Here we are again with more stories from my two months trip in Laos. It was October 19, 2008 and a miserable day I had to deal with being sick and coughing all night. At least the relatives were kind enough to go get soy milk at the center of Pakse for me with galapao as well for breakfast. They even boil hot water for me so I can take a nice warm shower.
After breakfast we took a Tuk-Tuk to Champasak Hospital. I didn’t get a chance to enter the ICU because I was coughing too much and had to wait outside. It was decided by Grand-Mama’s doctors that she should be sent home on that day because there is nothing they can do for her anymore. She would not get better and the two doctors will be on call 24/7 to take care of her since they live a few minutes from her house and also run their own clinic.
Pa Nuan and Aunt Kian took me to have a hot bowl of pho but I can’t even taste my food. It was so hot and humid that day and all I wanted was to be able to sleep for a few hours. Aunt Phone and Uncle Khao later joined us and we went to a pharmacy to get me more cold and flu medications.
After our visit was over, we waited outside the hospital for the same Tuk-Tuk driver to come by and pick us up but he was on a route too far and way and in the end he sent his buddy to pick us up. I was too tired to walk around and take photos of the area and just rested under a big tree and thinking about Grand-Mama and the long wait for the ambulance to take her home. Champasak Hospital only has one ambulance or two at the most and there is nothing you can do except to wait for it to come back from a town few hours away. The service is not free either and you have to pay for using it like a taxi. That is how things are in Laos.