This is a true story.
Day 20 of Visayas Trails
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Location: Tagbilaran City and Carmen, Bohol
Times are just estimates.
Jess is an American I knew thru CouchSurfing.
A week earlier, we found out that we are arriving at Bohol the same time so we thought it would be better if we just travel together to split the cost.
We had a nice plan of touring Bohol and Panglao and go together to Siquijor but accidents happen.
I and Jess rented a motorcycle at Palma St., Tagbilaran City, Bohol. We thought it would be nice to travel together so we can stop by to the places we want to visit and also made the trip cheaper as we are splitting the cost.
Since I don’t have a driver’s license with me at that time, Jess was the one who rented the motorbike. Since I know how to drive, I took the wheel from Tagbilaran until we reached Carmen. I think we are in Carmen (where the Chocolate Hills are) by 10:30am. Everything was fine.
Since I’ve seen Chocolate Hills before from Carmen view deck, I wanted to see it in a different view deck (Sagbayan Peak) which is not so touristy. On our way there, Jess wanted to drive the motorbike. She was doing real good for maybe about 3 kilometers (better driver than me), the roads are paved. But then we didn’t see the potholes coming. It was because the road is paved and then suddenly it turned into a rough road. We were quite fast (4th gear if I remember it right) and so the motorcycle slid to the left and Jess loss control and we came crashing into the gravels.
I tried to grab Jess so she will not go with the bike but things happened too fast. What I did was just go with gravity.
I can still remember that I was trying to be calm and think what to do (although I was badly injured too). After some moments (Jessica was in a state of shock, very frantic) a tricycle full of local passengers pass by and the tricycle stopped, the passengers get off so we can use the tricycle to go to the nearest hospital, Carmen Hospital.
I’m in a better condition compared with Jess, I carried her to the tricycle (must be the adrenaline) and we rushed her to the hospital.
Ohhhh, before I forgot, Jess fainted thrice (3x), twice near at the crash site and once inside the tricycle on our way to the hospital. Looking back, it was frightening.
We went to the ER, we are still in the state of shock (mind is functioning very well, maybe because of adrenaline). I’m checking on my wounds, my body if there are broken bones. I was also checking on Jess, how badly damaged she was (the next sentence is gross you can skip to the next paragraph).
I saw her patella on her left knee, and blood is all over her legs, body, left arm and on the head.
I asked for pain relievers for both of us. I can now feel the pain. We are still in the state of shock. Jess is just crying. I can’t believe this is happening.
We were checked by Doctor Patrick and Nurse Jem (she is beautiful by the way). Its good that they are ready and know what to do. I still thank them for their immediate response.
Jessica had her both knees sutured, 5 stitches on her right knee, 12 stitches on her left knee. Her left side and arm have burns and luckily no broken bones. She was given anti-tetanus shot too.
I on the other hand, had burn and deep wounds on my left hand, arm, knee and feet. Some scratches on my right hand.
Jessica paid for everything except for my medicines, its Php 530 for the hospitalization. Thank God its cheap because it’s a public hospital.
I tried walking, its kinda hard but I need to because we don’t know anyone in Bohol. I started to look after Jess, bought her medicines, fed her, gave her water, change her clothes and made sure she was doing okay. In short, I stayed with her.
Thank God she has good upper body strength but still she is having a hard time moving.
We rented a car (Nurse Raymond offered his car) to take us back to Tagbilaran City because the ambulance is not available.
I bought fish, fruits and medicines along the way.
We went to the motorbike rental shop in Palma street to report what happened. This needs another post but to make the long story short the owner was giving us a hard time. He doesn’t want us to go back home even when he already saw what happened and I already explained to him that we will go back to the shop the next day when we are in a better condition. He even followed us to our place.
We were back into our place in Tagbilaran City.
I cooked our dinner, clean and dress Jess’ wounds.
Carey Nash (a German national whom Jess met at the airport before flying to Bohol the day before), went to our place to move Jess to Metro Centre Hotel. He was very protective and I’m somehow insulted because he thinks that what I am doing (cleaning wounds, etc) is not doing any good. He just wants to leave as soon as possible and take Jess with her.
A long day… I need to take a rest, physically and mentally.
1. This is the first time I went to the hospital as a patient. There is always a first time right? I also pray it is the last.
2. It is a must to inform family and close friends where you are traveling so when an unexpected thing happens, they have a lead.
3. I think I should a travel insurance really soon.
4. I don’t blame anyone (not even Jessica or myself) for what had happen. It was an accident and no one wants that to happen.
5. I should have the contact information of the hospital, police station and other pertinent hotlines of the area I am visiting. Always make sure that I have enough load and battery on my mobile phone.
5. I thank God because we are still alive and breathing. The tricycle is also timely, the doctors and nurses are knowledgeable of what they are doing.
6. This accident won’t stop me from backpacking.
7. As of this writing my wounds are already healing and I can now see new skin. I can’t walk properly but I’m doing better now.
Photos are taken by Nikolauskassian (a German Photographer). My heartfelt thanks also goes to couchsurfer MJ of Bohol Barkada Tours for hosting me while I was recuperating from the accident. Danke freunde!
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Visayas Trails is a 25-day journey around Western and Central Visayas (October 1-25, 2011). My primary purpose is to learn the dialect, meet locals and rediscover the sites worth visiting for my dream escapade next year.
I visited Iloilo, Antique, Boracay, Bacolod, Cebu, Bohol and Dumaguete spending a total of Php11,096 all-in excluding airfare. Thanks to CouchSurfing and friends who I met along the way, this trip would not be memorable and exciting without you.