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1. Posted by SVM (Inactive 46 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Last time when i went on a sun set ferry trip in phi phi island,Thailand , ferry took us across small islands and stopped in between couple of times for snorkelling and to have a visit to nearby beaches..I was all excited and swimmed across near shore neglecting to take the small boat which ferry guys offered to reach shore..I stepped in few places...I got a deep cut in bottom portion of leg from coral reef and it was bleeding..I could very well see the bleeding thru the clear water..but there was not much pain as i was in water for quite sometime ..ohh man..later i was pulled back to the ferry and was given some first aid..i missed the dance everything that followed this incident..later i rushed to the hospital..for goodness there was only one hospital in phi phi..ferry guys helped me to take me there...I had 4 stitches on bottom of my leg and had to stay in phi phi for couple of days on a total rest..very bad...

probably if I could have known about any water shoes to wear , i could have avoided this...has anyone had these kind of experiences in past and have some tips to new travellers? suggestions from all over world are
welcome regarding the place that you know of..

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 18, 2007, at 7:11 PM by SVM ]

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I did the same thing pretty much in Dahab - I wandered out to look at the coral, the tide went out a little and I couldn't get back over the shelf, so I ripped my legs up climbing out. Anyway, the chaps at the hotel cleaned it out and put iodine on it which seemed to do the trick, it healed up pretty quickly with no probs. I guess advice is - check tides, ask for local advice about where and when to get in and out of the water, and if you do get cut with coral clean it thoroughly and put iodine on it.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I stepped on a sea urchin in the south of france - it was like stepping on a ball of needles! i had to lie on my back while someone pulled them out of my foot. not nice

4. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Not an injury, but had a very close encounter with a blue ringed octopus whilst scuba diving in victoria australia. was exploring around a pier, found an old beer bottle, and was posing for a photo with the bottle near my lips when i noticed something moving inside it. moved it away from my face and the little fella shot out, scared the hell outa me once i realised what it was, no more beer bottle photos for me!!

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Not really an injury as such, but very painful. Relaxing on a sun lounger in Israel and having a few beers, thought i was all sun-lotioned up. Managed to fall asleep,by the end of the afternoon, somehow, i had burnt and blistered armpits. Very, very painful.

6. Posted by loubylou (Respected Member 664 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My boyfriend and I have been travelling for over a year now, with no need to use our flash first aid kit and then all in one week we had a series of accidents (the first in a whole year, so not too bad!). Our series of accidents and how to avoid them:

So first of all, walking in Manila I slipped on some oil on the pavement and fell onto my knee and hand, managed to graze my knee and bash it pretty badly and cut my toes and right hand whilst hairline fracturing my left thumb...all while wearing a big 15kg backpack on my back and a 7kg backpack on my front! Moral: don't walk on any oil on the floor or you are asking for trouble!!

Secondly I slipped coming down some stairs on moss that the guesthouse couldn't be bothered to get rid of and cut the same leg as before pretty badly (this was a month ago and some of the wounds haven't healed yet!) and really hurt my back. Moral: don't walk on moss!!

Thirdly the resort where we were staying was hit pretty badly by storm surges due to a typhoon in the area and the waves were washing up onto the path and sweeping people off their feet. My boyfriend jumped up onto a fence to avoid being washed away not realising that the fence had spikes on top and impaled his left hand, just under his thumb! Moral: don't grab spiked fences!!

Luckily my boyfriend is a doctor so he could tend our wounds, but as to sympathy from our families we got none, until we showed them some pictures of our injuries. We began to think it was bad karma having all those accidents in the space of a week! We must have looked so strange walking around with me having cuts and bruises all down my leg, not being able to use my left hand and my boyfriend with a bandage on one of his hands!

Fingers crossed we have no more!


[ Edit: Edited on Oct 22, 2007, at 12:08 AM by loubylou ]

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting daveh

Not really an injury as such, but very painful. Relaxing on a sun lounger in Israel and having a few beers, thought i was all sun-lotioned up. Managed to fall asleep,by the end of the afternoon, somehow, i had burnt and blistered armpits. Very, very painful.


Mine is similar - at the pool at hotel in Bali and l coated my front in sun lotion couldnt reach my back and thought it was shaded - nope! I was roasted and l had booked into the hotel spa for a body scrub - course couldnt cancel and l had to grin all the way through saying no no no its not painful!!

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 22, 2007, at 2:29 PM by Purdy ]

8. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Was doing a 2,000 mile drive over three days in 100F+ weather with my left arm exposed to the sun most of this time. My car doesn't have AC, so I have no choice but to have the windows open. Got the worst sunburn of my life on my entire left arm and hand. So bad my forearm and hand were swollen to almost twice the normal size (edema). The morning after the worst burning day the skin was dying and just sloughing off almost at the touch.

As I was on the road with no medical attention I had to stop and buy some alcohol to disinfect the area or surely I would have gotten an infection, and this was unbelievably painful. Once I was smart enough to wrap the arm and wear long sleeves it took several days for the swelling to go away and months for the skin to fully heal.

MORAL - the effects of severe sunburn aren't apparent until AFTER the damage is done. I went to bed one night thinking I was ok (just a little pain) and awoke the next morning in terrible shape with oozing wounds where the skin had rubbed in my sleep.

9. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I cleverly skidded on some invisible sand on a moped on Koh Tao. Luckily I managed to grind to a halt before I hit the 10ft brick wall but not before doing considerable damage to the ped and myself in the form of a four inch gash in my knee. I needed stitches and the whole misadventure cost me about a hundred bucks including the damage to the moped which I couldn't get away with...

I missed the venus park party and had to be really careful looking after the stitches, although the water in Thailand may look fairly clean, IT IS NOT! infections are rife, my best tip is a daily iodine clean, stay out of the water for at least two to five days and change the dressing daily! (God I sound like a nurse )...I wish

10. Posted by tmc7427 (Inactive 42 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Funny but true story: I work as an NYC EMS 9-1-1 EMT, and while in Cambodia I was sitting in a Phnom Penh cafe having coffee. Across the street, I heard a loud going on over there. When I looked up, a worker broke the glass doors and cut both of his hands. I ran over, and found they didn’t have a first aid kit on the site. He was bleeding pretty badly. I saw a sign across the street, a green cross. I thought it might be a Dr's office, but it was a drug store. So holding the guy's hand away from me (to avoid getting his blood on me) we went towards the store. I went inside and told the clerks what happened, and they came outside to see. They went back in. When the clerks came back outside, they handed me bandages and gauze rolls. I wrapped the guy’s hands in them. He bowed, thanked me, and took off on the back of a scooter towards a hospital.