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Published: January 12th 2011
So once more we were up & out with a new 3 day tour group & a new driver, Ben. We headed south from Alice Springs & stopped off at a camel ranch where I got to ride a camel, which was much more comfortable than I'd been led to believe! Only a short ride around the field though. We then had a couple of pit stops at Eldunda & Curtin Springs where Mark bought me a flask & patch for my bag & a slice of homemade chocolate cake to be my birthday cake!
We stopped off at the camp site to have lunch then headed to the Uluru cultural centre where we learnt lots about the local culture & managed to hide from the midday sun! We then headed off to the Kata Tjutas (foramlly known as the Olgas) where we had a short walk along the Valley of the Wind, we couldn't do the full walk as it was closed due to the heat! After this we headed up to the Kata Tjutas viewing platform for 15min to take photos before going to see sunset at Uluru. I kinda scuppered this plan though.... Myself & Mark were
amongst the first up to the platform (having passed another tour group on their way back down), I felt something scratch my foot, I looked down to see a pale brown snake disappear through the grating. Ah. Snake bite. I stayed still & Mark ran back down to the bus to inform Ben who came running up with the first aid kit & banaged up my leg with a pressure bandage. Mark & some of the other guys helped carry me down to the bus & we shot off to the Yulara Jealth Centre. Here they hooked me up to a monitor of heart rate etc and a drip then ran a couple of EGCs and took several blood samples.
All snake bites have to go to Alice Springs Hospital so Mark got taken back to the bus to pack an overnight bag for me. On his return he got down on onw knee & proposed! (My having spoilt his plan for sunset at Uluru!) First engagment at the medical centre it seems! Unfortunately Mark couldn't go on the Flying Doctors plane with me so we said godbye for the night & I got taken off to the airstrip
On the way to Yulara Health Centre!
in the centre's ambulance. Lovely team at Yulara, on the plane, the ambulance and at the hospital! At each hand over the story went "This is Gwen, she got bitten by a snake, its her birthday today & just just got engaged!" LOL
I hads no symptoms but ended up feeling rather groggy due to lack of sleep - it was a busy night at the hospital, not least as a girl came in & gave birth halfway through the night! They finally took a swab of the bite area & removed my pressure bandage around 3.30am to my immense relief - my toes were in agony! Still no symptoms after that so after a final run of blood tests in the morning (my Hb is rather low - must remember to mention that to my doctor here) I was released & headed to my hostel (which thankfully had room for us for the extra night).
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