The last several months have been quite challenging for us. It's beginning to feel like once a person gets sick in Cambodia their immune system just never fully recovers. Since about mid-September Stephen has suffered from one illness after the next. Living in Cambodia can seem just fine until you get sick. It's when you become ill and need treatment that the limitations of a third world setting become glaringly apparent. And the reality is there are just a lot more bugs (both diseases and insects carrying them) running around here. And they are stronger because treatment is often absent or inadequate which creates conditions for resistant bugs to develop. Unfortunately for Stephen he was infected by one of these drug resistant strains of staph infection. But we only just learned this a few days ago. The poor guy has been suffering from this infection and treating it the best he could since the middle of January. He went to a generally well regarded international clinic to seek treatment only to be diagnosed with scabies despite lack of its symptoms. Scabies is highly contagious so logically I should have been afflicted too but I had not the slightest signs. So Stephen turned to the internet to self-treat. Such is the state of medical care in the Kingdom of Cambodia. Stephen is here to improve health and provide much needed healthcare and now he's suffering from poor health and lack of access to quality healthcare! So finally we were able to take the 2-hour flight to Singapore and Stephen went to the Raffles Hospital. (I have a nice graphic picture of Stephen's leg with it's oozing abscess, but I'll spare you the gore.)
We were hoping to also enjoy some of the other benefits of the first world too but Stephen's condition proved to be too severe for much and we spent the majority of our time at the hospital or in our hotel room. After months of treating Stephen at home it was a relief for me to know he was being treated by capable professionals. The time I spent waiting in the hospital was actually some of the most relaxing I've had in months. Even the cappuccino that I bought at the kiosk in the hotel lobby was one of the best coffees I've tasted in a long while.