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MARCH, 2010

 On the mend

Hey everyone,

I thought I’d give you a quick update on how the leg is doing.  It actually became a bit touch and go for a while.  The day after my last blog my lower leg began to expand with my foot showing the worse signs of swelling.  I wasn’t sure what was happening but knew it wasn’t a good sign so decided to return to the hospital.  I went to see another doctor, who seemed to know slightly more, he was quite concerned and decided that I should see a specialist immediately.  So I went to see the specialist whom was very concerned and I mean very concerned, so concerned that it really shock me up.  He decided that I not only needed another minor operation, which he did straight away, but I needed to stay in the hospital for 2-3 days on an IV drip of antibiotics.  I didn’t have enough money to pay for this and couldn’t contact Alan so had to return to ChaChaCha backpackers to get my credit card.  Once there I told Alan what was happening and both him and Bart, our Dutch friend, commented on how bad I looked.  I wasn’t feeling bad but was shaken by the doctor’s reaction.  Apparently I was as white as a sheet and shacking uncontrollably.  I wasn’t in good shape and bad thoughts where going through my head.  Lots of people had been telling me stories about bad infections causing lost limbs and sometimes death.  Apparently when an infection gets into your blood stream its extremely dangerous and if not dealt with immediately can be life threatening.  Thanks Helen and Sarah, my facebook doctors, for persuading me to go to the hospital.  Anyway I went back to the hospital checked in and they put me on the drip immediately.  When I woke the next morning my first thought was of my foot and thankfully when I looked down the swelling had subsided.  The doctor came to see me first thing and after looking at my leg was in a much more upbeat mood, the infection he been caught in time and my leg was safe.  I spent another 2 long and boring days in the hospital before being discharged 1000 pounds poorer but a lot healthier. 

Alan had been getting very bored hang around Lusaka, it’s not the most exciting place, so we decided to get a bus the next day to Livingstone where I could comfortably rest my leg and Alan would have something interesting to do and see.  A patient I had been next to worked for a haulage company which had a truck going to Jo’burg the next day.  He thought we’d be able to jump on but unfortunately it turned out to be stopping over night just short of Livingstone, so we grabbed a bus.  The bus ride was long and boring but I managed to borrow a pillow off the guy sitting next to me so I had a nice elevated place for my leg to rest.  We arrived in Livingstone late last night grabbed a beer, probably not the best idea, and went to bed.  Today I’m enjoying a lazy day in a massive pillowed area sunken in the floor, perfect.  By tomorrow my leg should be healthy enough to go see Victoria Falls which is going to be one of the highlights of EyeOnAfrica.  And by Monday my leg should be in good enough condition to get back on the bike and cycle to South Africa.  Its so close now just 2 countries and less than 2,000 miles.

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Oh yea, I nearly forgot to tell you.  In ChaChaCha’s I met a lady called Sarah and she has a friend who works for a charity called Grass Roots Soccer.  Grass Roots Soccer is a fantastic charity which uses football to fight against HIV and AIDS.  It’s very similar to a charity called TackleAfrica and during our preparations in England I was seriously considering having TackleAfrica as a second charity because I think the idea of using football to teach kids about the dangers of HIV/AIDS is an amazing idea.  African’s are truly fanatical about football and footballers are kid’s idols so if you can use football and footballers to get a message to the children of Africa it can only be beneficial.   Anyway Sarah told her friend, Naomi, about us and Naomi was interested in working with us in exchange for tickets to the football world cup.  Naomi will be calling me later to discuss the opportunities.  This is a fantastic result as I believe the charity to be a very good idea and any publicity we can raise for them will be hugely beneficial.  Also it means after 12,000 miles, 12 months and a million experiences I will finally fulfill my dream of going to the football world cup.  You never know I may even get to see England vs. USA.


Wish us luck for the rest of the trip and thanks for all the support, we read every message on our blogs and its nice to here that people are enjoying learning about EyeOnAfrica.

posted by   March 19, 2010 12:18 PM  EyeOnAfrica  comments (6)



:: Glad you are better - but take care of yourself now so that you don't mess up your recovery! Love to you both. Pat
posted by 'Pat Wells' March 19, 2010 5:11 PM

:: Yet again I'm so glad I didn't know what was happening at the time! You be really careful with that leg - you need it to finish! Loads of love Mum xx
posted by 'lindsey mowbray-williams' March 21, 2010 9:59 AM

:: Good to hear you are getting better you seem determined to damage you leg where ever you go Love Dad & Cath
posted by 'Chris Mowbray-Williams' March 22, 2010 8:36 AM

:: So good to hear you caught the infection in time. Sounds very scary - but £1000.00 well spent. Incredible how you meet so many helpful girls on your adventures. Best Wishes, Windsor
posted by 'Windsor Jones' March 22, 2010 4:34 PM

:: Dan says he had a bad infection when he had that operation on this leg as a teenager so he knows how awful it is.....but that was in Engand, so it's a much scarier thing to happen in Africa!! Sounds like they looked after you well, even if it did cost a fortune! Money well spent though. Glad to hear you're on the mend and starting to cycle again. You're nearly there! How exciting! Let us know what matches you manage to go to so we can look out for you in the crowd haha! We think about you every day. Take care mate, hope things are good for both of you from here on. Lots of love xx
posted by 'Ellie and Dan' March 23, 2010 8:28 PM

:: Hi Ian Happy Birthday today hope the leg is better, dont drink to much we are all realy proud of you both good luck with the last bit of the journey Love Dad & Cath
posted by 'Chris Mowbray-Williams' March 27, 2010 9:44 AM

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