When I look back, I don’t remember too much – of what I was thinking, what was going on in my head. The unbearable pain and burns had somehow numbed my senses. I did not realize what I was considering just another sting would turn out to be something serious.
All I could remember was people around me, whispering to each other that I got lucky. Basically, I got stung by a jellyfish. Due to non – availability of first aid on Sam Phraya Beach, I poured Coco Cola on the wound (on the suggestion of a localite) and then to wash out all the ants getting attracted to the wound, I washed it with fresh water. Thus infecting my wound.
Post that, I took a pillion ride to Hua Hin for another two hours or more in heavy rain and worst traffic to get (im-)proper medical treatment. The doctor was of a little help, though he cleaned my wound with vinegar and prescribed some medicines and ointment.
The situation now (6 days after the incident) as I have been told is that some of my veins (blood cells) have got damaged due to jellyfish sting. Inflammation and swelling, as a result, has caused partial blockage leading to Oedema. It is a situation that causes an excess of watery fluid to collect in the cavities or tissues of the body. So my leg looks like that of an elephant right now.
I’m bed ridden for 4 – 6 weeks now depending on the speed of recovery.
Pain and discomfort apart, such near – death experiences, natural disasters and accidents that I witnessed while traveling have taught me a lot.
I have started valuing life more than before. You ONLY LIVE Once is no longer just another quote for me, it is now a way of life for me. Traveling or not traveling, doing a job or becoming a homemaker, in love or out of love, in wealth or poverty – whatever I do in my coming life, I would always feel fortunate – fortunate of living when I should have been dead.
Travel indeed is a great teacher. It makes one vulnerable and strong at the same time. In the moments of intense pains, it taught me that this, too, shall pass.
ATTENTION – SEA LOVERS
Location – SE Asia, French & Spanish Riveria, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Japan
If you are a sea lover and planning a beach holiday, be alert of this kind. Oceans and seas around the world especially SE Asia are under a major jellyfish attack and more people are dying every year due to jellyfish attack (97%more as compared to shark attacks).
In case, you do get stung and are still breathing, get vinegar from the nearest shack and pour it on the wound. If the pain lasts more than a 2 days, you need a blood test and a good doctor.