It’s been a week since Steven’s water skiing accident in Spirit Lake, Iowa, see the blog The Spirit Lake Paramedics – a welcome sight. His buttock and leg is sore and yesterday the bruising appeared. Now the back of his thigh is an interesting pattern of mottled black, blue and yellow and he has an intriguing bright blue spider web bruise on his buttock.
He has graduated from crutches to an old man, collapsible walking stick and with the help of analgesics and muscle relaxants is managing to get around quite well. We are back on the road again with minimal changes to our travel plans. My fury at him contracting “I’m really a young man” disease and attempting to water ski after 20 years, with no preparation, is dissipating and I am treating him with kindness…. Mostly!
We were able to stay and enjoy the tranquility of Spirit Lake for a few days longer, thanks to the generosity of our hosts Marilyn and Frank and we will always remember the kindness of their neighbours who provided crutches, walking sticks, nursing advice, dinner, internet connection and laxatives!
Despite always taking out travel insurance, the cost of having an accident or getting ill overseas has long been a fear of mine, particularly in the USA, as we Australians hear horrendous stories about the cost of medical treatment here. Surprisingly the hospital did not ask us for a cent after I provided the travel insurance information and we have not yet had a bill. I am sure that this is not the end of the story and that there will be claim forms to be filled in and negotiations to be made. I was relieved, while sitting in the hospital, to find that the insurer’s website tells me that we are covered for water skiing… whew….. Lets hope that there is no fine print exclusion anywhere.
So let’s have a competition. How much do you think a ride in an ambulance, five hours in emergency, a few doses of morphine, some anti-nausea drugs, muscle relaxants, x-rays, a set of crutches and a consultation with the doctor will cost. Closest to the hospital bill wins. I’ll let you know the winner when we get the bill. The prize for the winner will be the smug satisfaction of being right.