Just when you thought all the adventures were over …
25.09.2007 - 26.09.2007 16 °C
Well we were finally on our way back to Australia – not really looking forward to the 24 hours of flying time and about 36 hours traveling time, but resigned to it.
But things didn’t go as planned. Max had stacked a bicycle in Barcelona the day before. He grazed his arm and got a handlebar punch in the stomach but seemed to be OK, just the aches and pains we would have expected.
The problems started in Frankfurt after the first of our leg of the journey home the next day. We had to wait for about 4 hours in Frankfurt, and the stomach pain didn’t seem to be getting better so we thought we would just take him to the clinic at the airport – fill in a bit of time!!! They did some tests and were not happy with the colour of his urine. Apparently his kidney had been bleeding. They didn’t want him flying on for a few more long flights, so suddenly our plans of being back in Australia in the next 24 hours were put on hold.
Max was OK so long as he didn’t move too much and the wheelchair and airport buggy rides were a novelty. We then had to go to the Frankfurt University Hospital for more tests and an ultra sound. By about midnight when the doctor suggested that he was fit to we had really missed our connecting flight so had to find a hotel for the night. We did meet some very friendly people though at the airport and hospital, and got to have a day looking around in Frankfurt the next afternoon - not Max though – he spent the day not moving on the airport couches.
Doctors, tests, taxis, phone calls to rearrange flights to Australia and in Australia, additional fees, accommodation, and prescriptions – it turned into an expensive little operation but we had to do it.
After finally getting an all clear from 2 doctors we were able to continue our journey 24 hours later, now re-rerouted through Bangkok instead of Singapore.