Ak’s condition wasn’t getting any better but she wasn’t getting any worse. I waited all morning for slade to arrive with toilet paper. At 10am I recieved a sat phone message. The piece of crap had decided to work. “Can’t make it in ,too light headed think I may pass out”, I went into panic mode.
If slade passed out Beany would be alone on the boat an scared. Also nobody would be able to help Slade. I knew then and there slade was not well at all. I rang a cruiser who was anchored near our boat. Slade had given me their number the day before. Instantly the lady picked up. “Please can you help get my husband and daughter to shore, he is not well” I told her. 20 minutes later Slade and Beany were in a taxi on the way to the hospital. That’s when I got the phone call. The nurse called me over. “There is a call from emergency for you”. Just what I need, I thought.
Slade had been admitted to emergency and Beany had been left in a corridore with a security guard and nurse. I left AK sleeping, got my undies off the line ofcourse they took all night to dry ! and ran down to get Beany. I took one look at Slade, he had no colour in his face, no light in his eyes and no smile. Slade would spend the day in emergency while I looked after AK and Beany. Each time AK fell asleep Beany and I would race down stairs to check on Slade. He lay on the bed asleep ,being treated for typhoid aswell. Once I was satisfied he was going to be okay, we would run back upstairs to AK.
I had two patients to juggle and I was physically exhausted. Darting up and down the corridors checking on each if them. I was up to day 10 of no sleep. We weren’t about to get toilet paper or food today. I had consumed my right bicep last night in a hunger rampage and looks like tonight I will lose my left thigh ! I could deffinately use some BBQ sauce. Thank fully in the late afternoon a group of missionaries came by and rescued Beany an I from our toilet paper dilemma. AK hadn’t been to the toilet in days so she had no idea what all the fuss was about when a roll of toilet paper appeared. I was now free to use the toilet as I pleased, not that I had any intention of spending un-neccasary time in the outhouse. I certainly wouldn’t be taking a newspaper with me. I felt like a woman having escaped from jail, my stomach would no longer be cramped up !
With a H1N1 influenza outbreak in the children’s ward Beany was not allowed to stay the night. Slade had to get off his sick bed and take Beany home. Beany was prep’d with an emergency radio call if slade’s condition got any worse. She was also allowed to sleep in bed with him, as a very special treat. The yachties next to us would also keep an eye out and make sure everything was okay. I kissed slade and Beany goodnight and started on eating my thigh. How I longed for some fresh undies and a Big Mac.
I couldn’t believe it. Of all the times for Slade to get sick it has to be when AK is in hospital ! This is our 5th hospital visit with AK where slade has been sick, leaving me to deal with sick AK alone. It’s just our luck really. When I needed support most I not only had no one, I also was thrown another patient and Beany to deal with. It was a tough day, a really tough day. I needed someone to lean on I needed someone to get me food and undies, I needed someone to sit with me and keep me company, but mostly I needed someone to tell me it would all be okay, but instead I got none of that. I squashed myself back into AK’s cot , curled up in a ball and went to sleep. Tomorow had to be a better day.