The weekend 31Oct/1Nov a few of us searched for a downed plane at Red Hill that was not fitted with a LMA after about a hour crawling in three meter high and very dense Port Jackson Bush we gave up the search.
Only three days later I showed signs of a fever which I thought was just another cold taking a homebrew flu remedy rectified the situation I felt much better but my elbow started to get sore.I was under the impression that a boil was forming on the elbow it became very painfull and on the 10th Nov I decided to see a doctor.
After X-Rays Blood test I was admitted for surgery the same day,and had to wait my turn to go to the theater,the doctor told me that he was going to extract fluid from the elbow with a syringe to identify the problem that caused the infection and that I wont be put under.Should the bug be identified the elbow area would be given a local opened up and washed out
My pulse on the monitor was 55 which is normal for me at rest ,when I saw the needle(match stick thikness) it immmediately went up to 75.
Fluid was extracted but no identification of the cause of the infection,by this time it was nearly 1700,it was then decided that the elbow would be opened up the next day.Back at the ward I was placed on a 500ml antibiotic drip that was given four times daily for my whole stay nine days.
The worst of all my veins only tolerated at the most 5 x 500ml then a new spot had to be found I was poked full of holes to find suitable spots and that only on the right arm
On the 11th I was third in line for the table,once on the table they paint you with some brown stuff cover you with green cloth only the arm stick out the doctor asked me when I was admitted I had no recollection if I answered him or not.
The rest of the days 11th to 18th the 500ml as mentioned before plus I lost count how many pills.
Will still be going every Monday for blood test for according to the doc for next six weeks,plus pills for Africa to take daily at different times.
Hermanus at that stage was 50/50 after talking nicely it was agreed the blood can be taken on the Teusday after Hermanus.
Went to all the local Chemist today for anti spider spray the best they could recommend is a spray for Tics.
Any ideas on special clothing for our slopes for protection.
So the next time you recover your plane dont worry about Tics or Snakes lookout for Spiders.
The final crunch came no booze of any kind until futher notice will I survive Hermanus.