I don’t even know where to start. This last week has been absolutely nuts. So much has changed in such a short period of time that my mind can’t keep up, let alone find the time and energy to inform all of the important people in my life of the decisions that have been made. So, here is my update…
I’ve spent the last week in the hospital with my new friend Daniel. Daniel and I met last Sunday just after he arrived at Vikasa. We sat together at dinner that evening. As most of you know, I have very little patience for small talk and a tendency to ask a lot of personal questions, so we got to know each other rather quickly. I learned all about him; his past, his family and the purpose of his solo vacation.
The next day I got a message that Daniel had been in a motorbike accident. Since I was the only person he had connected with in Thailand, he asked for me. Of course I rushed to the emergency room. He had shattered his right leg and was in a ton of pain. He needed to have surgery within six hours. I tried to keep him calm, prayed with him, and coordinated payment from his family to the hospital so he could have the operation. I normally pass out in situations like this, but thanks to God I was able to keep it together.
I then was Daniel’s advocate for the next few days until his mom arrived. I spent three days in the hospital with him. Let me tell you, you do not want to get hurt in Koh Samui. It has been utterly shocking to see the type of care given here compared to the States. We are so blessed to have the doctors and facilities that we do. Furthermore, trying to coordinate a way for him to get home has been an around-the-clock endeavor. It’s important for him to get home as quickly as possible because he needs to have another operation and his risk for infection is much higher here, especially given the heatwave hitting SE Asia.
The great news is there is finally an evacuation plan set in stone! Tomorrow Daniel will be transferred by an Air Ambulance from Koh Samui to New York City (his home). He will then have another operation but performed by one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the US.
Clearly it has been an intense week here. But I have to say I am SO thankful to be a part of the Vikasa community. Everyone has been so caring and has rallied together to help Daniel; bringing food, sending flowers, and keeping him positive through this traumatic experience. It truly is a testament to what Kosta has built here.
So, as you can presume, I’ve developed a strong friendship with both Daniel and his mother and have a vested interest in his wellbeing. Therefore, I will be helping them get back safe and sound to New York. It’s a very unexpected turn on my adventure! As you may have read in my last post, I have been really homesick. When I started this trip I made a commitment to myself to listen to my intuition and have the courage to take action when I knew what it was saying. Not only am I hearing my intuition say “Go Home!”, but I’ve been given multiple signs that it’s the right time. So, I’ve decided to listen and it’s time to go.
I was really nervous about letting the people around me down; I hate to disappoint. But as I should have expected, Kosta and all of the Vikasa team have been so understanding and supportive. Plus, I can continue my projects from abroad. AND, I can always come back!
So, my time here in SE Asia is coming to an abrupt end. It’s wildly emotional but I’m 100% certain this is the right move for me. I’m choosing to trust God and know that his plan is far greater than anything I could imagine.
I hope to see you Stateside soon!
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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6