As I wrote in an earlier post, I played football on Wednesdays and Sundays in Bangkok. Last week I sprained my ankle doing just that and now I will tell you about that and the next 40 hours after.
Football was finished at about 11:30 pm this evening, about half an hour early. Me being the fifth player injured and that was apparently enough for tonight. The last thing that happened was that I shoot (and scored!) and at the very same time getting a tackle making me land with my ankle twisted. I heard it crunching and immediately realized that this is not good. The pain I felt I can’t remember feeling and I thought I was to pass out. I stayed laying down there for half an hour or so, but the pain wouldn’t go away. I am lucky my friend Wan was there with his car and he was tremendously nice to take me home (I should have gone straight to the hospital here).
My ankle started to swell up as can be seen on the picture above, this picture is taken about an hour and a half after the accident. My ankle was very numb and I was in pain so I was thinking about going to the hospital, but I cold move my tows without any extra pain so I thought that I give it to the morning.
When I woke up my foot actually felt quite all right at first, but when I put it down on the floor and was to stand up I felt the pain going up my whole leg and I had to sit down again. I had a tour booked to Khao Yai National Park the next day, which now felt very far away. Here I decided that I have to go to the hospital, tour or no tour. I got help from the lady down in the lobby to get a taxi and off I was to the hospital. I had googled hospitals in Bangkok and I went to closest one, which happened to be Bumrungrad, which happened to be the nicest (most expensive).
I got help with a wheelchair immediately arriving at the hospital and got taken to a reception where I left my details and then it was on to the orthopedic floor. I got to see a doctor who sent me to get X-rays to make sure it was broken because it as swollen as it was. Arriving back at the doctor I got the good news that it was just badly sprained. I got crutches, painkillers and some cold packs and off I was.
The hospital went incredibly smooth and I was in and out in less than three hours. I was worried that this would cost a lot and it did cost some, but I guess that it could have been worse than 7400 baht (~193 euro). I hadn’t eaten much during the day so on the way back I bought a loot of food thinking about how much “walking” it would be on the tour the next day.
I got up at 6 am the next morning getting ready for the tour and limped down to the hotel next door where I was to be picked up. I got picked up in a minivan (the tour guide looked a bit confused when he saw my crutches) and off we where. I asked how much walking it would be, but it wasn’t to be that much. The tricky part was that we where to walk to a waterfall which was 2 km there and back.
First stop was half way to the park where we were to go on an ox cart ride. This was stupid and it was nothing to see, just a short ride on a road next to some rice fields. Stupid stupid!
Next stop was better, even if it as a bit of work getting there and especially back. About 1 km one way ending with a fair bit of stairs. It as a nice little waterfall, unfortunately it was quite dry which means not much water.
We continued driving through the park, just stopping for a good view, coming out at the other end. What was most disappointing with it was that it was hardly any nature at all. I hoped to see wild forest elephants for example. On the other hand it was probably for the best because I was quite knackered and my foot heart pretty bad when I got back with as much walking as it was.
When I had my accident I thought that this was to be a lot bigger problem than it turned out to be. I sprained ankle in Bangkok is no worse than a sprained ankle anywhere else. The visit at the hospital was just as good or better than anytime I have been to a hospital in Sweden.