I have been missing for about seventeen days due to problems caused by a detonating appendix. The night time ambulance ride through the mountains of northern Thailand was frightening.
The ensuing emergency carve-up was literally, a lifesaver.
I am a fit and healthy man, I don't smoke or use drugs and rarely drink alcohol; I have an active exercise routine, am careful about my diet and my vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, respiration etc.) are equal to those of fit youngsters and, apparently, not what the medicos would normally expect in a 63 year old.
Acute necrotizing appendicitis with peritonitis was the diagnosis and there are two things which cause me concern. First, it happened so very suddenly. Had I been seriously at sea, the chances of surviving would have been significantly reduced.
Second, I was due to fly to the US on the 21st September. Had the attack taken place after that date, the cost for emergency surgery, a six hour ambulance ride, and 10 days of after care would have been increased by a factor of about 12.
I am still somewhat tender and will now fly across the Pacific on October 4th.
As with every adventure there are positives to balance the negatives. A developing relationship, with the medical condition forming a catalyst, blossomed into a deep love which shows everlasting promise.
And, there is a causative link within Cruiser Log....But that's a story for another day.
"if at first you don't succeed....Redefine success"!