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Published: March 24th 2008
Rotorua (Dec 6th & 7th)
We arrived in rotorua, again not the most inspiring & lively place in the world. Place smelled like shit from all the volcanic thermals but i didn't care to be honest - i just wanted to hit the sack and sleep. That night i was in bed really early, aching shaking, feverish and under my arm was in very bad pain. That night i didn't sleep a wink due to pain and fever.
Next morning i just had to go to the medical center. I was worried about my arm cos i had massive swellings under my right arm and i really didn't know what it was, so i was quite concerned! Got to see the doctor immediately, and he was like gobsmacked when he saw under my arm - it was a mess and he informed me i had at least 5 abcesses and they would need to be drained immediately. I feared the worse and kind of knew what that meant and my fears we confirmed when they told me they would have to be cut open. The nurse's were also shocked when they saw the state of my arm.
I was given about 5 local antisphetics which was really painful enough. But this turned out to be a waste of time and anguish as they did not work in anyway due to the infection. The nurse made several incisions under my arm. Each incision i was in agony and seriously i thought i was ready to pass out. The nurse kept saying breath and she understands this really hurts - trust me she doesn't know and child birth is nothing compared to this! When each incision was made i then had to have these little tube like things put in to stop the cut healing and so they could carry on draining - putting these tubes in was nearly as bad as the cutting. After over an hours of agony and $200 dollar light in my bank i went back to my hostel with my anti-biotics looking very pale and went back to bed.
That night i dragged myself out of bed and decided i would go to a mauri village tour. I really didn't feel like it though! We got there and was greeted by with a traditional mauri welcome. It was pretty intimidating stuff as the
Mauri warrior would do a kind of dance, wave his weapon around (no not his manhood lol) and make funny animal like noises and pull his tongue out as far as they could. After we were greeted we were allowed to walk around there village and see the locals doing day to day things that they would have been doing years and years ago. From there we had a big buffet. I had a morsel amount as i didn't really feel like eating. There were about 20 people per table and everyone must of thought i was a miserable sod cos i didn't really say a word because in all honesty i couldn't be arsed, didn't want to and didn't have the energy to. I just wanted to go back to bed. The village was a really good tour but its just unfortunate that i wasnt in a state to really appreciate it - the story of my North Island experience!
On the way back to the hostel on the coach the kiwi bus driver (who was actually a really nice friendly guy) tried to make the journey back a nice fun one. He did this by getting each
person to sing a traditional song from which ever country they were from. After the day i'd had I didn't find it fun AT ALL!!!! An American guy was elected to distribute the mic. It came to my turn. This American guy came over and said its your turn and reached the mic out and put it in front of my face. I remember looking at him and telling him in probably a not so friendly way to get that out of my F'g face before i shove it where the sun don't shine. i think he got the message!!!! :-)
Time to move on tomoz to Taupo.
Before leaving for Taupo, i had to go back to the medical center to have my dressings changed. I felt marginally better today, the anti-biotics must be starting to kick in. Bad news at the medical center. The little tubes they had put in to stop the cuts healing had come out. This wasn't good. Basically i had to go through the same again as yesterday as the cuts had to be re-opened again!!!! Again, this totally knocked me for 6!
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