Sarah's Chonburi Pictures, Day 4,
It's Sunday, the clinic is
closed all day, Frankie gets taken to hospital tomorrow, I follow the
next day. Frankie, Andrea and I spend the day together again, sans
Nanda. In the morning we got a lift with Jib, the clinic girl doing the
hospital run and visit for today. In the afternoon we went for a
massage .. it was Frankie's idea. I'd never been to the massage place
during my first trip .. did I miss out on something wonderful .. make
sure you don't.
This is the sign inside the
side entrance where you will enter the hospital on your admission, I've
had to crop this slightly to remove the head of a nurse who was sitting
waiting to receive patients.
Through these doors you'll
walk, nervously I suspect, to the dawn of the new you, your life will
be different when you exit via the back doors of the hospital.
Admission for SRS or major FFS is usually the day before your surgery,
for me it'll be in the morning of the day I get my work done .. Tuesday
This is the view from the 9th floor ( Dr Suporn's floor ) lift lobby,
looking away from the town out to sea .. if you lucky you'll get an
even numbered room number so you can see the sea, but probably on the
other side of the building. The view from the beds in odd numbered
rooms isn't so nice .. the sun sets on the sea are just amazing.
Swing round 90 degrees and zoom in .. there's the "BIG BUDDAH" that
over looks Chon Buri .. the clinic often will arrange a quicky trip for
patients to go and see that close up .. you wait .. it is BIG !!!
13.45 .. ish the three of us return to the hotel by Tuc Tuc .. girls ..
if your doing SRS you will not enjoy a ride like this after your
surgery .. doughnut cushion or not .. I did it last year on my last day
.. OUCH !!! .. LOL. So that's Andrea on the left, Frankie in the middle
and me .. aargh .. my teeth, I hate mine.
Back at the hotel .. gosh that was fun this time ..
Sunday afternoon .. en route to the massage place past the clinic by
foot of the bridge across the main road .. meet the infamous "dog with
eyebrows" .. clearly drawn on. It lives in a unit between the road into
the hotel and the clinic .. make sure you go down the main road rather
than the "short cut" into the back of the clinic that most use, or
you'll not see it in the flesh..
This is inside the room they do the full body massages in. This picture
was care of Andrea who was waiting to be started on .. Jit is working
on Frankie, "Anon" is working on me, gosh aren't I flat chested here ..
<< grimace >>. For the full body you have to at least
change your bottom layer clothes, if your top is wrong they'll give you
another .. if your small enough .. LOL. They lend you a pair of very
baggy non-restrictive shorts so they can bend your legs around .. this
bliss .. and for 150 Baht for an hour they work hard for their money ..
I always paid 200. Spot the picture of a young king on the calendar by
the door .. that picture must be 30 years old at least. When you go in
and set you up to work on you they will point at your crutch to check
if your freshly post op SRS .. they will be extra gentle when they
manipulate your legs studying your face for the slightest sign of
discomfort .. been there seen it .. so don't worry. When I was post op
AM/BA they put extra cushions on the floor to lift my chest and breasts
off the floor .. when they told me to roll over so they could do my
back .. they really do know how to make sure we are comfortable and
never in danger of hurting anything.
"Maam" the person we think owns the place starts work on Andrea .. the
manipulation looks looks painful .. it really isn't .. but they do
loosen you up. The white and woven screen in the corner behind "Maam"
is where you can go and change .. if your that shy or can't get the
shorts on easily .. I just pulled them up under my skirt then stepped
out of that.
An hour later Frankie and I decide to join Andrea and have a foot
massage .. this is done with oils and involves them exercising the
reflexology points on your feet .. this might reveal some problems you
don't know about. They stick a rounded implement into your feet and
calves .. if you yelp or flinch they may look at you and ask "jib" ..
"jib" is Thai for pain. This really is very relaxing, despite the
little pains they found on me.
One very smiley Thai lady, "Anon" .. putting an even bigger smile on my
face. My feet are a little ticklish .. "cheeky cheek" .. is what I
think they say .. Frankie will put me write so expect a V2 of this soon
.. LOL. Note after oiling my feet, she covered the foot she wasn't
working on .. the Thais have a thing about pointing the soles of your
feet at them .. it's a polite thing to wear socks in bed in the
hospital .. especially post SRS.
"Maan" .. who I believe is the owner of the shop .. these Thai smiles
Jit .. she did most of my massages .. and will more than likely be at
Dr Suporn's beech house when you go on visits there.
What to look for from the outside, this is actually the left hand of
the two units where the foot massages are done, you always enter via
that door. With hind sight, I wish I'd tried the full body oil massage
at least once, but I didn't .. oh .. and note the shoe rack outside,
this is one of those Thai establishments where shoes stay outside.
Do you read Thai .. reflexology points explained .. and they do seem to
test them all.
After the massage experience we returned briefly to the hotel, then
went out exploring as a group again ..
As Frankie, Andrea and I wandered around Chonburi we stumbled across
this "college" .. the complex can be found a few hundred metres up the
street opposite the clinic ( with MacDonald's on the corner ) , on the
left hand side. The architecture was beautiful original Thai style ..
it's just a shame about the power cables.
An unspoilt view of one of the buildings at the end of "compound".
Andrea wanted something to drink and approached what we thought was a
street trader, with us speaking little Thai, it was a pleasant surprise
when a Thai lady came across to help this group of "Farrang". She
invited us to join her group but we declined.
It struck me that this was some sort of religious establishment when I
found this bell tower. The tree in the foreground was interesting, with
some sort of fruit growing on it, like nothing I've seen before.
In my final mad rush to pack and leave home I left two things out of my
handbag, my sunglasses that I replaced at the duty free at Heathrow ..
and as I discovered yesterday my Thai phrase book .. major problem.
However, as we wandered back from the "religious establishment back
towards "The Forum" "mall" and MacDonald's I found this bookshop. An
assistant came to my rescue in the end and guided me up to the 2nd
floor where I found a Thai / English phrase book.
More to come for sure ..
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