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Published: September 29th 2018
as we approach in the Shuttle Boat
The photos for Pisa have been added. There was some kind of problem getting them loaded last night but that was corrected today.
Now, welcome to Toulon France! Unfortunately we managed to do something today that we’ve never done before. We had to make another visit to the Medical Center. Janet had a bad night and we were knocking on the Medical Doors 10 minutes before they were scheduled to open at 8:00. That didn’t work so we had to wait but they recognized Janet from 2 days ago and took her directly into a treatment room.
They ran more thorough tests this time and decided she had a urinary tract infection. They gave her some nausea medicine and antibiotics by IV. After an hour of fluids to combat her dehydration, she started feeling better. But by then it was 10:15 and the ship’s crew had started running a series of drills, so she had to stay until almost 11:45 waiting for a steward and wheelchair. While waiting, the nurse got her a croissant and a cup of tea since she hadn’t had any breakfast. When a steward returned from the drills, he pushed her back to the cabin
Cathedral in Toulon
right next to regular buildings
– happily Janet was feeling better. They sent medications for her to take for the next week and she has to go back again tomorrow morning for a follow-up check. Janet is to avoid all alcohol while on the medicine (David will have to drink it all himself) and she must avoid hopping and jumping. Janet and Tessa are going to have to quit having this competition for most complex medical issues.
It was almost noon when we got back to the cabin and Janet wanted to lie down to take a nap because she had not slept very well last night. So David went up to the Trident Grill and got a cheeseburger and fries while watching some of the Ryder Cup on the big screen. We don’t know how it turned out but the USA was not doing very well at that time. He went down to the cabin about 12:30 and Janet was sleeping.
Since David did not go on his scheduled tour today, he wanted to at least go to town to look around. This was a beautiful day with bright blue skies and high temperatures just short of 80. Our ship is actually
docked in La Seyne-Sur-Mer which is on the opposite side of the harbor from Toulon. The pier in Toulon cannot really handle a ship of our size, so we parked across harbor. But they provided a free “shuttle boat” back and forth to the main waterfront in Toulon. David boarded the boat at 12:45 and got to Toulon a little after 1:00.
He walked around town for about an hour. The waterfront and nearby streets are heavily focused on tourist places. There are lots of restaurants, souvenir shops, cafes, and hotels. A little further back from the waterfront are more “normal” stores but still with a lot of sidewalk cafes and shops. David did find the Cathedral Ste-Marie de la Seds. During previous European cruises we have had an abundance of visits to churches, but this is just the 2nd
church so far on this trip. It is not overwhelmingly large or grandiose in splendor, but it was a nice surprise nestled in a quiet square in the middle of the old portion of town. It was an interesting stroll through town although he did not buy anything.
There was a long queue to get on the return
Docked in Toulon France
shuttle boat, but David got on the next one that came along and he was back to the ship by about 3:00. Low and behold, Janet was not sleeping and had actually gone to the International Café for a sandwich and a cup of coffee. She came back soon afterwards and stayed up another hour before getting tired again and having another nap. Before going to sleep she took the next of her nausea pills.
About 4:30 David went up to the Horizon Court to get a glass of water and some cookies. He came back and Janet had gotten sick again. So we went back to the Medical Center (since that is what they told us to do). Because the pill had been dissolved on her tongue, it was still in her blood stream and there wasn’t much they could do right then. She actually has been feeling better since returning and we both went to dinner in the dining room.
For dinner Janet had Shrimp Cocktail and a bowl of broth. David had a Caesar Salad, chilled coconut soup and roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. Janet skipped dessert but David had the chocolate butterscotch pecan pie – yummy. We did not have any interest in watching the production show in the theater so we stayed in the cabin and watched the latest version of the “Murder on the Orient Express”. And that wraps up our day in Toulon France. Tomorrow we will be in Barcelona.
FYI – We got an update from Stephanie who said that Abigail feels no pain in her shoulder except for those rare times that she moves in ways she isn't supposed to (reaching for things, carrying her backpack, etc.) She only uses the sling to remind herself that she should still limit her activities; otherwise, she quickly forgets about her injury and is reminded by a sharp muscle pain. She has to go back to the doctor next week and may need some mild physical therapy to get her range of motion back. She will not be going back to swimming until at least December. But happily she is conceding any medical competition to either Tessa or Grandma.
Tot: 1.363s; Tpl: 0.034s; cc: 13; qc: 34; dbt: 0.0147s; 1; m:saturn w:www (126.96.36.199); sld: 1;
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