Thursday, 10 September 2015
10.09.2015 - 10.09.2015
Not a brilliant start to the day, solid overcast with rain and temperatures forecast to range from 10 °C to 12 °C. Had grand intentions to attend various enrichment lectures in the Theatre. I was in there less than 10 minutes and experienced another violent coughing bout. We decided I should get something better than 'over the counter' medication so went off to join the queue at the Medical Centre on deck 4.
Most patients were there for 'motion sickness' and were able to buy the recommended medication over the counter. Not as cheap as you'd buy it ashore I guess but I did hear the nurse almost scoff at the treatments the passenger had tried. I filled out the forms and saw the doctor. He confirmed what I'd suspected - I have an upper respiratory infection. He prescribed a course of Cefturoxime antibiotics and some Prednisolone. I hope it works, that little visit cost me US$228.04 and over half of that was the medication. We don't know how well off we are in Australia with our subsidised medicines.
Because I'd hardly slept last night I made full use of the darkened cabin and slept away most of the day. Had a light lunch and got up to try and photograph the Hubbard Glacier. It would have been very impressive in some reasonable light but the mist, the rain, the overcast and the colour of the water and the glacier all merged into shades of blue-grey.
Tonight was the first formal night and as we had lugged our formal gear halfway around the world we felt obliged to put it to use. It was a nice feeling to look almost as good as the waiters when we entered the dining room. We enjoyed the 50th Anniversary Menu and the special dessert was exceptional.
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view a photo of the Glacier by following this link to my main album.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony