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Tampon Head

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 4 November 2010 in People & Portrait.

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.

NIKON COOLPIX S610 1/10 second F/2.8 ISO 400 31 mm (35mm equiv.)

don from spokane, Afghanistan

I'm glad you came through this ordeal and hopefully by now are far along to complete healing. A fantastic development one couldn't imagine happening.

11 Jan 2011 3:54pm

@don: No you never know what's round the next corner. In this case literally :) Thanks

Becky from los angeles, United States

wow - that's a story. This is so wild - the stitching business. I can't believe you were only delayed by one day. Amazing. Glad you all were alright. I had to re-read the sentence "in the peculiar profound silence after accidents" - as it was so brilliantly said.

11 Jan 2011 5:16pm

@Becky: What's more I felt no pain from the head wound throughout :)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

wow . . a narrow escape from much worse by the sounds of this. So relieved to read the consequences were less than they might easily have been, Grouser.

11 Jan 2011 9:07pm

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Horrible experience, but I'm really glad to hear that you all seem to have come through without too much damage!

12 Jan 2011 5:16am

@dobbino: Travel broadens the mind:)

Pip from United Kingdom

Since i know you were ok, I can't look at this photo without bursting into laughter Grouser. It must be because of your 'tampon head' description' which is so apt. xxxx

9 Feb 2011 10:25pm

NIKON COOLPIX S610
1/10 second
F/2.8
ISO 400
31 mm (35mm equiv.)

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