A recurring toe injury surfaced from an active few days early this week, so yesterday I dropped into the local hospital to end my misery.
Despite suffering extreme pain with every step I take, almost on arrival at the hospital, the Missus and I performed an immediate about-turn and headed straight back home. We stopped in at our regular private hospital and, as before, we swiftly headed for the exit moments after our arrival.
What was responsible for these two wasted journey and my continued discomfort today?
Well, technically not swine flu itself but more the hysteria around it.
Each hospital and surgery we visited or drove past, was rammed wall-to-wall with patients sniffing, sneezing and coughing themselves into a frenzy.
Coincidentally, we are experiencing a mini 'outbreak' of The Cough right now which, combined with fear of swine flu, is overwhelming hospitals and keeping me 'off sport' for the immediate future.
For those who don't know, Thai people are major hypochondriacs. Just the slightest hint of the sniffles gets them reaching for a nasal inhaler and using it every 15 seconds throughout the day. And then there are the flu masks, the copious numbers of children off school.
The Thai nasal inhaler is a major accessory as important as the mobile phone or wallet [credit]
Perhaps I'm just being cynical (and bitter as my foot continues to trouble me) but the Thai attitude to health makes me smile. Perhaps its the comparison with home where gunpoint is often the only method to get a man to visit a doctor.