We are getting a little desperate and concerned, so we decided to fess up to a really dumb decision we made almost 2 weeks ago and request your prayers. Please know we have learned our lesson well, and it will definitely make us more cautious the rest of our trip. We decided in Chiang Mai to try a day trip to the “sticky waterfalls” on scooters, as we understood most people recommended this option. Long story short, we got two, and Ella had to ride with me for weight reasons. Later, they told us the kind of automatic scooter we rented was known for being too wobbly at higher speeds, and since then we have heard of an insane amount of accidents in Thailand and heard of mummies walking everywhere with limps who made the same bad decision, but a little too late. Ella and I had a bad wreck after just over an hour of riding. But praise God, there was no one behind us and in true guardian angel form, Ella has one scratch on her elbow and a bruise on her shin. There is no way that happened without Godly intervention, so I want to raise Him up and thank Him. She said she thinks she landed on me, of for which I will be forever grateful. Chris and I were totally ashamed we put her at risk. It was just one of those things, looked easy and everyone was riding one, but she said she will never step foot on another or motorcycle for that matter.
The Thai people were great, the ambulance came and helped us, and a sweet taxi driver took us home for free so Chris could get the scooters situated. We were out only about $150 to repair the bike, and the ER was amazing and the fee was only $70! They had me x-rayed, wound dressed and cleaned, and a consult with an orthopedic surgeon in 2.5 hours. They have a ton of staff at the private hospital so this helps, and they were incredibly kind. The only guy I wanted to punch was the one who jumped out of his car and started taking pictures of us and all the trauma, but he did at least call the ambulance. I didn’t break any bones or lose any teeth, but my right foot, leg, arm, chest, and face took a big hit with 2nd and 3rd degree road rash. The side of my face healed a little over a week later other than some skin discoloration and scar tissue, but the rest of me is still struggling approaching 2 weeks later. The kids and Chris were really upset at the time of the accident and have really helped me over the last 2 weeks since I have been pretty much worthless and in a lot of pain. Cleaning the wounds has been tortuous and I’m having trouble moving my joints just due to the pain still. The orthopedic surgeon at the ER told me it would likely take a full two weeks before I could move without pain, for infection to resolve, and for the wounds to close, but I am still really hurting, wounds are still open, and I have started 2nd round of antibiotics.
Friday will be 2 weeks.
We are becoming most concerned about upcoming hikes we have booked and can’t get out of in New Zealand without losing the hut fees and the year long imaginings of how awesome they will be. I realize that does not sound very bad considering we are alive and will heal other than some bad scarring, but I would hate for our stupid decision to ruin these opportunities. Chris and the kids have been able to stay busy at the Elephant Nature Park, and we were able to pull off kayaking today with manageable discomfort in Railay. Walking is still very slow though and I’m still not able to wear a shoe that is not a Thai slipper, and admittedly I have done a lot of crying in front of the kids. So, as dumb as we were, and how truly blessed we are to even be able to continue our journey, please pray for us. Perfect time to have a wound care specialist as a husband, but I’m struggling to stay smiling and hopeful and he is struggling with patience! So praises for God who no doubt protected Ella from much worse and prayers for quick healing with relief of pain and a good night’s sleep. We love you and thank you in advance!