September 14th, 2008 – by: whitelines
coorg region india
IN 1974 i hitchiked to india from London after a long, exciting but tiring 6 weeks i arrived in pakistan. I stayed in peshawar for 8 weeks, making frequent trips up into the swat valley. At last i left pakistan and made my way to India. A mixture of magic buses and ad hoc lifts took me to Goa. After a week or so i started feeling unwell, i couldn,t breath properly, my chest hurt and i had a fever. I had next to no money and no insurance. I found myself at the local TB hospital just outside panjim where an x ray showed "something". The wonderfull doctor admitted me explaining i had an infection. I knew i was in a TB hospital so feared the worst and was very scared.
my balcony goa
I stayed for a month having 4 injections everyday, alternate arms and legs, i was like a bloody dart board. They had cleared a store room for me so i had my own room. Boiled egg for breakfast and fish curry for lunch and fruit and chai in the evening. Compared to how i had been eating and living it was like a health club (oh the folly of youth) I was discharged, thanked everybody and made my way to Bombay to try to get repatriated, which was easy, although it cost me £385 for the ticket (which i had to repay to get my passport back)
Forward 30 years, almost exactly to the week. I am in Panjim Goa and i decided to go back to the hospital and see the staff. I was remembered by only one nurse, who by now was assistant matron, all the doctors from that time had retired or died. It was very emotional, i looked in my old room, and the memories flooded back, i had a chai with the chief doctor, and thanked the matron, donated a large box of oranges to the patients and went back to my hotel to plan my next move, which was going to be kerala. After a day or two i started getting chest pains and fever, yes i had it again. Being older and wiser i had insurance so off i went to the virundan hospital Mapusa, this time it took only a week. But was it coincidence? I have since been back to India 8 times but no problems. mmm