This is me just after being fixed up in Luang Prabang Hospital. Picture courtesy of Mrs G on my little point and shoot.
We left the falls and after some snacks found our driver and re-boarded the Song Thaw to return to Luang Prabang. Half way back we rounded a sharp bend and our driver was confronted with a motor bike coming straight towards him on the wrong side of the road. He swerved so that the bike glanced off the wing and the Song Thaw went off the road. The driver brought it back on and the truck rolled on to its right side catapulting me across the back so my head hit the bars on the side and poor Ms R got the full force of my shoulder on hers.
In that peculiar, profound silence after accidents Mrs G took charge, together with Ms S getting us out of the back and lying us down on the verge., then returning to the wreck which was now pouring petrol over the road, to collect our possessions. Curiously I was most worried about my camera, which was hanging round my neck at the time. Reassured about that I noticed blurred vision in my right eye, which fortunately cleared over the next few minutes.
More vehicles arrived and we were assisted by kind people and loaded into another Song Thaw to be driven to hospital. Fortunately Mrs G suffered only a cut lip and severe bruising, Ms S severe bruising to her back, Ms R a terribly bruised shoulder and a cut elbow that required a couple of stitches and myself a three inch (so I'm told) gash on the head, a black eye and some nerve damage in my cheek, so we didn't place too severe demands on the rather basic and slightly grubby hospital.
In retrospect the overwhelming feeling was one of relief that we got off so lightly as, apart from the pain and inconvenience it only delayed our schedule by one day :)
By the way this seems to be the standard way they dress head wounds out there, using some of the stitches to attach the dressing to the head.