We arrived in Katherine early
on a Thursday afternoon, and after unhitching the van at the Riverview
Caravan Park, promptly trotted off to the Katherine Hospital so a doctor
could look over Rod's leg.
After sitting around Casualty
for three and a half hours, Rod's leg was duly inspected and he was given
the news that the orgininal source of infection, some sort of bite from
a tropical nasty, had caused a rather severe abcess to form and it needed
to be lanced.
After having 12mm incision made
in his leg, having it squeezed by a sadistic doctor and a metre or so
of gauze stuffed into the gaping wound to assist drainage and healing,
Rod was given a course of potent oral antibiotics and we were told to
stick around Katherine for at least a couple of days and to report to
the hospital daily to have the dressing changed and the progress of the
Not what we wanted to hear.
But he worst news was that if
there was no appreciable difference over a couple of days a stay in hospital
would be required to facilitate the administration of a more powerful
dose of antibiotics by intraveinous injection.
After returning to the hospital
on Friday and Saturday for the removal and replacement of the gauze by
gleeful sadists in nurses uniforms, Rod was told there was no appreciable
healing and it would be necessary to be admitted for at least three days.
...YES...so there is a God afterall
...I got to spend the next three
days on my own...wandering around the town,
visiting the shops, the internet cafe and just sponging around...something
I'm quite fond of...and particularly good at!
...Rod, on the otherhand, was
installed in airconditioned comfort, waited on by a succession of nurses,
recieved three cooked meals a day and got to put his feet up too.
Although Katherine has several
notable attractions, Rod's hospital stay put a damper on sightseeing.
Katherine Hot Springs was located
only 250 metres of the Riverview Caravan Park, but I felt a little awkward
about wandering down there on my own. When Rod was discharged from Hospital,
however, we both wandered down and captured a few shots with the camera.
Cruelly, swimming was out of the question for Rod for a couple of weeks.
After six days in Katherine,
and despite Katherine Gorge being well worth a visit too, we chose to
head off to Kakadu National Park for a change of scenery.