I had to take a couple of days out in Mae Hong Son due to a couple of infected mosquito bites. I ended up taking myself to the hospital as I knew I was after antibiotics and I wouldn’t be able to get them from a chemist (one of my legs had started swelling up). The health service is something here is something quite remarkable – I was seen in less than 10 minutes and the whole process cost less than a pint in my local pub. OK, the doctor was a bit keen and prescribed me 2 types of antibiotics, antihistamine tablets, calamine lotion as well as paracetamol but I’m certainly not complaining! He also said I should not do any exercise until the infection clears up, but Mae Hong Son is not such a bad place so I stayed there a couple of days.
I now seem to have quite the collection of creams, pills & lotions – certainly not what I was expecting, but thank god for modern medicine as we would be lost without it. I’ve got paracetamol, ibuprofen, co-codamol, antihistamine, amoxicillin, metronidazole (last 2 antibiotics), anti-malaria tablets if a malaria carrying mozzy bites me, deet spray to prevent mozzy bites in the first place, bite cream for after I get them anyway and calamine lotion for when they get itchy. Oh and chamios cream for my cycling shorts, athlete’s foot cream and sun cream. Quite simply ridiculous!
I made it down to Khun Yuam today from Mae Hong Son which is a comparatively easy 65km, though mostly gently uphill. I seem to be off the tourist trail now as more locals are taking an interest in me as they pass on the road. I had a bit of a moment on the road today when I thought I almost cycled over a snake in the middle of the road, thinking I was in the middle of nowhere immersed in nature. It was a computer USB cable. Perhaps all those drugs are getting to me!