry.

  • I feel you man!

    I was suppose to become a hiking guide in Guatemala and broke my foot 3 days before I was to start. I’m walking again but recovery is going to take many more months. I’m surprised how much muscle mass I lost.

    Despite the negatives, breaking my foot was a surprisingly positive experience. I learned a few new skills such as Spanish and playing guitar.

    I hope the pain goes away quickly and you find a way to use this experience in a positive way.

    • Aww man, you also had an accident before something important to you. Finding the positives about it – in my opinion – is the most important. Once you fully recover you will be able to become hiking guide, who speaks Spanish and can entertain your customers – that’s awesome!
      I also lost some leg muscles, but I’m not concerned cause I will easily rebuild them on the bike, but what I gained is some arm muscles (thanks to the crutches).
      Speak to you soon!

  • Cez, your piece was amazing – it sounds as if you’ve been to hell and back, and survived! There are bits of horror in there – like the part where you were being held down in a hospital bed (OMG…). But there was also brilliance in there – it’s great to see that after everything you are more determined than ever, and still smiling in your pictures. Stay strong – I know you will. Sending all the very best for a quick and painless recovery, T + A :)

    • Thank you! I must say that being help down while my leg was straightened was nothing compared to what I had after surgery. Japan and other cycling trips are now even more important to me than they were before, even if I have to do it on a handcycle (yes, already checked them out:D ). All the best to both of you too!

  • Good for you for being so positive! Japan is not going anywhere and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it so much more once you eventually get there. Hope the surgery goes well and you feel better! Just remember to keep your knee in motion – this seem to be the way they do it here, in Canada. They make you walk the next day after a surgery to speed up the recovery.

    • Thank you Irina. As of now I cannot bend it and it’s already been a long while. I’m actually worried now and will go to Hong Kong for a second opinion. They kept my leg in a caste for 2 weeks after surgery, so maybe it’s something different (or maybe it’s a mistake).

      All the best!

  • Sorry to hear about your injury! But thank you for going into such detail about the Chinese hospital system. I worry about health care when traveling abroad, since systems can be so different than what I’m used in the US.

    When we were in Krakow a couple weeks ago, my mom had an infection that needed medication before it progressed into a more dangerous/painful infection (it couldn’t wait until we got back to the US). I was concerned, since we weren’t spending more than a day or two in each city – and it was the weekend! Luckily we stayed at a hotel for that night, and the front desk was able to contact a doctor who spoke English (I think he was affiliated with the American Embassy). He called in a prescription to a pharmacy at the mall and we picked it up barely an hour later.

    Hopefully your recovery goes smoothly! Health is something we all take for granted until it is gone.

  • Luck wishes after feeling so sad for your bad fortune but being impressed by your attitude – it will surely pay off one way or another! Less handicaping hand injury happened to me in rural laos so i can relate. A quick recovery and resuming of your goodness plans!!

  • Really sorry to hear of your accident Cez. It sounds awful and with all the communication problems it must have been very frustrating first off.

    I hope that you are able to make a quicker than expected recovery. Was the last round of surgery a success?

    It is a shame to hear of the money side of the hospital, I thought everyone would have the right to some food rather than having to pay for it separately. Do you have medical/travel insurance?

    A few years ago when I was in Shanghai I broke my bone beside my elbow. It was excruciatingly painful. Thankfully through work I had private insurance and went to a private hospital in Shanghai. It was a fantastic place with great service. They did however give me some Class A painkiller drugs. They certainly helped ease the pain yet once I got back to the UK the doctors immediately took them off me. I had to revert to paracetamol which were a lot less effective at easing the pain.

    Really sorry that you are unable to make Japan this time. Hope you have the opportunity to go there soon.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    • The communication problems are part of the story now, which sounds quite funny when you take out the cracking of the bone out.

      As with your elbow, you see that after some time it all becomes just a story with some positives in it.

      I don’t have insurance as such (something to certainly thing about), but my school has me insured for working visa, so I don’t have to pay hospital fees. That’s really good because it amounted to a lot of money in the end.

      Thanks for your support!

      Ps. Your comment once again landed in spam (by Akismet), and fortunately I went through it before deleting. I think you comment too much hahaha

  • I’m obviously late to respond to your post but what an interesting behind the scenes look at what happens in Chines hospitals. It wouldn’t be much fun without community support.
    I hope now that it’s mid-August your leg is much improved.And hope your cycling trip in Japan is a huge success. Good luck with the full recovery and be glad you’re young and heal relatively quickly.

  • As a fellow cyclist and traveller, I feel your pain. I’m so sorry that you are out of commission for 6 months. Don’t give up though. You can cycle through Japan next year. Everything will work out.

    I was in a Chinese hospital last week and it was a complete nightmare of language barrier, misdiagnosis and money gouging. I’m happy that your experience was a lot more positive! Rest up, you got 3 more months to go!

  • Hi Agness and Cez,
    I hope you recovered from your sickness. I love the pictures of the Chinese hospitals. The things when you travel is understanding the language. As you move ahead you learn through gestures. I learnt Tamil by visiting my nearest state in India. This helps to bond people.

  • Wow thats a crazy story!! I got hit by a car last summer, and “only” had to be in a cast for 2 months…luckily it came off right before I left for Germany, so it was good timing! It’s great to hear that you had so much support during your time at the hospital and can’t wait to read about your upcoming travels to Japan!

  • That’s crazy! I think that would be my worst fear when travelling! Having to stay in a hospital for more than a couple of days and not knowing what is going on. *shudders*

  • The very best thing above all – when seeing your photos – it’s the fact that you had Agness there to cook and take care of you!
    There’s nothing better than having someone who cares :)
    It’s so sweet, it’s so cute ;)

  • Take special care. It is really tough for using hospital service in China, a lot of rumors inside. Yes, you are right, everyone only concern money. Corruption is prevalent in PRC.

  • Sad story, what a freak accident. Interesting story about how Chinese hospitals function – not the story you wanted but a different experience.
    Hope the leg is 100% recovered :)
    Frank (bbqboy)

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