An account of our two trips to the hospital while traveling in Asia
We’ve been very lucky on our trips to Asia and Europe with our kids. But eventually luck runs out for every traveler and on two of our trips we made hasty visits to the Emergency room.
The first time, while traveling in Bali, was due to a dog bite. We had been browsing through an open air art gallery in Ubud when Samuel approached a sleeping dog a little too quickly. It snapped and minutes later we were headed south to the hospital in Kuta.
Even though rabies isn’t endemic to Bali, if you don’t know the dog or can’t verify that its had its shots you need to get the vaccine. It’s nice too, because it’s not just one shot but a series of shots stretched out over 3 weeks. (Day 1, 3, 7, 14 and 21 following the initial visit.)
The first visit – directly after the bite – involved 7 shots in total. Six in the area immediately around the bite and then a general shot in the arm. We then had to return to the hospital periodically over the remainder of our trip.
Hospital Policy: one medical-glove balloon for every half dozen shots.
The next time we had to make an emergency room diversion was on our way home from Vietnam. We had a 10 hour layover in the Seoul airport. We had checked into the airport hotel and were just about to bed down for a planned 6 hour nap when Samuel (him again) lost his balance on the bed and did a face plant into a mahogony table. A large gash opened in his forehead producing plenty of blood. Fortunately there was an emergency room clinic in the airport. Unfortunately it’s through immigration, so my wife took him through the customs and immigrations lines. I can only assume they must have gotten some weird looks – blood soaked towel, no bags, no coats or sweaters – making their way through the lineup. Welcome to South Korea. Yay! and then off to Emerg.
It all went pretty well from there. The doctors were really nice. They used medical glue as a temporary measure, said he did great, the wound looked fine and he should see a plastic surgeon within 12 hours of gettting home.
Sushi time after a little emergency medical care in Seoul.
For a different take on our trip to Bali read One BIG Reason To Travel With Kids.